Jan Brueckner, UCI professor and chair of economics, is the 2015 recipient of the John M. Quigley Medal. Awarded annually by the American Real Estate & Urban Economics Association, it recognizes scholars whose work advances the academic fields of real estate, urban economics, public finance and regional science. Only the second winner of the medal since its founding in 2014, Brueckner specializes in urban and public economics, transportation economics, and real estate finance. Along with many recent journal articles, he’s the author of an innovative MIT Press textbook, Lectures on Urban Economics, that’s been widely adopted in the U.S. and around the world. Brueckner earned a Ph.D. at Stanford University and was a Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before coming to UCI in 2005. He was awarded the medal at the association’s annual meeting, held Jan. 3-5 in Boston.