The University Record, February 4, 1998


Four faculty honored by TIAA-CREF

Four faculty members have been named winners of TIAA-CREF's 1997 Paul A. Samuelson Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Scholarly Writing on Lifelong Financial Security. Robert B. Barsky, associate professor of economics and faculty associate, Survey Research Center; F. Thomas Juster, professsor emeritus of economics and research scientist emeritus, Survey Research Center; Miles S. Kimball, associate professor of economics and faculty associate, Survey Research Center; and Matthew D. Shapiro, professor of economics and faculty associate, Survey Research Center, each won $1,000 for their article, "Preference Parameters and Behavioral Heterogeneity: An Experimental Approach in the Health and Reitirement Study," published in the May 1997 Quarterly Journal of Economics.

The article reports on a new approach for measuring variables such as risk tolerance and time horizon that govern how much money people will save and in which assets they will invest. It examines whether differences across individuals in measured preference parameters account for differences in behavior.

Four win UMatter Awards

Four staff members received UMatter Awards in December.

Kevin John, a sign painter in Maintenance Services, was nominated for the award for "exemplary customer service" in fabricating signs for new buildings on the Dearborn campus for a special celebratory event that included Gov. John Engler and other dignitaries. "It is especially noteworthy that Kevin managed to do this while trying to recover from a serious illness," his nominator noted.

Victor Malabanan, a cleaner in Mary Markley Dining Service, "is always in a good mood, no matter what the circumstance," his nominator said. "I thank him daily for making [work] a wonderful place for me. His brightness overshines all of the not-so-good things that happen in a day's work."

William Manspeaker, senior computing systems specialist in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, set up three extra classrooms with television reception when a lecture was filled to capacity 45 minutes before its start time. "Although unrelated to his job description, he made it possible for another 200+ people to hear and see the lecture. It was so important for us from a PR point of view because people came from all over southeast Michigan."

Jamie Rutledge, executive secretary, Engineering Administration, College of Engineering, "has a deep and genuine care for her co-workers," and responded quickly to a recent emergency although she already had a hectic and demanding schedule. "When you encounter an individual who is always eager to help in any given situation," her nominator said, "you feel very fortunate. She truly is one of those special people that you know you can always count on in an emergency."

3 named to genetic privacy commission

Gov. John Engler has appointed an 11-member Commission on Genetic Privacy and Progress to formulate policy recommendations for protecting genetic information and regulating its use.

Edward Goldman, attorney at the U-M Health System, will chair the commission. Elizabeth Petty, assistant professor of internal medicine and human genetics, and Sonia Suter, visiting professor at the Law School, join eight other health and policy professionals from around the state.

The commission is charged with anticipating some of the complex legal and ethical questions that surround the issue of genetic information and to recommend policy that will help manage the questions in the future. Engler has asked the commission, which was appointed late in September, to return their recommendations in a year.