The University Record, November 19, 2001


Four faculty elected to IOM

For the second time in three years, four faculty from the University are among the 60 new members named to the national Institute of Medicine (IOM): George A. Kaplan, professor and chair of epidemiology and of public health, senior research scientist of the Institute for Social Research, and director of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health; Allen Lichter, dean of the Medical School and the Newman Family Professor of Radiation Oncology; Stephen J. Weiss, the E. Gifford and Love Barnett Upjohn Professor of Internal Medicine and Oncology; and David R. Williams, professor of sociology and faculty associate of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies.

Election to the IOM, the medical arm of the National Academy of Sciences, is an honor reserved for those who have made distinctive contributions to health through biomedical or social sciences research or leadership in the health professions.

Skinner receives Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering

Chris Skinner, associate professor of mathematics, has received the Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. Twenty-four scientists are awarded the fellowship each year, and funding continues for five years. Skinner will use his fellowship to continue work in number theory.

Nelson receives ‘Career Award’

Patrick Nelson, assistant professor of mathematics, received a “Career Award at the Scientific Interface” from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Awards are intended to foster the early career development of researchers with backgrounds in the physical/computational sciences whose work addresses biological questions.

Nelson’s project, “A theoretical study of HIV-1 pathogenesis: From primary infection, through latency, to effective drug therapy or progression to AIDS,” focuses on the development and analysis of mathematical models that are fitted to patient data to understand the infection process.

Rastalsky receives teaching award

Hartmut Rastalsky, assistant professor of Germanic languages and literature, received the LS&A Matthews Underclass Teaching Award. The award recognizes genius in teaching and extraordinary success as a language instructor.

Federhofer named best adviser

Karl-Georg “Kalli” Federhofer, lecturer of Germanic languages and literature, was presented with the LS&A Best Undergraduate Concentration Adviser Award for services to students and dedication to their academic and professional development.

Michigan Dept. of Education awards nearly $150K to Linn

Eleanor Linn, administrative manager of the School of Education, has received two awards from the State of Michigan Department of Education under the Eisenhower Higher Education Competitive Grant Program. The first is titled “Family Math, Family Science, Playtime in Science: In-depth,” and the second, “Family Math, Family Science, Playtime in Science: Statewide.” Collectively, the awards total nearly $150,000.

MacCormack named recipient of Distinguished Achievement Award

Sabine MacCormack, the Mary Ann and Charles R. Walgreen Jr. Professor for the Study of Human Understanding, and professor of history and of classical studies, was honored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as a recipient of its new Distinguished Achievement Awards for scholars in the humanities.

Recipients of the awards must hold tenured appointments at U.S. institutions of higher education and were selected through an intensive process of nomination and review.

Duderstadt recognized with Wilson Award

James Duderstadt, University president emeritus, and professor of science and engineering, was awarded the first annual Reginald Wilson Award “in recognition of [his] significant contributions to the advancement of diversity in American higher education.”

The recognition and event were sponsored by the American Council on Education (ACE) Office of Minorities in Higher Education.

Bardnt wins WIG dissertation prize

Kerstin Bardnt, visiting assistant professor of Germanic languages and literature, won the Women in German (WIG) dissertation prize with her piece, “Sentiment and Sobriety: The New Woman Novel in Weimar, Germany.” Bardnt wrote the dissertation with the Free University in Berlin.

WIG is a national organization for individuals interested in feminist approaches to German literature and culture. Through its panels, yearbook, annual conference and annual dissertation prize, the organization endeavors to promote outstanding feminist scholarship.

Caron’s book published

David Caron, associate professor of romance languages and literature, recently published AIDS in French Culture: Social Ills, Literary Cures. For more information on the book and its author, contact Deidre Woods at (608) 263-0734, or visit the Web at

Gagos’ recent publications included in book

Traianos Gagos, archivist of the Special Collections Library, associate professor of classical studies and assistant research scientist of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, has several of his recent publications included in the Atti del XXII Congresso Internazionale di Papirologia. These publications include a journal, a book and two papers.

Amidon wins Lurie Prize for Excellent Teaching

Kevin Amidon, lecturer in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, received the 2001 Margaret and Paul Lurie Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The award is given by the LS&A Honors Program to a select group of graduate student instructors and lecturers who teach honors courses. Students nominate their instructors, and the Honors Program chooses the recipients from among the nominees. The award comes with a $1,000 prize.