The University Record, June 4, 2001


UROP grant recipients announced

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project (UROP) has announced the recipients of the winter Faculty Mini-Grant Awards. The following faculty members received awards of up to $5,000 for their proposals:

  • Kyle W. Hollman, research fellow, Biomedical Engineering, for “Real-time Ultrasound Elasticity Microscope.” A multidis-ciplinary team of undergraduate students will research biological and biomechanical properties of tissues and apply this information to the design and construction of a real-time ultrasonic imaging system that can measure elasticity of tissues.

  • Sherril A. Smith, the Catherine B. Heller Collegiate Professor of Art and associate dean, School of Art and Design, for “Weaving: Inspirations from Mathematics, Science and Music.” Undergraduate students will research mathematical, scientific and musical source materials in the University libraries. Ideas gleaned from this material will be applied to the design and weaving of a series of wall hangings.

  • Christian Matjias, assistant professor of dance, for the “George Balanchine Critical Edition.” An undergraduate dance student will be engaged in research, interview and review activities associated with the development of the “George Balanchine Critical Edition.” This publication will be the official musical document, with scripted details of choreography for the George Balanchine Trust. The project will create the basis for future students to expand the project to include additional ballet works choreographed by Balanchine.

  • Anand Swaroop, professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences and associate professor of human genetics, for “Sensory Gene Microarray Node.” Four undergraduate student researchers will participate in new genetic research to better understand the role of genetics in eye disease, specifically retinal diseases. The students will participate in all phases of the project, including organizing cDNA clones, the preparation of plasmid DNA, and sequencing and analysis of the data.

  • Michael Spencer, assistant professor of social work, for “The Family Development Project: A University of Michigan-Detroit Head Start Research Partnership.” Grant funds will support the transportation costs and expenses associated with undergraduate student researchers participating in the Family Development Project. Students assist in all aspects of the project, including qualitative interviews with Head Start parents and teachers, problem analysis and solution, data entry and analysis, Web site development, and marketing publications.

  • Raymond DeYoung, associate professor of conservation behavior, for “Measuring Mental Vitality: Developing Field Measures of Attentional Capacity.” As part of a larger project to determine how the natural environment might restore one’s mental vitality, grant money will be used to purchase measurement instruments which will measure attentional vitality in subjects. Student researchers will program, test and validate the measurement devices as well as develop online use manuals.

  • Bruno Giordani, associate professor of psychology, for “Mobility Assessment of Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).” Student researchers will undertake a student-designed study to assess the relationship between attention and executive control, visual-spatial processing, and complex motor performance in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Students will present findings at a national neuropsychology meeting and collaborate in writing up the data for publication.

    Allee recognized as ‘super searcher’

    Nancy J. Allee, director of Public Health Information Services and Access, is one of 10 people who were honored by their peers in health libraries as “super searchers.” She was interviewed by Susan M. Detwiler for her book, Super Searchers on Health and Medicine: The Online Secrets of Top Health and Medical Researchers, published by Information Today Inc. The chapter on Allee is titled “Nancy J. Allee, Finding Healthy Web Sites.”

    College of Engineering staff cited

    Five College of Engineering staff members have received Excellence in Staff Service Awards for their outstanding service and commitment to the College: Michael Africa, computer systems consultant; Brian Johnson, engineer in research; Pam Linderman, student adviser; Derrick Scott, program director, Minority Engineering Program Office; and Marie E. “Beth” Stalnaker, student services associate.

    Honorees received $1,500 stipends and framed pictures of the College’s Maya Lin Wave Field engraved with citations of appreciation.

    DPS officer graduates from FBI Academy program

    Lt. Rene “Benny” Chenevert of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va. Graduates completed 10 weeks of advanced legal, investigative, management and fitness training. Chenevert coordinates DPS’ community oriented police program.

    Frohna elected to association council

    John G. Frohna, clinical assistant professor of internal medicine, and of pediatrics and communicable diseases, and director of the Medical School’s combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Program, has been named president-elect of the executive council of the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association. In the four-year position, he will promote the organization’s educational mission, which includes strengthening medical training and promoting growth and development of the combined specialty.

    Association honors Kuntzleman

    Charles T. Kuntzleman, director of the Fitness for Youth Project and adjunct associate professor of kinesiology, has been named State Council Member of the Year by the National Association of Health and Fitness, the Network of State and Governors’ Councils. He was cited for his continuing commitment to the health of Michigan residents.

    Schwarz offers resolution on Fine

    State Sen. John Schwarz, R-Battle Creek, recently read a resolution commemorating the achievements and retirement of Sidney Fine, professor emeritus of history. In part, the resolution reads: “A wholehearted accolade of tribute be hereby accorded to commemorate Sidney Fine for his graciousness in sharing his passion and intellect with students and faculty. We honor him for the inspiration he has sparked in others and for the love he has shown his family.”

    Wong appointed to council

    Paul Wong, dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters; and professor of sociology at the U-M-Dearborn; has been appointed to a three-year term on the National Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA works closely with the National Institutes of Health in such areas as research and block grants.

    Michigan Road Scholars awarded medal

    The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recently awarded a gold medal to the Office of State Outreach for the Michigan Road Scholars program. The program was submitted to CASE as part of its “Circle of Excellence Awards.” Out of 88 entries received, only four gold medals, two silver medals and four bronze medals were awarded. For more information, call David Lossing, (734) 764-8029.

    Mcleer named Alumna of the Year

    Dorothy Mcleer, a staff member in the Natural Areas at the U-M-Dearborn, has been named Alumna of the Year of Oakland Community College. Mcleer earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies at Dearborn.

    Book makes Read Michigan List

    The Huron River, edited by John Knott, professor of English, and G. Keith Taylor, lecturer in English, was selected for the 2001 Read Michigan list that was part of Michigan Week.

    Villarruel named to HHS committee

    Antonio Villarruel, associate professor of nursing and director of the Center for Health Promotion at the School of Nursing, has been appointed to serve on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The committee focuses on how to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities by year 2010.

    Villarruel is one of two Latino professors selected for the committee, which is composed of 12 members, and is the only nurse represented. She was nominated by several nursing and Latino organizations. “It’s an honor and responsibility to be a part of this committee,” says Villaruel. “I hope we are the mouthpiece for the communities that we serve and hopefully we’ll meet out of Washington to hear directly from communities about their concerns that affect their health and well-being.

    Jackson nominated for award

    William “Shaun” Jackson, associate professor of art and design, has been nominated as a candidate for a Product Design Achievement Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s National Design Awards program. These awards are for design excellence and innovation.

    Jackson was nominated by a committee of more than 600 American architects, designers, educators, journalists, authors, filmmakers and other professionals representing all 50 states. The awards’ unique contribution to America’s cultural life was recognized by their designation as an official White House Millennium Council program in 2000. The award ceremony announcing the winners will be held in New York in November 2001.