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Columbia's 60th Nobel Laureate
By Lisa Kitayama
winner Robert Mundell
(PHOTO: ROY MITTLEMAN)
Not even the
Yankees have a better record: For the third time in the last four
years, just as baseball's Bronx Bombers have won the World Series,
a Columbia professor has been awarded a Nobel Prize. In October, it
was announced that Robert A. Mundell, the C. Lowell Harriss
Professor of Economics, had won the 1999 Nobel Prize for
credited with developing fundamental theories of monetary and
fiscal policy. In the 1960s, when concepts of a fixed exchange rate
and national currency dominated economic thought, Mundell argued
for a common currency for specific regions. His arguments, analysis
on the advantages of a common currency, and theoretical framework
provided the foundations for international monetary theory and
the 60th Nobel laureate affiliated with Columbia, continuing the
remarkable legacy of students and professors at the University. He
is the second professor of economics in recent years to have won
the prize: the late William S. Vickrey was a Nobel laureate in
1996. Last year, Professor of Physics Horst Stormer won the prize
the award, the Royal Swedish Academy cited Mundell's 1961 article
"A Theory of Optimum Currency Areas," in The American Economic
Review as laying the groundwork for the common currency policy that
became the model for the Euro.
research has had such a far-reaching and lasting impact because it
combines formal - but still accessible - analysis, intuitive
interpretation and results with immediate policy applications," the
Academy said. "Mundell's contributions serve as a superb reminder
of the significance of basic research. At a given point in time
academic achievements might appear rather esoteric; not long
afterwards, however, they may take on great practical
Born in 1932
in Canada, Mundell studied at the University of British Columbia,
the University of Washington and the London School of Economics
before earning his Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T. Mundell taught at
Stanford and the Johns Hopkins Bologna Center of Advanced
International Studies, worked with the International Monetary Fund,
and was a professor at the University of Chicago. He also has been
editor of the Journal of Political Economy. Mundell joined
the Columbia faculty in 1974. From 1965-75, he was a summer
professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in
Geneva. In 1997-98 he was the AGIP Professor of Economics at the
Johns Hopkins Bologna Center.
writer and much sought out economics advisor and consultant,
Mundell has written four books and authored over 100 articles. He
has acted as an advisor to major domestic and international
institutions, including the United Nations, the International
Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Federal Reserve Board, the U.S.
Treasury, and the government of Canada, as well as advising several
Latin American governments.
Named VP for Facilities Management
By Shira Boss
Burstein, who in the past four years brought student services
on-line, made dining halls less cafeteria-like and residence halls
more comfortable and attractive for students, has been named vice
president for facilities management. He succeeds Charlie
Maikish, who had held the position for 112 years before
returning to private-sector real estate management.
an investment banker before coming to Columbia four years ago as
vice president for student services, when the position was created.
The student services department has grown to encompass housing and
services for dining, health, finance and student
accomplishments was the development of web-based services that
allow students to order transcripts, see their grades, change
addresses and track which requirements they have yet to fulfill and
which courses will apply toward those requirements. He implemented
the telephone registration system, remodeled dining halls to
resemble retail-style restaurants rather than assembly-line
cafeterias, and transformed student IDs into Columbia Cards that
give students free checking with Citibank and act as an on-campus
debit card at dining halls, a copy center, the bookstore, vending
machines and laundry rooms. He also helped engineer the Columbia
Comprehensive Educational Financing Plan, which negotiates student
loans at lower interest rates, and was involved, from the users'
perspective, in the building or renovations of Lerner Hall and
several residence halls.
criticism Burstein has worked hard to overcome is that students'
complaints weren't being heard or their needs served. "He's
genuinely dedicated to students' needs and finding out what they
want," said Tiffany Fletcher '01, student services
representative for student council.
regret in the switch is that I won't work directly with
undergraduates anymore," Burstein said. "That has been an
exceptionally fulfilling part of my job." In his new position,
Burstein will work more with faculty and administrative needs. "I'm
going to work on improving service delivery, much like we did for
student services," he said.
management has two sides. One is the planning, design and
construction of buildings, and the other is their operation,
including custodial care and maintenance. The construction side,
which includes high-profile projects like the building of Lerner
and the renovation of Butler, "is very strong right now," said
Emily Lloyd, executive vice president for
"Now we have
to play catch-up on the operations side. We know that this is an
area of concern with both students and faculty," she said. "They're
not satisfied with the cleanliness of the areas they use and being
able to get things fixed properly."
that Columbia's campus is a challenge to maintain because many
buildings are old. "There are a lot of nooks and crannies that the
sleek, new buildings don't have," she said.
be in charge of expanding and improving custodial and maintenance
services as well as overseeing the five-year, $848-million capital
construction and renewal plan approved by the Trustees last June.
That includes the restoration and renovation of three classroom
buildings, including Hamilton Hall; the renovation of River Hall,
which will take place next year; the construction of the Broadway
Residence Hall on 113th Street, which will open next fall, and the
Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life, which will open in early
2000; as well as the on-going renovation of Butler Library and the
completion of the interior of Lerner Hall.
A search is
under way for a new head of student services. In the interim,
Margo Amgot, executive director of student health and
related services, will also serve as acting vice president for
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