S. Diane Yamada, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and section chief of gynecologic oncology, has been named the Joseph Bolivar DeLee Professor.
Yamada is recognized for her expertise in complex ovarian cancer surgery, minimally invasive surgery and prophylactic surgery for uterine, ovarian and cervical cancers. Her research has focused on the management of high-grade uterine cancers and novel treatments and optimization of intraperitoneal chemotherapy for ovarian cancer.
Yamada is the author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and invited reviews. She is the principal investigator for the Gynecologic Oncology Group and for a number of collaborative group translational clinical trials.
She also is recognized for reinstituting the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program at UChicago after a 25-year hiatus and is an oral board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s Board of Directors. She has received a number of teaching awards and accolades for excellence in clinical care.
She joined the UChicago faculty in 1999.
Giulia Galli, an expert in developing theoretical and computational methods to predict the properties of complex materials—encompassing solids, liquids and nanostructures—has been named a Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering.
Galli’s move to Chicago brought her much closer to one of her many research endeavors at the Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory.
Until recently she chaired the Extreme Physics and Chemistry of Carbon Directorate of the Deep Carbon Observatory, a 10-year global effort to discover the quantity, movements, origins and forms of Earth’s deep carbon. She remains involved in the project as one of the observatory’s lead researchers and as a member of its scientific advisory board.
Galli also is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a newly elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Galli spent much of her early career conducting research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where she headed the Quantum Simulations Group.
Formerly a professor of chemistry and physics at the University of California, Davis, Galli joined the UChicago faculty in 2013.
Angela Olinto, who has made important contributions to the physics of quark stars, inflationary theory, cosmic magnetic fields and particle astrophysics, has been named a Homer J. Livingston Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics and the College.
Olinto’s research interests span theoretical astrophysics, particle and nuclear astrophysics, and cosmology. She has focused much of her work on understanding the origins of the highest energy cosmic rays and the ultra-compressed core of matter in neutron stars. Ultra-high-energy cosmic rays enter the atmosphere with so much energy that they produce a giant cascade of many tens of billions of secondary particles, which can be observed by large detectors such as the Auger Observatory.
Last year, Olinto was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her distinguished contributions to the field of astrophysics, particularly exotic states of matter and extremely high-energy cosmic ray studies at the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina.
She also is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has received the Chaire d’Excellence Award of the French Agence Nationale de Recherche. Olinto also is a recipient of the University’s highest teaching honor, the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
A faculty member at UChicago since 1996, Olinto now leads the U.S. collaboration of the Japanese Experiment Module-Extreme Universe Space Observatory mission to observe these ultra-energy particles from the International Space Station.
Recognized as a leading sociologist of his generation, Mario Luis Small, professor of sociology and dean of the Social Sciences Division, has been appointed the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor in Sociology and the College.
Small’s research focuses on institutional approaches to urban disadvantage, formal and informal systems of support among low-income mothers, and help-seeking behavior among students in higher education.
He has published books and numerous articles on urban poverty, social capital, personal networks, and the relationship between qualitative and quantitative social science methods.
Small is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters, and two books, Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio and Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life. Villa Victoria received numerous honors, including the C. Wright Mills Award for Best Book and the Robert E. Park Award for Best Book. Unanticipated Gains also received the C. Wright Mills Best Book Award, making Small the sole two-time recipient in the history of the award.
Small has served as associate editor of the American Journal of Sociology and is currently an editorial board member of Social Science Quarterly, City and Community, and Sociological Forum.
Small is a council member of the American Sociological Association, a trustee of NORC at the University of Chicago, the founding faculty director of the University of Chicago Urban Network and a former Chair of Sociology.
A native of Panama, Small taught at Princeton University from 2002 until 2006, when he then joined the UChicago faculty.