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Faculty honored for contributions to IT

Congratulating them on becoming part of history, President Mary Sue Coleman said in a statement the 17 U-M laureates honored Feb. 12 at the Computerworld Honors Program ceremony are making important and successful efforts to expand U-M's knowledge and presence in information technology.

Faculty representing 12 departments on campus were honored in a ceremony at the Alumni Center re-enacting a June 2002 presentation in San Francisco, where they received medals and had their projects inducted into the Smithsonian Institution's Permanent Research Collection. At the campus ceremony, the award winners again were presented with their medals.

"It is with great pride and gratitude that I congratulate the innovative and creative thinkers who have received these awards," Coleman said. "Your achievements add luster to the University, but more importantly, contribute materials to the enhancement of information technology at the University and all across the World Wide Web."

The Computerworld Honors Program's mission is to seek out, honor and provide special recognition to organi«ations and individuals whose contribution to the history of the information technology revolution is exceptionally innovative, effective and worthy of emulation.

"Something we do not do enough is take time to recogni«e significant accomplishments of members of our community," said James Hilton, associate provost for academic, information and instructional technology affairs. "This is an opportunity to celebrate the truly extraordinary accomplishments of a lot of talented individuals."

U-M has participated in the Computerworld Honors Program for five years, during which time 66 University projects have been honored with inclusion in the Smithsonian. Daniel Morrow, executive director of the program, said U-M has had a special place in the history of the program.

The University's 2002 Computerworld Honors Program laureates, their U-M affiliation, and project titles:

« Paula Allen-Meares, Dean, School of Social Work, Global Program on Youth (GPY)

« Joanne Carlisle, School of Education, Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA)

« David Carter, School of Information, Internet Public Library (IPL)

« Derrick Cogburn, School of Information, COTELCo (Technology Learning Communities)

« Cinda-Sue Davis, Women in Science and Engineering Program (WISE)

« Debasish Dutta, College of Engineering, Global Product Development

« Larry Gant, School of Social Work, EZLink

« Sandra Gregerman, LSA, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

« Wendy Lougee, University Library for Digital Library Services, Digital Library

« John Mansfield, College of Engineering, Remote Control of a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

« Paul Rasmussen, LSA, Seeing Through Chemistry

« Stephen Rush, School of Music, Digital Music Ensemble (DME)

« Mary Simoni, School of Music, Digital Music Information Retrieval (DMIR)

« Ninfa Springer, School of Nursing, Virtual Class on Nursing/Nutrition (VCON)

« Abigail Stewart, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, UM-Girl

« Peter Van Keken, LSA, Plate Tectonics and Mantle Dynamics

« Ron Woodard, College of Pharmacy, Patent Antibiotic Prospect.

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