The University Record, December 17, 1997


Director awarded IEEE Education Medal

Stephen W. Director, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, has been awarded the 1998 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Education Medal. The Medal, established in 1956 by the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, honors "contributions to electrical engineering education through innovative textbooks, leadership in undergraduate curriculum reform, and inspired graduate teaching." The award consists of a gold medal, certificate, bronze replica and $10,000.

Woods elected Fellow to American Society of Civil Engineers

Richard D. Woods, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Woods is an expert in soil dynamics and earthquake engineering, geotechnical engineering and geophysics.

BCBSM awards grants for African American health research

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) Foundation has awarded research grants to several research studies in the U-M's African American Health Initiative.

Grant recipients are:


Edith C. Kieffer, assistant professor of health behavior and health education, School of Public Health. Kieffer will look at the frequency and timing of diabetes screening for African American women and the relationship between maternal glucose level, weight gain in pregnancy and infant birth weight.


Harold W. Neighbors, associate professor of health behavior and health education, School of Public Health, and faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research. Neighbors will study racial influences on psychiatric diagnosis and the related treatment of African Americans.


Larry N. Gant, associate professor of social work. Gant will evaluate an HIV/AIDS intervention program designed to reduce risk behavior for dependent African American women at high risk for acquiring HIV.

Brandon publishes new book

Princeton University Press has recently published Free in the World: American Slavery and Constitutional Failure, a book by Mark E. Brandon, assistant professor of political science. Brandon examines the breakdown of constitutional disorder in the 19th century and argues that the secession of the Confederacy was constitutional.

Eisendrath named to journalism task force boards

Charles Eisendrath, director of the Michigan Journalism Fellows and associate professor of communication studies, has been named to the boards of two national journalism task forces, the Committee of Concerned Journalists (CCJ) and the Project on the State of the American Newspaper, convened to study and improve the state of American journalism. The study will be funded over three years with more than $4 million in grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The CCJ will conduct a nationwide series of forums confronting key questions of journalistic practices and principles. The third session, "Diversity in the Newsroom," will take place Feb. 2 at Rackham Amphitheater. Other forums will be held at Northwestern, Columbia and Harvard universities, among others.

The Project on the State of the American Newspaper will commission a series of reports to first appear in American Journalism Review and later be published in book form. Each writer will spend several weeks examining newspaper companies and issues in the newspaper field.