The Hymen Milgrom Supporting Organization (HMSO)

The Hymen Milgrom Supporting Organization, which funds the Successful Pathways from School to Work research initiative, was created with a $17-million gift from the estate of Hymen T. Milgrom. It was established to help achieve the goal of making urban public education more effective at preparing students to succeed in the modern labor market, under the leadership of the University of Chicago. The HMSO is comprised of two representatives of the Milgrom family, two representatives of the University of Chicago, and one outside member. Information on its current members can be found below. 

Susan C. Levine, Rebecca Anne Boylan Distinguished Service Professor in Education and Society in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago

Susan C. Levine, the Rebecca Anne Boylan Professor of Education and Society in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago, is the inaugural faculty director of UChicago SLC. She serves as the co-PI of the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center, an NSF Science of Learning Center. Her research focuses on the development of early mathematical thinking, including numerical and spatial aspects of math, and how variations in home and school input relate to children’s learning in this domain. Dr. Levine also studies the efects of early parent-child language interactions on the language and cognitive development of children who have incurred a pre- or perinatal brain injury. She has recently summarized these findings in a series of articles and in a co-authored book entitled Neural Plasticity and Cognitive Development: Insights from Children with Perinatal Brain Injury.

Marc Berman, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Environmental Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago

Marc Berman is an Associate Professor of Psychology and is the Director of the Environmental Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Chicago. He is also Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology and faculty co-Director of the Masters in Computational Social Science program. In his research he applies novel statistical and computational models to quantify brain networks and applies those metrics to broader psychological phenomena such as self-control, depression, and cognitive effort. He and his lab are also interested in quantifying the physical and social environment to better understand brain-environment interactions and how those interactions can be used to understand human behavior. In particular, Berman and his team are trying to understand why natural environments have beneficial effects on body and mind. Berman received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2010. He is the recipient of the 2018 Association for Psychological Science’s (APS) Early Career Research Award, the U. Chicago Neubauer Faculty Development Fellowship for excellence in teaching and mentorship and the 2019 American Psychological Association (APA) Early Career Award. His work has been featured in many publications including the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Boston GlobeChicago Magazine, the Times London, the Toronto Star and the Wall Street Journal.

Charles Milgrom, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery

Charles Milgrom is a professor of orthopaedics at the Hebrew University Medical School in Jerusalem. He is the author of two books and more than 100 papers on overuse injuries, stress fractures, cumulative microdamage and finite element bone models. He is an active officer in the reserves of the Israel Defence Forces and is a specialist in military medical research and development. He is the founder of several Israeli tech sector start-up companies. He, like his father Hymen Milgrom, is a graduate of the College of the University of Chicago.

Paxton Quigley, Author

Paxton Quigley, daughter of Hymen Milgrom, is the author of six published books, including the best seller, Armed & Female. She hosted The Paxton Quigley Empowerment Hour radio show and co-hosted the Alive Radio Show, KMPC, Los Angeles. Paxton appeared on Oprah, Charlie Rose, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, etc. and was profiled on 60 Minutes and Wall St. Journal. Paxton was Director of Community Relations for Playboy Enterprises, Inc. and reported to Christie Hefner. She has a BS degree from Northwestern in Communications and a Masters from University of Chicago in Anthropology. A member of the NYC Central Park Conservancy’s Women’s Committee, a Trustee of the Washington Institute for Middle East Policy, Washington, D.C. and a Core Committee member of the Perez Art Museum, Miami, she is also co-owner of Country Sun Organic Foods Supermarket, Palo Alto, CA. 

Andrea Rozran Yablon, President, Diversified Health Resources, Inc.

Andrea Rozran Yablon has been a Principal of Diversified Health Resources since co-founding the company in 1979. She is a Vice-Chair of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and currently serves as Chair of its Audit Committee as well as its Fund for Innovation in Health, which administers an endowment grant to Federation agencies from the Michael Reese Health Trust, where she is a Director.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Weiss Memorial Hospital Foundation.  She is a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago as well as having served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America.  Andrea received a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and completed coursework for a Ph.D. in Educational Psycholinguistics at the University of Chicago.