The University Record, October 16, 2000


Lansing to be inducted into Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame

The late Marjorie Lansing, U-M alumna, will be inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame at an Oct. 26 ceremony. Lansing was one of the Department of Political Science’s first female doctoral degree recipients. She wrote with Sandra Baxter Women and Politics: The Visible Majority and is known for coining the term “gender gap.”

Six U-M projects receive NSF ITR grants

Six U-M research projects have received grants from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) $90 million Information Technology Research (ITR) initiative. Sixty-two projects were chosen from more than 1,400 proposals to receive funding. The ITR program focuses on software, scalable information infrastructure, information management, revolutionary computing, human-computer interaction, advanced computational science, education and workforce, and social and economic implications of information technology.

The projects and their principal investigators are:

  • “Design of Supervisory Control Software for Dynamic Systems with Decentralized Information,” Stephane Lafortune, professor of electrical engineering and computer science. The project strives to research methodologies for designing distributed software systems that monitor and control systems with decentralized information.

  • “A Mobile Component Framework for Building Adaptive Distributed Applications,” Atul Prakash, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science. The project aims to design a software framework for building distributed applications to meet the needs of mobile computer users.

  • “Information Fusion Across Multiple Text Sources: A Common Theory,” Dragomir Radev, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science. The project will explore ways to provide computer users with personalized summaries or abstracts of large amounts of text on the Web.

  • “Learning-Centered Design Methodology: Meeting the Nation’s Need for Computational Tools for K–12 Science Education (Engineering Scaffolded Work Environments),” Elliot Soloway, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, of information and of education. The research will result in explicit guidelines on how to build effective, computationally-based work environments.

  • “Sustainable and Generalizable Technologies to Support Collaboration in Science,” Gary Olson, professor of information and of psychology. This project will develop a set of standards and methods for creating collaboratories, virtual research centers in which scientists can interact and share resources.

  • “Exploiting Style as Retrieval and Classification Mechanism,” William Birmingham, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and of information. Taking into account theories of musical structure and performance, this project will devise ways to store and organize information in musical databases, so that information retrieval complements the multiple facets of music.

    Agranoff, Stanley receive Achievement Awards

    Bernard W. Agranoff, the Ralph Waldo Gerard Professor of Neurosciences, professor of biological chemistry and research scientist, Department of Psychiatry; senior research scientist, Mental Health Research Institute; and director, Neuroscience Lab, and James C. Stanley, professor of surgery and head, Vascular Surgery Section, have received 2000 Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Medical Center Alumni Society.