The University Record, December 10, 1997


Thomas provides leadership in publication of book

Black Children's Parents Imparting Discipline/Heritage has been published by Robbie Dean Press, Ann Arbor. The book is by the Ann Arbor Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. Leadership for completion of the book was provided by chapter president Laurita Thomas, human resources administrator and assistant director, U-M Hospitals Office of the Executive Director. Described as the "first of its kind" by the publishers, the book provides a "rites of passage" curriculum for boys and girls and offers concrete suggestions for age-appropriate activities for children pre-kindergarten to age 18.

Hollingsworth elected first African American president of Sigma Xi

Peggie J. Hollingsworth, assistant research scientist in pharmacology and environmental and industrial health, will be the first African American woman to serve as president of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Hollingsworth was elected as the 62nd president of the society at its 98th Annual Meeting in November.

Found in 1886 as an honor society for scientists and engineers, Sigma Xi is one of the largest such organizations in the world with an international membership of nearly 90,000.

Hollingsworth is only the third woman to be elected the president of the organization. In 1990 she became the first African American woman and the second woman to be elected head of the Faculty Senate and chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs. She also is former president of the U-M chapter of Sigma Xi and currently is chair of the organization's Committee on Diversity.

Green's asthma study funded by Aetna

Aetna Foundation, along with U.S. Quality Algorithms (a subsidiary of Aetna U.S. Healthcare) has granted funds to a U-M study dealing with medication, management and outcomes in the treatment of asthma. Led by Lee A. Green, associate professor of family practice and lecturer in health services management and policy, the study aims to determine whether the use of anti-inflammatory inhalers delivers the benefits theorized by recent treatment guidelines, why this therapy is not being used as it should be, and which interventions with patients and physicians are most effective at improving outcomes for asthma sufferers.

Three EECS faculty elected IEEE Fellows

Three faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Karem Sakallah, Alfred Hero and Wayne Stark, have been elected Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The IEEE is the world's largest engineering society, and fellowships are given to those scientists who have made a significant contribution to their areas of expertise.

Sakallah's election recognizes his efforts in computer modeling, analysis and optimization of digital systems timing. Hero was elected for his contributions to the field of statistical signal processing, especially estimation, detection and imaging. Stark was recognized for contributions to the theory and practice of coding and modulation in spread-spectrum communication systems.