The University Record, May 20, 1997


Fancher honored by U.S. Department of Transportation
Researcher Paul S. Fancher of the Transportation Research Institute has received the National Award for the Advancement of Motor Vehicle Research and Development from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The award is given annually to one person who has contributed prominently to advancing knowledge on motor vehicle safety, energy savings or environmental impact.

Fancher's research on the dynamics and control of cars and heavy trucks in the context of crash avoidance has led to improved vehicle design and formed the basis for new and improved standards in a variety of areas.


Flint's Beholtz recognized by students
Lars Beholtz, visiting assistant professor of chemistry at U-M Flint, has received the Distinguished Professor Award from the Student Government Council for his outstanding contribution to his students through teaching style, attitude and enthusiasm.


Adams receives award from VA Medical Center
Kenneth M. Adams, professor of psychology and chief of the psychology service at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, has received the first Lee Weatherbee Memorial Award for his skillful and compassionate service to veterans. The award is named for the Center's former chief of pathology, who died last year.


Baxter honored by American Academy
Charles Baxter, professor of English and fiction writer, will receive an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters later this month. The awards honor writers of exceptional accomplishment and carry $8,500 stipends. The Academy, chartered by Congress, was established in 1898 to "foster, assist and sustain an interest in literature, music and the fine arts." Its annual awards program totals more than half a million dollars.


Goldstein receives Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
Richard A. Goldstein, assistant professor of chemistry, is one of 16 recipients nationwide of the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award for 1997 from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The award carries a $60,000 stipend, with $5,000 allocated to the Department of Chemistry for undergraduate education purposes, preferably focusing on research experiences. The Teacher-Scholar Awards are designed to provide external support to young faculty in the early stages of their academic careers. Goldstein's research focuses on evolutionary perspective on protein structure formation.

Townsend received honorary degree
Leroy B. Townsend, the Albert B. Prescott Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, and LS&A professor of chemistry, has received an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The degree recognizes Townsend's outstanding contributions to the field of nucleoside synthesis. His multidisciplinary research group is involved in the design, synthesis and development of antiviral, antibacterial, antiparasitic and anticancer agents. The majority of the research is focused on the development of antimetabolites.


Lichter heads oncology group
Allen S. Lichter, director of the radiation oncology program at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been elected to a one-year term as president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a leading association of clinical cancer researchers and practitioners. Lichter's research interests center on the treatment of breast cancer, and he helped pioneer the use of lumpectomy and radiation as a safe, effective alternative to mastectomy in selected patients. He also developed many of the techniques in three-dimensional radiation treatment, allowing increased doses of radiation to be use more precisely and with added safety.