Many of you have likely heard of todayís exciting announcement that Elinor Ostrom, the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science and Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, has been named the co-recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Economics.
On behalf of the Bloomington campus, I offer heartfelt congratulations to Lin for this extraordinary honor.
The Bloomington campus has been extremely fortunate to have had the benefit of Linís outstanding work as a teacher, researcher, advisor, and administrator for more than four decades. We have long recognized that she is one of the world's preeminent social scientists and a pioneering, influential scholar.
She has launched institutions that have shaped the research careers of many social scientists, notably, IUís Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, which she co-founded in 1973 with her husband Vincent Ostrom.
Lin was instrumental in establishing the commons as a new field for investigation. The field has matured remarkably over the last 20-30 years and Lin has been the driving force behind its growth. Her book, Governing the Commons, dispelled the conventional wisdom about managing common property.
Boards, journals, and advisory groups around the world clamor for Linís leadership, her judgment, and her expertise.
Becoming the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Economics is a capstone on Linís trailblazing career. The honor brings reflected glory to our campus community and the state of Indiana.
All of us at Indiana University Bloomington are honored to have Elinor Ostrom as a colleague.
Provost and Executive Vice President