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Top U-M faculty garner annual awards

Twenty-four faculty and staff members will be recognized for their teaching, scholarship, service and creative activities at a dinner Oct. 9 in Rackham Assembly Hall.

Distinguished University Professorships recognize full or associate professors for exceptional scholarly and/or creative achievement, national and international reputation, and superior teaching skills. Created in 1947, each professorship bears a name determined by the appointive professor in consultation with her or his dean. Each professorship also carries an annual salary supplement of $5,000 and an annual research supplement of $5,000. The duration of the appointment is unlimited, and the title — without the salary and research supplements — may be retained after retirement. In addition, newly appointed Distinguished University Professors are expected to deliver an inaugural lecture during the first year of appointment. Honorees and their awards are:

• Stephen Darwall, John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, LSA

• Jane Dutton, Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration and Psychology; professor of organizational behavior, human resource management, corporate strategy and international business, Stephen M. Ross School of Business; professor of psychology, LSA

• Joyce Penner, Ralph J. Cicerone Distinguished University Professor of Atmospheric Science, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, College of Engineering (CoE)

• Henry Wright, Albert Clanton Spaulding Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology, LSA

• Yu Xie, Otis Dudley Duncan Distinguished University Professor of Sociology, LSA

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Awards honor senior faculty who consistently have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the areas of scholarly research and/or creative endeavors; teaching and mentoring of students and junior faculty; service; and a variety of other activities. Up to five awards of $1,500 are made each year. Awardees include:

• Sushil Atreya, professor of atmospheric and space science, CoE

• Laurence Goldstein, professor of English language and literature, LSA

• Jessy Grizzle, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, CoE

• Joyce Marcus, Robert L. Carneiro Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology, LSA

• Ralph Yang, Dwight F. Benton Professor of Chemical Engineering, CoE

Faculty Recognition Awards are intended for faculty early in their careers who have demonstrated substantive contributions to the University through achievements in scholarly research and/or creative endeavors; excellence as a teacher, adviser and mentor; and distinguished participation in service activities of the University. Eligible candidates include full professors with no more than four years at that rank, associate professors and assistant professors. Up to five awards of $1,000 each are made each year. Recipients include:

• Jeffrey Fessler, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, professor of biomedical engineering, CoE; professor of nuclear medicine/radiology, Medical School

• Sharon Glotzer, professor of chemical engineering, professor of materials science and engineering, professor of macromolecular science and engineering, CoE; professor of physics, LSA

• Scott Page, professor of political science, professor of complex systems, professor of economics, LSA; research professor, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research; adjunct professor of business, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

• Michele Swanson, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, Medical School

• Brenda Volling, professor of psychology, LSA.

University Undergraduate Teaching Awards are designed to honor faculty early in their careers who have demonstrated outstanding ability in teaching undergraduate students. Nominees must have an evident commitment to students; a record of innovation in teaching and learning; notable dedication to working effectively with a diverse student body; and a consistently positive effect on students' intellectual/artistic development. Each year up to two awards of $1,000 will be made. Awardee:

• Allen Hicken, assistant professor of political science, LSA

University Press Book Awards are presented to members of the University's teaching and research staff, including emeritus members, whose book has added the greatest distinction to the Press List. Selections are made from books published within a span of two calendar years. The cash value of the award is $1,000 and is apart from any royalties the book may have earned. Awardee:

• John V. A. Fine Jr., professor of history, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, LSA

Distinguished Faculty Governance Awards recognize outstanding leadership in faculty governance over a period of years, with an emphasis on Universitywide service. The award includes a $1,500 stipend. Recipients include:

• Dr. Fred Askari, clinical associate professor, Internal Medicine Department

• George Brewer, Morton S. and Henrietta K. Sellner Professor of Human Genetics, professor emeritus of human genetics, professor emeritus of internal medicine, Medical School

Jackie Lawson Memorial Faculty Governance Award honors Lawson, a professor of English and communications at U-M-Dearborn from 1985-2000. She was deeply committed to faculty governance and to strengthening the relationships among the University's three campuses. At the time of her death, Lawson was chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, the first faculty member from one of the regional campuses elected to that position. The University posthumously presented Lawson its Distinguished Faculty Governance Award in 2001. Any faculty member is eligible for the award of $1,500, to be presented only in those years when an exceptional candidate is identified, which is signified by exceptional distinction reflected in faculty governance service to the entire University that reaches beyond the local campus confines of Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint. Honoree:

• Peggie Hollingsworth, assistant research scientist emerita, Environmental and Industrial Health, School of Public Health

University Librarian Recognition Award honors an individual who holds a primary faculty appointment as librarian, archivist or curator with no more than eight years' practice in the profession. Selection criteria include active and innovative early career achievements in library, archival or curatorial services. This may include developing specialized services for faculty and students, improving access to information or efficiently managing library and archival resources (staff, space, funding, collections), or other activities. The recipient will be awarded $1,000. Awardee:

• Gurpreet Rana, clinical education librarian, Taubman Medical Library, Health Sciences Libraries, University Library

University Librarian Achievement Award is presented for exceptional distinction reflected in active and innovative career achievements in library, archival or curatorial services. The recipient will receive a $1,500 stipend. Awardee:

• Grace Ann York, coordinator, Government Documents Center, Graduate Library, University Library

The Collegiate Research Professorship Award recognizes exceptional scholarly achievement and impact on advancing knowledge in science, engineering, health, education, the arts, the humanities or other academic field of study. A $2,000 stipend will be given to:

• James Ashton-Miller, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, CoE

Research Faculty Achievement Awards are given for outstanding scholarly achievements, as represented by significant contributions to an academic field of study over time, a specific outstanding discovery or the development of innovative technology. Nominees must hold at least a 75-percent appointment at the rank of research professor, research associate professor, research scientist or associate research scientist. Recipients receive $1,500 each and are selected by the vice president for research based on the recommendation of the research faculty awards committee. Honoree:

• Lawrence Schneider, professor, Biosciences Division, Transportation Research Institute, Biomedical Engineering, CoE

Research Faculty Recognition Awards honor individuals who hold at least a 75-percent appointment at the rank of research associate professor, research assistant professor, associate research scientist or assistant research scientist. Selection criteria include exceptional scholarly achievements, as evidenced by publications and/or other scholarly activities in any academic field of study. The recipients will be awarded $1,000. Recipient:

• Sean Esteban McCabe, research associate professor, Substance Abuse Research Center

Distinguished University Professor, Stephen Darwall

Stephen Darwall, John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at LSA, ranks among the most distinguished and influential philosophers in the world.
Darwall (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Perhaps the most conspicuous feature of Darwall's scholarly work is its sheer volume. With five authored books, seven edited volumes, more than 70 articles and hundreds of presentations at universities and conferences, he has produced the work of several philosophers. A second feature of his work is its breadth. His publications range widely over questions in the history of ethics, normative ethics, metaethics, moral psychology and political philosophy. Moreover, his work consistently stands out for the extraordinary care, conceptual precision and logical rigor with which he lays out his arguments. He is a philosopher's philosopher, who manages to combine scholarly depth and originality in an unusually fruitful combination, colleagues say.

Darwall's five books all remain highly influential within their fields and are widely read and cited. His most recent book, "The Second-Person Standpoint: Respect, Morality, and Accountability," was called "a stunning achievement," and is a fundamental reorientation of moral theory that explains morality's authority over us by tracing its demands to second-person attitudes and emotions.

Darwall has received numerous internal and external honors and awards, among them election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001, and election as president of the American Philosophical Association, Central Division, during 2003-04.

Darwall's service to his department, to the University and to his profession include two terms as chair of his department, during which he fostered an atmosphere of deep mutual respect, strong personal commitment, and intense shared intellectual endeavor.

Few academics can match Darwall's level of energy and excellence in both scholarship and service, and fewer still can add a comparable record in teaching. Over the last 10 years, he has served on nearly 30 dissertation committees, chairing 11. The students he mentored, some of whom now hold tenured positions in other universities, praise him for his generous gifts of time, energy and concern that they succeed beyond their own expectations.

What characterizes all of Darwall's work is his great love of philosophy that shows in his respectful treatment of the work of his fellow philosophers, in the care with which he explicates philosophical texts and ideas, in the depth of his insights, and in the novelty of his ideas.

Distinguished University Professorship, Jane Dutton

A distinguished and internationally recognized scholar in the field of organization and management theory, Jane Dutton, Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Business, has made theoretical and empirical contributions to her field. Her work over the past 20 years has helped define several areas of inquiry.
Dutton (Photo courtesy Jane Dutton)

In early studies of how strategic issue interpretations either undermine or promote processes of organizational change and adaptability, Dutton redefined the field of strategic management and influenced both scholarly understanding and research, and strategic management practices around the world. Her research also has explored compassion, resilience and energy as they relate to organizations, all part of a growing domain of expertise called Positive Organizational Scholarship.

Dutton has written or edited nine books and published at least 73 journal articles. Her work has been cited more than 3,900 times, and she is ranked fourth among the top 100 authors of peer-reviewed articles in journals in the field. The quality of her work has been recognized through a number of prestigious awards for papers.

As important as her scholarship are Dutton's abilities as a teacher and mentor. Her courses consistently receive very high ratings, and she has chaired or co-chaired 14 doctoral dissertation committees. She is deeply invested in helping her students produce rigorous, significant, and unique scholarship, and as her students attest, she is a rare and gifted mentor in that she "does not mold, shape, or direct graduate students; she cultivates them." A notable example of Dutton's mentoring ability is her way of creating micro-communities of learning and scholarship that allow students not only to learn from her but from each other.

Dutton has provided leadership in the Ross School and more widely at the University. Among other contributions, she served for 12 years as co-director of the Rackham Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studies, whose goal was to enhance U-M's strength as the world's leading center for interdisciplinary research and scholarship. Beyond the University she has served on important committees and occupied a number of editorial positions for journals in her fields.

Distinguished University Professorship, Joyce Penner

Over the past decade Joyce Penner, Ralph J. Cicerone Distinguished University Professor of Atmospheric Science, has been one of the most innovative scientists in the world in recognizing the full extent of aerosols' impact on the global atmosphere, their relationship to human activities and their complex interactions with the climate system. She is recognized internationally for her innovative scientific research, and her exceptional scholarship has brought into the public forum the important connection between climate, atmospheric chemical composition and energy use.
Penner (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Penner has used three-dimensional models together with comparison to observations to place constraints on the magnitude of aerosol effects on climate. Her wide research interests address not only new atmospheric model developments but also the interaction of chemistry, aerosols and clouds, and their effects on the climate system. Her papers have been cited nearly 4,000 times.

In recognition of her research, Penner was selected to serve on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is the primary mechanism to communicate scientific information about climate change to the world's governments. Penner was chosen to be the lead author of the IPCC's third assessment report (2001) and again of its fourth report (2007). She also has been an advisor to the federal government in many capacities. When former Vice President Al Gore was on campus, she was invited to discuss with him the role of aerosols in offsetting radiative forcing and the conflict between empirical data and modeling results.

Penner's peers elected her to the American Geophysical Union in 1999. As chair of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Geosciences, she was principal advisor to a grants program dispensing more than a billion dollars a year to the entire Earth Science community.

The CoE acknowledged Penner's contributions with a Research Excellence Award in 2003, a named professorship in 2005 and a Service Excellence Award in 2007.

In addition to her research contributions, Penner played a key role in the development of a new undergraduate curriculum for Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences and Geological Sciences students; led the effort to develop a new graduate curriculum; and co-developed a new course at the 400 level in Earth system modeling. Furthermore, she directs a research group and has trained the next generation to solve the large environmental problems that span decades and centuries.

Distinguished University Professorship, Henry Wright

Anthropological archaeologist Henry Wright, Albert Spaulding University Professor of Anthropology, has focused his research on the emergence of social hierarchy and the formation of states, but he has addressed many other questions about cultural evolution, human settlement patterns and historical ecology, as well. His fieldwork has contributed to archaeological knowledge of North America, the Near East, East Asia, East Africa and the Indian Ocean.
Wright (Photo courtesy Henry Wright)

Wright's earliest international research efforts, carried out in field projects in Iraq and Iran between 1965-78, transformed the way archaeologists had been thinking about the historical creation of political hierarchies in the Near East.

Forced by political circumstances to leave Iraq and Iran, Wright turned to Madagascar. There he made contributions to the history of migrations and settlement patterns, the origin of state systems, and the role of trade in cultural integration and diversification. This research is proving valuable for rethinking the relations among social formations, ecology and history in many other settings. Field research by Wright has been conducted in China and North America, as well as in Madagascar and many countries of the Near East. His study of the earliest people in North America has occupied him since his undergraduate years in the Museum of Anthropology. His research on the earliest foragers, who settled some 13,000 years ago in what is now Michigan, is leading to a revision of larger views of the cultural organization of the first North Americans.

Wright was an early participant in application of simulation models in anthropology, and continues today to work on applications of complexity approaches and agent-based simulation models as a participant in programs of the Santa Fe Institute, and to encourage students to use such approaches in conjunction with Michigan's Center for the Study of Complex Systems.

Wright's scholarly work includes seven books and numerous articles and chapters. Honors include a MacArthur Foundation Award and membership in the National Academy of Sciences.

Along with his research, Wright has been unsurpassed as a teacher and mentor, generously providing guidance and encouragement to everyone with whom he works. He is well known in his department for contributing to the intellectual coherence of the anthropology program. His efforts have led to the first-rate standing of the department and Museum of Anthropology.

Distinguished University Professorship, Yu Xie

One of the most important sociologists of his generation, Yu Xie, Otis Dudley Duncan Distinguished University Professor of Sociology, is a top demographer and sociologist of science, a leading methodologist, and a mentor to a rapidly growing corps of young scholars. He has made original and significant contributions to the study of social stratification across a diverse range of social settings, having examined the determinants of economic inequality in China, the sources of gender inequality within scientific careers, and the consequences of bilingualism among immigrant populations.
Xie (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

In addition to his highly visible writings on social inequality, Xie has made important contributions to such fields as demography, social statistics and the sociology of science. He is the author or co-author of more than 50 articles and book chapters, as well as three very significant book manuscripts, beginning with his highly celebrated volume, "Women in Science" (Harvard, 2003), authored with his former student Kim Shauman.

Xie's recent papers on socioeconomic change and social stratification in China have established him as one of the leading figures in this growing area of study. His work is notable for its dispassionate and careful attention to the relationship between data and theory. He has created contacts with leading Chinese social scientists.

The hallmark of Xie's work in a wide range of areas is a combination of clear thinking, well-chosen data, and highly appropriate methods (often developed specifically for the application), leading to simple but sophisticated, and often subtle, conclusions that have eluded other researchers.

In recognition of his extraordinary record of scholarship, Xie has received a steady stream of prestigious awards and honors. One of only four sociologists to be awarded a highly competitive National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, he also has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, been elected to the Sociological Research Association, and, in the last three years, was admitted to both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and to China's highly selective Academia Sinica, the only member at Michigan so honored.

Xie also is an award-winning teacher and outstanding mentor. He regularly volunteers to teach the most challenging courses for both undergraduates and graduate students and earns rave reviews for his advanced seminar on causality.

He also has served a two-year term as associate chair of the Department of Sociology.

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, Sushil Atreya

Sushil Atreya, professor of atmospheric and space science in CoE, has worked for 30 years to understand the formation of solar system bodies and the origin and evolution of their atmospheres.
Atreya (Photo by Lin Jones, U-M Photo Services)

Among Atreya's major accomplishments is the development of a model by which nitrogen on Titan (an Earth-like moon of Saturn) might have originated from the molecule ammonia.

As a key member of the Galileo probe mass spectrometer team, Atreya, together with other members, discovered an unexpected composition of Jupiter that has revolutionized ideas about the formation of the planet. His efforts translated directly into a successful proposal for a new mission to Jupiter, called Juno. He was a major participant on a team that discovered methane on Mars. His subsequent bio-geochemical research on the habitability and prospects of past or present life on the planet was critical in designing experiments for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory mission, of which he is a member. He also played a lead intellectual role in the development of the Cassini-Huygens Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer that landed successfully on Titan. Atreya's research revealed that methane on Titan plays a role similar to water on Earth, complete with lakes, evaporation, rain and rivers of methane.

Atreya has published a book on the atmospheres and ionospheres of the outer planets and satellites, as well as 16 book chapters and numerous refereed research articles; he also edited four books.

Whether engaged with colleagues or with students in the classroom, Atreya is respected and admired not only for his knowledge, but for his ability to make the complex understandable. He is a firm believer in integrating research findings with teaching at all levels. He encourages his students to participate in major conferences and to publish first-authored papers. Through his training and advice, his students have gone on to play prominent roles as leaders on instrument teams, and in mission science planning.

Atreya's dedication to the field of planetary science also is demonstrated by his service to the science community. He assists in editing two journals, and serves as chair and steering committee member of two planetary analysis groups. He also is heavily engaged in shaping the future of planetary exploration through his advocacy for and design of multiprobe missions to the giant planets.

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, Laurence Goldstein

Laurence Goldstein, professor of English language and literature at LSA, has made vital contributions to understanding the interaction between technology, culture and the literary imagination. His achievements as editor, poet and essayist include four collections of poetry; three books of literary criticism published by university presses; eight edited collections, including most recently an anthology of critical essays on poet Robert Hayden and another of writings about Ann Arbor; and abundant essays, short stories, book reviews, and op-ed newspaper columns, as well as 30 years of editing the Michigan Quarterly Review (MQR).
Goldstein (Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)

Since Goldstein assumed editorship in 1977, MQR has become one of the most distinguished interdisciplinary journals in the country. A sign of its significance is that nine of its special issues have been reprinted as independent books. At a 2002 conference commemorating Goldstein's 25th year as editor, his vision and leadership were celebrated as the foundation of the journal's success.

Goldstein has distinguished himself equally as a scholar, a commentator on American culture, a literary critic and a poet. Among his main themes is the relationship between the creative imagination and material products of a civilization. His three major works show him to be a keen analyst and original scholar in diverse areas: "Ruins and Empire: The Evolution of a Theme in Augustan and Romantic Literature" (1977), "The Flying Machine and Modern Literature" (1986) and "The American Poet at the Movies: A Critical History" (1994). His most recent work of poetry is called "A Room in California."

Goldstein played an instrumental role in the conceptualization and development of the U-M celebrated master's of fine arts and continues to help guide the program. In addition he has lectured widely at universities across the country, as well as at institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Writer's Voice in New York City, and the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Goldstein performs his combined roles of poet, scholar, editor and mentor with dedication, sincerity, generosity and humility. His commitment to the world of literature is admirable and rare, and his multivalent contributions stretch across the University and the Ann Arbor community to the world at large.

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, Jessy Grizzle

A specialist in the area of system science and control, Jessy Grizzle, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, combines a deep knowledge of control theory with an ability to develop practical applications in several areas. A case in point is his contribution to bipedal locomotion, an achievement that is considered to be a major turning point in robotics. This advance could be achieved only through a deep theoretical insight combined with practical ingenuity.
Grizzle (Photo Courtesy Jessy Grizzle)

After establishing a solid reputation through his theoretical work, Grizzle demonstrated that he could quickly grasp real engineering problems and solve them creatively in collaboration with engineers at Ford Motor Company.

Grizzle has contributed to four areas in the general field of system science and control: nonlinear control theory, control of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, powertrain control in automotive systems and control of bipedal locomotion. The first is theoretical; the second and third are practical; and the last, which is closely related to the first three, combines theoretical and practical components. His work in each of these areas is of the highest possible quality, and his research was cited as one of Scientific American magazine's top achievements of 2006.

Grizzle's success in creating a stable walking gait in bipedal robots won the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Axelby Award and led to recognition by Scientific American, the Economist, EuroNews and Wired magazine, as well as CNN, Fox News and Discovery Channel. For his accomplishments, he has attained a reputation as the world's leading researcher in control systems.

Grizzle has been a leader in making U-M one of the top universities for graduate study in control theory and control applications. During the last 10 years, he graduated 14 doctoral students. He also has taught a wide variety of undergraduate courses and in 2004 the CoE students elected him the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Professor of the Year.

At the departmental level, Grizzle helped coordinate research and educational activities in at least five engineering departments and the Department of Mathematics. At the national level, he served as associate editor of major journals and on organizing committees of major conferences. At present he is an associate editor at large for the main journal in the field of Control Systems.

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, Joyce Marcus

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Joyce Marcus, Robert L. Carneiro Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology, is an internationally known archaeologist, best known for her excavations and research on the ancient civilizations of Latin America. She has made major contributions to the study of comparative states by developing models that combine evolutionary and social theory. She has tackled diverse topics, such as: Why did writing arise? How did political hierarchies emerge? Can we discover patterns and regularities in the rise and fall of ancient states?

Marcus is world renowned for her expertise in ancient Maya and Zapotec hieroglyphic writing, the two oldest writing systems in the Americas. She has written a book "Mesoamerican Writing Systems" (1992) and the volumes documenting her excavations in Peru and Mexico are considered models for what anthropologically informed archaeological site reports should look like. Another of her books integrated excavation data, geographic theory and epigraphy to reconstruct the political hierarchy of the ancient Maya from the years 200-900. She is the author of more than a dozen books and continues to produce at a prodigious rate on many anthropological topics.

Marcus has received numerous honors. In 1997 she became the first woman from U-M to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences, where she now sits on its executive council as the first archaeologist to occupy this position. In 1997 she was also elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where she now heads the Social Science Membership Committee.

Marcus's efforts to promote the best anthropological research through her publications are matched only by her commitment to students and to junior colleagues. "Once she commits to a student," says a colleague, "it is practically a lifetime commitment," while another says, "She does more to help our students land academic posts than probably the rest of our faculty combined." Through her training and mentorship, the graduate students she nurtured not only are transforming the field of Latin American archaeology, but some of them already have been elected to academies themselves.

In 2003 the state of Campeche, Mexico, honored Marcus by holding a Maya symposium that featured her work.

For the past six years Marcus has served on an enormous number of departmental committees, and since 2002 she has been associate chair of the Department of Anthropology.

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, Ralph Yang

Scientist Ralph Yang, Dwight F. Benton Professor of Chemical Engineering, is an academic researcher who has made fundamental contributions inspired by industrial applications. A hallmark of his research is that sophisticated theory and experiments go hand in hand. His two books on adsorption, and his 365 papers and 30 patents in the areas of separations, catalysis and hydrogen storage, detail this work. In the last year alone, his work was cited more than 800 times.
Yang (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

In his pioneering research, Yang has made original and prolific contributions to all facets of adsorption science and technology. He has developed novel adsorbent materials for many processes, developed theories for designing new adsorbents, developed methods to characterize adsorbents, developed models to describe transport phenomena in separations, and developed novel adsorption cycles. His creative research on catalysis and hydrogen storage is expected to lead to significant commercial applications and environmental benefits.

Yang's research accomplishments have won him highest professional honors including three prestigious awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, one national award from the American Chemical Society, and election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2005 — one of the highest honors an engineer can receive. He also holds an endowed chair at U-M.

Yang worked in industry, government labs and at the National Science Foundation. He has been an active consultant for more than 30 companies, and he has served as editor of the Chemical Engineering Series for Imperial College Press.

An excellent teacher and mentor as well as an outstanding researcher, Yang patiently guides his students from their first research experiments, through their doctoral research work and into their first career positions. A large number of his students now occupy key positions in both industry and academia worldwide. At U-M and before that at State University of New York, Buffalo, he has taught many core courses in chemical engineering for undergraduates. He is noted for dedicating exclusive time to his students without sacrificing any of his day-to-day commitments and responsibilities.

In addition to his service on many committees, Yang has served as departmental chair — first at SUNY for six years and then at Michigan for five years.

Yang is one of the most influential and successful researchers and educators in the adsorption science arena. Through his research, teaching, and service, he has produced immeasurable contributions to science.

Faculty Recognition Award, Jeffrey Fessler

Jeffrey Fessler, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, biomedical engineering and radiology, is an accomplished researcher in the field of medical image reconstruction. His research is multidisciplinary and his collaborations have had significant impact across the University and beyond. Several of his algorithms have been patented, and some have transitioned to leading medical centers and to scanner manufacturers.
Fessler (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Fessler has published more than 90 journal papers and presented his findings at more than 200 conferences. His algorithms have been adopted around the world by a number of research laboratories, incorporated into commercial products and used in clinical studies.

Fessler's research lies principally in statistical signal processing, with applications to medical imaging. He and his group have pioneered several statistical image reconstruction algorithms for PET, SPECT, CT and MRI scans. This work includes penetrating analyses, insightful development of performance metrics, careful proofs of algorithm convergence, and practical numerical algorithms, made possible by the theoretical analyses.

In the wide variety of courses he has taught, Fessler received very high ratings from students at all levels. As a professor Fessler led a diverse group of 12 doctoral students and co-chaired another eight doctoral theses, while also supervising several directed study projects with other students. A colleague notes that it is especially remarkable that someone who can produce such practical algorithms also can do such an outstanding job teaching high-level mathematical systems methods.

At CoE Fessler has chaired the EECS Curriculum Committee from 2002-04 and helped guide the faculty into revising the requirements for the bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, updating it and making it more flexible. In service to his profession, he has been an associate editor for three prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) journals, and he has played a key role in organizing international imaging conferences.

Fessler has been recognized for his contributions in research, teaching and service by a number of honors, including the Henry Russel Award (1999-2000) and the CoE Education Excellence Award (2004-05). He was made a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2002. He was elected in 2006 to be a fellow of the IEEE.

Faculty Recognition Award, Sharon Glotzer

Sharon Glotzer, professor of chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, focuses her work on cutting-edge investigations of materials. Her research using computer simulations to study the self-assembly of nanoparticle building blocks was the first of its kind in the world. With her students, she demonstrated the use of thermodynamics as a means to rationally and predictably guide the self-assembly of oddly shaped and patterned nanoparticles into complex ordered structures. The extent of her outstanding accomplishments in research, service to the University and mentoring of graduate students is striking, especially given that she has been full professor for two years and a faculty member since 2001.
Glotzer (Photo by Lin Jones, U-M Photo Services)

Glotzer's many papers have been published in the journals Science, Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and featured in articles in the New York Times, Financial Times of London, Michigan Small Times, and other national and international media. She continues to expand her research area toward applications of nanoparticles to alternative energy sources, medicine, defense and other new technologies.

Further evidence of Glotzer's visibility is the number of invited talks she gives, the total number now exceeding 150. Her work also has been recognized by many federal agencies, which have asked her to serve on key committees and organizations that determine the directions of research to be pursued in the United States, such as nanoscience, simulation-based engineering and science, and alternative energy research.

Glotzer has been the recipient of numerous honors, among them the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, presented in 1998 in a White House ceremony to honor outstanding young investigators at the beginning of their careers, and the prestigious Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award from the American Physical Society.

She is dedicated to her students and innovative in her use of modern teaching tools and methods. Her time and efforts as an advisor are not limited to science but extend toward furthering her students' ability to become successful, independent researchers in academia, industry or in national laboratories.

Glotzer also has taken leadership roles inside and outside the University, including assuming a key role in cyber-infrastructure issues at the University and at the federal level.

Faculty Recognition Award, Scott Page

In his short time at Michigan, Scott Page, professor of political science and economics, has transformed the complex systems landscape at the U-M. His approach is to formulate an empirically tractable mathematical model to illuminate some fundamental aspect of social or political life, derive meaningful and observable implications, and test those implications against the result of experiments and computer simulations. An example of this approach is found in "The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies," a book in which he proves that diversity within groups yields superior outcomes. He shows how to leverage differences for the benefit of all. Some of the work the book was based upon was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Economic Theory.
Page (Photo courtesy Scott Page)

Page has published papers in the American Political Science Review, the American Economic Review, Complex Systems, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and others. A second book, also published this year, is titled "Complex Adaptive Systems: An Introduction to Computational Models of Social life." Co-authored with John Miller, this book provides a comprehensive and accessible account of complex adaptive social systems — whether political parties, stock markets or ant colonies.

Shortly after his arrival at Michigan, Page helped secure a National Science Foundation IGERT grant of $3 million, most of which was designated for graduate students in political science, economics and public policy. He also has successfully raised money to support his own research.

In classrooms in both political science and economics, Page has won high praise from students, as well as teaching awards. He transformed Introduction to Modeling Political Processes from a course that concentrators desperately avoided to one they clamor to get into. He is an outstanding mentor to graduate students, expending enormous energy to ensure their success. Not of least importance, students remark on the joy evident in his teaching.

Page serves on the LSA Social Science Reading Committee and the steering committee of the National Center for Institutional Diversity, he is a Rackham Executive Board member, a search committee member for the Political Science Committee and chair of the SACUA Multicultural University Committee.

Faculty Recognition Award, Michele Swanson

Michele Swanson, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, is a nationally recognized scientist in the field of microbial pathogenesis who has made significant contributions to the understanding of a dangerous respiratory pathogen, Legionella pneumophila.
Swanson (File photo by Marcia Ledford,
U-M Photo Services)

In her research, Swanson emerged as a leader in the field of molecular pathogenesis of bacterial infections. She has advanced understanding of the agent of Legionnaire's Disease by showing that Legionella undergoes a developmental cycle as it moves between water and amoebae and has also exploited the bacterium as a genetic probe of white blood cell function.

Swanson's work, which spans both microbiology and immunology, has appeared in her field's leading journals. She has published many peer-reviewed articles, 10 book chapters, and 43 abstracts, and has edited two books. Her work has been recognized by more than 100 invitations to speak at national and international venues, including the most highly sought after, such as Gordon Research Conferences and National Society meetings. She is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and of the Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Award at U-M.

While focused on her research, Swanson has devoted significant time to the career development of women in science. She is involved in the University's efforts to improve the recruitment and retention of women scientists and engineers through the ADVANCE program.

Swanson also is recognized as an outstanding teacher and lecturer. Since 1999 she has served as co-director and lecturer for the Infectious Disease sequence for medical students. She has served on 16 dissertation committees.

Swanson's service to the University and her profession includes work on the Appointments, Promotions, and Awards Committee of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology; the Operating Committee of the Medical Science Training Program; and the President's Advisory Commission on Women's Issues. She serves as editor of Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews, on the editorial boards of Infection and Immunity and Autophagy, and she reviews articles for leading specialty journals.

Faculty Recognition Award, Brenda Volling

Brenda Volling, professor of psychology, is recognized nationally and internationally as a scholar and professional leader in the field of infant and family development.
Volling (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Volling's view is that prior research focusing only on the mother and a single child in the family provides a limited and inaccurate perspective on a child's development. She proposed and has now demonstrated that families must be observed, analyzed and understood as a complex system. She has applied this perspective in three specific interrelated areas: the mother's and father's influence on the infant's development, the role of the marital relationship on the toddler's development of self-regulation, and the role of sibling relationships in the development of prosocial behavior. Each line of research, which has been funded through federal and foundation grants, is sufficient to sustain a complete and successful career, and yet she has pursued all of these areas, each of which has proved extremely fruitful and is enriching and redirecting the field.

Volling publishes in the top developmental journals, the top family and social relations journals, and also in the more specialized journals devoted to infancy research. She has served on the editorial board of Family Relations and recently joined the editorial board of Developmental Psychology. She also received a prestigious Independent Scientist Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in 2004.

Volling has taught undergraduate and graduate courses successfully and was recognized with an LSA Excellence in Education Award. Her contributions to education have not been limited to classroom teaching. As chair of undergraduate education for the Department of Psychology at LSA from 2000-04, she instituted and oversaw several beneficial changes in the content and organization of the undergraduate psychology program. Her dedication to students and her skill in inspiring and directing future generations of scholars is shown also through her extensive work on honors thesis committees and dissertation committees.

Other responsibilities include service on admissions committees, search committees and the Departmental Augmented Executive Committee, as well as chairing colloquia series. She currently is serving a four-year term on the Senate Assembly.

Volling has made a creative contribution to the study of all facets of the family system during infancy and childhood. Her work has redefined the field of child and family development and raised the standards by which such research should be judged.

University Undergraduate Teaching Award, Allen Hicken

During his five years as assistant professor, Allen Hicken, assistant professor of political science, has established an impressive record as an undergraduate teacher, advisor and curriculum innovator. Evaluations for his undergraduate courses are among the highest in the department and perhaps in the University. What distinguishes him most is the energy, enthusiasm and skills he brings to his role as an undergraduate teacher. He is described by students and colleagues as the most dedicated and professional teacher they ever have encountered in the University.
Hicken (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

Hicken has done this while maintaining responsibilities of a Michigan faculty member through graduate teaching and research. As a scholar, he has published one book and 14 articles and presented 35 papers at campus workshops and professional conferences and for international audiences.

The courses Hicken teaches mirror his research interests. In a course he created, Comparative Elections and Electoral Reform, he examines the factors that shape how citizens select politicians and politics. The course is extremely demanding and includes lessons in the use of Euclidean algebra to model voting outcomes, as well as advanced texts in political science and legal briefs and court decisions. By the end of the course, students have a set of tools with which to think about a wide variety of issues and questions.

In his Southeast Asia courses, Hicken gives students background in the history and politics of the region that enable them to ask, analyze and begin to answer some of the most interesting questions in political science. He challenges them to master the basic histories and politics of Southeast Asian countries and then to move beyond facts to engage in current debates.

Students call Hicken's courses very challenging but engaging and rewarding. Because of their experience, they want to take more courses on Southeast Asia, study its languages, and travel or do internships in the area.

"Allen is both an inspirer and a nurturer who gives unstintingly to others even though it adds significantly to his own already excessive workload, without in any way shortchanging the students or failing to meet his substantial service obligations," says Linda Yuen-Ching Lim, director of Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

University Press Book Award, John Fine Jr.

In his career at U-M, John Fine Jr., professor of history at LSA, has established himself as a leading authority on medieval and early modern Balkan history. His new book, "When Ethnicity Did Not Matter in the Balkans," which explores the complexity of pre-national identity in Croatia, Dalmatia, and Slavonia, has won the 2007 University of Michigan Press Award.
Fine (Photo courtesy John Fine)

The book studies people who lived in what is now Croatia in the Middle Ages and the early-modern period, and how they identified themselves and were identified by others. Fine advances the discussion of identity by asking such questions as: Did most, some or any of the population of that territory see itself as Croatian? If some did not, to what other communities did they consider themselves to belong? And were some people members of several different communities at a given moment? And if there were competing identities, which identities held sway in which particular regions?

Fine investigates the identity labels (and their meaning) employed by and about the medieval and early-modern population of the lands that make up present-day Croatia. Although religion, local residence, and narrow family or broader clan all played important parts in past and present identities, he concentrates chiefly on broader secular names that reflect attachment to a city, region, tribe or clan, a labeled people, or state.

In the book, Fine demonstrates that the medieval and early-modern eras in this region were also pre-ethnic so far as local identities are concerned. He challenges patriotic and nationalist tendencies to project 20th-century forms of identity onto the pre-modern period. Though this back-projection is not always misleading, it can be. Fine is fully cognizant of the danger and has risen to the occasion to combat it while frequently remarking in the text that his findings for the Balkans have parallels elsewhere.

"This is history as it should be written," says a reviewer. "Fine's approach is to demonstrate how ideas of identity and self-identity were invented and evolved in medieval and early-modern times. At the same time, this book can be read as a critique of 20th century historiography — and this makes Fine's contribution even more valuable. This book is an original and much-needed contribution to the field of Balkan studies."

Distinguished Faculty Governance Award, Dr. Frederick Askari

Dr. Frederick Askari, associate professor of internal medicine at the Medical School, long has been an active member of the Senate Assembly, serving for many years as chair of the Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty. In this position, he worked to increase the transparency of information relating to the determination of faculty salaries. As chair, he also addressed the Board of Regents each year at its June meeting, at which time he stressed the importance of funding future health care costs of University faculty and staff.
Askari (Photo by MArtin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Askari also has been a member of the Medical Affairs Advisory Committee, where he used his significant clinical experience as a transplant hepatologist and molecular geneticist to provide advice on medical issues.

After earning his medical and doctorate degrees from Cornell University Medical College in 1987, Askari moved to Michigan, where he has spent his entire career. Following his years as an intern, resident and postdoctoral fellow, he joined the faculty in 1991. He now works as clinical associate professor in the Division of Gastroenterology within the Department of Internal Medicine, and is director of the Wilson's Disease Center of Excellence.

Askari's clinical interests include Wilson's disease, medical genetics, liver transplantation and viral hepatitis. In addition, he has clinical and research interest in exploring new treatment options for patients with primary biliary cirrhosis. He has become especially skilled in the study and treatment of Wilson's disease — a genetic abnormality that causes the body to retain copper — concentrating on improving the diagnosis and treatment of hepatic Wilson's patients.

As director of the Wilson's Disease Center of Excellence at Michigan, Askari consults with physicians and patients from all parts of the world, advising on the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment. He is the author of "Hepatitis: the Silent Epidemic," and has co-authored many manuscripts and journal articles. He also has served as manuscript reviewer for numerous medical journals.

Among other honors and awards, Askari has been named a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and of the American College of Physicians. In 2002 he received a certificate of recognition from the National Organization for Rare Disorders, and in 2003 a certificate of recognition from the Wilson's Disease Association.

Distinguished Faculty Governance Award, Dr. George Brewer

Dr. George Brewer has been diligent in defending faculty rights under all circumstances. He served in the Senate Assembly from 1986-89 and again from 1992-95. In 1993 he was elected to the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) and served until 1996; he was its chair in 1995-96. During his tenure in SACUA, Brewer conceived, organized and negotiated for monthly space to run faculty-authored articles in the University Record. "Faculty Perspectives" continues to this day.
Brewer (Photo courtesy George Brewer)

Brewer also was involved with early efforts to develop faculty evaluations of administrators. As chair of SACUA during the time of President James Duderstadt's resignation, Brewer addressed the Board of Regents to recommend that the newly selected president should be from academia.

With a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Purdue and a medical degree from the University of Chicago, Brewer came to U-M in 1963 for a fellowship in human genetics. In 1970 he was named professor of human genetics, with a secondary appointment in internal medicine.

Among other significant honors, in 1965 he received a USPHS Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health in 1975 and was appointed to the Council, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, of NIH. In 1998 he received the Raulin Award for a lifetime of outstanding research in trace elements and in 2000 he was named to the Sellner Endowed Professorship in human genetics.

Brewer's early research focused on genetic defects involving erythrocytes, then in the mid 1970s he began to work with zinc. Observing that zinc therapy caused copper deficiency in sickle cell anemia patients, he began to turn this side effect into a therapy for Wilson's Disease. Twenty years and 50 publications later, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved zinc for maintenance therapy of Wilson's Disease, based solely on Brewer's data.

More recently Brewer developed a new drug, tetrathiomolybdate, or TM, for initial treatment of Wilson's Disease patients presenting with brain damage, who currently are without good treatment. Brewer, along with Pipex Therapeutics Inc., which has licensed the drug, currently is filing a new drug application with the FDA for use of TM in neurologically presenting Wilson's Disease patients. Although he retired academically in 2001, Brewer maintains an active research laboratory and in a series of studies in animal models has showed that TM has efficacy in several other diseases.

Jackie Lawson Memorial Faculty Governance Award, Peggie Hollingsworth

In her career at U-M, Peggie Hollingsworth, assistant research scientist emerita, has exemplified the qualities, achievements and commitment embodied in the award that honors Jackie Lawson, a former faculty member who was deeply committed to faculty governance and to strengthening the relationships among the University's three campuses.
Hollingsworth (Photo courtesy Peggie Hollingsworth)

Hollingsworth's research focused on central nervous system pharmacology and toxicology, cholinesterase and neurotoxic esterase inhibitors, and neurotransmitter receptors.

Beyond her work as a researcher and teacher, Hollingsworth has been deeply involved in issues related to faculty governance. She was the second woman and the first and only black woman to serve as chair of SACUA. Her efforts were based on the belief that in order to prepare for a future in which social awareness, multiculturalism and racial and gender diversity have new and expanded roles, the University community must be involved in shaping it.

During her term on the Senate Assembly (1986-91) and as a member (1989-92) and chair (1990-91) of SACUA, Hollingsworth worked to ensure that faculty from both the Dearborn and Flint campuses were represented. She arranged for regular meetings among the leadership involved in governance on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses, during which issues of common concern were discussed and concerted efforts could be launched to address common problems.

While Hollingsworth was chair of SACUA, the Senate Assembly established the annual Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom. For 16 years she worked to see that this lecture grew in prominence as an annual event on the University calendar, in part through her role as president of the Academic Freedom Lecture Fund, an independent organization that provides funding for the annual lecture.

She also worked at the national level with Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, as president and on many committees, and with the NIH in its grants program and on the steering committee addressing diversity issues.

Hollingsworth received numerous honors and awards, including the Sarah Goddard Power Award, the President's Medallion and a Distinguished Faculty Governance Award.

University Librarian Recognition Award, Gurpreet Rana

In her few short years at the University, Clinical Education Librarian Gurpreet Rana has demonstrated remarkable ability as a medical librarian and has contributed significantly to medical education. Her collaboration within the Department of Pediatrics is outstanding and serves as a model program for librarians in the Health Sciences Libraries and the University Library as a whole. She has also built a very impressive record of professional development accomplishments and innovations.
Rana (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Rana works with many faculty members on their individual research projects and with faculty in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Internal Medicine. She also has been essential to the development of the Evidence-Based Medicine curriculum for residents and fellows in the Department of Pediatrics, and has provided weekly instructional support in education and evidence-based medicine fundamentals for pediatric residents conducting critical appraisals of the medical literature.

Recently Rana has become the liaison librarian for the Department of Medical Education and has assisted many faculty members in literature searches for various research projects. She also has taught information management skills for the nationally recognized Medical Education Scholars Program, winning high praise from everyone who has worked with her.

As a founding member of the Libraries in Medical Education Special Interest Group (SIG) within the Central Group on Educational Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Rana helped plan its first program session in 2006 and participated in a panel discussion on librarian/faculty partnerships. She also acted as leader for a Lifelong Learning and Faculty Development Working Group within SIG. In her ongoing work for the group, she has been an advocate for advancing the profession of librarians in medical education.

In addition to all her other activities, Rana has collaborated on internal and external grants, on research projects and on publications, including co-authoring an article in the journal Academic Medicine.

Rana has served on a variety of committees. Her contributions to the Promotion Review Committee and Mentoring Task Force have been influential among her fellow librarians. Her knowledge, not only of librarianship but also of medical education and pedagogy, is exemplary, and she continuously improves her skills in these and related areas.

University Librarian Achievement Award, Grace Ann York

Grace Ann York, senior librarian and coordinator of the Documents Center at University Library, is known as a legend in her field. In the earliest days of the Internet she created what widely is considered to be the premier site for accessing government information on the Web. The Documents Center averages more than 40 million hits per year and is linked to at least 6,000 other Web sites. Her work ranges from provision of superb individual assistance for students, coupled with support and mentoring of colleagues, to substantial, groundbreaking contributions to the profession nationally and internationally.
York (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

Since its inception in 1995 the award-winning Documents Center Web site has been groundbreaking in its use of new technologies, including Web feeds and video casting. York constantly edits and creates new content in response to patron needs, whether specifically requested or unspoken and identified though interaction. She always is ready to offer assistance where public information is involved. Government documents librarians from other academic libraries contact her for assistance in locating answers to complicated or difficult questions or in determining the availability of federal depository items.

In 2006 York received the James Bennett Childs Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Library Association for her "distinguished and sustained contributions to government documents librarianship." She also was the recipient of the Paul W. Thurston and Lifetime Achievement Awards (1995 and 2003, respectively) from the Government Documents Round Table of Michigan, the Documents to the People Award (1998) from the American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table, and the Marta Lange Award (2000) from the American Library Association's Law and Political Science Section.

York has published articles and reviewed books in professional journals and talks about her work as a guest speaker.

In 2000 York represented the United Statees at the International Conference on Government Information and Democracy in St. Petersburg, Russia and coordinated reciprocal visits by Russian librarians to Ann Arbor in 2000 and 2001.

For more than a decade York has given her time to the Michigan Debate Institute, a nationally prominent and prestigious annual event that draws hundreds of high school debaters from all over the country.

Collegiate Research Professorship Award, James Ashton-Miller

Considered one of the best academic scientists in the biomechanics field today, James Ashton-Miller, Albert B. Schultz Collegiate Research Professor at CoE, has had a significant impact on scientific and engineering knowledge in several important areas of health. His contributions, which now span more than three decades, clearly have advanced scientific knowledge, technological developments and clinical applications in three distinct areas: low back biomechanics, postural and mobility issues of the elderly, and the mechanics underlying birth-related injuries.
Ashton-Miller (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Since 1999 Ashton-Miller has been director of the Biomechanics Research Laboratory, and he is interim director of the Sports Injury Prevention Center, which he helped to develop.

It was clear early in his career and in his work with Professor Albert Schultz that Ashton-Miller would have a major impact on the field of biomechanics. He developed an innovative 3-D spinal model to show how the interaction between adolescent growth and spine muscle activity causes progression of scoliosis. He and his team worked with orthopedic surgeons to pioneer new treatment modalities and in the process demonstrated the power of computational models of the spine to guide clinical orthopaedic studies.

Early in the 1990s Ashton-Miller turned his attention to understanding how loss of strength, sensation and coordination causes falls and fall-related injuries in the elderly. Working with geriatricians and psychologists, he identified multi-tasking as a special risk factor for older people walking whenever they might trip or slip. This work has led to revised protocols for testing and providing rehabilitation for people around the world who have ambulatory problems.

Ashton-Miller then turned his attention to a problem that the discipline of biomechanics had not previously studied, that of damage to the pelvic floor during vaginal birth and the complex biomechanics of pelvic organ prolapse. He and his team did pioneering work in developing the first 3-D computer model of the pelvic floor in order to study the causes of birth-related injuries.

The author of 14 book chapters and 150 papers in prestigious, peer-reviewed journals, Ashton-Miller also has lectured around the world. He has been honored by professional organizations, received numerous national and international awards for his research, and was elected president of the American Society of Biomechanics in 2001.

Research Faculty Achievement Award, Lawrence Schneider

Research Professor Lawrence Schneider is recognized throughout the world as a leading authority in the biomechanics of motor-vehicle occupants, including the biomechanics of injury and anthropometry/ergonomic biomechanics. Through his research over the past 33 years and his leadership as head of the Biosciences Division for 21 years, the U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) continues to be recognized as a world leader and center of excellence in biomechanics research related to occupant crash protection and interior design for occupant accommodation.
Schneider (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Schneider's research in biomechanics spans a wide range of topics, including child and adult anthropometry for restraint system and vehicle interior design, studies of human impact response and injury tolerance, development of advanced anthropomorphic test devices (crash dummies) and associated injury criteria, improved transportation safety for disabled travelers, and the application of in-depth crash investigations and crash/injury data to studying injury causation and assessing the effectiveness of occupant protection systems.

Measures of his contributions include authoring and co-authoring of more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, more than 50 technical reports, and three book chapters, and his serving on blue-ribbon panels for industry and government. Honors include the Best Paper Award for the 1992 and 2003 Stapp Car Crash Conference; the 1994 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award; the 1999 SAE Myers Outstanding Student Paper Award; several Stapp Conference student-paper awards; the UMTRI Research Excellence Award in 2002, 2003, and 2006; and the UMTRI Best Paper Award in 2003 and 2005.

Schneider is a member of the Stapp Car Crash Conference Advisory Committee, comprised of the world's leading experts in injury biomechanics and occupant protection research, and he has served as general chairman of four Stapp conferences. He also serves as an editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed Stapp Car Crash Journal, a member of the Stapp Student Awards Committee, and a founding member and member of the board of directors of the Stapp Association. As one of the world's leading experts in transportation safety for wheelchair users, he continues to lead the development of national and international standards for improving transportation safety for people with disabilities. He currently is director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheelchair Transportation Safety, a partnership of four universities funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Research Faculty Recognition Award, Sean Esteban McCabe

Sean Esteban McCabe, research associate professor at the Substance Abuse Research Center, has established a program of funded research related to gender differences in substance use, Web survey methodology and prescription drug abuse. He consistently has disseminated his work in presentations and publications, and he also mentors students at all levels. He is principal investigator of three projects funded by the NIH, as well as a participating investigator on a number of federally funded projects.
McCabe (File photo by Bob Kalmbach, U-M Photo Services)

McCabe integrates several disciplinary perspectives into his scholarship and crosses boundaries in disciplines that involve biological, epidemiological, educational and psychological approaches. His intellectual flexibility has led to significant multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research. For instance, he is one of a few in the United States who combine a bio-psycho-social perspective in exploring the nonmedical use of prescription drugs among middle school, high school and college students.

McCabe's program of research can best be described as focusing on innovative survey methods for collecting reliable and valid health-related data from school-based populations, particularly from youths of various genders, socioeconomic, and ethnic subgroups. He helped pioneer the use of Web-based surveys, and his work has led to the improvement of survey methods that will benefit several academic and professional fields.

A highly productive author of peer-reviewed articles, McCabe has published more than 50 manuscripts in journals. He has won several national awards for his research, including the Junior Investigator Award and the Research Recognition Award given by the Research Society on Alcoholism and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Although he has no formal teaching responsibilities, McCabe serves as lead instructor for graduate seminars and consistently provides guest lectures to undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, he has served as a mentor to undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows within U-M and at other universities.

McCabe is active in multiple service activities and has held a number of administrative positions within the University, most notably serving as interim director of the Substance Abuse Research Center in 2003 and 2005. He is a grant reviewer at the NIH and the United States Department of Education, and a manuscript reviewer for a number of journals.

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