Johnson Faculty Member Receives Honorary Doctorate from Universität Bern

Maureen O’Hara recognized for her pioneering contributions to the field of market microstructure

Johnson Faculty Member Receives Honorary Doctorate from Universität Bern

Maureen O’Hara, the Robert W. Purcell Professor of Management and professor of finance at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, received an honorary doctorate from the Universität Bern in Bern, Switzerland. She was one of several international scholars and teachers honored at a December 1, 2012, ceremony in Bern.

The economic and social-scientific faculty of the university conferred the degree on O’Hara based on her contributions in the field of market microstructure, one of the fundamental disciplines of economics. The faculty cited her research on price formation and the development of organized markets, calling it “directly applicable for the regulation of markets and the development and design of trade mechanisms.”

In addition, “Maureen O'Hara has published pioneering contributions in world's leading journals and repeatedly received prestigious research awards. In addition, she is an outstanding teacher and is very involved in the scientific community.”

O’Hara was joined on the podium by honorary degree recipients from Belgium, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the U.S., including Stephen M. Kosslyn, director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University; and David Southwood, senior research investigator, Imperial College of London, former director of science and robotic exploration for the European Space Agency.

The honorary doctorate from the Universitat Bern is O’Hara’s second—she also holds a Doctorate Honoris Causa from  Facultés Universitaires Catholiques à Mons (FUCAM), Belgium, as well as earned degrees are from the University of Illinois (B.S. Economics), and Northwestern University (M.S. Economics and Ph.D. Finance).


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