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Thomas Princen, associate professor of natural resources and environmental policy, has been named an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow for 2004. The fellowships, awarded by the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, provide scientists with intensive communications and leadership training to help them communicate scientific information effectively to non-scientific audiences, especially policymakers, the media, business leaders and the public.

Zeynep Gocmen, a graduate student instructor in urban planning, is the recipient of a grant from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) for the project "Environmental Attitudes, Residential Preferences and Barriers to Environmentally Sensitive Development in Southeast Michigan." The SSPI Grants-in-Aid Program supports scientific research projects in social problem areas related to the basic interests and goals of the society.

Five U-M faculty members recently received Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: Jonathan Demb, assistant professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, and ophthalmology and visual science; Luming Duan, assistant professor of physics; Anna Mapp, assistant professor of chemistry and medicinal chemistry; Dmitriy Stolyarov, assistant professor of economics; and Divakar Viswanath, assistant professor of mathematics.

Anastassios Perakis, associate professor of naval architecture and marine engineering, has been elected fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. In 2003, Perakis was named an Office of Naval Research Distinguished Faculty Fellow and advised Washington, D.C.-area Navy laboratories on systems reliability and optimal condition-based maintenance. Perakis also received a Boeing-A. D. Welliver Faculty Summer Fellow award—one of only nine nationwide selected by Boeing.


Katherine Verdery, the Eric R. Wolf Collegiate Professor of Anthropology, has been appointed a visiting scholar by the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Visiting scholars travel to universities and colleges that have Phi Beta Kappa chapters and spend two days on each campus participating in lectures and seminars and giving one major address.

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