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Peter Schiffer ’88, a physicist and vice chancellor at the University of Illinois, has been appointed vice provost for research—Yale’s first. Schiffer, who earned his PhD at Stanford, studies magnetic systems in the field of experimental condensed matter physics. President Peter Salovey ’86PhD said that Schiffer will “bring a new level of strategic attention to Yale’s science and research enterprise.” His wife, theoretical chemist Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, will come to Yale as the inaugural John Gamble Kirkwood Professor of Chemistry.


Five alumni have been awarded the Yale Medal for outstanding service to the university. The medal is presented annually by the Association of Yale Alumni. This year’s recipients are Anne Boucher ’80, a supporter of the women’s rowing team and its alumnae; Kenneth D. Inadomi ’76, founder of the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance; Charles B. Johnson ’54, who has made major donations to support new residential colleges, athletic facilities, and academic programs; Randolph M. Nelson ’85, a volunteer fund-raiser and former chair of the Yale Alumni Fund; and Linus Travers ’58, ’59MAT, an active organizer of musical alumni.

Stepping down

Poet and critic J. D. McClatchy ’74PhD stepped down in June as editor of the Yale Review after 26 years. The Review, a literary journal that dates to 1819, was nearly shuttered in 1991 because of budget problems at Yale. McClatchy, then the journal’s poetry editor, became editor after private funding was found to continue publishing. McClatchy helped raise an endowment to insure its future. Harold Augenbraum is serving as acting editor during a search for McClatchy’s successor.

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