Michigan Radio receives AP awards

Michigan Radio was awarded several top honors in the 1997 Associated Press Michigan Broadcast Contest. In addition to being named Best of Category for General Excellence, Michigan Radio also was named for:

Best Hard News, "Coleman Young Funeral," anchored by Joan Silvi with reporting by John Walters and Tracy Samilton; Best Use of Natural Sound, "Compost Man," produced by Wendy Nelson for the Great Lakes Radio Consortium; Best Enterprise/Investigative Reporting for a five-part series on land use in southern Michigan produced by Joan Siefert Rose, Joan Silvi, John Walters, Wendy Nelson and Tamar Charney; Best Spot News, "Tornadoes in Southeastern Michigan," produced by Joan Seifert Rose with additional reporting by Tracy Samilton; Best Live Broadcast of a Sports Event, "Michigan vs. Michigan State," by Tom Hemingway and David Hammond; Best Sports Feature Story, "Women's Crew," produced by John Walters.

In addition, Tamar Charney, the station's humanities and arts reporter, was honored for General Excellence in Individual Reporting. Honorable mentions were given for Best News Documentary, "Ending Welfare As We Know It," produced by Joan Siefert Rose, Joan Silvi, John Walters, Tamar Charney and Tracy Samilton; Best Newscast, Sept. 8, 1997. Honorable mention also was given to Wendy Nelson for individual reporting and "Orchestra Outreach," in the feature story category.


Ball honored for outstanding article

Arnetha Ball, assistant professor of education, received the 1998 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Award for an outstanding article on writing or the teaching of writing. Ball and Ted Lardner of Cleveland State University were recognized for their article, "Dispositions Toward Language: Teacher Constructs of Knowledge and the Ann Arbor Black English Class." The article was published in the December 1997 issue of College Composition and Communication.

The CCCC is a constituent group for college teachers of writing within the National Council of Teachers of English.


Lazarsfeld, Prasad, Bhattacharya named Guggenheim Fellows

Robert Lazarsfeld and Gopal Prasad, professors of mathematics, and Pallab K. Bhattacharya, professor of engineering and computer science, have been named Fellows of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Lazarsfield's study area is linear series on algebraic varieties, Prasad's study area is representation theory of reductive p-adic groups and Bhatacharya's areas, photon localization in semiconductor heterostructures.

The Guggenheim Foundation selected 168 artists, scholars and scientists from more than 3,000 applicants for fellowship awards totaling $5.3 million. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of "unusually distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment."


Stein awarded honorary doctorate

Eric Stein, Hessel E. Yntema Professor Emeritus of Law, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Western Bohemia in his native Czech Republic. He was honored for his contributions in post-Communist constitutional negotiations, support of Czech and Slovak law students and researchers in the U.S. and assistance to the law faculty of the University of Western Bohemia.

Stein also holds Doctor of Law degrees from the University of Michigan and Charles University, Prague, and honorary Doctor of Law degrees from both Free Universities of Brussels.