The University Record, March 25, 1998


Axsom receives book award

Richard Axsom, professor of art history at U-M-Dearborn, received the 1997 George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award last month from the Art Libraries Society of North America for Printed Stuff: Prints, Posters, and Ephemera by Claes Oldenburg, a Catalogue Raisonne 1958-1996. The Society established the award, one of the most prestigious prizes in art-book publishing, 19 years ago to honor Wittenborn, a noted New York art book dealer and publisher who died in 1977.

Schwenk awarded honorable mention

Thomas L. Schwenk, professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine, has been awarded an honorable mention for Best Research Paper from the the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine (STFM) and Ross Laboratories.

Schwenk's paper, "Differences Between Detected and Undetected Patients in Primary and Depressed Psychiatric Patients," was selected from a number of journal articles published between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 1997, in which the first author is an STFM member. Eight committee members then reviewed 15 journal articles and scored each for the quality of the research and potential impact of the study.

Professors honored by AGU

Lars P. Stixrude, assistant professor of geological sciences and Philip A. Meyers, professor of geology, were honored recently by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for their contributions to geophysical knowledge and to advancement of the geophysical sciences.

Stixtrude is the 1998 recipient of the society's James B. Macelwane Medal, which recognizes contributions to the geophysical sciences made by an outstanding young scientist. His research focuses on understanding the nature of the Earth's interior composition, structure and evolution using a variety of experimental and theoretical methods to study how Earth materials react to high pressures and temperatures.

Meyers, an organic geochemist specializing in oceanography and limnology, was recently designated an AGU Fellow„a distinction conferred upon a small group of AGU members who have been recognized by their peers as having "achieved widely acknowledged eminence in a branch of geophysics." Meyers' current research interests include glacial-interglacial marine productivity cycles, study of past climates and impacts of environmental changes on delivery of organic matter to lake sediments.

Flint faculty receive funding for river watershed project

Robert H. Podolsky and Bruce Parfitt, assistant professors of biology at U-M-Flint, and Tracy Wacker, lecturer in biology at U-M-Flint, have received a Michigan Department of Resources grant for $10,000 to develop a native plants garden along the U-M-Flint's riverfront. The three are members of the campus-based Flint Riverfront Planning Group that is working with the Flint River Watershed Coalition to enhance and protect the Flint River watershed.

They envision the area including an arboretum and a native plants garden that leaders into a natural woodland area, with an interpretive trail linking the areas.