Samuel Thier succeeded Evelyn Handler to become Brandeis University’s sixth president. The former head of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences was officially inaugurated on April 10, although he had already assumed the responsibilities of his office at the beginning of the academic year.
Recognition of Brandeis’ growing importance as a research center appeared in the form of a published congressional study. In a nationwide evaluation, Brandeis ranked ninth in research impact, assessed as a measure of scholarly citations. The 1,839 recent articles published by our faculty were found to have been cited 24,355 times in 1990 publications.
Members of Brandeis’ minority communities found a shared home with the opening of the Intercultural Center in the Swig Student Center in the East Quad dorms. The new Center’s founders declared that among their goals they hoped “to provide a healthy framework and ‘meeting space’ for students of color” and “to provide a framework for the Brandeis community to interact from a multicultural perspective.”
Researchers at the Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Laboratory contributed a motion sickness experiment to a mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery. The experiment consisted of a rotating chair designed to stimulate the inner ear and stave off space-sickness. James Lackner, Director of the lab, and Paul DiZio, Research Scientist and Assistant Director, traveled to the Johnson Space Center in Houston to monitor the experiment.
The January opening of the Clara and Joseph Ford Recreation Complex significantly expanded on the amount of athletic and recreation space available to the Brandeis community. The facilities in the complex included the newly built Gosman Sports and Convocation Center, as well as the Shapiro Athletic Center and the Linsey Pool.