The head of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has praised the work of a University of Utah finance professor who recently completed a 14-month stint as the agency's chief economist.

Wendy L. Gramm, CFTC chairwoman, says Steven Manaster performed outstanding service during his stay in Washington and brought knowledge, experience and a "healthy dose of humor" to the Division of Economic Analysis."Under Steve's leadership, the division has produced high quality analysis of complicated issues that have benefited the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and those we regulate," says Gramm. "We are all indebted to Steve's work and shall miss his presence."

Manaster, a nationally recognized researcher in options and futures contracts, has resumed his teaching and research duties as professor of finance in the U. Graduate School of Business and College of Business. He is former chair of the Finance Department.