2016 Richard W. Lyman Award Winner
Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, Associate Professor of Anthropological Sciences and, by courtesy, of Spanish and Portuguese
James, or Jim as alumni and staff call him, has a long standing relationship with the Stanford Alumni Association. He has led over 55 Travel Study trips over the past 45 years all around the world that have engaged alumni and their families. Jim has led trips as far away as Scandinavia, Mexico, Spain and the Galapagos. He has captivated alumni celebrating their reunions at Classes Without Quizzes, and even captured the attention of scores of alumni at the premier program, Think Again.
Jim has conducted extensive fieldwork in Guatemala and Mexico, including a study of Ayapa Zoque, a nearly extinct language spoken by a handful of people in the state of Tabasco, and is also known for his work in Mayan linguistics and hieroglyphic decipherment. He has maintained deep ties to the land of his ancestors, Norway, and speaks the language fluently. Jim has very clearly been an asset to the Stanford Alumni Association's programming since 1975.
Jim has received rave reviews from the alumni he leads and educates all over the globe. He has been called a "thoughtful and caring leader, informative and entertaining, patient with the many alumni questions, and a great storyteller." Alumni who travel with him can attest to his vast knowledge, enthusiasm, and his ability to captivate an audience. The Stanford Alumni Travel Study program would certainly not be what it is today without Jim's presence on these trips and natural ability to educate alumni near and far.
The Stanford Alumni Association presents Jim with the 2016 Richard W. Lyman Award at a private dinner on November 10, 2016.
About the Richard W. Lyman Award
The Richard W. Lyman Award was established in 1983 in President Emeritus Richard W. Lyman's honor. The Award recognizes one outstanding faculty member for extraordinary service to the alumni community and Stanford Alumni Association programs. Recipients generously donate time to alumni, go beyond the expectations of University appointments and embody the mission of Stanford Alumni Association.
Jeffrey R. Koseff
The Perry L. McCarty Director of the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, The Michael Forman University Fellow in Undergraduate Education and The William Alden Campbell and Martha Campbell Professor of Civic and Environmental Engineering
Associate professor of energy resources engineering, and director of the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford
Senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He is also the Peter E. Haas Faculty co-director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford.
Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law
Lyman P. Van Slyke
Professor of History, Emeritus
Professor of History, Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professor in Public Service and Special Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Diversity