By Britt Halvorson
|Seventeen individuals were present to receive Computerworld medallions. The medals have a Corinthian columna symbol of the search for innovation, dedication, talent and achievementon one side and the programs motto, A Search for New Heros, on the other. Photo by Bill Wood, U-M Photo Services|
The Oct. 5 awards ceremony, held in the Founders Room of the Alumni Center, reenacted a portion of the April medal festivities to honor 18 U-M information technology projects with the same excitement and prestige. Projects recognized varied from a Web site offering transnational analysis of refugee law to a cardiovascular diagnostic simulation for medical school students. Faculty members representing the projects were presented with a gilt pewter medal and read an official statement made by the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
Thank you for your contributions to the long-term history of information technology, Morrow told the U-M laureates, not only because of the work itself and the immediate impact it will have in nursing, law, science and teaching, but also because of the impact it will have on a whole new generation of students, both those who see your work, learn from it and benefit from it, and those who have worked with you to develop these projects.
Begun in 1988, the Computerworld Smithsonian Program honors innovative projects in information technology (IT) and, by doing so, attempts to document the information revolution. Each year, 100 chief executive officers and chairs of IT companies select outstanding projects, often submitted in case study or report form, that become part of the Smithsonian Institutions Permanent Research Collection. When the program first started (when a 128K personal computer was hot, Morrow noted), project materials were collected on paper for the Smithsonians archives. Now, project information is accessible by the world on the Computerworld online archives, www.cwsmithsonian.org, and in the Smithsonians Permanent Research Collections. To date, 36 U-M IT projects have been added to the Smithsonians collections.
The 2000 U-M Computerworld laureates achievements in the advancement of information technology contribute not only to the University of Michigan, noted Jose-Marie Griffiths, university chief information officer, but to those who carry their classroom work and experiences into society to share with others around the world. Carl Berger, director of advanced academic technologies, Center for Advanced Research and Academic Technologies, and professor of science and technology education, read Griffiths statement during the ceremony. Griffiths, also professor of information, planned to be present, but was called out of town.
Berger said of the U-M honorees: Their innovative projects have provided the rest of us with models for how information technology can serve the acquisition, the sharing and the creation of knowledge.
The projects will provide stepping stones for future generations, Berger said, as they are readily available on the Internet and document our societys great achievements in information technology. The U-M faculty members who have devoted time and energy to developing new instructional tools and information resources, Morrow remarked, help to fulfill the Computerworld Smithsonian Programs Search for New Heros.