The University Record, March 1, 1993

Grizzle, Mitani will receive Henry Russel Award March 16

Jessy W. Grizzle and John C. Mitani will receive the University’s Henry Russel Award.

The annual award is given to young faculty members for scholarly achievement and promise, and carries a $1,200 stipend.

The award will be presented on March 16 in Rackham Amphitheater, followed by the annual Henry Russel Lecture given by a senior member of the faculty. This year’s lecturer is John H. Holland, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and of psychology.

Grizzle joined the U-M as assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science in 1987 and was promoted to associate professor in 1990. His main area of research is non-linear control, the study of how to build mathematical models of physical systems that have significant non-linear characteristics. Such systems are common in the automotive and aerospace industries.

Grizzle, who earned his doctorate in 1983 from the University of Texas-Austin, received a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1987.

Mitani, who came to Michigan as assistant professor of anthropology in 1990, studies primate behavior and animal vocal communication, among other topics. He received the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Faculty Fellows Award last year. He also received the U-M’s Faculty Recognition Award in 1992.

He earned his Ph.D. in 1984 from the University of California, Davis, where he also worked as a research zoologist. He taught at the Rockefeller University Field Research Center for Ecology and Ethology.

Both the Henry Russel Award and the Henry Russel Lectureship were established in 1925 with a bequest from Henry Russel of Detroit, who received three degrees from U-M.