The University Record, March 11, 1997


Dearborn's Tobin receives Susan B. Anthony Award
Mary Tobin, director of facilities planning at the U-M-Dearborn, received the Susan B. Anthony Award. The award is presented each year to an individual who "exemplifies the dedication, fortitude and involvement of Susan B. Anthony, who challenged inequities suffered by women and who led the nation to recognize human rights," according to the U-M-Dearborn Commission for Women.

Tobin, chair of the U-M-Dearborn Staff Senate, helped establish the campus's Commission for Women in 1973.

Smith awarded Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship
Karen E. Smith, assistant professor of mathematics, has been selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. The fellowship carries with it a $35,000 grant. "I hope that your selection from among this remarkable group of nominees will . . . convey a clear indication of the high esteem in which your past work and future potential are held by your fellow scientists," said Ralph E. Gomory, president of the New York-based Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, in a letter to Smith announcing her selection.


Barrett awarded Bergman Prize
David E. Barrett, professor of mathematics, is one of two recipients of the Stefan Bergman Prize for 1997. Established in 1988, the prize is named for the late Stefan Bergman, known for his research in the mathematical field known as "several complex variables." Barrett's work, said the selection committee, "is characterized by highly original and deep insight," citing in particular two of his contributions to the theory of several complex variables, which they called "unexpected developments which settled crucial natural problems and initiated new directions of research."


Tom Hickey's textbook will be published in April
Tom Hickey, professor of health behavior and health education, is one of three editors of Public Health and Aging, to be published in April by the Johns Hopkins University Press. The book addresses the changing training needs of health professionals as the health care system, responding to an aging population, broadens its traditional focus from infectious disease to chronic disease. Examining the role of public health in system planning, coordination and delivery, the book brings together experts with diverse backgrounds to evaluate the delivery of health promotion and disease prevention services to older people living outside of institutional settings. Marjorie A. Speers, deputy associate director for science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Thomas R. Prohaska, associate professor, School of Public Health, the University of Illinois, co-edited the book.


Lewis' African American history series is published
The history of African Americans, spanning five centuries and three continents, is explored in an 11-volume series edited by Earl Lewis, professor of history and of Afroamerican and African studies, and Robin D. G. Kelley, professor of history and African studies at New York University. Aimed at high school students but accessible for younger readers as well, The Young Oxford History of African Americans has just been published by Oxford University Press. Included in each volume are "real life stories" and glimpses into the minds and lives of African Americans through their letters, diaries and documents. The series also includes an index and a biographical supplement detailing the lives of influential African Americans


Zurier receives Barr Award
Rebecca Zurier, assistant professor of history of art, has received the College Art Association's Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Award for her authorship of the catalogue for Metropolitan Lives: The Ashcan Artists and Their New York, an exhibition she curated for the Smithsonian Museum's National Museum of American Art. The award is presented to the author or authors of "an especially distinguished catalogue in the history of art." Zurier's catalogue was selected from a field that included catalogues from the "Rembrandt/Not Rembrandt" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum and the "Winslow Homer" and "Vermeer" exhibitions at the National Gallery. Zurier, Robert Snyder and Virginia Mecklenburg co-authored the publication.

Hilbish invited to China to establish conducting program
Thomas Hilbish, professor emeritus of conducting and director emeritus of the University of Michigan Choirs, has been invited by the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, to establish a doctoral program in conducting.