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Faculty fellowship program named in honor of Bass family; Eight new fellows selected
President John Hennessy has announced the naming of the Bass University Fellows in Undergraduate Education Program in recognition of an extraordinarily generous gift of matching funds by Anne and Robert Bass, M.B.A. '74.
The announcement, made at the Faculty Senate meeting Oct. 10, comes at the second anniversary of the Campaign for Undergraduate Education, a five-year, $1 billion fund-raising effort to build the endowment for undergraduate education.
"When we began the campaign, we searched for a way to both build the endowment for undergraduate education and to honor faculty who have made extraordinary contributions to the undergraduate experience," Hennessy said. "I'm happy to announce that Robert and Anne Bass, campaign co-chairs and parents of two Stanford alums, have made an extraordinary gift of matching funds to support this program. With their generosity and that of eight other donors, I am delighted to be able to announce eight new university fellows."
The first group of eight fellows was named in January.
"The University Fellows in Undergraduate Education will help Stanford encourage the kind of continued dedication to teaching undergraduates that those honored have demonstrated," the Basses said in a statement.
Gifts for University Fellows endow funds to support initiatives such as Stanford Introductory Studies. Through the generosity of the Basses, gifts of $1.5 million will be matched dollar for dollar. Stanford plans to name eight University Fellows each year, reaching a full complement of 40 by fall 2005.
University Fellows are chosen based on their commitment to undergraduate education. Faculty from all seven schools, as well as senior fellows in centers and institutes, are eligible. The Bass Program will sponsor an annual event for University Fellows and donors.
The Basses first became involved with Stanford in 1972, when Robert Bass enrolled in the Graduate School of Business after earning his bachelor's degree from Yale. In 1989 he joined Stanford's Board of Trustees, which he chaired from 1996 to 2000. He has served on the business school's advisory council and the Hoover Institution's board, and is chair of Stanford Management Company. Anne Bass, a graduate of Smith College, is a member of Stanford's Humanities and Sciences Council and a past member of the Athletic Board.
The Basses have supported a wide range of Stanford programs, including their contribution in the late 1980s to Stanford in Washington's Bass Center. They gave $25 million to Stanford's Centennial Campaign in 1992, endowing five chairs in Humanities and Sciences, and provided matching funds for Stanford Graduate Fellowships in 1996.
Hennessy announced the following eight new Bass University Fellows in Undergraduate Education:
Coit D. Blacker, deputy director and senior fellow at the Institute for International Studies, becomes the Olivier Nomellini University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, a gift of Angela Nomellini, '75 and Ken Olivier, '74. Blacker has been a longtime teacher and adviser at Stanford. He served in the first Clinton administration as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council.
William H. Durham, the Bing professor in Human Biology, former chair of the Department of Anthropological Sciences, and former director of the Program in Human Biology, becomes the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, a gift of Akiko Yamazaki, '90 and Jerry Yang, '90, M.S. '90. Durham is known in his field for uniting biological and cultural anthropological theory.
Christopher F. Edwards, associate professor in the thermosciences division of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, becomes the John Henry Samter University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, a gift of the John Henry Samter, '40, Eng. '42 estate. Edwards is interested in combustion and spray dynamics and has received both national and international awards for his work in sprays.
David L. Freyberg, associate professor of hydrology, ground water, and water resources in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, becomes the Landreth Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, a gift of Jeanne, '69 and Bill Landreth, '69. He is a recipient of the School of Engineering's Tau Beta Pi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and a Bing Fellowship for his contributions to undergraduate education.
Judith L. Goldstein, director of International Relations and International Policy Studies in the Department of Political Science, and senior fellow at the Institute for International Studies, becomes the William and Dorothy Kaye University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, a gift of the William Kaye, '33 estate. Her research interests include American foreign policy, foreign economic policy, international trade, the World Trade Organization, and NAFTA.
Carolyn Lougee Chappell, professor of early modern European history, and chair of the Department of History, becomes the Martin Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, a gift of Patty and Eff Martin, M.B.A. '73. She teaches undergraduate lecture courses and colloquia, and helped organize the department's first workshop on the use of quantitative data and computer techniques in social history. She also has served as dean of undergraduate studies, and was one of the first faculty members in the School of Humanities and Sciences to be named recipient of the dean's award for distinguished teaching.
Pamela A. Matson, incoming dean of the School of Earth Sciences, professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, holder of both the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Environmental Studies and the Victoria P. and Roger W. Sant Directorship of the Earth Systems Program, becomes the Burton J. and Deedee McMurtry University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, a gift of Deedee and Burt McMurtry, M.S. '59, Ph.D. '62.
Ramón Saldívar, professor of English and comparative literature and the Hoagland Family professor in Humanities and Sciences, becomes the Milligan Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, a gift of Gretchen H., '73, M.B.A. '75 and Marshall C. Milligan, M.B.A. '76 and Jeanne E and Michael S. Milligan, '66, J.D. '72. The gift honors Stanford parents and graduates Jeanne Welch Milligan, '39 and A.A. "Bud" Milligan, '38.