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Three new Humboldt laureates at LMU

Munich, 06/04/2012

Three new Humboldt Foundation laureates have arrived at LMU Munich to carry out research projects in collaboration with LMU faculty. Professor Henry F. Schaefer III (University of Georgia, USA) is the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award, and will be based at the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy as the guest of Professor Christian Ochsenfeld. The Institute of Production Management and Management Accounting welcomes both Professor Gerald Häubl (University of Alberta, Canada), who has won a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award for Research, and Professor John J. Kanet (University of Dayton, USA), winner of the Reimar Lüst Prize for International Scholarly and Cultural Exchange. Häubl‘s host will be Professor Martin Spann, while Kanet will work with Professor Hans-Ulrich Küpper.

Henry F. Schaefer III
Henry F. Schaefer is one of the world’s leading quantum chemists. His work has had a major impact on theoretical chemistry and contributed significantly to advances in understanding of the details of chemical reaction mechanisms. Schaefer played an important role in the development of methods and theoretical models that have led to the solution of many chemical puzzles. Indeed, quantum chemistry has become an indispensable tool in chemical research to which his work made important contributions. Schaefer’s theoretical analyses have complemented and illuminated the findings of many experimental studies and, in some cases, refuted interpretations proposed on the basis of laboratory data. Schaefer’s current interests focus on the development and application of new theoretical approaches to a range of problems, including the chemistry of DNA damage and the isolation of unconventional silicon compounds. During his stay at LMU, Henry F. Schaefer will collaborate with Professor Christian Ochsenfeld’s research group on the design and implementation of quantum chemical methods for the study of complex molecular systems.

Henry F. Schaefer studied Chemical Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and at Stanford University (USA), where he obtained his PhD in 1969. In the same year he was appointed Professor of Chemistry at the University of California in Berkeley (USA). In 1987 Schaefer moved to the University of Georgia as Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry. Since 2004, Schaefer has been also Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of California in Berkeley (USA).

Gerald Häubl
Gerald Häubl is an internationally recognized marketing researcher, who is especially well known for his work on consumer decision-making. His work has led to important insights into how consumers develop preferences for particular brands, and how these predilections change with time. Häubl has also studied how consumers acquire and utilize information about products, and how external aids to decision-making influence their purchase choices. Häubl’s ultimate goal is to elucidate the fundamental psychological processes that underlie the purchasing decisions that consumers make. Additionally, his program of research is aimed at identifying means of assisting consumers in making better consumption decisions and having more pleasurable consumption experiences. In the course of his stay at LMU, Häubl plans to extend his research on consumer behavior in the context of so-called “name-your-own-price” auctions.

Professor Gerald Häubl studied International Business Administration and Marketing at the Vienna University of Economics (Austria), where he obtained a doctorate in Marketing in 1995. He then moved to the University of Alberta (Canada) to take up the position of Assistant Professor of Marketing, and was promoted to Associate Professor of Marketing there in 2004. Since 2003 Häubl has also held a Chair in Behavioral Research at the University of Alberta.

John J. Kanet
John J. Kanet’s research interests lie in the area of Production Management. In particular, his work on batch-size planning and scheduling, as well as inventory and supply chain management, has generated valuable insights. His focus on practicability ensures that new strategies suggested by theoretical considerations can be rapidly implemented in real business settings. For many years, Kanet has maintained close contacts with German universities and their faculty members and students. Building on his own experiences as a visiting scholar, he has been instrumental in the initiation of exchange programs at a number of German institutions. As well as actively participating in research collaborations with German partners, he has brought groups of American students to Germany and teaches German students at his home university. He also organizes German-American Summer Schools in Economics. During his stint at the Institute of Production Management and Management Accounting, Kanet intends to study how the concept of Research Experiences for Undergraduates can best be integrated into the Bachelor Studies Program. 

Professor John J. Kanet studied Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania (USA) and Finance at Loyola College in Baltimore (USA). He subsequently attended Pennsylvania State University (USA), where he earned a doctorate in Business Administration in 1979. Kanet then served as an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia and at Texas A&M University, before moving in 1986 to Clemson University (USA) as Burlington Professor of Management, a post which he held until 2002. In 2003, Kanet was appointed to Niehaus Chair of Operations Management at the University of Dayton (USA). Over the years since 1984, Kanet has also served as a Visiting Professor at universities in Erlangen, Essen, Munich and Vienna.

Humboldt Research Awards are conferred on renowned scholars and researchers whose discoveries have already had a significant impact on their own field, and whose work is expected to continue to open up fresh perspectives in the future. Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Awards are bestowed on scientists and scholars who have achieved international recognition in their field, and promise to have a lasting impact on areas beyond its immediate limits in the future. The Reimar Lüst Award is intended to honor personalities who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of cultural and academic relations between their own countries and Germany. Winners of all these awards are invited to spend time in Germany at a host institution of their choice. Thus the number of Humboldt-sponsored scholars hosted by a university is a useful indicator of that institution’s international reputation and the quality of its network of research contacts. göd

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