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Two political scientists and a leader in cardiovascular research are the University's latest appointees to named chairs.

Richard Niemi

Richard Niemi, professor of political science who specializes in voting behavior and civic education, has been appointed Don Alonzo Watson Professor of Political Science.

His latest book, Civic Education: What Makes Students Learn (written with Jane Junn), documents how much students know about a wide range of political and civics topics. How and what young people learn about the American political system is one of his long-standing interests. Recruited by then department chair William Riker, who had been his teacher, Niemi joined the Rochester faculty in 1967.

Don Alonzo Watson, co-founder of Western Union, endowed the professorship to acknowledge achievements in the study of political science and history.

G. Bingham Powell, Jr.

A preeminent scholar of comparative political science, G. Bingham Powell, Jr., has been appointed the Marie Curran Wilson and Joseph Chamberlain Wilson Professor of Political Science.

In his almost 30 years in his department, Powell has built and sustained its national reputation in comparative politics.

His empirical research that draws general scientific inferences about underlying political processes across nations have attracted awards and grants.

A former editor of the American Political Science Review, the leading scholarly journal in the field, he is the author of the prize-winning book Contemporary Democracies: Participation, Stability and Violence.

This chair is one of a number established by Joseph '31 and Marie Wilson, who were major University benefactors.

Bradford Berk

Bradford Berk '81M (MD), who joined the University Medical Center in 1998, is the newly appointed Charles A. Dewey Professor of Medicine and chair of the center's Department of Medicine.

A nationally respected expert on the molecular biology and genetics of cardiovascular disease, Berk is recognized as one of the country's leaders in federally funded cardiovascular research.

The Dewey Professorship was established by the bequest of Charles Dewey, Class of 1861. He was the son of Chester Dewey, one of the University's founding faculty members.

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