The University Record, May 6, 1998


Topliss wins ACS medicinal chemistry award

John G. Topliss, professor of medicinal chemistry, has received the 1998 American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Medicinal Chemistry Award. This biennial award recognizes outstanding achievement in the sciences contributing to the field of medicinal chemistry.

Former vice-president of chemistry at the Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research Division of Warner-Lambert Co. and senior director of chemical research at Shering-Plough, Topliss is recognized internationally for his work in the field of quantitative structure-activity relationships as applied to the design of new medicinal agents. A pioneer in applying this approach in drug discovery research in the pharmaceutical industry, he is the originator of the "Topliss Tree" methodology that has found wide acceptance among drug designers.

Rival elected governor of Michigan ACP

Jan Rival, clinical associate professor of medicine, has been elected to a four-year term as Governor of the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Elected by area ACP members, Rival's responsibilities include planning scientific meetings, credentialing new members and disseminating College policy. Rival also represents ACP members on the ACP Board of Governors.

ACP is the nation's largest medical specialty organization, and is composed of more than 100,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students.

Tietjen wins SSW Staff Recognition Award

Barbara Tietjen, administrative associate in the Office of Research Services, School of Social Work (SSW), has received the School of Social Work Winter Term Staff Recognition Award. Tietjen, who has been at the School for two years, was honored for "her eagerness to solve problems and many hours of hard work that have gone above and beyond the call of duty."

MAGB awards recipients named

Six faculty and six students have been named Distinguished Faculty and Outstanding Students by the Michigan Association of Governing Boards (MAGB).

Ann Arbor campus awardees are Susan J. Douglas, professor of communication studies; Stephen H. Sumida, associate professor of English language and literature and of American culture; Mona Hanna, a senior honors student in the School of Natural Resources and Environment; Peter Tate, political science major. U-M-Dearborn awardees are P.K. Mallick, professor of mechanical engineering; Leslie Woodcock Tentler, professor of history; Randall DeFauw, senior in electrical engineering; and Heather Roberts, senior in early childhood education. U-M-Flint awardees are Sybil Kein, instructor in English and theatre; Lawrence Kugler, professor of mathematics; Christian D. Howd, honors student in environmental chemistry; and Karla Vicenta Lopez, student pursuing degrees in music theory/history and psychology.

Aldrich receives ASDA Dement Award

Michael S. Aldrich, director of the Medical Center Sleep Disorders Laboratory and associate professor of neurology, has been selected as the recipient of 1998 William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award. The award is given by the American Sleep Disorders Association (ASDA).