The University Record, February 18, 1998

Applause

AHA says Everson's study among 1997's top advances

The American Heart Association (AHA) has designated a recent study by Susan Everson, assistant research scientist in the Department of Epidemiology, as one of the top 11 research advances for 1997.

Everson was lead author of the four-year study of 942 middle-aged men that linked hopelessness to a faster progression of atherosclerosis. The study was one of several in 1997 to show that the mental state of people who have had a heart attack or stroke influences both the quality and length of their lives.

The AHA recognizes achievements in laboratory, clinical and behavioral sciences that should have the greatest impact on the prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke.

Arnold elected CAUSE board vice chair

The board of directors of CAUSE, the association for managing and using information resources in higher education, has elected Jill B. Arnold, director of information technology corporate and external relations, as vice chair. Arnold's term will extend through December 1998.

Macdonald receives neuroscience award

The American Epilepsy Society (AES) has named Robert L. Macdonald, the Russell N. Dejong Professor of Neurology and professor of physiology, recipient of the 1997 Basic Neuroscientist Award. Macdonald received the award in recognition of his research detailing the biophysical and neuropharmacological properties of epilepsy drug therapy. The award program is sponsored by the Milken Family Foundation in cooperation with AES.

Stein publishes book on breakup of Czechoslovakia

Eric Stein, the Hessel E. Yntema Professor Emeritus of Law, has published Czecho/Slovakia: Ethnic Conflict, Constitutional Fissure, Negotiated Breakup (University of Michigan Press, 1997). The book chronicles the failure of Czechoslovakia to agree on a new federal constitution and the subsequent orderly breakup into two countries.

Stein based much of the book on his experience as a member of the international group invited by the Czechoslovak government to assist in drafting a constitution. In addition, he interviewed dozens of political figures, journalists, and academics and did extensive research in primary sources.