An academic who studies relationships between undergraduates is to continue to gather evidence at first hand in a new teaching role at Ohio State University. Jennifer Crocker joins Ohio State, as the Ohio eminent scholar in social psychology, from the University of Michigan, where she has been a professor since 1995. Her research concentrates on how people reach their goals and how they may sabotage themselves in the pursuit of those targets. "When people focus on themselves and their ego, they are usually less effective - that's what our research is showing," she said. A more successful strategy is to "develop goals that transcend the self. It's not about sacrificing yourself for other people, but finding goals that are good for yourself and for others, and recognising that your own well-being is interdependent with the people around you." In particular, Professor Crocker has looked at how students make the transition from school to higher education, and at relationships between university room-mates. She said it was satisfying when her research helped students outside the classroom. "I find that the things I study can be very helpful to undergraduates in sorting out their own goals and realising how they may be getting in their own way."
Linda Katehi has been invested as the chancellor of the University of California, Davis. She joins the institution, part of the University of California system, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was provost and vice-chancellor. Professor Katehi was originally from Greece, and received her undergraduate degree from the National Technical University of Athens before moving to the University of California, Los Angeles to complete postgraduate studies in electrical engineering. She said her decision to pursue electrical engineering as an academic interest came after watching the Apollo Moon landings. "I was impressed by the images I saw, primarily the shots from the control room in Houston," she recalled. She served variously as dean of engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University, associate dean for academic affairs and graduate education in the College of Engineering, and as professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan. Her work has led to 16 US patents, and she was selected by President George W. Bush to chair the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science.
"Recognition of the hard work nurses do and the great care they give" is how Catherine Theodosius, lecturer in health and well-being at University Campus Suffolk, described her honourable mention from the American Sociological Association. Her book, Emotional Labour in Health Care: The Unmanaged Heart of Nursing, was selected as an example of "excellent scholarship" by the committee, based at Western Washington University. Dr Theodosius followed her mother and grandmother into nursing, and said she had an "amazing experience" training at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London as a staff nurse in haematology and oncology. She said it was the "holistic approach" of her training that led to her going to the University of Essex to study for a BA, an MA and, finally, a PhD funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. "I'm interested in people, and the social side of nursing really struck me," she said. She was awarded a postdoctoral Fellowship at Essex and moved to University Campus Suffolk, first as a lecturer in adult nursing before taking up her current role last year.
A law scholar who opted for a career as an academic because it was a "safer route" than his other option - becoming an actor - has been elected for a second term as president of the University of British Columbia. As an undergraduate, Stephen Toope studied English literature and European history at Harvard University. It was his thesis in his third year that prompted the switch to law. "I thought I was writing on social history, but it actually turned into something on legal history and I became fascinated by it," he said. Professor Toope moved to McGill University to complete a master's, then went on to study for a PhD at the University of Cambridge before moving back to his native Canada to work as clerk for Chief Justice Dickson of the Supreme Court. He went on to become an assistant professor of law at McGill and was the university's youngest-ever dean of the Faculty of Law when he was appointed to the position in 1994. Professor Toope moved to the role of president of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation for three years before being appointed president of British Columbia in 2006. He said that a lot of his work as president had been focused on teaching and learning. Professor Toope added that it was "admirable" for major universities worldwide to focus on research, but that it was "time for a bit of rebalancing" on the side of undergraduate education.
Bournemouth University has appointed a new vice-chancellor. John Vinney is currently acting deputy vice-chancellor at the institution.
Tim Gore is to join the University of London External System as director of global networks and communities. Mr Gore is founding director of the Centre for Indian Business, University of Greenwich.
Ruth Ashford has been appointed dean and pro vice-chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. She is currently executive head of marketing and retail at the school.
Anthea Tinker, professor of social gerontology at King's College London, has received the Alan Walker Prize at this year's British Society of Gerontology annual conference.
Wendy Galbraith has been appointed director of finance at Queen's University Belfast. She joins from the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
Michael Whitby has been appointed pro vice-chancellor and head of the College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham. He is currently pro vice-chancellor (academic planning and resources) at the University of Warwick.
St Mary's University College, London has appointed Sinead McEneaney lecturer in history. Daniel Grey, lecturer in history at St Mary's, has been awarded a junior research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford.
Christopher Hogwood, visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music, has been appointed professor of music at Gresham College, London.