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Seven U. of I. professors
join Center for Advanced Study
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —
Seven professors at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign begin their appointments this fall as professors in
the Center for Advanced Study – one of the highest forms of recognition the campus bestows on
faculty members for outstanding scholarship.
The new CAS professors are Tamer Basar, electrical
and computer engineering; Peter Beak, chemistry;
Bruce Hajek, electrical and computer engineering; Stephen Jaeger, Germanic
languages and literatures, and comparative
and world literature; Susan Kieffer, geology;
Michael Moore, law and philosophy;
and Dale van Harlingen, physics.
The appointments, which are permanent, were announced May 4 and approved
by the university’s board of trustees during its July 14 meeting
CAS professors, which number 24 with the recent additions, are drawn
from throughout the campus. They continue to serve as full members of
their home departments, while participating in a variety of formal and
informal activities organized by the center, and also advising on the
center’s future programs and direction.
Basar, who is the Fredric G. and Elizabeth H. Nearing Endowed Professor
of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is internationally recognized
for his scholarly contributions to the fields of systems, control and
game theory. He has pioneered the game-theoretic approach to robust
estimation, identification, and control, which has also had significant
impact in other fields, such as economics. He also has made fundamental
contributions to the theory of nocooperative dynamic games. Basar is
a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the European Academy
of Sciences, as well as a fellow in the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers and the International Federation of Automatic
He is a past president of the IEEE Control Systems Society and founding
president of the International Society of Dynamic Games.
Beak, who holds the James R. Eiszner Distinguished Chair in Chemistry,
has made fundamental contributions to organic chemistry that have provided
unifying concepts and opened new areas of investigation. His work has
clarified the effect of molecular environment on structure-stability
relationships, provided new reactions that are widely used for chemical
synthesis, and identified novel reactive intermediates.
Beak is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also has received numerous awards,
lectured around the world, and served as research adviser for more than
100 graduate and postdoctoral students who are making significant independent
contributions to their fields.
Hajek pursues basic research in the area of modeling, analysis, and
optimization of the physical process of communication. He has worked
on several aspects of communication within computer networks, including
selection of information paths through a network, resolution of contention
for access at a network interface, and fair distribution of network
resources among competing information flows. He also has worked on time-varying
wireless communication channels and communication channels in which
information is conveyed in timing.
Hajek is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a past
recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Science Foundation
Presidential Young Investigator's Award. He also has received the Kobayashi
Award for Computer Communications, from the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers, and served as president of the IEEE Information
Theory Society. At Illinois, he has been a Beckman Fellow in the Center
for Advanced Study and a University Scholar.
Jaeger's research has focused on the courtly literature of the Middle
Ages and the interrelations of vernacular and Latin cultures. His contribution
is the illumination of the real social background to two phenomena long
considered merely fictional or literary: courtliness and courtly love.
He also has studied medieval humanism and written on its emergence at
cathedral schools in the pre-courtly period and its influence on Gottfried's
Among Jaeger’s awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship; Honorary Research
Fellowship, University of London; two Fulbright Fellowships; Research
Prize, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; and a National Endowment for
the Humanities Fellowship. In 2002, he was elected a fellow of the Medieval
Academy of America.
Kieffer, who holds a Charles R. Walgreen Jr. Chair, is known for her
work in geological fluid dynamics and for the Kieffer model of heat
capacities and thermodynamic properties of complex minerals. As a planetary
scientist, she has studied mega-scale geologic processes, such as meteorite
impacts, volcanic eruptions, and river floods, on Earth, Mars, Venus,
the moon, Io and Triton.
Kieffer is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow
of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is only the second
American and the only woman to have been awarded the Spendiarov Prize
of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Other awards and honors include a MacArthur
Fellowship, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, a U.S. Department
of the Interior Meritorious Service Award, and a Day Medal from the
Geological Society of America.
Moore, who also holds a Charles R. Walgreen Jr. Chair, is regarded as
a leading legal theorist, with broad interests across many fields and
several disciplines. His research and writing have dealt with such current
issues as whether torture may be used justifiably in the war on terrorism,
whether the death penalty has been imposed justly in certain well-known
cases, and whether the legal prohibition on recreational use of certain
drugs can be justified.
Moore is a professor of philosophy as well as law and is co-director
of the Program in Law and Philosophy at Illinois. He has held a series
of distinguished chairs and fellowships at other universities. He is
editor-in-chief of the journal Law and Philosophy and serves on the
editorial board or as guest editor of four other journals. Two of his
books on responsibility theory have been the subject of extensive, published
symposiums at the University of Pennsylvania.
Van Harlingen is a physicist working in the area of experimental condensed
matter who has focused on quantum phenomena and phase dynamics in superconducting
systems. He has made contributions to the field of Scanning Probe Microscopy
and was instrumental in the development of the Scanning SQUID Microscope
for magnetic imaging of vortices in superconductor systems. He pioneered
the phase-sensitive SQUID interferometry technique for determining the
symmetry of the order parameter in unconventional superconductors and
verified the d-wave symmetry of the high-temperature superconductors.
Van Harlingen, the Donald E. Biggers Professor of Engineering, is a
member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the National
Academy of Sciences, and a fellow in the American Physical Society.
He was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was awarded the 1998
Oliver E. Buckley Prize (with Donald Ginsberg) from the American Physical