Jonathan Lunine ’80, a professor of planetary sciences and of physics at the University of Arizona, has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors awarded in the fields of science and technology. An expert in the formation and evolution of planets, brown dwarf stars, and other celestial bodies, Lunine has made significant contributions to spacecraft technology and space exploration.
Hugo Sonnenschein ’61, the Adam Smith Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and president emeritus at the University of Chicago, has earned international recognition for his contributions to economic theory. In June, Sonnenschein, a Rochester trustee, received the Frontiers of Knowledge Award in economics, finance, and management from the BBVA Foundation. BBVA stands for Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, and is a global financial services group based in Bilbao, Spain. Sonnenschein shared the award with one of his former students, Andreu Mas-Colell, the secretary general of the European Union Research Council.
Museum, gallery, and public art curator Rochelle Steiner ’97 (PhD) has been named the new dean of the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts. A graduate of Rochester’s doctoral program in visual and cultural studies, Steiner is the former director of the Public Art Fund in New York City. In that role, she helped secure the commissioning and installation of several notable contemporary works in public spaces throughout the city, including “The New York City Waterfalls,” a series of large and striking outdoor waterfalls by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson that was on display in 2008.
Los Angeles business and real estate attorney James Jimenez ’75, ’76S (MBA) has been designated a top California lawyer by Southern California Super Lawyers magazine. A national umbrella group, Super Lawyers magazine honors no more than 5 percent of attorneys in any state with the special status. Super Lawyers are selected based on peer nominations and professional achievements. Jimenez has been practicing law in California for three decades, founding his own firm, the Pacific Business Law Group, in 1988.