The University Record, September 25, 2000


Hecht receives Burkhardt Fellowship

Gabrielle Hecht, associate professor of history, Department of History and Residential College, has been chosen to receive one of 11 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Hecht’s research project is titled “Technology and Empire in the Nuclear Age: A Global and Local History of Uranium Mining.”

The Burkhardt Fellowships support humanities and social sciences scholars in the years immediately following the granting of tenure. Fellows usually spend one of the following three academic years in residence at one of nine national research centers.

Named after Frederick Burkhardt, president emeritus of ACLS, the fellowships are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. ACLS is a private, non-profit federation of 63 scholarly associations devoted to the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning.

Moran receives nearly $1 million for biomedical study

John V. Moran, assistant professor of human genetics and of internal medicine, was selected as one of this year’s five W.M. Keck Foundation Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research. A grant of up to $1 million will be available to the University for the next five years from the W.M. Keck Foundation, in support of Moran’s research on the role of L1s or LINES (Long Interspersed Nuclear Elements) in human disease and in the evolution of the human genome.

Each year 30 institutions are invited to nominate one faculty member who is in his or her second to fourth year of a first tenure track position. The Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee selected Moran on the basis of his potential to make significant contributions to the advancement of medical research and his capacity for future academic leadership in the field of biomedicine.

Moran notes that fundamental knowledge of L1s, “the most abundant autonomous transposable elements in the human genome,” will enable scientists to gain a greater understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underlie human diseases.

Established in 1954 by the late William Myron Keck, founder of the Superior Oil Company, the W.M. Keck Foundation is one of the nation’s largest philanthropic organizations with its grant-making focused primarily in the areas of medical research, science and engineering.

McLaughlin and colleagues receive AHRQ grant

Catherine G. McLaughlin, associate professor of health management and policy, is working in collaboration with researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), to examine quality measures and managed care markets. UCSF has recently been named a Center of Excellence by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and will receive research funding for the next five years from the agency. McLaughlin’s research project will focus on health plan performance and employers’ choice of plan.

AHRQ recently established three Centers of Excellence and awarded $12.5 million in total projected funding for research with special emphasis on market effects on rural and minority populations and on the influence of purchasers in local markets.

AHRQ is the lead federal agency charged with supporting research designed to improve the quality of health care, reduce its cost, improve patient safety, address medical errors and broaden access to essential services.

Meisels receives Ferguson Award

Samuel J. Meisels, professor of education, School of Education, and research scientist, Center for Human Growth and Development, received the Ferguson Award in Early Childhood Education from National-Louis University, Evanston, Ill. The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of early childhood education.

Gibbard elected APA vice president

Allan Gibbard, the Richard B. Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, has been elected vice president of the American Philosophical Association (APA), Central Division.

Bollinger elected to Ford Foundation board

President Lee C. Bollinger has been elected to the Gerald R. Ford Foundation’s Board of Trustees for a three-year term. Ford, a U-M alumnus, noted that Bollinger has worked to build a strong relationship between the University and the Ford Library, which houses Ford’s presidential papers and other historical materials from his public life.

Bollinger, who also is a professor of law, has teaching and scholarly interests in the areas of free speech and the First Amendment. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Bollinger has published numerous books, articles and essays, including Images of a Free Press, and The Tolerant Society: Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America.

The Gerald Ford Foundation is a private, non-profit corporation that focuses on community affairs and educational programs, conferences, exhibits, symposia, research grants and special projects that improve citizen interest and understanding of the challenges that confront government, particularly the presidency.

Montie elected to American Cancer Society board, AAGS

James E. Montie, the George F. and Nancy P. Valassis Professor of Urologic Oncology, professor of surgery and head, Urology-Surgery Section, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society’s Great Lakes Division. Montie will begin his two-year term this month.

Montie also has received membership in the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons (AAGS).

Misher is Health System’s July Employee of the Month

Les Misher, safety coordinator, Safety Management Services, was named the Health System’s July Employee of the Month. Misher was nominated for his years of dedicated service to the safety program, his positive outlook, his commitment to safety and his willingness to take on additional responsibilities. In addition to his ongoing efforts to train staff on fire and safety issues, Misher also is working on ergonomics. As one nominator said of Misher, “he is ‘Mr. Safety.’”