The University Record, December 17, 2001


Paulson publishes literary culture book

William Paulson, professor of French, recently published a book through the Cornell University Press titled Literary Culture in a World Transformed: A Future for the Humanities.

In this book, Paulson calls for an interdisciplinary, radical renewal of literary studies. He demonstrates the need for literary studies to embrace both the unfashionable literary past and the technologically saturated future.

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Hot off the U-M Press

Peter Jacobson, associate professor of health management and policy, has a chapter titled “The Role of Private Litigation in Monitoring Managed Care” included in the book The Challenge of Regulating Managed Care, published by the U-M Press. Jacobson explores the role of litigation between private parties in the regulation of managed-care organizations’ activities, with a focus on cost-containment strategies.

A chapter titled “Oversight of Managed Care: An Academic Health Center Perspective,” was co-written by John E. Billi, associate dean for clinical affairs, associate professor of internal medicine and of medical education, and associate vice president for medical affairs; and Jeanne M. Kin, staff associate for the medical center. Billi and Kin describe the challenges presented by managed care for the academic medical center, where the sickest and the poorest patients receive care, young physicians hone their skills and are trained in the art of medicine, and scientists conduct research to improve health and medical care in the future.

The book’s editors are Billi and Gail Agarwal, professor of law, School of Law, University of North Carolina.

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Doering elected to APS fellowship

Charles R. Doering, professor of mathematics, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Election to fellowship in the APS is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership.

This honor by his peers is for outstanding contributions to physics, for his fundamental contributions to the analysis of noisy and nonlinear dynamical systems, including co-discovery of resonant activation, current reversals in stochastic ratchets and rigorous dissipation rate bounds for incompressible turbulence.

Housholder receives national honors from the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association (AHA) has recognized Susan Housholder, clinical director of the Coronary Alternative Treatment Strategy (CATS) Program and Coronary Disease Management, with two major honors at an association meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

For demonstrating meritorious contributions to cardiovascular nursing through practice, research and education, the AHA granted Housholder a fellowship in the Council of Cardiovascular Nursing—a group consisting of cardiovascular nurse leaders with specialized expertise.

Housholder also was named the recipient of the Excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Practice Award. This award is given annually to one individual nationwide to recognize and encourage excellence in cardiovascular nursing clinical care.

Walton named as Phi Beta Kappa professor

Kendall Lewis Walton, professor of philosophy, has been named the Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professor in Philosophy for 2001–02.

Awarded annually to scholars in the philosophy field, the professorship recognizes distinguished achievements as well as the recipient’s contribution or potential contribution to public understanding of philosophy.

The professorship is made possible by an endowment from Patrick and Edna Romanell.

As part of the professorship, Walton will deliver a series of public Romanell lectures. The remaining two are scheduled for Feb. 8 and March 22 at a location to be announced. The first lecture was presented Oct. 12.

AAMC honors President Bollinger

U-M outgoing President Lee. C. Bollinger is the second recipient of the Herbert W. Nickens, MD, Award for Diversity. Bollinger was honored at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 112th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., where he delivered an address on the importance of diversity to education.

The Nickens award, named for the AAMC’s former vice president of the Division of Community and Minority Programs, is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promote justice in medical education and health care.

Under Bollinger’s leadership, the University’s undergraduate and Law School classes have become models for diversity in education. His efforts to protect the educational needs of minority students are nationally renowned.

Award of merit bestowed upon Dunnigan

Brian Leigh Dunnigan, curator at Clements Library, was given an Award of Merit by the Historical Society of Michigan for Frontier Metropolis: Picturing Early Detroit, 1701–1838. The book, designed by Mike Savitski of Ann Arbor, also earned a 2001 award from Communication Arts, a national publication in the field of design.

Zellers appointed to expert panel for NAS

Ted Zellers, associate professor of environmental health sciences and of chemistry, has been appointed to an expert panel for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Through the National Materials Advisory Board, an NAS subsidiary organization, Zellers will spend the next year working with a team of researchers from around the country to develop guidelines for long-range electronic and photonic materials research related to sensors for national security applications.

James receives Yerby award

Sherman A. James, the John P. Kirscht Collegiate Professor of Public Health; director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health; professor of health behavior and health education; and professor of epidemiology, received the 2001 Alonzo Smythe Yerby Award from the Division of Public Health Practice at the Harvard University School of Public Health.

Alonzo Smythe Yerby was the first African American dean and department chair at the Harvard School of Public Health. The Yerby award and lecture recognize his lifelong commitment to improving the community welfare and life conditions of society’s poorer members.