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 VOL. 23, NO. 11DECEMBER 5, 1997 


  • Psychology Professor John Gibbon has been elected to a three-year term of office with the Eastern Psychological Association, serving as president-elect during 1997-98, president in 1998-99 and past-president during 1999-2000. Gibbon will lead the largest regional association for psychologists in the United States with 3,600 members in 21 states and 12 countries.

  • History Professor Victoria de Grazia has been appointed to a four-year term as Chair of the Council for European Studies. The author of books on fascism in Italy, she has taught at Columbia since 1993 and has served as director of the University's Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Her association with the Council began in 1971 when she was in the first group of graduate students to be awarded a Pre-Dissertation Fellowship.


  • Alayne Mary Adams has joined the faculty of the Center for Population and Family Health at the School of Public Health to lead a research project exploring how social capital might enhance development interventions for health, poverty and the environment. She comes to Columbia from Harvard, where she was a senior research fellow at the Center for Population and Development Studies.

  • Students and alumni from the School of the Arts continue to collect industry accolades. Stephen Leeds of the Graduate Film Division won the best student film award at both the Sony-Loews Shorts International Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival for his film "Get That Number." Thelma Adams, who received her MFA from the School of the Arts' Writing Division in 1993 and is a film critic for the New York Post, has been elected chair of the New York Film Critics Circle. And alumnus Robert O'Hara won Newsday's annual Oppy Award for the playwright making the most impressive New York or Long Island debut. O'Hara's "Insurrection: Holding History," which he originally directed for his master's thesis, was produced last year at the Public Theatre under the artistic direction of George C. Wolfe.

  • Robert Woodruff, whose numerous directing credits include productions with The Flying Karamazov Brothers at Lincoln Center Theatre and Arena Stage and premieres of works by Sam Shepard at the New York Shakespeare Festival, has joined the Theatre Arts Division of Columbia's School of the Arts. He is teaching directing and acting. "Robert Woodruff is an excellent addition to the faculty of accomplished theatre artists in the Theatre Arts Division," said Arnold Aronson, chair of the division. "Our graduate students are fortunate to have the opportunity to study with someone who has directed so many major productions at renowned theaters around the country."

  • In celebration of the 75th year of Chemical & Engineering News, published by the 152,000-member American Chemical Society, the "top 75 contributors to the chemical enterprise in the past 75 years" have been selected by ACS members. University Professor Ronald Breslow, Higgins Professor Emeritus Gilbert Stork and former professor Louis P. Hammett are among this group, which is international in scope. The 33 living awardees will be honored at a black tie dinner at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston next September.

  • Former senator Sam Nunn (D.-Ga.) and George M.C. Fisher, chairman, president and chief executive officer of the Eastman Kodak Co., received the 1997 Service to Democracy Awards from the American Assembly in a ceremony Nov. 19. The awards were instituted in 1980 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the American Assembly, founded at Columbia by University President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Assembly brings together prominent business executives, academicians, elected officials, journalists and public interest leaders to discuss selected problems of public importance and to make recommendations for their resolution.