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February 3, 2006

Eileen Brooks, assistant professor of economics, dies at 33

By Jennifer McNulty

Eileen L. Brooks, assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, died Wednesday, February 1, at Dominican Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 33 years old. No services are planned.

Brooks joined the UCSC faculty in 2001 after earning a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. A 1994 graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she earned an M.Litt. from Oxford University in international relations in 1996.

At UCSC, Brooks taught courses in international trade, international economics, and advanced quantitative methods. An affiliate of College Nine, she was a member of the Santa Cruz Center for International Economics (SCCIE) and served as seminar coordinator for the center last year. She was also a member of the Economics Department's International Trade Search Committee and the Computer Committee. In 2004, Brooks organized the 11th Annual Empirical Investigations in International Trade meeting.

Among her numerous honors, Brooks was a Rhodes Scholar in 1994-96 and held a Sumner Lichter Fellowship in 1997-98. She received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 1996-99 and was an EIIT Conference Graduate Student Competition Winner in 2000. In 2000-01, Brooks received a Chiles Fellowship. As an undergraduate at MIT, she received the Robert Muh Award for outstanding undergraduate research and a Kawamura Visiting Fellowship in 1994.

In addition to her academic work, Brooks was a short-term policy consultant for the World Bank in 1997 and neural networks intern for State Street Bank in 1998.

Brooks is survived by her parents, Helen and David, of Lincoln, Nebraska; grandparents Lowell and MaryHelen Barnes of Pendleton, Indiana; and brother Daniel Brooks, sister-in-law Jennifer Racine, and nephew Benjamin Daniel Brooks of Madison, Wisconsin.

Contributions to a fund in Brooks's honor that will support graduate students in economics may be directed to the UCSC Foundation, care of John Leopold, Social Sciences 1, University of California, Santa Cruz, 95064. Please include "Eileen Brooks Memorial Fund" in the check's memo line.

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