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New Vice-Rectors at the University of Heidelberg as of October

Senate elects Professors Vera Nünning, Thomas Pfeiffer and Kurt Roth as vice-Rectors from 1 October 2007 to 30 September 2010

Three new vice-Rectors of the University of Heidelberg have been named. On 19 June the vast majority of the members of the University Senate elected Professors Vera Nünning, Thomas Pfeiffer, and Kurt Roth as new vice-Rectors for the upcoming term in office from 1 October 2007 to 30 September 2010. The University Council has since confirmed the election.

The designated Rector of the University, Prof. Bernhard Eitel, had proposed the three vice-Rectors. Vera Nünning from the Faculty of Modern Languages was already vice-Rector for International Relations and retains this position in the future Rectorate. Thomas Pfeiffer from the Faculty of Law will be vice-Rector for Teaching and Student Issues, while Kurt Roth from the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy will be vice-Rector for Research and Structure.

Prof. Vera Nünning (46) is a professor at the department of English and American Studies. She was born in Cologne, where she studied English and history, earned her doctor's degree and did her Habilitation. In 2000 she took up a position at the Technical University of Brunswick. Since April 2002 she has been professor of English Studies at the University of Heidelberg. Vera Nünning is the current vice-Rector for International Relations since September 2006, visiting professor at the university of Zaragoza (2005), and got offers for C4-positions both in Osnabrück and Brunswick (2001).

Prof. Thomas Pfeiffer (46) is professor and administrative director at the Institute of Foreign and International Civil and Economic Law. He was born in Frankfurt, where he studied law and politics, obtained his doctor's degree and did his Habilitation. In 1994 Pfeiffer took up a C4 professorship at the University of Bielefeld. From 1996 until 2002 he worked full-time as a judge at the Higher Regional Court of Hamm. Since 1 March 2002 he has held the C4 professorship for civil law, private international law, comparative law and international procedural law at the University of Heidelberg. Professor Pfeiffer has also been visiting professor at the Universities of Georgetown and Hong Kong. From May 2004 until September 2006 he was dean of the Faculty of Law.

Prof. Kurt Roth (52) is Professor in the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the Institute of Environmental Physics. Born in Richterswil, Switzerland, he studied Physics and Mathematics at ETH Zurich, where he obtained his doctoral degree and habilitation. Between 1990 and 1992, he was an associate research scientist at the University of California, Riverside. He became Associate Professor at the University of Hohenheim in 1992. Since 1998 he is Full Professor of Experimental Physics (Environmental Physics) at the University of Heidelberg.

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