The University Record, August 12, 2002


Five NEH grants awarded

Five U-M faculty members have received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The fellowships last nine to 12 months and pay a stipend of $40,000. The faculty members and their projects are:

  • David Caron, associate professor of Romance language and literature, for “Contested Ghetto: French Republicanism and the Politics of Community.”

  • Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola, assistant professor of Romance language and literature, for “Marketing Latin America: The Politics of Publishing in Spain, 1960-1975.”

  • Arlene W. Saxonhouse, professor of political science, for “Shame, Free Speech, and Democratic Theory: A View From Ancient Athens.”

  • Brian B. Schmidt, associate professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, for “Magic and Divination in Ancient Mediterranean West Asia.”

  • Walter M. Spink, professor emeritus in the Department of Art History, for “The Ajanta Caves.”

    Ybarra wins SPSSI award

    Oscar Ybarra, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, recently was awarded the Gordon Allport Prize by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, for the paper “The Role of Threats in the Racial Attitudes of Blacks and Whites.” The award honors research and scholarship in intergroup relations. Ybarra wrote the paper with seven other researchers from universities across the country.

    U-M Geriatrics honors Grow

    The U-M Geriatrics Center has given Harry Grow of South Lyon the 2001 Anthony V. DeVito II Memorial Award. Throughout the last 20 years, Grow has volunteered extensively at the center. His most far-reaching project involved the videotaping of cross-cultural programs between the Geriatrics Center and Japanese health care professionals. The award is presented each year to recognize outstanding service, dedication and commitment to excellence in the field of geriatrics education in Michigan.

    Porter named inaugural fellow

    David L. Porter, assistant professor of comparative language and English, was awarded an inaugural Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies for his research project, “China and the Invention of British Aesthetic Culture.” The fellowship recognizes assistant professors in the humanities and related social sciences who have advanced their fields and who have well-designed plans for new research.

    Richards receives staff award

    Carol Richards has received the staff recognition award from the School of Social Work. The award goes to a staff member at the school who has demonstrated ongoing excellence, initiative, creativity and outstanding teamwork.

    ORAU bestows grants

    The Oak Ridge Associated Universities have given Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards to Shuichi Takayama, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and macromolecular science and engineering, and Adam Matzger, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry. The $5,000 grants provide seed money to allow faculty members to enhance their research early in their careers.