Senate of Heidelberg University Elects Three New Vice-Rectors
14 May 2013
The Senate of Heidelberg University elected three new vice-rectors today (14 May 2013): Prof. Dr. A. Stephen K. Hashmi, from the field of chemistry, is to take on the responsibility for research and structure. Future vice-rector Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse, an English scholar, will be responsible for student affairs and teaching. Physicist Prof. Dr. Dieter W. Heermann will deal with international relations. Their three-year periods of office all begin on 1 October 2013. The election has to receive finally approval from the University Council.
Foto: Marco Schilling
A. Stephen K. Hashmi (born in1963) studied Chemistry at Munich’s Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, where he obtained his doctorate in 1991. After a post-doc at Stanford University, he worked in Berlin, Frankfurt and Vienna, and, with support from the German Research Council, completed his habilitation at Frankfurt University in 1998. There followed a time in Australia and a substitute professorship in Marburg. In 2001 Prof. Hashmi was appointed professor at Stuttgart University, and subsequently accepted a chair at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at Heidelberg University in 2007.
Beatrix Busse (born in 1973) trained as a teacher of English and History at the Universities of Osnabrück and Keele. In 2004 she obtained her doctorate at the English Department of Münster University, where she worked seven years on the academic staff. She spent research periods in Birmingham, Stratford and Lancaster, including with a scholarship from the British Academy. From 2008 to 2010 she taught and researched at Berne University, where she completed her habilitation. In 2011 Beatrix Busse accepted a chair at the Department of English at Heidelberg University.
Dieter W. Heermann (born in 1955) studied Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics at the universities of Dortmund and Cologne. After obtaining his doctorate in 1983 at Boston University and a period spent at the Jülich Research Centre, he completed his habilitation at Mainz University in 1987. Called to Wuppertal University in 1988, he accepted an appointment at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of Heidelberg University in 1989. Here Prof. Heermann also belongs to the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing. In addition, he is attached to Jackson Laboratory in Maine (USA). In 2011 he was visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai.
Prof. Hashmi assumes the office of Vice-rector for Research and Structure after biologist Prof. Dr. Thomas Rausch (since 2010). Prof. Busse takes over responsibility for student affairs and teaching from theologian Prof. Dr. Friederike Nüssel (since 2009). Prof. Heermann replaces the law expert Prof. Dr. Thomas Pfeiffer (since 2007) as vice-rector for international affairs.