Accolades: Economics Professor, Art Historian Receive Recognition

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Economist Garners International Award

Dr. Donggyu Sul

Dr. Donggyu Sul, John F. Kain Professor of Economics in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, has been awarded the 2019 Maekyung-KAEA Economist Award for his contributions to economic research. The annual award is presented to a well-known and established Korean economist who is a member of the Korea-America Economic Association.

“It is my honor to get this award,” Sul said. “Those who won previously are highly respected and considered among the best in the world. This is absolutely one of the highlights of my career.”

Sul’s primary research area is in econometrics, the application of statistics and mathematics to economic data that allows users to quantify data, test hypotheses and forecast future economic trends. The award recognizes Sul’s method of using econometric tools to examine co-movements across time-varying behaviors. He then applies these tools to social, political and economic issues.

The award also recognizes Sul’s contributions to international finance. Through econometrics, Sul has successfully quantified the relationship between the U.S. dollar and the euro, which is a major influence on the values of 27 other exchange rates.

“The values of the U.S. dollar and the euro influence all other bilateral exchange rates,” he said. “By using the methods available to us in econometrics, we can better understand some of the underlying mechanisms of every other exchange rate and predict changes in them.”

Rosen Elected President of Italian Art Society

Dr. Mark Rosen

Dr. Mark Rosen, associate dean of undergraduate studies in the School of Arts and Humanities, has been elected president of the Italian Art Society, an academic group that organizes and encourages the study of Italian art.

Rosen, an associate professor of art history and aesthetic studies, examines the relationship between art and cartography in early modern Europe as well as Italian art from the late Middle Ages through the middle of the 17th century.

“This is the era of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello and Raphael — once considered at the very center of all art history and the first era to fuse classicism and modernity,” Rosen said. “But as the field has necessarily expanded to think about global patterns, non-European traditions, and the economics of art, teaching and studying those artists is newly challenging and exciting.”

The Italian Art Society has a membership of more than 350 established and emerging scholars, graduate students and museum professionals. It promotes scholarly exchange through lectures and conferences on topics such as medieval studies, the Renaissance and architectural history. It also hosts lectures and awards travel and research grants to member scholars.

During his two-year tenure as president, Rosen said he hopes to arrange an Italian art conference at UT Dallas.

“This society is great for connecting scholars who are studying Italian art, whether ancient Rome, the Baroque, Futurism, or Arte Povera. It’s an honor to lead it,” he said. “It’s also a tremendous opportunity to get the word out about UT Dallas and all the good things happening here and through the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History,” where Rosen is a scholar.

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