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29 honored with faculty awards

Twenty-nine faculty members will be recognized for their teaching, scholarship, service and creative activities at a dinner Oct. 6 in Rackham Assembly Hall.

Distinguished University Professors have attained national and international recognition for originality and scholarly achievement, and have demonstrated teaching skills and breadth of interest, as well as depth of achievement in their fields. They will receive annual supplements of $3,000 for salary and $5,000 for research. The awards and honorees are:

• Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: Pallab Bhattacharya, James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering

• Richard G. Snyder Distinguished University Professor: Don B. Chaffin, G. Lawton and Louise G. Johnson Professor of Engineering, Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

• Arthur B. Modine Distinguished University Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering: Gerard M. Faeth, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

• Jack E. McLaughlin Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics: Melvin Hochster, Department of Mathematics, LSA

• Diane M. Kirkpatrick and Griselda Pollock Distinguished University Professor of Art and Women's Studies: Joanne Leonard, School of Art & Design

• J. Lawrence Oncley Distinguished University Professor: Martha L. Ludwig, Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical School; research scientist, Biophysics Research Division, Office of the Vice President for Research

• Alfred S. Sussman Distinguished University Professor: Charles F. Yocum, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; professor, Department of Chemistry, LSA.

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Awards, recognizing extraordinary achievements in teaching, research, creative work in the arts, public service or other activities that bring distinction to the University, will be presented with a $1,500 stipend to:

Kim F. Hayes, professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering

June Howard, professor, Program in American Culture, Program in Women's Studies, Department of English, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies

John Kucich, professor, Department of English Language and Literature, LSA

Victor B. Lieberman, professor, Department of History, LSA

Kenneth Lieberthal, professor of political science, LSA; William Davidson Professor, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Dr. John A. Williams, professor, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and professor of internal medicine, Medical School.

Faculty Recognition Award recipients have made substantive contributions to the University through significant achievements in research and other scholarly activities; demonstrated excellence in teaching, advising and mentoring; and have participated in service activities. These recipients will receive the award and a $1,000 stipend:

Kun-Liang Guan, Halvor Christensen Collegiate Professor in Life Sciences, Life Sciences Institute; professor, Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical School; research professor, Institute of Gerontology

Theodore B. Norris, professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering

Mercedes Pascual, assistant professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, LSA

Theresa Tinkle, associate professor, Department of English Language and Literature, LSA.

Two instructors will receive the University Undergraduate Teaching Award (formerly Amoco Undergraduate Teaching Awards), which recognize excellence in undergraduate education. The awards, with a $1,000 stipend, go to:

James W. Cook, associate professor, Department of American Culture and History, LSA

Steven J. Wright, professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering.

John R. Knott, professor, Department of English Language and Literature in LSA, will receive the University Press Book Award and its $1,000 stipend for the publication "Imagining Wild America."

Distinguished Faculty Governance Awards recognize outstanding leadership in faculty governance over a period of years, with an emphasis on University-wide service. The award, with a $750 stipend each, will go to:

Dr. Louis G. D'Alecy, professor, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Department of Surgery, Section of Vascular Surgery, Medical School;

William W. Schultz, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, College of Engineering

The Jackie Lawson Memorial Faculty Governance Award, with a $1,500 stipend, goes to Richard Gull, professor, Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences at U-M-Flint. The award recognizes exceptional distinction reflected in faculty governance service to the entire University that reaches beyond the local campus confines of Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint.

Regents' Award for Distinguished Public Service, with a $500 stipend each, will go to:

Julie Ellison, professor, Program in American Culture, Department of English Language and Literature, LSA, and professor, School of Art & Design

Dr. Amid I. Ismail, professor, Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences, and Endodontics, School of Dentistry; professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health.

The University Librarian Achievement Award, with a $1,500 stipend, goes to Barbara MacAdam, head of reference and instruction, University Library-Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library. The award is presented for exceptional distinction reflected in active and innovative career achievements in library, archival or curatorial services.

The University Librarian Recognition Award, with a $1,000 stipend, goes to Mary R. Rader, associate librarian, South Asian bibliographer, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, University Library. The award is presented for early career achievement in library, archival or curatorial services.

The Research Faculty Achievement Award (formerly the Research Scientist Recognition Award), with a $1,500 stipend, goes to Stephen W. Bougher, research professor, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, College of Engineering.

The Research Faculty Recognition Award (formerly the Research Scientist Recognition Award), with a stipend of $1,500, goes to Radha Ayyagari, assistant research scientist, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Kellogg Eye Center. The award recognizes outstanding scholarly achievements, the development of innovative technology, or the development of concepts that lead to advances in science, education, health, the arts or humanities.

The following entries are taken from the award citations of the award winners.

Distinguished University Professor, Pallab Bhattacharya

During the last 25 years, Pallab Bhattacharya has made outstanding and seminal contributions in the areas of growth and characterization of III-V compound semiconductors and their application to optoelectric devices and optoelectronic integrated circuits. Some of his most important contributions include work on integrated high-speed lasers, self-organized quantum dots, room-temperature quantum dots, quantum dot intersubband detectors, and photonic crystal micro cavities—a field in which he is widely regarded as one of the world's top researchers.
Bhattacharya (Bill Wood, U-M Photo Services)

When Bhattacharya joined the College of Engineering (CoE) faculty in 1984, the college and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science had decided to make advanced electronics and optics a high priority. When the state awarded the Research Excellence Fund to the University, Bhattacharya played a key role in the phenomenal growth in the advanced electronics and optics area, particularly in optoelectronics.

His pioneering work was the precursor to the whole field of nanophotonics, which presently is being pursued worldwide. He carried out fundamental research on their growth, properties and relaxation mechanisms, and he proceeded to make pioneering devices utilizing this new technology. In disseminating his research, he has published more than 400 refereed journal articles and made more than 250 conference presentations. He has published a book, "Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices," which has been adopted widely as a textbook at many universities. Highly regarded by both undergraduate and graduate students, Bhattacharya has supervised 53 Ph.D. students, many of whom testify to the crucial impact his teaching has had on their careers.

In recognition of his significant contributions and stature in the field, he was selected a 1998-99 Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE-Laser and Electro-Optics Society and delivered lectures all over the world about his work. He was selected a Guggenheim Fellow for 1998-99, a very high distinction, and has received some of the most prestigious awards in his field, all indicative of his stature and international impact. In recognition of his outstanding service to CoE and U-M, Bhattacharya has received some of the highest honors granted by the college and the University.

Through the novelty, inventiveness, breadth and depth of his contributions to semiconductor research, his efforts in building world-class experimental facilities at Michigan and his wise guidance of doctoral students, Bhattacharya has served the University with distinction.

Distinguished University Professor, Don Chaffin

Don Chaffin is one of the most distinguished investigators in the field of occupational biomechanics and work physiology. A world-class scientist and educator whose outstanding lifetime achievements have had an impact nationally and internationally, Chaffin has done groundbreaking and pioneering research in areas of ergonomics, biomechanics and occupational health. He is widely recognized as the originator of detailed musculoskeletal models of the effects of human work on the back, and he has been the pre-eminent leader in the development of biomechanical models for ergonomics. His work has had a positive impact on the work environment of millions of people throughout the world.
Chaffin (Eyvind Claxton)

Chaffin's numerous peer-reviewed publications, presentations and texts essentially have led the field for the past 25 years and have consistently established new standards, approaches and paradigms supporting methods to prevent or reduce occupational injuries. He is the author of "Occupational Biomechanics," a textbook now in its third printing and used by more than 200 universities around the world. For his contributions, the American Society of Biomechanics honored him with its most prestigious award, the Giovanni Borelli Award.

Chaffin has served on the national and international committees that have been asked to review or establish guidelines for workplace safety with respect to musculoskeletal injuries. He has received numerous awards for his activities, culminating in his election to the National Academy of Engineering in 1994. He has held numerous leadership positions in his discipline and has contributed substantially to industry as a partner in the prevention of workplace injuries.

The activities of Chaffin's students may constitute the most visible and longest-lasting impact of his research, teaching and mentoring. His former students and trainees dominate any list cataloging the professionals, both academic and industrial, who lead the field. He was recognized for his teaching by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in 1990, when he received the Paul M. Fitts Award.

Chaffin's service activities also are impressive. He has held many administrative positions within the college and University and has provided leadership in support of numerous initiatives during his entire career, through his membership on numerous committees, advisory boards and executive committees; his role as department chair; and especially his crucial guidance in developing the Center for Ergonomics (1980), the first such center in the country.

Chaffin has distinguished himself in many fields of endeavor, whether undergraduate and graduate education, academic research and planning, industrial relations, fund-raising, or helping to set government policy.

Distinguished University Professor, Gerard Faeth

Gerard Faeth is known internationally for his numerous, diverse and lasting contributions to aerospace and mechanical engineering. His work in spray phenomena, pollutant soot formation, the properties and suppression of unwanted fires, and the effects of gravity on transport processes is characterized by its excellence and originality and has been of great importance to both researchers and practicing engineers.
Faeth (Bill Wood, U-M Photo Services)

Faeth has made important contributions in research that cross several disciplines—physics, chemistry, and aerospace and mechanical engineering—an extremely rare achievement. His ability to bridge disciplines is reflected in his election to the rank of fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1983), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (1998), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1990), and the American Physical Society (2003). He also is a member and National Associate of the National Academy of Engineering (1991).

The author of more than 500 articles and papers, many of which have appeared in the best journals in the field, Faeth has made groundbreaking contributions and received numerous "best paper" awards for journal articles and for papers at major national and international conferences. He has written several definitive review articles and given hundreds of presentations around the world. The Institute for Scientific Information has awarded him a Highly Cited Researcher Certificate as one of the 99 most highly cited engineers in the world.

Faeth has been editor of major archival journals for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the International Combustion Institute, and he currently is a member of the editorial boards of several journals. He has served as a consultant to numerous organizations, such as NASA, the United States Army, the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council and the Office of Naval Research.

Not only an exceptional and prolific researcher, Faeth is an outstanding educator who teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses each year and has received some of the highest teaching ratings in the College of Engineering. He also has played a major role in mentoring Ph.D. and post-doctoral students.

One colleague says Faeth "is surely the most productive and most highly recognized faculty member that I have encountered at any institution of higher education, and his impact on his research field is unmatched by anyone I know." Another says, "He is a jewel in Michigan's crown."

Faeth personifies the highest ideals of the academic community. He is an internationally recognized scholar, an outstanding teacher, a superb mentor and a professional leader.

Distinguished University Professor, Melvin Hochster

One of the most eminent mathematicians in the world, Melvin Hochster has had a transforming impact on his field of commutative algebra. He is the originator of topics discussed at commutative algebra conferences everywhere, and the tools, techniques and basic theorems of the field often are of his design. He also is a dedicated teacher and mentor of undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students. His influence on the field of commutative algebra is pervasive.
Hochster (Courtesy Melvin Hochster)

Commutative algebra is a central branch of mathematics, with intimate connections to algebraic geometry. Hochster's research primarily is concerned with commutative Noetherian rings, with a particular interest in Cohen-Macaulay rings and modules. His work resulted in the famous Hochster-Roberts Theorem, according to which invariant rings of linearly reductive groups are Cohen-Macaulay. This theorem, proved in the mid-1970s, was a remarkable feat of depth and ingenuity and is based on a technique that has been used in other groundbreaking ways. As noted by a colleague, unlike many other eminent mathematicians, Hochster "is guided by his own inner sense of beauty: He follows it deeper and deeper into the heart of mathematics until the fundamental and unifying concepts emerge. Because he has penetrated deeper than anyone else, his mathematics has turned out to be more broadly applicable to a diversity of areas than one could have imagined possible."

Hochster has had a profound effect on the quality of mathematics education, particularly graduate education at U-M. He has served as official thesis adviser for 29 Ph.D.s, many of whom came to Michigan from other countries specifically to work with him. His students have been a diverse group, spanning a wide range of nationalities, abilities and personalities. For many, his guidance and training have provided the springboard for distinguished research careers in mathematics. Among those he has mentored are a number of women who have gone on to stellar careers. He also has supervised outstanding undergraduate research projects, and his undergraduate courses are popular and highly rated.

Among his many honors, Hochster received the Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra in 1980 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982. In 1992, he was elected to the both the American Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He won the Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Award in the Sciences in 2001.

A brilliant mathematician whose discoveries have revolutionized the field of commutative algebra, and an exceptionally dedicated and gifted teacher, Hochster exemplifies the best of the University.

Distinguished University Professor, Joanne Leonard

Joanne Leonard has had a distinguished record of achievement as an artist-scholar, a teacher and educator, and a leader in academic development within the University. With a recognized international reputation for a singularly important, profound and daring body of artwork, she is a major thinker within her practice and beyond in the larger field of women's studies and visual culture.
Leonard (Courtesy Joanne Leonard)

Widely considered to be one of our era's most important and influential visual artists, Leonard is internationally celebrated for her groundbreaking work using photo-collage, which combines text, visual images and technology. She is renowned for using this technique to bring visibility to personal and familial themes that once were invisible or taboo. What distinguishes her work from that of many other successful photographers is its engagement with pressing social issues. Her work is not only beautiful and technically accomplished, but it also grapples with intimate themes of women's lives.

Among the few photographers and women artists discussed and illustrated in the texts most commonly used in Western art history classes, Leonard also is an internationally acclaimed author of critical articles and essays on such topics as cultural politics, feminism and art. Her work has been exhibited and collected by museums and galleries worldwide, including such prominent collections as that of the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and the Detroit Institute of Art. She has organized highly successful national and international conferences about the intersections of art, culture, history and society. She also has received numerous grants and international awards and residencies, including grants from the National Endowment of the Arts (1975 and 1998), the Michigan Council for the Arts Award (1989), and a residency as visiting artist and scholar at the American Academy in Rome (2004). Her awards from Michigan include the prestigious John H. D'Arms Faculty Award in 2002 for Distinguished Graduate Mentoring in the Humanities.

During her two and a half decades as an educator at U-M, Leonard has carried out pioneering work in many arenas—often teaching interdisciplinary courses and developing highly productive connections with units outside the School of Art & Design. She has been a tireless advocate for the inclusion of women, people of color, the learning disabled, and the hearing impaired into higher education, and she has been at the forefront of modifying teaching methodologies and course content to make that inclusion successful. Her students extol her for her dedication, compassion, accessibility, enthusiasm and guidance.

A highly productive and recognized visual artist, an outstanding teacher and mentor, and a model citizen of the University, Leonard has built a well-rounded career of excellence such as few living artists achieve.

Distinguished University Professor, Martha Ludwig

An eminent scholar and internationally recognized researcher in the field of protein X-ray crystallography, Martha Ludwig has spearheaded the determination of the three-dimensional structures of proteins at U-M. Since joining the Medical School faculty in 1967, she has not only built her own scientific career but, through sustained collaborations, also contributed greatly to the scientific successes of many other faculty.
Ludwig (Courtesy Martha Ludwig)

X-ray crystallography provides fundamental information about the ways in which macromolecules interact with specific target molecules, and it is used extensively in drug discovery in the industrial lab. Ludwig's scientific career began when protein X-ray crystallography was a new and emerging science; as a research fellow at Harvard, she was involved in the first protein structure determination in the United States. Since her arrival at Michigan, she has focused tenaciously on understanding the structural basis of electron transfer reactions in biology in general, and in particular on the role of proteins that require metal or vitamin-based cofactors.

Ludwig's scientific contributions have appeared in top journals such as Science, Nature, Structural Biology and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She is much sought-after as an author of chapters for professional books and periodicals, with more than 40 such contributions to her credit. She has enjoyed independent and sustained funding of her research from National Institutes of Health; her grant "Enzymes in the Crystalline State" is in its 34th year.

Honors include the American Chemical Society's Garvan Medal (1984) and a Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award (1986), and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2001) and the National Academy of Sciences (2003). She holds memberships in the American Chemical Society, the American Crystallographic Association, the American Society of Biological Chemists and the Biophysical Society.

Ludwig has been instrumental to the governance and teaching mission of the Biophysics Research Division (which she served as chair from 1986-89 and interim chair from 1994-96) and to the Department of Biological Chemistry. She has provided sustained training and collaboration to several generations of young scientists, and it is widely recognized that her generous and unselfish attitude has contributed to the success of many other faculty, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students. Ludwig has been a pioneering scientist, a superb teacher and influential mentor, and a devoted citizen of the University.

Distinguished University Professor, Charles Yocum

An internationally recognized scientist and authority on photosynthesis, Charles Yocum is a superb educator and scholar and a gifted mentor of many graduate and postgraduate students who have gone on to productive academic and research careers. His career manifests an almost perfect combination of scholarship, teaching and service.
(Martin Vloet,
U-M Photo Services)

Yocum is considered one of the world's top half-dozen researchers in photosynthesis. He made a key contribution to the field by discovering a simple way to purify the protein complex, photosystem II. This was a critical breakthrough, permitting researchers to conduct the controlled experiments necessary to understanding the photosynthesis process. His recent research is devoted to elucidating the structural and functional roles of the many proteins that make up photosystem II and to developing an understanding of the chemistry of oxygen production.

Every laboratory in his field makes use of insights and procedures originally developed by Yocum, and his group continues to produce landmark research. He and his collaborators have published approximately 100 papers reporting new research in peer-reviewed journals, with an additional 60 papers in the form of book chapters and invited review articles.

In addition to receiving nearly every distinguished award proffered by the University, Yocum has been nationally recognized as a senior Fulbright scholar, a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also has served in an editorial capacity on the most prestigious journals in his area of science and as a member of both scientific and program review panels for the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Yocum is an exceptional teacher as well as scholar. He has taught freshman and sophomore classes in introductory chemistry and biology, and he has done so with great enthusiasm and effectiveness. Furthermore, he has a special talent for working with graduate students and bringing out the best in them, and he has been unusually active in mentoring young faculty in the chemistry and biology departments.

As chair of the Department of Biology for six years, Yocum was exceptional in his ability to manage, encourage, foster and placate the diverse interest groups in a department that had a reputation as ungovernable. He made many strong and lasting contributions to the department. An outstanding role model for students and faculty colleagues alike, Yocum has been tireless in his efforts to make the University an ever-better place to do top-tier research and to provide outstanding training to students at all levels.

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, Kim F. Hayes

As a world leader in environmental chemistry and engineering, Kim Hayes has made substantive contributions to both fundamental scientific questions and to the development of technologies for practical applications. For the past 15 years, a major focus of his research has been the investigation of metal ion sorption processes at mineral-water interfaces, so that improved models for predicting sorption could be developed in more complex soil systems.
(Courtesy Kim Hayes)

Another focus of Hayes' work is on fundamental studies of reductive dechlorination processes and toxic metal ion removal by natural and synthetic reduced iron material. The goal of this work has been to establish the mechanistic basis for reduced minerals to transform priority pollutants to less harmful forms and to develop new nanomaterials for environmental applications. In his career to date, Hayes and his research group have published more than 70 papers in the highest-quality peer-reviewed journals, with 10 as book chapters, and presented more than 100 papers in refereed conference proceedings or invited talks.

Commitment and dedication to teaching have marked Hayes' career. Since joining the faculty in 1988, he has introduced a set of core environmental chemistry courses for graduate students that are essential to environmental engineering research and practice. He also has been developing a new introductory undergraduate engineering course on sustainable engineering principles. He has mentored many exceptional graduate students who subsequently are making their own contributions. The American Chemical Society's Environmental Division has honored six of his students with best paper awards during their Ph.D. studies. His most recent Ph.D. graduate received a Rackham Dissertation Award in 2003. Upon embarking on their own faculty careers, three of his former students received National Science Foundation Career Awards, which Hayes also won while starting out at U-M.

Likewise, Hayes has an outstanding record of service to his department, to the College of Engineering, to the University and to his profession. He has served on all major departmental committees and on 28 dissertation committees, not including his own 11 Ph.D. graduates, and he has held a number of college-level committee positions, most notably as chair of the College Curriculum Committee at a time when the undergraduate curriculum went through comprehensive changes. For his college service, he received an Excellence in Service Award in 2001. At the University level, he served on the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship Awards committee and on the Rackham Division Board. At the national level, Hayes served on the executive board of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and he received a Distinguished Service Award from this organization in 2003. Hayes has achieved an extraordinary record of accomplishments in all aspects of his profession.

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, June M. Howard

As associate dean for interdisciplinary initiatives, director of the Program in American Culture, associate chair of the Department of English, and in countless other roles, June Howard has worked to build and nurture the intellectual community of the University. A much-admired teacher, remarkable literary critic, and architect of and advocate for institutional interdisciplinarity, she has made major contributions to LSA, the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the University.
(Marcia Ledford,
U-M Photo Services)

Howard's scholarly work is characterized by its reach and influence. Her first book, "Form and History in American Literary Naturalism" (1985), continues to be regarded as a leading work in the field, and a newer book, "Publishing the Family" (2001), has enhanced her scholarly reputation. The book displays Howard's substantial gifts as a storyteller and wordsmith and is a resource for scholars, historians and literary critics. She also has edited "New Essays on Sarah Orne Jewett's 'The Country of the Pointed Firs'" (1994); published a number of articles, book chapters, research reports and reviews; and presented papers at numerous colloquia.

As a student and critic of literature, Howard is highly attentive to matters of form and technique, and she is an excellent close reader of literary texts. At the same time, she shows an impressive knowledge of social and cultural history and of the place of texts within history. Her work is remarkable for its sophistication and polish, for its attention to significant detail, for its historical and theoretical scope, and for the clarity and ease with which it is presented.

Throughout the whole of her career at U-M, Howard has been a highly effective and warmly regarded teacher and an advocate for and encourager of good teaching among her colleagues. She holds awards for excellence in education, including the Amoco Good Teaching Award, and she is among the select number who have earned the distinction of an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship.

Howard's extraordinary leadership skills were evident in her terms as associate chair of the Department of English and, particularly, as director of the Program in American Culture, where she provided intellectual shape and direction at a critical juncture. Her greatest service to the University, however, may lie in her commitment to the development of interdisciplinary scholarship. In her new role as associate dean at the Rackham School, she has shaped and overseen several new initiatives, all of them thoughtfully designed to create and sustain interdisciplinary projects that reflect transformations of knowledge.

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, John Kucich

Since joining the faculty in 1979, John Kucich has become a major scholar in his fields of Victorian studies and narrative theory. He has been a figure of central importance in developing and sustaining U-M's programs in 19th-century British literature and in critical theory at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Kucich (Courtesy John Kucich)

Kucich has three published books: "Excess and Restraint in the Novels of Charles Dickens" (1981); "Repression in Victorian Fiction: Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and Charles Dickens" (1987); and "The Power of Lies: Transgression in Victorian Fiction" (1994), with a fourth soon to be published: "Melancholy Magic: Masochism, Empire, and Class in British Fiction." He also has edited two books: "Victorian Afterlife: Postmodern Culture Rewrites the Nineteenth Century" (2000) and "Fictions of Empire: Heart of Darkness, 'The Beach of Falesa,' and The Man Who Would Be King" (2002).

Kucich also has published numerous essays and reviews on a wide range of subjects and given many conference presentations and invited talks. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship (1987) and a fellowship at the National Humanities Center at the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina (2002), among other awards for his research.

Kucich's particular strength is his ability to combine sophisticated and nuanced approaches to literary, cultural and psychological theory with a capacious knowledge of Victorian culture and history and an extraordinary command of the writing of the period. He addresses crucial concepts—concepts that because of their centrality often have received a good deal of attention over the years—but does so in ways that are genuinely new and that change the very shape of the field itself for other scholars.

A rigorous and accomplished teacher, Kucich regularly offers courses in Victorian literature and culture, as well as in literary theory, to graduates and undergraduates, and his teaching receives high ratings. Colleagues from other universities note that it is obvious that his graduate students have received superb training.

Kucich has served with distinction and integrity on virtually every committee in the English department and has, at various times since the mid-1990s, filled every major administrative position in the department, including service as associate chair during an especially challenging period. Throughout his tenure he regularly has been a member of the departmental executive committee. Arguably the outstanding Victorianist in his generation, Kucich has been a dedicated teacher, generous colleague and exemplary departmental citizen.

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, Victor B. Lieberman

A path-breaking scholar whose work cuts across conventional chronological, geographical and methodological boundaries and has sparked an entirely new approach to comparative history, Victor Lieberman also is an enormously successful undergraduate teacher and a model mentor to graduate students. He excels in every area of academic involvement.
Lieberman (Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)

Lieberman's unusually broad and comparative scholarship has enjoyed acclaim in this country and abroad. His initial monograph, "Burmese Administrative Cycles: Anarchy and Conquest, c. 1580-1760," published in 1986, won the 1987 Harry J. Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. He is the author of numerous essays, the editor of a special issue of a journal and a book, "Beyond Binary Histories: Re-imagining Eurasia to c. 1830," and he recently published the first volume of a two-volume work on Southeast Asia, "Strange Parallels: Southeast Asia in a Global Context, c. 800-1830," with the second volume to be published in 2005. With his recent work he has broadly reshaped the way scholars conduct comparative studies of Asian and European history and created a fundamentally new understanding of long-term global history. His approach resolutely sets aside the East/West dichotomy that has constrained most comparative work. Instead he examines continuities, connections, and common circumstances that framed historical experiences across the Eurasian continent.

In the best model of university teaching, Lieberman integrates his own important research contributions into his pedagogy. As a result, his students often display an unusually sophisticated understanding of historical processes on a broad scale. His commitment to undergraduate teaching has met with enormous enthusiasm and earned him high evaluation scores and heartfelt testimonials. Lectures in his Southeast Asian survey course and his hugely successful lecture class on the Vietnam War are called masterpieces by his students.

Lieberman also has an exemplary track record in graduate education and has one of the largest cohorts of Ph.D. students in pre-1850 Southeast Asian history in the country. His former graduate students praise the mentoring he gave them, and they have done well in the intense job competition in this small field.

Lieberman has established a fine record of service to the Department of History. He often has served as a concentration adviser; he chaired the curriculum committee when the department was shaping its new minor in history; and he has chaired repeated searches in Chinese history, while tirelessly helping develop the department's program in Asian studies. A superb, internationally renowned scholar, a legendary teacher and an ideal colleague, Lieberman has had an impressive career at U-M.

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, Kenneth Lieberthal

Widely acknowledged to be the leading scholar of his generation working on the politics of China, Kenneth Lieberthal has a distinguished record of accomplishments and service to the college, the University, the scholarly community and the nation. He is a teacher of remarkable skill and dedication who has inspired undergraduates and trained a generation of graduate students, many of whom have gone on to leadership roles in the profession. His accomplishments are of consistently stellar quality. A true institution builder and creator of public goods, he is a unique resource whose presence at U-M adds luster and distinction to the University.
Lieberthal (Courtesy Stephen M. Ross School of Business)

Lieberthal is one of the premier political scientists in the United States dealing with contemporary China. His research centers on two critical issues: the organization of political and administrative power, and China's relation with the outside world. He has pioneered a "fragmented authoritarianism" model of Chinese politics, which directs scholars to search beneath the surface unity of the system to uncover deeper conflicts and bargaining relationships across a range of issue areas and elite groups.

The author of what may be the most widely used textbook on Chinese politics, "Governing China: From Revolution Through Reform," Lieberthal also has written, co-authored or edited many other important works and published numerous articles, reviews and book chapters.

During his career Lieberthal has been the recipient of many fellowships, grants and honors. Since 1995 he has held a joint appointment as William Davidson Professor in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and since 2001 he has been distinguished fellow and director for China at the William Davidson Institute.

Lieberthal's expertise led in 1998 to his appointment as senior director of the National Security Council for Asia and Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, where, according to former National Security Adviser Samuel Berger, he emerged as "the most important voice in the U.S. government on Asian affairs."

Throughout his 21 years at U-M, Lieberthal has earned a reputation for being an outstanding teacher and mentor. His work in the classroom has been recognized by the Amoco Award for Distinguished University Teaching in 1986, LSA Excellence in Education Awards in 1991, 1992 and 1993, and appointment as Arthur Thurnau Professor of Political Science, 1995-98. Teaching evaluations consistently rate him as one of the strongest teachers in the University. "Like learning from the master," one student commented. Lieberthal has brought great credit to the University along multiple dimensions.

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, Dr. John A. Williams

Dr. John Williams is considered a giant in his field of research, a tireless advocate for physiology at the international, national and local levels, and a major and effective contributor to the Medical School. His entire career has been marked by outstanding scientific research; he has trained a large number of individuals who are now major independent investigators; he has been a major national and international force in gastrointestinal physiology; and he has provided leadership through service to numerous organizations and committees.
Williams (Courtesy John Williams)

Over the years, Williams has made many important contributions to the understanding of pancreatic function by hormones and neurotransmitters. His more than 300 publications, many in premier journals, have had a major impact on the field and reflect his utilization of a wide variety of techniques and approaches to better understand pancreatic function. Williams has served on numerous editorial boards of leading journals and as editor of the American Journal of Physiology, associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, and section editor of the Annual Review of Physiology. He has also contributed to numerous National Institutes of Health and other scientific review panels. He has served as president of the American Pancreatic Association, and in 2002 was elected president of the American Physiological Society.

A strong advocate for and active participant in graduate and medical training at the Medical School, Williams has served on curriculum committees and initiated and taught courses on subjects ranging from pancreatic function to research ethics. He has trained seven Ph.D. students and 48 post-doctoral fellows, many of whom are now professors at institutions throughout the world—a "who's who" of the current and future leaders in the field of pancreatic research. Not only has he participated in departmental teaching himself, he also has fostered quality teaching among his faculty, many of whom have won teaching awards.

Williams has served for the past 16 years as chair of the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology. He has played a leadership role in the Michigan Gastrointestinal Peptide Research Center and the Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center, as well as the development of the Center for Integrative Genomics. Most recently he has helped develop the Endowment for Basic Science in the Medical School. Williams is one of the top gastrointestinal physiologists in the world, and he has served tirelessly as an advocate for physiology and for the University.

Faculty Recognition Award, Kun-Liang Guan

A brilliant scientist, excellent teacher and model University citizen, Kun Liang Guan quickly established himself as a highly productive independent scholar in an exceedingly competitive field. In his 12 years at Michigan, he has impressed colleagues with his creativity, farsightedness, fearlessness and ability to utilize multiple approaches to ask questions in the most direct way.
Guan (Courtesy Kun-Liang Guan)

After joining the faculty, Guan quickly set up a nationally recognized laboratory. He works in the area of biochemical signal transduction, defining the chemical processes whereby hormonal and nutritional signals impinging on the outside of cells are transmitted through the cell membrane to the interior of cell cytoplasm and/or cell nucleus.

Guan is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, virtually all of which have been published in high-profile journals. He is a sought-after speaker at both national and international meetings in the biomedical sciences, and he has served on both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) study sections. His research has been exceedingly well funded through multiple grants from NIH and other agencies. Among other honors and awards, he was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1998 and received the prestigious Schering-Plough Young Investigator Award in 1999.

Guan is deeply involved in graduate and postgraduate education. Five students have received Ph.D. degrees under his direction in the past five years, including two M.D./Ph.D. degrees, and he has served or is serving on more than two dozen Ph.D. thesis committees. His specialty graduate courses receive uniformly positive evaluations.

He has been diligent and effective at the departmental, college and national levels. Among other committee assignments, he served as co-chair of the departmental graduate admissions committee and as chair of the departmental faculty search committee. In addition to his four-year stints on both NSF and NIH study sections, he has served five-year terms as an editorial board member for the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Biological Signals and Receptors. Guan is an energetic scientist who constantly produces novel ideas and insights, an effective mentor, and a wonderful departmental citizen who shows great future promise.

Faculty Recognition Award, Theodore B.Norris

Since joining the College of Engineering faculty, Theodore Norris has demonstrated exceptional competence in teaching, research and service. He has been a careful and serious researcher and is world-renowned in the field of ultrafast transient optical spectroscopy; he is one of the most dedicated and successful teachers in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and his openness, positive attitude and clear vision make him one of the most sought-after faculty for committee work. He also is associate director of the Applied Physics Program and of the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science.
Norris (Bill Wood, U-M Photo Services)

Norris's research program spans a wide range, from physics and engineering to medicine. In solid state physics, he has made important contributions to the time-resolved studies of electrons in quantum devices. In engineering, he made seminal contributions in the field of femtosecond pulse amplification and invented a new type of laser amplifier system now used worldwide in hundreds of labs. In life sciences, his efforts are mainly in optical sensing and in imaging, including the novel approach of combining THz acoustics with femtosecond optics. He has an impressive record of publications and invited conference presentations, and his work has earned great respect internationally—particularly his groundbreaking work on optical probes of nanostructures.

Norris has a spectacular teaching record. As an assistant professor, he taught six different courses in eight semesters and introduced new courses that received outstanding evaluations. Students recognize his natural gift for teaching and appreciate his continual efforts to perfect his classes. His original and pioneering efforts in curriculum design for new courses in optics have been a major contributing factor to U-M's visibility in this area. For excellence in teaching, he won the 2003 College of Engineering John Ullrich Education Excellence Award.

A key aspect of Norris's dedication to education and training is his superb ability as a research adviser. He is highly sought after by the most able graduate students looking for opportunities in interdisciplinary research. His projects are extremely challenging and attract top students from electrical engineering and computer science and from physics and applied physics. He works unusually well in teams, and for his teamwork efforts, he won the Ted Kennedy College of Engineering Team Award. He is active in professional societies and chaired the prestigious Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference in 2003. He also has organized many symposia in the field of optics and solid state physics and engineering. Norris is an excellent example of a faculty member whose research interests and expertise are perfectly meshed with his teaching approach.

Faculty Recognition Award, Mercedes Pascual

Perhaps one of the best theoretical ecologists to emerge during the last 10 years, Mercedes Pascual is a brilliant scientist. Her research is recognized as groundbreaking nationally and internationally. She is a dedicated teacher, an outstanding mentor and a wonderful colleague who contributes greatly to all aspects of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Pascual (David Bay)

The core of Pascual's research is her work on cholera and on scaling and spatial dynamics. Her work provides some of the strongest quantitative evidence to date for a strong and increasing interaction between climate variation and disease transmission. In a suite of analyses she developed to analyze long-term data for cholera in Bangladesh, she assembled a diverse and eclectic group of people with expertise in the history of British India, climate dynamics and non-linear time series analysis. The results create an important analytical framework that others will have to follow if they are persistent enough to collate similarly comprehensive data for other infectious diseases or other ecological interactions.

From very early in her career, Pascual's publications—which have appeared in highly visible, leading journals—have been noteworthy and influential. Her particular strength is an ability to use abstract theoretical formulations to tackle problems of real biological importance and interest. She has played an active role in the Center for the Study of Complex Systems, helping to make U-M the leading complex systems academic research center in the world.

In recognition of her achievements and promise in science, Pascual received a James S. McDonnell Centennial Fellowship in Global and Complex Systems (one of two internationally) for 1999-2008. In 2003 she was named one of the Top 50 Women in Science by Discover magazine, and in the same year she was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Pascual is a dedicated teacher at the post-graduate, graduate and undergraduate levels. Her classroom teaching provides a rigorous and thorough grounding in the fundamentals of ecological theory and model building techniques, and provides an understanding of the role of ecological factors in diseases.

Pascual has been active in service to the department, the University, and the national and international ecological communities. In all these areas she has served on important committees that reflect the esteem in which she is held. She is a rising star whose international nature, inspirational leadership and organizational skills make her an important figure on the global stage of ecology.

Faculty Recognition Award, Theresa Tinkle

In her 15 years at the University, Theresa Tinkle has compiled a distinguished record of scholarship, service and teaching. Her originality, intellect and energy have impacted countless numbers of appreciative students, colleagues and University administrators. She is a precocious and innovative scholar, a brilliant teacher and a remarkable administrator who commands the respect of colleagues and students because of her commitment to the larger academic community.
(Bob Kalmbach,
U-M Photo Services)

Tinkle's talent and accomplishments were recognized early. While she was just a graduate student, her essay "Saturn of the Several Faces: A Survey of Medieval Mythographic Traditions" was awarded the Van Courtland Elliott Prize for the best article by a medievalist, the first and only time that the Medieval Academy of America gave that award to an essay published by a student. Her influential presence on the national scene was bolstered by the publication of her book "Medieval Venuses and Cupids: Sexuality, Hermeneutics, and English Poetry." She also co-edited, with Donka Mikova, "Chaucer and the Challenges of Medievalism: Studies in Honor of H.A. Kelley." Her engagement with new disciplines and new topics is evident in "The Iconic Page in Manuscript, Print, and Digital Culture," co-edited with U-M Professor George Bornstein.

Among Tinkle's notable achievements at U-M are her four years of service as director of First and Second Year Studies in English and her year as director of the Gayle Morris Sweetland Writing Center, where her rigor, commitment and concern transformed the atmosphere of the program. Her leadership at a crucial time inaugurated important changes in the center's internal structure and enhanced its public recognition.

Tinkle is an outstanding teacher with a strong reputation in medieval studies, and she has taught at every level with great success. Not only a fine teacher, she also is an innovator and leader. She has won the Amoco Faculty Teaching Award (1997), the Arthur Thurnau Professorship (1998), and the LSA Excellence in Education Award, the latter an incredible seven times in the 1990s. "Professor Tinkle is the finest that Michigan has to offer," says a former student. Three times she has been a member of the Provost's Seminar on Teaching and three times a member of the Faculty Advisory Board for the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching.

University Undergraduate Teaching Award, James W. Cook

An extraordinary combination of brilliant scholar, superb colleague and citizen of the Program in American Culture, James Cook is above all an outstanding teacher who is successful in large classes as well as in smaller settings. His teaching evaluations reach very good numbers and include impassioned letters full of gratitude and excitement from his students.

Cook (Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Since Cook came to U-M four years ago, he has taught large introductory survey courses and smaller classes and seminars. In all of these courses Cook's leadership and facilitation of class discussion have been remarkable. His prepared lectures are insightful, edifying and engaging, and through his topic choices and reading selections he provides students with an opportunity to delve into the best possible resources. Furthermore, he incorporates multiple literacies into almost every class. These include film, primary documents, music and multimedia resources.

In the classroom, Cook is an excellent orator and discussion
mediator. He knows how to make students comfortable sharing their opinions and observations, and he is careful to encourage every student to speak. He acknowledges perspectives different from his own and makes his students feel that they are contributing something original and invaluable to the subject. In his seminars he fosters a climate in which everyone learns from everyone else. In his class, "I truly felt like a scholar for the first time in my college career," says one student.

Cook stands apart not only for the way he conducts his courses, but also for the extent to which he helps students outside the classroom. He makes himself accessible to students and has the ability to make them feel at ease in his presence. He is skilled at pinpointing student difficulties and offering the most appropriate and relevant advice. He wants his students to fulfill their own potential as writers, scholars and future professors, and he provides the stimuli and guidance to help them achieve their goals. As one student said, "I left a semester in American Culture 686 not only intellectually changed, but pedagogically inspired and holistically conditioned for the pursuit of my doctorate here at U-M." Described by one student as an architect, a poet and a cultivator of interests, Cook is a role model for those aspiring to provide first-rate undergraduate teaching.

University Undergraduate Teaching Award, Steven J. Wright

Teacher, mentor, adviser, leader, facilitator, administrator and researcher, Steven Wright has been an extraordinary pedagogue during his 27 years at the University. During his career, he has taught more than a dozen different undergraduate courses and many more graduate courses. In all of them, even in very large courses, he receives uniformly outstanding evaluations. Notably, he was chosen four times as Professor of the Year in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering by a vote of undergraduate students.
Wright (Courtesy Steven Wright)

Wright's lectures are informative, clear and to-the-point, and his enthusiasm for his work is infectious. He makes a concerted effort to make students comfortable, and by the third lecture in the term, he typically knows the name of each student. His active research program provides him with firsthand knowledge of the problems engineers face today, which he in turn passes on to his students. In 1990, he co-authored "Essentials of Engineering Fluid Mechanics," a textbook that has been used at U-M and other universities.

Many of the courses Wright has taught have laboratory components, and he has taught laboratory sections in order to integrate the hands-on experience in the labs with the underlying theory covered in the lectures.

In addition to in-course teaching, Wright consistently has mentored a number of undergraduate students under a variety of University-sponsored programs that serve to provide undergraduate students with a research experience. These include the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, the GE Faculty for the Future Program, the Marian Sarah Parker Scholars Program, and the Summer Research Opportunity Program, among others. An impressive number of students have become involved in research activities in his labs, including many women and underrepresented minorities. He also serves as faculty adviser for Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society.

In addition to his four Professor of the Year awards, Wright won the prestigious 1938E Distinguished Service Award in 1980, an award given to the most outstanding assistant professor in the College of Engineering who excels in the mentoring and teaching of students. In 1997, the Civil and Environmental Engineering department recognized him with its Teaching Excellence Award, and in 2001, he received a College of Engineering Award. Wright is a model professor who has had a lasting impact on the professional and personal lives of his students.

University Press Award, John Knott

After years of teaching and writing about nonconformist literature in 16th- and 17th-century England, English professor John Knott found respite from Puritan texts in wilderness literature. More than a decade ago, he began teaching courses on literature and the environment. To a large extent, this shift of focus grew out of his own experiences of wild places—in particular, some 25 years of canoe tripping in the Temagami area of Ontario, and an 18-day canoe trip down the Noatak River in northern Alaska. These experiences influenced his teaching, research and writing, and they culminated in "Imagining Wild America," published by The U-M Press in 2002. The book is the winner of this year's University Press Book Award.
Knott (Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)

"Imagining Wild America," which grew out of an ongoing course on Literature of the American Wilderness, is organized around the life and work of six influential American writers: John James Audubon, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Edward Abbey, Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver. Each writer illustrates different stages and dimensions of the American fascination with wild nature.

A contribution to the growing literature of ecocriticism, "Imagining Wild America" demonstrates the richness and continuing importance of the idea of wilderness and its attraction for American writers. Knott traces the emergence of a visionary tradition that embraces values consciously understood to be ahistorical, showing that these writers, while recognizing the claims of history and the interdependence of nature and culture, also understand and attempt to represent wild nature as something different, other. "They find wildness in various kinds of places and apprehend it in ways conditioned by individual and cultural differences, but they are all seekers of one kind or another, and this seeking can take the form of a spiritual quest for truths that they do not find in the social and cultural orders that they inhabit," Knott says in the conclusion of his book.

Knott was co-editor with Keith Taylor of "The Huron River: Voices from the Watershed," published in 2000. Previous books include "Discourses of Martyrdom in English Literature, 1563-1694"; "The Sword of the Spirit: Puritan Responses to the Bible"; and "Milton's Pastoral Vision: An Approach to 'Paradise Lost.'" In "Imagining Wild America" Knott has begun the effort to rehabilitate a vigorous tradition of writing about wilderness and wildness.

Distinguished Faculty Governance Award, Dr. Louis G. D'Alecy

Dr. Louis D'Alecy joined the Medical School's Department of Physiology in 1973 and received a joint appointment in Vascular Surgery in 1985. His research interest is hypothesis testing in the area of normal and pathologic control and regulation of the cardiovascular system. A member of the American Physiological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Heart Association, he has presented numerous invited lectures and is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He currently serves as president of the Michigan Society for Medical Research. He also has an impressive teaching record, with many awards, including the Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Preclinical Teaching.
D'Alecy (Courtesy Louis D'Alecy)

For more than 15 years, D'Alecy has been faculty governance personified. His contributions have been numerous and varied, and the list of his service commitments is impressive. After serving on the Senate Assembly for several years, D'Alecy was appointed chair in 1997. He was elected to the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) in 1995, became vice chair in 1996 and chair in 1997, the pinnacle of faculty governance. From 1995-97, he served as SACUA's liaison to the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee (AAAC), and he was chair of AAAC in 1995-96. He was appointed to the provost's faculty advisory committee in 1997 and to the President's Vice President and General Counsel Advisory Search Committee in 1998.

In the Medical School, he served two three-year terms as an elected member of the Advisory Committee on Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure. As a long-term member, he served as president of the American Association of University Professors from 1998-2000. In all of these positions, he worked tirelessly and maintained an extraordinary sense of humor throughout many crucial periods.

As a member of the faculty grievance review committee, D'Alecy contributed to the rewriting of the grievance procedures that currently form the procedural foundation for all schools. Other major contributions during his service on SACUA were the successful efforts to retain health insurance choices for U-M faculty and staff and SACUA's leadership in persuading the University to divest from its investments in tobacco stocks. He also collaborated with the provost on writing and gaining acceptance for the "Principles of Faculty Involvement in Institutional and Academic Unit Governance at the University of Michigan." This document recently served as a model for AAAC's "Principles of Teaching."

Distinguished Faculty Governance Award, William W. Schultz

William Schultz joined the faculty in 1985 after receiving his doctorate in engineering sciences and applied mathematics from Northwestern University. He is professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics and has a courtesy appointment in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Earlier professional positions were at FMC Corp., Owens-Corning Corporation and Rutgers University.
Schultz (Chris Africa)

His leadership in faculty governance has occurred during a crucial period in University history. Since his appointment to the Senate Assembly's Advisory Committee to the Provost in 2000, Schultz has made outstanding contributions to the faculty governance system of the University—contributions that will have a lasting effect on faculty governance at U-M. In 2001 he was appointed chair of the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee, a position he retained until June 2004.

Under his leadership the committee addressed important issues and instituted new policies. For example, with his guidance, the committee advocated a plan for fair and independent reviews of individual schools and colleges, revised the faculty evaluation of deans, studied grade inflation, and participated in critical discussions at a time of intense budget pressures. Following the 2003 Supreme Court decision concerning undergraduate admissions, Schultz assisted in gaining increased faculty participation in the admissions process and was appointed as an undergraduate admissions reader. He also led the way in developing principles of teaching at U-M and is a principal author of the forthcoming "Principles of Teaching," to be published by the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs.

Schultz likewise has been active in governance within the College of Engineering (CoE). Since achieving tenure in 1991, he has served continuously on the Mechanical Engineering Advisory Committee. He also served on the curriculum committee and as chair of the rules committee. He is the interdisciplinary engineering faculty adviser and a member of the Faculty Senate Assembly.

Among other honors and awards, Schultz received a Research Achievement Award in 1985, a Young Investigator Award in 1987, the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in 1991, and a Departmental Teaching Award in 2000 and 2004. He is an ASME fellow and was named Faculty Advisor of the Year by CoE in 2004.

Jackie Lawson Memorial Faculty Governance Award, Richard A. Gull

Richard Gull began his tenure at U-M-Flint in 1965 as a lecturer in philosophy. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1968, associate professor in 1972 and professor in 1997. During his career, he published a number of articles in his field and made numerous conference presentations, on topics including ontology, the nature of emotion, philosophy of work, the early philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre and philosophy in film. He has taught courses in ethics, philosophy in film, history and philosophy of science, philosophy in film and literature, and philosophy, work, and economic freedom, among others. He was awarded Special Merit for Teaching in 1992.
Gull (Call Photography)

Gull's service at U-M-Flint has included three terms as department chair. He has chaired the General Education Committee and worked on and chaired the Academic Standards Committee, as well as many other important and time-consuming assignments. Long active in faculty and community service and in professional societies, he received a Special Merit Award for Service in 1985.

In March 2003, Gull became the first faculty member from U-M-Flint to be elected to the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA), and last spring he chaired a subcommittee overseeing the formulation of a faculty critique of the revised policy on faculty-student romantic and/or sexual relationships. His service on SACUA has included serving on the nominating committee for new members and on the Senate Rules Committee.

Gull also has served on the Senate Assembly and as a member of the Civil Liberties Board, through which he contributed to revisions of U-M's electronic privacy policies. He helped organize a retreat on the topic of enhancing the discussion of civil liberties issues at the University. He also was an active participant in formulating a number of policy recommendations.

While serving on the Senate Assembly, Gull started a process that culminated in establishing an ombuds position at U-M-Flint. He continues to serve on the editorial board of the Faculty Perspectives Page of the University Record.

Gull has been an active member and good citizen of his department and of the University, and his service on University-wide committees has had a positive effect on the relationship between the Ann Arbor campus and the regional campus.

Regents' Award for Distinguished Public Service, Julie Ellison

An accomplished literary and cultural historian and a seasoned research administrator, Julie Ellison is remarkable for her service to public cultural institutions in Michigan, her national leadership in building a broad-based movement for the public arts and humanities, and her groundbreaking new scholarship embodying the connections she is forging between the scholarly world and the public.
Ellison (Robert Chase, Ann Arbor News)

The sheer volume of public work in which Ellison is engaged is notable in itself, but the extent to which she has successfully integrated this public work and her scholarship is especially impressive. A list of her public scholarship and activities demonstrates the rich, varied and substantive quality of her public service.

At the heart of her public service is founding and directing Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. Imagining America began in 1999 as a two-year program of the White House Millennium Council. U-M, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and 20 college and university presidents were partners in the enterprise. In fall 2001, Imagining America became a national consortium of colleges and universities. Its current membership of more than 50 institutions covers the full spectrum of American higher education: community colleges, liberal arts colleges, arts institutions, comprehensive institutions, and—its largest cohort—public and private research universities. Ellison provided the energy, vision and organizational acumen required to launch the program and build the consortium.

As associate vice president for research (1996-99), Ellison created and led YoHA: Year of Humanities and Arts, a University- and community-wide initiative that provided a national model for integrated cultural education at the post-secondary level. It created a test bed for experimental academic, co-curricular and public programs that brought the University's many constituencies, including neighboring communities, into significant contact with one another. YoHA was a catalyst for many further events and helped make Arts of Citizenship, which began as a YoHA initiative, a permanent program.

Ellison is in demand nationally and internationally and speaks to a fascinating variety of audiences about many different ways of linking the public and the university. She is the recipient of several awards, including a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in 1987 and a Faculty Recognition Award in 1991, and she is the author of numerous articles and several books, including a work in progress, "Shuttle Zone: The New Politics of Cultural Knowledge."

Regents' Award for Distinguished Public Service, Amid I. Ismail

Throughout his entire career, before and since coming to U-M, Amid Ismail has been a productive researcher and educator. What sets him apart, however, is the extension of his research efforts into the service area, particularly with underserved populations in the Detroit area. For him it is not enough to document the health care disparities that occur in certain segments of the population; he tries to do something about them. Testaments to his dedication in using research directly for the betterment of the community include his active involvement in the Voices of Detroit Initiative and his continuous presence in the Detroit Department of Public Health, where he has a permanent office; the setting up of dental clinics in the Detroit area to serve low-income residents; his consultations with various private and public agencies; and his overall efforts to help those who most need it.
Ismail (Courtesy Amid Ismail)

A few illustrative examples demonstrate how Ismail's scholarship seamlessly intersects with his influential public service. The first is the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Detroit Center for Research on Oral Health Disparities, for which he is principal investigator. This center is one of five in the country to address oral health disparities in the U.S. population. Another example is Michigan Oral Cancer Prevention Network, which he established and directs. This initiative led to development of the Detroit Cancer Prevention Project, which has just been funded by NIH. He also leads the U-M Detroit Health Services Research Initiative, which includes representatives from medicine, nursing, public health, social work, kinesiology, pharmacy and the U-M Health System.

Ismail is past president of the Behavioral Sciences and Health Services Research Group of the International Association of Dental Research; he chairs the National Affairs Committee of the American Association of Dental Research; he is co-chair of the American Dental Association's Council on Scientific Affairs and the key consultant on its Evidence-based Task Force; and he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Dental Education and the Journal of Dental Research.

For Ismail, dentistry is a scientific discipline, and actions, whether in a single dental office, a large clinic serving low-income patients, or major decision-making bodies, should be based on evidence. He imparts this way of thinking to his students. His current graduate course, which focuses on foundations of dental public health practice in the United States and around the world, was given the highest possible rating by his students.

University Librarian Achievement Award, Barbara MacAdam

In her 24 years at U-M, Barbara MacAdam has demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism, creativity and commitment to excellence. A tireless worker on behalf of faculty and students, she is the epitome of academic librarianship.
MacAdam (Courtesy Barbara MacAdam)

As head of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library, MacAdam was central to the introduction of the first MIRLYN. She also instituted an active library instruction/literacy program and gained national recognition for her efforts with the Department of Communications. Other contributions include developing specialized services for faculty and students, improving access to information, and efficiently managing library and archival resources.

In related work, MacAdam brought national acclaim to the U-M libraries with her efforts in developing the Undergraduate Library's Peer Information Counseling Program. This diversity-enhancing program has been used as a model in other academic libraries around the country.

Currently head of reference and instruction at Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, MacAdam has been an exceptional contributor to her profession, nationally as well as locally. As a prominent figure in the areas of library instruction, reference and management, she has been invited to present papers at national conferences and asked to work on national projects and committees. In 1996, she was recipient of the prestigious Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award, which "recognizes an individual librarian who has made an especially significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment."

As evidenced by her many publications and presentations, MacAdam's area of specialization has been user education. She is an acknowledged leader in this field and is much sought after as a speaker, author and consultant. A measure of her success is that she was elected to two national offices: secretary and vice chair/chair in the Association of College and Research Libraries' Instruction Section.

Equally significant is MacAdam's impact as a role model and mentor. She is committed to fostering and promoting an environment of learning for her colleagues, and she actively contributes to the growth and maturing of junior colleagues. Her high standards encourage others to emulate her, and librarians from other institutions acknowledge the influence of her work and writings. Her entire professional career has been devoted to U-M, which she has served with distinction.

University Librarian Recognition Award, Mary Rader

Since her arrival at U-M in 1999, Mary Rader has been a tremendous asset to the library and to the South Asian studies community. Her energy, enthusiasm, and eagerness to develop relationships with faculty and student colleagues across the campus have contributed significantly to the vibrancy of South Asian studies at the University.
Rader (Courtesy Mary Rader)

Rader brings to her position as senior associate librarian and South Asia bibliographer outstanding academic credentials in library and information sciences and in South Asian studies. She speaks two major South Asian languages: Hindi/Urdu and Tamil. In her buying trips, she is a master at ferreting out some of the more obscure South Asian publishers, many of which produce important works that are poorly distributed outside (and even inside) South Asia. Her in-depth knowledge of faculty research interests and needs makes her invaluable. "We could not have found a better bibliographer," says a professor in the field.

Affiliated faculty of the Center for South Asian Studies have diverse interests and perspectives but share a passion for the area and a commitment to forming a convivial and supportive community. Since her arrival, Rader has become a linchpin in that community, respected for her skills as a librarian and her vast knowledge of the region, as well as for her generosity and warmth.

As an active participant in the Center for South Asian Studies, Rader serves on the executive and publication committees and as an accessible point of contact for the center's outreach and educational efforts, whether tracking down materials for K-12 outreach or center film and lecture series or introducing visiting scholars or University faculty and students to the library's South Asia resources.

A dedicated teacher as well as librarian, Rader developed and taught "Institutions, Technologies, and the Production of South Asian Expertise," an innovative course that exposed students to the diverse resources available for the study of South Asia and the contexts of their production.

A leader in ongoing collaborative efforts to preserve and digitize critical South Asian resources and an active participant in the South Asia Microfilm Project, the Digital South Asian Library, and the Committee on South Asia Libraries and Documentation, Rader has extended her influence far beyond the University. She recently initiated the Tamil Digitization Project at Michigan, a unique project that will be invaluable to scholars and researchers of South India and Sri Lanka. Rader has in a short time become one of the most important leaders the field of South Asian studies.

Research Faculty Achievement Award, Stephen W. Bougher

Stephen Bougher is the world's leading expert in the theory and modeling of the global circulation of terrestrial planetary upper atmospheres. His Mars global thermosphere model is being used by NASA to design aerobraking and descent exercises—that is, the use of the upper atmosphere to achieve orbit or land space vehicles on the planet. The recent spectacular Spirit and Opportunity Mars landers could not have landed so successfully without the high accuracy of Bougher's models.
Bougher (Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services)

Since coming to the University 1980, Bougher has developed global circulation models of Venus, Mars and Jupiter and has used them not only to analyze the properties of the upper atmospheres of these planets but also to interpret data from various planetary spacecraft missions. He also has compared the circulation, temperature, and compositional structure of Venus and Mars to Earth and carefully described the various similarities and differences. He has modeled and explained the fundamental reasons that each of the terrestrial planets has a different solar cycle response. These model comparisons have provided considerable insight into the aeronomical processes responsible for the different upper atmospheres' structure and dynamics.

Bougher has used the general circulation model of Mars that he developed through the years to assist in the design of the aerobraking strategy used in the Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey spacecraft missions. Aerobraking is a complex process, particularly when the upper atmosphere is very dynamic, as is the case at Mars. The procedure was guided largely through the simulation results from Bougher's models and from his intuitive feel for the Martian upper atmosphere, when unexpected phenomena would occur.

Through his scientific presentations, papers and students, Bougher has generated significant excitement and interest in planetary atmospheric modeling. His papers are benchmarks against which new work is compared, and they form the fundamental text for graduate students entering the field. His work and leadership have attracted new investigators, engaged students and contributed directly to the success of NASA planetary missions. In recognition of his important role in understanding planetary atmospheres and the important contributions he has made to planetary research over the years, he recently was appointed an affiliate scientist at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. His scientific contributions are substantial, insightful and broadly relevant to multi-planet atmospheric science.

Research Faculty
Recognition Award, Radha Ayyagari

An exceptional scholar who holds even greater promise for the future, Radha Ayyagari continues to break ground in new areas of basic science inquiry as well as helping to build translational aspects of research in the field. Her research breakthroughs, productivity, reputation in the field of ophthalmic genetics, and work on the forefront of the development of genetic testing approaches all indicate the remarkable accomplishments of this young scientist.
Ayyagari (Courtesy Radha Ayyagari)

The focus of Ayyagari's research is to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying hereditary retinal and macular degeneration. To achieve this goal, she must identify the genes involved in causing these conditions and study the biology underlying these diseases. In concentrating on macular degeneration, she is targeting the No. 1 cause of blindness in the United States. Understanding the biological processes involved in causing degenerations will increase the opportunity to develop treatments, delay onset or slow progression.

Already Ayyagari has produced findings and made breakthroughs on par with results expected of significantly more senior researchers. Her discovery of the EVOLV4 gene and her finding that it is responsible for a blinding form of macular degeneration were breakthroughs in terms of understanding the causes of a specific disease and, by pointing toward a new set of pathways apparently involved in disease pathogenesis, opened up a more general understanding of this family of diseases.

An important contribution by Ayyagari has been her work on genetic testing and her role in developing the CLIA-certified Ophthalmic Molecular Diagnostic Testing Laboratory, which tests for mutations for macular degenerations to screen for diagnosis, prognosis, carrier detection and pre-symptomatic detection of people at risk.

The papers she publishes are outstanding not only in terms of the scientific results presented but also in terms of the level of scholarship. An indication of the quality of her 36 published papers is their appearance in leading genetics journals and top vision journals. Funding agencies have backed her work in recognition of its importance and quality. At international conferences she presents her work to high acclaim, and international recognition has led to important collaborative agreements at other U.S. and international institutions studying macular degeneration. Awards include the Frank A. Bennack Jr. Research Fellowship in 1999 and the Sybil B. Harrington Scholar Award in 2001.

In all her work, Ayyagari is noted for her generosity and willingness to collaborate. Not only a successful and productive scientist, she also is an excellent role model and valued colleague.

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