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VOL. 22, NO. 21APRIL 18, 1997


Gordon. Photo by Joyce Ravid.

  • Two Columbia professors, and one professor at Barnard, have been named 1997 Guggenheim fellows: Anthony W. Marx, associate professor of political science, for "The Nation-State and its Exclusions"; James E.G. Zetzel, professor of classics, for "A Study of Cicero's De Republica," and Sheila McTighe, assistant professor of art history, Barnard, for "Studies in Italian and French Genre Art, 1580-1720."

    One hundred sixty-four artists, scholars and scientists were chosen for fellowships from among 2,876 applicants.

  • Cheryl Healton, associate professor of clinical public health and an expert on HIV infection in women and children, has been appointed head of the School of Public Health's Division of Sociomedical Sciences. Healton will continue to serve as director of the School's Center for Applied Public Health and associate dean for program development.

  • Mary Gordon, Millicent C. McIntosh Professor of English at Barnard, won the 1996 O'Henry Award for best short story published in the U.S. and Canada. Her story, "City Life," appeared in the spring '96 issue of Ploughshares. More than 3,000 stories in 210 literary magazines published between September 1995 and December 1996 were considered for the prestigious prize. The jury comprised Louise Erdlich, Thom Jones and David Foster Wallace.

  • Four graduates of the Law School were represented at the 69th annual Academy Awards in March. David Frankel, '76, received an Oscar for best live action short film for Dear Diary, which he directed and wrote. Brad Wechsler's company, the Imax Corp., was recognized in a special Scientific and Technical awards ceremony. Wechsler, '78, is chairman of the company. New Line Cinema Corp., headed by Robert Shaye, '64, and Michael Lynne, '64, received seven nominations for their film, Shine, which won in the best actor category.

  • Science and health writer Steve Mirsky has been awarded the Reuter Foundation Fellowship in Medical Journalism to study at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. He is one of two winners of fellowships to study at Columbia and Oxford. Mirsky, who has a masters degree in chemistry from Cornell, will research evolution in connection to fighting diseases that have grown resistant to antibiotics.

  • Darryl C. De Vivo, Sidney Carter Professor of Neurology and professor of pediatrics in the department of neurology, was recently named a member of the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, the major advisory panel of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The appointment was made by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary Donna E. Shalala.