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Hennessy announces eight new Bass University Fellows

BY RAY DELGADO

President John Hennessy welcomed a new batch of Bass University Fellows in Undergraduate Education at the Faculty Senate meeting last week.

Eight university professors were chosen for the honor, which recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.

The fellowship program is a major initiative of the $1 billion Campaign for Undergraduate Education and is named in recognition of Anne and Robert Bass. (Robert Bass earned an MBA here in 1974.)

The eight new fellows join 24 others named during the past four years. The appointments are for five-year terms and are made by the provost on the recommendation of the vice provost for undergraduate education. The university will continue to name eight University Fellows each fall through 2005, when a full complement of 40 will be reached.

Following is a list of this year's fellows:

Patricia R. Burchat, professor of physics, was named the Sapp Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.

Hester G. Gelber, associate professor of religious studies, was named the John and Lydia Pearce Mitchell University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.

James J. Gross, associate professor of psychology, was named the Rachford and Carlota A. Harris University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.

H. Craig Heller, the Lorry I. Lokey/Business Wire Professor in Human Biology and Environmental Biology and co-director of the Stanford Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, was named the William and Lynda Steere University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.

Daphne Koller, associate professor of computer science and a Sony Faculty Development Scholar, was named the Oswald G. Villard University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.

John R. Rickford, the Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor of Linguistics and, by courtesy, of education and the director of the Program in African and African American Studies, was named the Pritzker University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.

Channing R. Robertson, the Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor in the School of Engineering, professor of chemical engineering, and senior associate dean for faculty and academic affairs in the School of Engineering, was named the Yumi and Yasunori Kaneko Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.

John B. Shoven, the Charles R. Schwab Professor of Economics and the Wallace R. Hawley Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, was named the Kleinheinz Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.