The excitement is building. Next Monday the next Nobel Prize winner(s) in Economic Science will be announced. Are they in for a thrill. I am not sure that any of my fellow psychologists study the effects of incredible, surprising joy but for us it was quite something. I'm not sure that we slept well for a month. We were constantly flooded with waves of pure happiness and amazement. It seemed that every minute brought another stimulus--friends popping out of the blue, childhood experiences being relived by contact with friends and acquaintances from very long ago, learning to deal with news outlets, television, interviews in foreign languages (we learned that one the hard way!), and then planning for that incredible Nobel Week in Sweden.
To be honest, the thrill is still there and the invitations keep pouring in. The immense stature of the Nobel Prize envelopes its honorees, it seems, possibly for their lifetimes and beyond. NYU has been wonderfully generous. There was a stunning gala at the New York Public Library in March and just last week, there was a conference organized by the Salomon Center headed by our friend, Matt Richardson, in Rob's honor. Economists and finance people from all over the world came. Rob's students are a wonderfully, devoted group and many of them traveled across the globe to be here for one or both of these occasions.
One of the wonderful aspects of these honorific times is that Rob gets to hear in his lifetime what many people only have said about others in their eulogies! It has been very touching to hear from his students and colleagues about his style of mentoring his students, the inspirational quality of his teaching, his generosity with his colleagues and the useful applications of his work. As my mother said recently, when you married him (and you were so young and we were worried) how did you know he would grow up so well?!!!!! He has made us all proud.
So we are excited to see who is next. We have lots of advice--if only there is time to hear it!