The University Record, July 8, 1998


Lichter elected president of ASCO

Allen S. Lichter, professor of radiation oncology, has been elected president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). ASCO, with 12,000 members, represents physicians who treat cancer patients.

Lichter, whose research focuses on breast cancer treatment, also is the former director of the Radiation Therapy Section of the National Cancer Institute's Radiation Oncology Branch. In this position, he helped investigate breast-conserving therapy and contributed to the acceptance of lumpectomy and radiation as an alternative to radical masectomy.

Four receive NARSAD grants

Delia Vazquez, assistant professor of psychiatry and of pediatrics and communicable diseases and senior research fellow; Neera Ghaziuddin, assistant professor of psychiatry; Mohammed Ghaziuddin, assistant professor of psychiatry; and Jon-Kar Zubieta, assistant professor of psychiatry and of internal medicine and assistant research scientist, were awarded Young Investigator National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) grants.

"We screened more than 700 applications this year and we are confident that the selected studies are on the leading edge of the discovery process," said Herbert Pardes, president of NARSAD's scientific council. "The grants provide important early career support for young scientists and acknowledge the innovative contributions of established, distinguished institutions."

Coleman honored by National Media Group

Michael Coleman, marketing manager for the U-M-Flint, was awarded third prize for excellence in journalistic writing by National Media Group Inc. Coleman's winning article on U-M-Flint's 3-on-3 basketball tournament was published in the January/February issue of U-M-Flint's Currents and Michigan Times, the student newspaper.

4 Flint faculty receive Rackham grants

Joe Sucic, assistant professor of biology; Richard Frazee, assistant professor of chemistry; Susan Gabel, assistant professor of education; and Mary Jo Keitzman, assistant professor of English, all at the U-M-Flint, have received fellowships and grants from the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The awards provide spring/summer stipends to enable the recipients to carry out their work.

Sucic, who joined the U-M Flint in 1996, will study the "Characteristic of the fur gene in Dictyostelium discoideum." Frazee, who joined Flint in 1997, will use his award to study "Purification and primary characterization of Isl-1, a developmental transcription factor possessing a Homeodomain and a Metal-binding domain." Gabel, who joined Flint's faculty in 1996, will study "An aesthetic of disability: a new pedagogy for the humanities." Kietzman, who joined Flint in 1996, will research "The life of Mary Carleton als. German princess and all other Marys--a collective biography."

Flint's Briggs receives staff award

Ann Briggs, graduate programs administrative associate at U-M-Flint, has received the 1997-98 Staff Appreciation Award. Briggs has worked in the graduate office since 1980 and received high praise from nominees: "She is respectful, level-headed and very much in control. She reinforces and contributes to the spirit of cooperation that exists between the program directors."

Halter named AGS president

Jeffrey B. Halter, director of the Geriatrics Center and medical director of the Institute of Gerontology, has been named president of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS).

Halter, who has been with U-M since 1984, says part of his mission as AGS president will be to further increase global awareness of the needs of the elderly and to continue a trend of significant growth in the area of medical research into issues facing older people.

The AGS is a professional society of more than 6,000 members whose goals are to improve the health, well-being and independence of all older adults.

Halter is also a new member of the Geriatrics and Rehabilitative Medicine Study Section.

D'Arms elected to APS

John H. D'Arms, the Gerald F. Else Professor of Humanities, professor of history and of classical studies, and American Council of Learned Societies president, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS). Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, the APS is the oldest learned society in the United States devoted to the advancement of scientific and scholarly inquiry.

Akil receives Bristol-Myers Squibb funding

Huda Akil, the Gardner C. Quarton Professor of Neuroscience in Psychiatry and co-director of the Mental Health Research Institute, has received a $500,000 Bristol-Myers Squibb Unrestricted Neuroscience Research Grant. The funding will support continuing work on understanding the brain biology of emotions with a particular focus on how stress activates the brain circuits that can lead to depression and other mood disorders. Akil also is studying how the brain's own opiates, the endorphins, participate in emotional behavior, including drug abuse.

Kunkel honored by North Dakota State U

Steven L. Kunkel, pathology research endowed professor at U-M and 1974 graduate of North Dakota State University, was named the 1998 Master for the College of Science and Math at that institution. The Master's Week program was established to recognize outstanding alumni and provides an opportunity for students and faculty to share in their experiences and expertise through invited lectures.

Regan and Walton elected to AAAS

Donald H. Regan, the William W. Bishop Jr. Collegiate Professor of Law, and Kendall L. Walton, the James B. and Grace J. Nelson Professor of Philosophy, were among the 146 fellows elected to join the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Academy was founded in 1780 as "a learned society to cultivate every art and science that may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity and happiness of a free, independent and virtuous people." Since then, the Academy has brought together leading figures from universities, government, business and the creative arts to exchange ideas and promote knowledge in the public interest.

Moran honored by Dearborn Alumni

Gerald F. Moran, professor of history and associate dean of the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters at U-M-Dearborn, has received the Faculty Member of the Year Award, sponsored by the campus's Alumni Society.

Moran directs the College's cooperative education program and the Renewed Expectations for Adults in Continuing Education program. He also is a member of the College's Board of Advisers, Honors Program Executive Committee and Distinguished Teaching Award committee.

Swales' book published

John M. Swales, director of the English Language Institute and professor of linguistics, has published Other Floors, Other Voices--Textography of a Small University Building with Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, of New Jersey.

In this book, "Swales invents for himself a robust new genre--textography--and shows how engaging a genre it can be," notes A. L. Becker, professor emeritus of linguistics.

Staples awarded Ragdale residency

Loretta Staples, assistant professor of art, has been awarded a residency at the Ragdale Foundation in recognition of her "outstanding quality of work." Located in Lake Forest, Ill., Ragdale was established in 1976 to provide a space where artists could work uninterrupted.

Drabenstott receives Kilgour Award

Karen Drabenstott, associate professor of information, is the first recipient of the Frederick G. Kilgour Award, honoring a lifetime of research in the field of library and information technology. The award is co-sponsored by the OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. and the Library and Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association. It consists of $2,000, an expenses-paid trip to the ALA annual conference, and a citation of merit.

Meadows named outstanding alumnus at Purdue

Guy Meadows, associate professor of naval architecture and marine engineering and of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, has been named an outstanding alumnus of Purdue University's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. He also directs the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research.

Five receive U-Matter awards

Five staff members have been recognized with U-Matter awards. The recipients receive a U-Matter pin and certificate and are invited to an annual staff recognition event.

Martha Burnett, Residential Service Center (RSC), Information Technology Division, Communications, was honored for her work in developing an RSC Team. Burnett taught her team good time management, helped define their inner abilities and developed self motivation.

Kathy Dugas, kitchen cleaner at Betsey Barbour, University Housing, was recognized for giving "over 100 percent of herself all the time to her duties and to the students" who eat at Barbour.

Rita A. Gall, office assistant, Institute for Social Research Purchasing, was commended for her dedication, along with her "in-depth knowledge of the purchasing process."

Cindy Gulacsik, custodian, Building Services, was honored for going above and beyond her custodial responsibilities, even tending plants while employees are away.

Gary Harlacher, A/C mechanic, Mechanical Systems, handled an emergency that "may have saved the life of his partner." Harlacher observed his partner sweating and when he complained of pains in his arms, Harlacher took him to get help. His partner suffered a massive heart attack and, according to his doctors, he would have died in another 10 minutes.

Janet Sloan, office assistant, School of Dentistry, organized a renovation project, merging two offices into one area. Sloan's work with this project earned her high praise from her associates: Sloan "is an exemplary employee, a very kind hearted individual, and a co-worker for whom we are very proud to be associated with."

Cole receives environmental award

David Cole, associate professor of mechanical engineering and of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, and research scientist, U-M Transportation Research Institute, received the 1998 Rene Dubos Environmental Award. Cole was unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees of the Rene Dubos Center for Human Environments for his leadership role in promoting sustainable development in the automotive industry.

Perlin named ASCE fellow

Marc Perlin, associate professor of naval architecture and marine engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Perlin studies the mechanics of waves and coastal phenomena.

Bornstein, Tinkle publish The Ionic Page in Manuscript, Print, and Digital Culture

George Bornstein, the C.A. Patrides Professor of Literature, and Theresa Tinkle, associate professor of English, have published The Ionic Page in Manuscript, Print, and Digital Culture (U-M Press). The volume includes essays by prominent textual scholars and covers materials from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Macdonald named AES president

Robert Macdonald, the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology and professor of physiology, has been named the 52nd president of the American Epilepsy Society (AES). The AES is the professional society for physicians and other health professionals who treat or study the biological, clinical and/or psychological aspects of epilepsy.