Professor Lawrence Blume, the Distinguished Arts and Sciences Professor of Economics, Professor of Information Science, and the Charles F. and Barbara D. Weiss Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Information Science, has been named the Interim Associate Dean for Education. Blume will be fulfilling this role while Professor Claire Cardie, the Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering in the departments of computer science and information science, is on sabbatical for the 2022-2023 academic year.
As the Interim Associate Dean for Education, Blume will provide leadership to ensure the college continues to deliver exceptional educational programs – including curriculum, instruction, advising, and learning experiences – to the college’s growing student population. He will also represent Cornell Bowers CIS on university and college committees.
“Larry has been a mentor and role model to countless students as well as an outstanding member of the faculty,” said Kavita Bala, dean of Cornell Bowers CIS in a message to the community. “I look forward to working with him in his new leadership role as we continue to strengthen our educational programs.”
Blume received a B.A. in Economics from Washington University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and was one of the general editors of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition, to which he contributed several articles on economic theory. He is also a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Visiting Research Professor at Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS). He has been a member of the external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute, where he has served as Co-Director of the Economics Program and on the Institute's steering committee.
In addition to his administrative duties as Interim Associate Dean for Education and the Charles F. and Barbara D. Weiss Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Information Science, he will continue to teach and conduct research in general equilibrium theory and game theory, as well as income and wealth distribution and network design.