Amanda Woodward, the William S. Gray Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology, has been appointed dean of the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Woodward, a leading scholar in the social development of infants and young children, has been serving as interim dean of the Division since July 2017. Her appointment as dean is effective July 1.
The Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund intends to make the second-largest gift in the history of the University of Chicago, supporting the Department of Economics in expanding its leadership in education and research with wide-ranging public impact, while increasing financial support for students.
John D. Kelly, Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Howard Nusbaum, Professor in the Department of Psychology, have been appointed to named professorships, effective January 1, 2018.
The Division of the Social Sciences has announced the 2018 recipients of the inaugural seed grants for its Social Sciences Research Center. These one- to two-year awards support early or novel stage research, with a special focus on projects that transcend the boundaries of any one discipline. These grants, totaling $171,000, represent methods and questions from across the social sciences.
The Center for International Social Science Research (CISSR) welcomes its newest Faculty Fellows. Beginning in July of 2018, awards to five faculty in Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, and the Harris School of Public Policy will facilitate research taking place on four continents.
A collection of artwork newly installed in the Tea Room in the Social Sciences Research Building highlights a partnership between the Division of the Social Sciences and the Smart Museum of Art and emphasizes the place of abstract art in challenging the mind.