September 23, 2002
Awards and Honors
Menzie Chinn, a professor of economics, has been named a National Fellow
at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Chinn will spend the academic
year at the bureau's office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and will devote
his time to research and writing. Chinn, who specializes in international
finance and macroeconomics, will investigate the modeling of exchange
rates in a tripolar world. Chinn is one of three fellows selected for
the 2002-03 year.
Founded in 1920, the NBER is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. More than 600 university professors around the country are affiliated with the bureau, which attracts the leading scholars in their fields.
Jonathan Fox, professor and chair of Latin American and Latino studies,
was honored recently for his work with indigenous Oaxacans. The Binational
Oaxaca Indigenous Front (FIOB) presented him with a plaque and a symbolic
staff of responsibility ("Baston de mando"). Presented in August
during the group's annual cultural exchange festival, the plaque reads,
in Spanish: "The Binational Oaxaca Indigenous Front recognizes Dr.
Jonathan Fox for his unconditional support for the creation of binational
projects to benefit indigenous Oaxacan migrants and non-migrants."
The FIOB is a civic group that supports immigrant rights, indigenous rights, and community development. It supports Oaxacans in their hometowns in Mexico, as well as those who migrate to California. Fox has worked with the group for four years as part of his ongoing research on Mexican rural development policy.
Linguistics professor Geoffrey Pullum gave a keynote address at the 41st
Annual Meeting of the Japan Association of College English Teachers, at
Donald Saposnek, a lecturer in psychology and a leader in the field of
mediation, has been honored by his peers for his mediation work. Saposnek
was named recipient of the 2002 John M. Haynes Distinguished Mediator
Award, which is presented annually by the International Association for
Conflict Resolution (ACR) in recognition of an individual's contributions
to the field of mediation. Saposnek was selected from more than 7,000
members of the association, representing 47 countries and 18 different
areas of mediation practice.
Saposnek is a clinical child psychologist, family mediator, and national
and international trainer in family mediation and child development. He
has published extensively in the professional literature and is on the
editorial boards of several international mediation journals. He is also
editor of ACR's Family Mediation News and the family section of
Mediate.com. His book, Mediating Child Custody Disputes,
is considered a classic in the field.
Paul Whitworth, professor of theater arts, is currently starring in the American Conservatory Theatre revival of Night and Day, by Tom Stoppard. Whitworth stars as George Guthrie, one of three journalists tracking a conflict between an African dictator and a rebel general that erupts into a coup. This 1978 play has been described by one critic as a "comic drawing room thriller." The production, at the Geary Theatre in San Francisco, runs through October 20.