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Mahood elected to chair Faculty Senate next year

STANFORD -- Gail Mahood, professor of geological and environmental sciences, will chair the Faculty Senate next year.

She will succeed Robert D. Simoni, professor of biological sciences.

Mahood was selected by majority vote of the 55 members of the incoming Faculty Senate. Her election was announced May 4 by English Professor John Bender, vice chair of the senate.

Mahood was chair of the Committee on Academic Appraisal and Achievement and played a central role in the new grading policy that was adopted last spring.

She teaches "Interpreting the Earth," the introductory course in the earth sciences. Her research focuses on volcanoes, vulcanism and volcanic hazards.

A native of California, Mahood earned her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at University of California-Berkeley. She did fieldwork in Honduras before joining the Stanford faculty in 1979.

Serving with Mahood on the senate Steering Committee will be Professors J. Myron Atkin, education; David Clayton, developmental biology; Alexander Fetter, applied physics; Joseph Goodman, electrical engineering; Brad Osgood, mathematics; and Gavin Wright, economics.

The senate was created in 1968 as the representative body of the Academic Council, which includes more than 1,300 members of the Stanford professoriate. The senate approves students' degrees and sets university policy on curriculum and academic programs.

In the 1995-96 Advisory Board elections, Professor James Sheehan, history, was elected as representative of Advisory Group IV, social sciences and history section. Alternates were Amos Tversky, psychology; Lucius Barker, political science; Gavin Wright, economics; and Keith Baker, history.

Professor George Dekker, English, was elected as representative of Advisory Board Group V, humanities and fine arts section. Alternates were Shirley Heath, English; Michael Bratman, philosophy; John Bender, English; and J. Martin Evans, English.

Mahood, in addition to chairing the Faculty Senate, also was elected to be the representative of Advisory Board Group VII, earth sciences, SLAC and basic medical sciences section. Alternates were Lucille Shapiro, developmental biology; Sidney Drell, SLAC; Eric Shooter, neurobiology; and Mark Zoback, geophysics.

The seven-member Advisory Board reviews all academic appointments, reappointments and promotions before they are submitted to the president for final action. It also reviews recommendations for the creation or abolition of departments.

The president and provost solicit advice from the Advisory Board on appointments of academic deans and on other issues. The Advisory Board also hears faculty grievance appeals.

Members serve staggered three-year terms.

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