Professors George Annas, James Collins, Nancy Kopell, Laurence Kotlikoff, and James Winn were named as the University’s first five William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professors. The award is intended to be the highest honor bestowed upon senior faculty members who continue to be involved in research, scholarship, and teaching, as well as the University’s civic life. (Read more)
Annas is the author or editor of 16 books on health law and bioethics, an expert on patient rights, and cofounder of Global Lawyers and Physicians, a transnational professional association of lawyers and physicians working together to promote human rights and health.
Collins is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, a position he holds concurrently with his BU appointment. He also is cofounder and codirector of the University’s Center for BioDynamics. a Rhodes Scholar, a winner of the Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and a 2003 recipient of a MacArthur Fellows Program Award.
Kopell is the William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of Mathematics and Science in the College of Arts & Sciences and cofounder and codirector of the Center for Biodynamics at the College of Engineering. Her major current interest is in the dynamics of the nervous system, where she has made seminal contributions to the understanding of coupled oscillators and the generation of rhythms in the brain.
Kotlikoff is a professor of economics in the College of Arts & Sciences, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the Econometric Society. He was a senior economist with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1981 to 1982. He has been a consultant to numerous corporations and government authorities around the world, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Winn is director of BU’s Humanities Foundation and a former chair of the CAS English department. His scholarly work has focused on the literature of England in the Restoration and the early 18th century. A prolific author, Winn is best known for his biography of John Dryden, John Dryden and His World, which won the British Humanities Council Prize and the Yale University Press Board of Governors’ Award. His most recent book is The Poetry of War.