Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Busy Life of a New Nobel Laureate

It would be an understatement to say that, since she was announced as a new Nobel laureate in Economics, Elinor Ostrom has been busy. I've had a pretty good view from the sidelines, as Lin has been swamped with interviews, phone calls, e-mails, meetings with university administrators, receptions, and other requests. Just this week, after her normal participation in the Monday Workshop colloquium, she jetted off to Washington, DC to meet President Obama, along with the other new American Nobel laureates, and for a reception at the Swedish Embassy. She returns to Bloomington today for a public reception at the IU Auditorium. Meanwhile, she is working feverishly to complete her Nobel Prize address, which will be delivered in Stockholm next week, and subsequently published in the American Economics Review. While in Europe, she will also be giving a major address at the climate meetings in Copenhagen on forestry.

The Nobel Prize may be a great blessing, but it has its costs.

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