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Caroline Wang, assistant professor of health behavior and health education, and Mei-yu Yu, associate research scientist in the School of Nursing, have been appointed to the Komen Foundation Asian American/Pacific Islander Advisory Council. The council is being formed in response to the needs of the growing U.S. Asian American and Pacific Islander populations for breast health and breast cancer information, and educational materials that are culturally specific and appropriate.


Homer Neal, the Samuel A. Goudsmit Professor of Physics, is the recipient of the 2003 Edward A. Bouchet Award from the American Physical Society (APS). The award is given annually to promote the participation of underrepresented minorities in physics by identifying and recognizing a distinguished minority physicist who has made significant contributions to physics research. According to APS, Neal was honored for his significant contributions to experimental high-energy physics, for his important role in formulating governmental science policy, for his service as a university administrator at several universities, and for his advocacy of diversity and educational opportunity at all levels.


Bruce Rutherford, professor of dentistry in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics, has been named the recipient of the Pulp Biology Research Award. The award is presented annually by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) for significant contributions to understanding the physiology and pathophysiology of the dental pulp. Rutherford will receive it June 25 in Goteborg, Sweden, at the opening ceremony of IADR's general session.

The American Tinnitus Association has awarded Avril Genene Holt, postdoctoral fellow at the Kresge Hearing Research Institute, a three-year, $200,000 research grant to investigate and identify changes in genes that cause tinnitus (ringing in the ears) as a result of excessive noise exposure. Holt's goal is to understand mechanisms in the brain that bring about tinnitus, which will contribute toward the development of interventions for treatment.

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