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Accolades

Three faculty named AAAS Fellows
Three faculty members recently were awarded the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. The faculty members were elevated to fellow by their peers due to their efforts to advance science or foster applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

U-M’s three AAAS Fellows for 2002 are:
J. David Allan, professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, for fundamental studies on the ecology of freshwater ecosystems and for the application of ecological knowledge to freshwater conservation.
Philip A. Meyers, professor of geological sciences and research scientist in the Center for Great Lakes and Aquatic Sciences, for distinguished contributions to organic geochemistry, including novel applications in paleolimnology, paleoceanography, environmental geochemistry and biogeochemical cycling.
Milford H. Wolpoff, professor in the Department of Anthropology and research scientist in the Museum of Anthropology, for his contributions to human origins research, for efforts to present science to the public and for exposing the essentialism underlying racism and ethnic content.

Education faculty net project awards
Several School of Education faculty recently received awards for their respective projects:
Anne Gere, chair of the Joint Program in English and Education, received a $1,140,375 award from the U.S. Department of Education for her project, “Teacher Quality: Recruitment and Retention.”
Joanne Carlisle, professor in the School of Education and research scientist in the Institute for Human Adjustment, received a $1,016,048 award from the Michigan Department of Education/U.S. Department of Education for the project, “Evaluation and Technical Assistance for Michigan’s ‘Reading First’ Program.”
Chris Quintana, National Physical Science Consortium Fellow and assistant research scientist; Elliot Soloway, professor of electrical engineering and computer science; and Joe Krajcik, a professor in the School of Education, have been awarded $473,798 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project, “A Digital IdeaKeeper for K-12: National Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education Digital Library Scaffolded Portal Services for Information Analysis and Synthesis.”
Heather Hill, assistant research scientist, received $249,751 from the NSF/Math and Science Partnership for the project, “Design, Validation and Dissemination of Measures of Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics.”

Law professor joins international court
Law School Affiliated Overseas Prof. Bruno Simma has been elected as a judge to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the judicial arm of the United Nations (U.N.). The court hears cases submitted by states and provides advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by international organizations and agencies. Judges are elected for nine-year terms by the U.N. General Assembly and the Security Council. The court can include only one judge of any nationality, and ICJ judges act as independent magistrates. Simma was nominated to the ICJ by the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations.

His relationship with the U-M Law School began in the mid-1980s. He has been a visiting professor, tenured professor and affiliated overseas professor, specializing in international law.

“All of us at Michigan are proud to see a member of our faculty receive such an extraordinary honor and undertake such a solemn responsibility,” says Dean Jeffrey Lehman.


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