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Stanford Report, May 29, 2002

Twelve professors honored with appointments to endowed chairs

Janet Cooper Alexander, a law professor who joined the faculty in 1987, has been named the Frederick I. Richman Professor of Law. Alexander's key area of academic interest is the judicial process and its analogues. She teaches and writes about civil procedure, complex litigation, federal jurisdiction, and conflict and dispute resolution. alexander

From 1994 to 2002, she was a principal investigator for the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation. From 1997 to 2002, she was the Justin M. Roach Faculty Scholar. She represents the Law School in the Faculty Senate.

Before joining the Law School faculty, Alexander was an attorney at Califano, Ross & Heineman in Washington, D.C., from 1980 to 1982, and at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco from 1982 to 1987, becoming a partner in 1984. She clerked for Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler at the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals from 1978 to 1979, and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall from 1979 to 1980.

Her recent work has focused on mass tort and consumer protection cases as vehicles for exploring class action and other collective litigation procedures. She has also focused on methods for distributing funds in large class-action settlements, and on comparative approaches for group litigation based on her work with scholars and attorneys in Japan, Canada, Spain and Russia. Her work has been named twice to Corporate Practice Commentator's annual list of the 10 best corporate and securities articles.

Timothy F. Bresnahan is the Landau Professor in Technology and the Economy. He joined the Department of Economics in 1979. His research focuses on industrial organization, applied econometrics and the economics of technology. Currently, he researches competition in high-technology industries, technical change by users of information technologies, and employment and growth in the new economy. Timothy F. Bresnahan

Bresnahan has authored more than 60 articles in leading economics journals. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2000, he was appointed the Gordon and Betty Moore Seminar Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). From 1999 to 2000, Bresnahan served as deputy assistant attorney general and chief economist for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has served as associate editor of several journals, including the American Economic Review, RAND Journal of Economics, Quarterly Journal of Economics and Journal of Industrial Economics. A recipient of the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Bresnahan includes econometrics, industrial organization and microeconomics among his teaching interests. Among numerous service activities, he is co-director of SIEPR's Employment and Growth Center. He is past associate chair of the Department of Economics and was a member of the Appointments and Promotions Committee of the School of Humanities and Sciences. Bresnahan earned his bachelor's degree from Haverford College in 1975, and his master's and doctoral degrees in economics from Princeton in 1978 and 1980, respectively.

Albert M. Camarillo has been appointed the Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professor in Public Service. A member of the History Department since 1975, Camarillo is widely regarded as a leading scholar of the Mexican American experience in the United States. His research focuses on the Chicano experience in Southwestern cities and on the comparative urban histories of various ethnic and racial minority groups in the United States during the 20th century. Albert M. Camarillo

He is the author of Chicanos in a Changing Society: From Mexican Pueblos to American Barrios and Chicanos in California: A History of Mexican Americans. His most recent book, Not White, Not Black: Mexicans and Racial/Ethnic Borderlands in American Cities, will be published next year. He has received the Dinkelspiel Award for outstanding service to undergraduate education, the Gores Award for excellence in teaching and the Bing Fellowship for excellence and innovation in teaching. Camarillo also is the founding director of the Center for Chicano Research, the founding executive director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research and formerly associate dean of undergraduate studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences. He currently serves as the founding director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, one of the nation's first research and teaching programs to provide domestic and international comparative perspectives on the study of race and ethnicity. Camarillo earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1970 and 1975, respectively.

Richard Craswell is the William F. Baxter--Visa International Professor in Law. Before joining the faculty in 1998, Craswell taught at the University of Chicago Law School, the University of Southern California Law Center, Georgetown and Yale. He teaches and writes in the fields of contracts and commercial law. Richard Craswell

Widely regarded as one of the nation's leading scholars of private legal ordering, he combines rigorous classical economic analysis with normative and philosophical perspectives that help illuminate the policies at stake in choices among legal rules. Craswell's early work, drawing on his professional experience as an attorney at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission from 1977 to 1983, addressed the efficient regulation of consumer information. Most of his more recent work focuses on contract law and theory. Recent publications include "Two Economic Theories of Enforcing Promises," in Readings in the Theory of Contract, and "Do Trade Customs Exist?" in The Jurisprudential Foundations of Corporate and Commercial Law, both published by Cambridge University Press. Craswell served as the Law School's first academic associate dean for research from 1999 to 2001. He serves the profession more broadly as a member of the board of editors of four major journals of law and economics. Craswell earned his bachelor's in economics from Michigan State University in 1974 and his law degree from the University of Chicago in 1977.

David Donoho has been appointed the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences. A professor of statistics, he aims to find the best way of processing and analyzing data to obtain undistorted images or signals in spite of noise or missing data. David Donoho

He has been particularly interested in techniques based on wavelets -- modern versions of the sine and cosine waves that mathematicians use to compress data and tease out signal from noise to reveal the structures of cyclical phenomena. He also has been interested in studying unusual signal processing ideas that scientists and engineers come up with on an ad hoc basis, and finding if they have any mathematical justification. His innovations have been applied in areas as diverse as medical imaging, seismology, astronomy and wireless communications.

Donoho received a bachelor's degree in statistics from Princeton in 1978 and a doctorate in statistics from Harvard in 1983. In 1984, he joined the faculty at the University of California-Berkeley, where he was a National Science Foundation Young Investigator from 1985 to 1990. He came to Stanford in 1990 and received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1991.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2001, he topped the Science Citation Index list of the world's most-cited mathematical scientists for the decade 1991-2000 and was awarded the von Neumann Prize for distinguished contributions to pure and/or applied mathematics.

John J. Donohue III is the William H. Neukom Professor in Law. He is also the John A. Wilson Distinguished Faculty Scholar and the academic associate dean for research at the Law School. Donohue, who joined the faculty in 1995, teaches contracts and has developed innovative courses in quantitative methods for law students. John J. Donohue III

He is widely regarded as the top empirical economist working in the field of law. He has published a range of articles that use large-scale statistical studies to analyze public policy issues ranging from employment discrimination to school desegregation and crime control. Working with Nobel economist James Heckman, Donohue has conducted the leading analysis of the extent to which black economic gains are attributable to civil rights legislation or litigation. Most prominently, in 2000 he co-authored The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime, a paper demonstrating that decreases in crime rates in the 1990s were attributable to the legalization of abortion in the 1970s. This had reduced the number of unwanted children, who might have been at higher risk for an array of difficulties, including later involvement in crime. Currently, he is studying the impact of the race of police officers on arrests and the impact of laws permitting the carrying of concealed handguns. Donohue serves on the editorial board of several journals and on a National Science Foundation review panel. He has chaired the Law School appointments committee and is a University Fellow. Donohue earned his bachelor's degree from Hamilton College in 1974, his law degree from Harvard in 1977 and subsequent degrees, including a doctorate in economics, from Yale.

Morris P. Fiorina is the Wendt Family Professor and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Before coming to Stanford in 1998, Fiorina taught at Harvard and the California Institute of Technology. Highly regarded as a leading scholar of American politics for more than two decades, Fiorina's research focuses on legislative and electoral processes, with particular emphasis on the ways in which political institutions and procedures facilitate or distort the representation of citizen preferences. Morris P. Fiorina

He has published numerous articles and books including Divided Government, a widely recognized study of the phenomenon in which neither major political party holds the presidency and Congress simultaneously. Another work, The Personal Vote: Constituency Service and Electoral Independence, coauthored with Bruce Cain and university colleague John Ferejohn, won the 1988 Richard F. Fenno Prize. From 1986 to 1990, Fiorina was chairman of the board of overseers of the American National Election Studies. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fiorina currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals. At Stanford, he teaches courses in the Department of Political Science, including American National Government and Politics, Public Opinion and Elections and Frontiers in American Politics. Fiorina received his bachelor's degree from Allegheny College in 1968 and his doctorate from the University of Rochester in 1972.

Henry T. Greely is the C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor at the Law School and professor, by courtesy, of genetics. A faculty member since 1985, he has developed an interdisciplinary specialty in health law with a particular focus on the intersection of law, ethics and genetics. Greely's most recent work examines the legal and ethical issues raised by advances in human genetics. Henry T. Greely

He has written about the protection of people who take part in genetics research, genetic discrimination, genetic testing, human cloning and, more generally, on the broader consequences of the revolution in human genetics. He is beginning to work on the legal and social implications of new knowledge in human neuroscience. Greely is director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences, chair of the Steering Committee of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and co-director of the Program in Genomics, Ethics and Society. Actively involved in the formulation of bioscience policy, Greely is a member of the California Advisory Committee on Human Cloning and the Veterans Affairs Genetic Tissue Banking Initiative. He has taught property, contracts, health law and a variety of innovative and interdisciplinary seminars. He also has served as chair of the working group on homeowner-university relations and currently is vice chair of the Faculty Senate. Greely received his bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford in 1974 and his law degree from Yale in 1977.

W. E. Moerner has been named the Harry S. Mosher Professor. Moerner joined the Department of Chemistry in 1998 after serving as Distinguished Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of California-San Diego. From 1981 to 1995, he was a research staff member and project leader at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose.

Moerner is a pioneer in the spectroscopy of single molecules. Prior to his work, researchers could only describe averages, mean motions and properties of a large group of molecules. His research has allowed scientists to scrutinize the behavior of lone molecules -- a breakthrough that may lead to extraordinary developments in the study of biological molecules and complex materials.

His laboratory also has focused on the development of photorefractive polymers -- research that could revolutionize the field of holographic optical processing.

Moerner is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America. Among other honors, he was awarded the 2001 Earle K. Plyer Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy from the American Physical Society and was named the Roger I. Wilkinson National Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer in 1984.

Paul M. Sniderman, a faculty member since 1972, is the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy. He is chair of the Department of Political Science and a senior fellow, by courtesy, at the Institute for International Studies. Sniderman's research interests include American politics, public opinion and democratic theory. His scholarship has focused on the psychological and cultural foundations of racial and ethnic prejudice as expressed by political attitudes and electoral choices. Paul M. Sniderman

He has co-authored several award-winning books including Reasoning and Choice: Explorations in Political Psychology and The Scar of Race. More recently, Sniderman's interests have expanded to include non-American political systems. He has co-authored The Outsider: Prejudice and Politics in Italy and is writing a book on the politics of multiculturalism in the Netherlands. Sniderman is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and, among other honors, was the 1998 recipient of the Lasswell Award for Distinguished Scientific Lifetime Contributions to the Study of Political Psychology. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate seminars, including Democratic Theory; Political Beliefs and Values of Black Americans; Prejudice, Politics and Group Conflict in Italy; and Politics of Multiculturalism: The Example of Europe. Sniderman teaches a popular lecture course called Issues of Race in American Politics. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto in 1963 and his doctorate in political science from the University of California-Berkeley in 1971.

Marc Tessier-Lavigne -- a professor of biological sciences and of neurology, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator -- has been named the Susan B. Ford Professor. Prior to joining the faculty this academic year, he was a professor and HHMI investigator in the departments of Anatomy and of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California-San Francisco. Marc Tessier-Lavigne

Tessier-Lavigne is recognized as a world leader in neuroscience for his work on the molecular mechanisms of axon growth and guidance in the developing brain. His research during the past decade has probed the detailed molecular mechanisms that enable growing axons to recognize chemical cues in their environment that enable them to march steadily toward their defined targets.

A major goal of his laboratory is to identify the mechanisms and molecules that are involved in wiring the brain during embryonic development, and to use this information to help stimulate regeneration of neuronal connections in the adult spinal cord following paralyzing injuries.

Tessier-Lavigne is a fellow of the Royal Society (London) and of the Royal Society of Canada. A Rhodes scholar, he also is a recipient of the Ameritech Prize and the Wakeman Award for regeneration research, the Fondation Ipsen Prize for Neuronal Plasticity and the Charles Judson Herrick Award in Comparative Neurology.

Seungjin Whang has been appointed the Jagdeep and Roshni Singh Professor at the Graduate School of Business. An expert in supply chain management and information systems, he studies how different organizations in a supply chain can work together to enhance the competitiveness of the supply chain. Seungjin Whang

He addresses coordination, information and management issues that arise when decision making is decentralized among individuals or organizations holding different information. For example, with Professors Hau Lee and Paddy Padmanabhan, he studied how a lack of information sharing in a supply chain can distort information about market demand (termed "the bullwhip effect") and lead to suboptimal performance. He also studied how different performance measures, contracts and incentives can make supply chains more efficient among partners. His integration of operations research models and economic analysis is a major innovation in the field.

Whang received a bachelor's degree in engineering from Seoul National University in Korea in 1974, master's degrees from the University of Rochester in statistics in 1983 and operations research in 1984, and a doctorate in business administration from the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business in 1988. He came to Stanford in 1987 as an assistant professor of operations, information and technology. In 1993, with Lee he founded the Global Supply Chain Forum at Stanford, a joint venture with the Graduate School of Business, the School of Engineering and industrial partners, with the objective of promoting the concept and practice of supply chain management. The pioneering course on supply chain management that he first taught in 1994 has since become a standard offering in MBA programs nationwide.

Recipient of an Honorable Mention in Distinguished Teaching Award, he has also been honored as a GSB Faculty Fellow, Finmeccanica Faculty Scholar, Bob and Marilyn Jaedicke Faculty Scholar and Fletcher Jones Faculty Scholar. He served on the editorial boards of Management Science, Information System Research and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management.