ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Assistant Professor Kristin J. Forbes of the Sloan School is one of five winners of the first Milken Institute Award for Distinguished Economic Research. The scholars received their $2,000 prizes from organization chairman Michael Milken on January 7 during the annual Allied Social Science Association meeting in Boston. Professor Forbes won for her paper titled "Lessons for Multilateral Institutions, Investors and Company Management."
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Professor K. Dane Wittrup, the J.R. Mares Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, has been selected as a 2000 AIMBE Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Professor Wittrup, an internationally recognized expert in molecular bioengineering, joined the faculty in 1999 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research accomplishments were also recognized last year by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' Allan P. Colburn Award.
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Professor of Management and Engineering James M. Utterback (PhD 1969) of the Sloan School was recently honored as a new Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in Stockholm. His experience in Sweden began in 1979 at Chalmers University of Technology (where he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 1997) and the National Swedish Board for Technical Development. At the time, he was acting director of MIT's Center for Policy Alternatives (now the Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development). He is currently chair of the Management of Technology Program. His prize-winning book, Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation (1994), focuses on how technological change affects companies.ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Associate Professor Earl K. Miller of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences is one of 14 individuals who will receive awards honoring their outstanding contributions to science from the National Academy of Sciences. He will receive the $35,000 Troland Research Award, given annually to each of two recipients to support their research in experimental psychology. Professor Miller was chosen "for his pioneering research on working memory and its neurobiological basis in the prefrontal cortex."
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ The Object of Memory: Arabs and Jews Narrate the Palestinian Village by Susan Slyomovics, the McMillan-Stewart Professor in the Study of Women in the Developing World, has been awarded the 1999 Chicago Folklore Prize. In a congratulatory note, prize administrator Philip V. Bohlman wrote, "The Object of Memoryrepresents the interdisciplinary folklore tradition in the best and most comprehensive sense... There is a beautiful poetry in your writing that powerfully opens the spaces of the Palestinian village. That poetry seems almost to stand in for -- but not replace -- the homes, the mosques, the names of women and men, the clan genealogies, the poetics of what is and is not..."
The Chicago Folklore Prize has been awarded annually since 1928 to the book chosen by the judges as the best book in folklore throughout the world. Professor Slyomovics is currently on leave.ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ The Universidad de San Martin de Porres de Lima has awarded Thomas A. Kochan, the George M. Bunker Professor of Management at the Sloan School, an honorary doctorate for his "outstanding personal merits and extraordinary professionalism and human quality." Professor Kochan is internationally recognized in areas of industrial relations and human resource management. His many books include Transformation of American Industrial Relations, which received the Academy of Management's 1988 annual award for that year's best scholarly book on management. He came to MIT in 1980 from Cornell University, where he was on the faculty of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ The Journal of Business Strategy (September/October 1999) has named Sloan School Senior Lecturer Peter Senge(SM 1972, PhD 1978) a "Strategist of the Century," one of just 24 men and women whom the journal regards as having "had the greatest impact on the way we conduct business today."
"The latter part of the 20th century has been characterized by business thinkers pondering the question of how to deal with rapid change. Senge is one such thinker," the citation reads. "He popularized the concept of the 'learning organization' [in his best-selling book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization(1990)] -- organization that is flexible, adaptive and highly productive because it has developed specific learning capabilities that traditional organizations lack."
Former Strategists of the Century include Alfred P. Sloan (SB 1895), longtime chairman of General Motors and first benefactor of the Sloan School; Charles Handy (SF 1967), British consultant and author of The Age of Unreason(1989) and The Age of Paradox (1994); and Henry Mintzberg (SM 1965, PhD 1968), a member of the management faculty at McGill University.ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Stewart C. Myers, the Gordon Y Billard Professor of Finance at the Sloan School, will receive an honorary doctorate from the London Business School (LBS) of the University of London in July. LBS awards one doctorate annually to an academic who has made an outstanding intellectual contribution to management and business studies. Professor Myers will be recognized for his distinguished contributions to the theory and practice of corporate finance. With Richard A. Brealey, he is co-author of Principles of Corporate Finance, a standard textbook for graduate-level subjects in corporate finance since its 1981 publication. His research is mainly concerned with the valuation of real and financial assets, corporate financial policy, and financial aspects of government regulation of business.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 26, 2000.