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Ross School Honors Faculty

4/7/2005 --

Eight recognized for research, teaching and service.

Sendil Ethiraj Michelle Hanlon James Hines, Jr.

Francine Lafontaine

M. P. Narayanan C. K. Prahalad Jan Svejnar

Brian Talbot

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Eight faculty members were honored April 6 for research, teaching and service at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

James R. Hines Jr., professor of business economics and research director of the Office of Tax Policy Research at the Ross School, was named Researcher of the Year at the school's annual faculty awards dinner. The award recognizes his substantial research contributions in the last three calendar years and the significance of his scholarly publications.

C. K. Prahalad, the Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration, received the Senior Faculty Research Award for research in the field of business, including his most recent book "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty through Profits," and his contributions to building and maintaining a strong research environment at the Ross School.

M. P. Narayanan, professor of finance, received the Victor L. Bernard Teaching Leadership Award. Established in 1994 in memory of Professor Victor Bernard, the award recognizes teaching, work with PhD students and colleagues, and course design. Six other teaching award winners will be announced at ceremonies later this month.

Michelle Hanlon, assistant professor of accounting, was named the Bank One Corporation Assistant Professor of Business Administration. The one-year appointment recognizes and supports promising non-tenured faculty.

Sendil K. Ethiraj, the Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow and assistant professor of corporate strategy and international business, was named the Sanford R. Robertson Assistant Professor of Business Administration. The one-year named professorship recognizes early career achievement and encourages outstanding performance in teaching and research. Sanford Robertson, BBA '53, MBA '54, is principal founder of Francisco Partners in Menlo Park, Calif.

Jan Svejnar, the Everett E. Berg Professor of Business Administration, professor of corporate strategy and international business and professor of business economics, received the Contribution to the Research Environment Award for his creative, substantive and high-impact contributions to the Ross School's research environment. He served as executive director of the William Davidson Institute from 1996 to 2004.

Francine Lafontaine, professor and chair of business economics and public policy and professor of economics, has been named the Jack D. Sparks Whirlpool Corporation Research Professor. The professorship, established in honor of the former chairman, president and CEO of Whirlpool Corp., recognizes Lafontaine's outstanding record of scholarship and ongoing research program.

Brian Talbot, the David B. Hermelin Professor of Business Administration,, professor of operations and management science and co-director of the Corporate Environmental Management Program, received the Andy Andrews Distinguished Faculty Service Award. The award was created in memory of Richard W. (Andy) Andrews, associate professor of statistics, who died on May 29, 2002. Talbot, co-director of the Corporate Environmental Management Program, serves on the school's Executive Committee.

For more information, contact:
Mary Jo Frank
Phone: 734-647-4622