The University Record, November 5, 1996


Director receives Aristotle Award
Stephen W. Director, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, has received the Survey Research Center's Aristotle Award. The award was given in recognition of his "deep commitment to the educational experience" and "the impact that commitment has had on the professional performance of students who carry out SRC-funded research." Dean of the College of Engineering since September, Director was selected from a field of 11 candidates, all nominated by former students. Director first participated in SRC-funded research in 1982, when he was named director of the SRC's Center of Excellence for Computer Aided Design at Carnegie Mellon University.

Savageau is named AAAS Fellow
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the distinction of Fellow to Michael A. Savageau, chair and professor of microbiology and immunology. Individuals are awarded this distinction because of their efforts toward advancing science or fostering applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Founded in 1848, AAAS is the world's largest federation of scientists and has more than 144,000 individual members.

Pildis receives Baldwin Award
Rachel A. Pildis is the 1996-97 recipient of the annual LS&A Ralph B. Baldwin Award in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Science. The Baldwin Award honors the most outstanding thesis in these sciences each year.

She received a cash prize of $2,000 and a bronze medallion at a symposium held in her honor in September in the Department of Astronomy.

Coppola receives DOE award
Brian Coppola, lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, LS&A, is one of seven nationwide winners of the 1996 Undergraduate Computational Science Education Awards. Sponsored by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the awards program is a national initiative to recognize excellence in computational science teaching.

Yang wins technology excellence award
Ralph T. Yang, professor and chair, Department of Chemical Engineering, has received the Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gasses Technology from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The award recognizes sustained excellence and contributions to technology for the production, distribution and application of industrial gases.

Lichter elected president of Academy of Ophthalmology
Paul R. Lichter, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and director of the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, has been elected the 100th president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Lichter has been active in the Academy's leadership for more than 20 years, serving on its board of trustees, as program chair for the Academy's annual meeting, and, currently, as editor of Ophthalmology.

Jackson named to Advisory Council on Aging
James S. Jackson, the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, will serve on the National Institute on Aging's 18-member National Advisory Council. The Council advises on the conduct and support of biomedical, social and behavioral research, training, health information dissemination and other programs involving aging.

Jackson, director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research, also is a faculty associate at the Institute of Gerontology and professor of health behavior and health education at the School of Public Health.