The University Record, November 12, 1997


Flint researchers receive state funding

Four U-M-Flint research projects have received 1997-98 State of Michigan Research Excellence Funds. The projects were approved by the Office of Projects for Urban and Regional Affairs Review Board to promote economic development and quality of life.

Peggy Kahn, associate professor of political science, will study the impact of the new welfare policies by following 30 families over time with in-depth interviews and observations of mothers and children. Kahn will examine how families cope with poverty and new mandatory work requirements, in addition to other factors.

Mary Periard, associate professor of nursing; Brenda Knaack, lecturer in nursing; and Marsha Bunker, lecturer in nursing, were awarded a grant for "Healthy Women: Education for Change," a project conducted in cooperation with Genesee County Free Medical Clinic to teach women breast self-examination. The project will focus on determining the effectiveness of teaching methods in lower socio-economic groups.

Madhukar Angur, assistant professor of marketing, and Keith Moreland, assistant professor of accounting, will assess the impact of a 150-hour education requirement on the quality of Michigan CPA services. They will compare the Michigan data with that of firms in Florida, where the requirement has been in effect for more than 10 years.

Ellen Walker, adunct lecturer in music, and Cindy Pfalzer, associate professor of physical therapy, will study the effectiveness of methods used to treat upper quadrant cumulative trauma disorders that commonly effect pianists. Their survey will identify and examine the frequency and severity of symptoms in pianists and analyze whether playing techniques or lifestyle factors impact vulnerability.

Five named AAAS Fellows

Five faculty members will be given the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the 1998 AAAS Annual Meeting in February. Founded in 1848, AAAS represents the world's largest federation of scientists and publishes the weekly peer-reviewed journal Science.

Laurence A. Boxer, associate chair for research pediatrics and communicable diseases and professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, was recognized for his research focusing on the pathogenesis and treatment of patients with neutropenia.

Martin Sichel, professor of aerospace engineering, was honored for his contributions to the theory of reactive gas dynamic processes and for the interpretation of experimental data on heterogeneous combustion and detonations.

George W. Kling, assistant professor of biology and assistant research scientist in the Center for Great Lakes and Aquatic Sciences, was honored for research on aquatic ecosystems in the tropics and in the Arctic, particularly his work on the causes and consequences of dissolved gases in lakes.

Bernard W. Agranoff, director of the Neuroscience Lab, the Ralph Waldo Gerard Professor of Neurosciences, professor of biological chemistry and research scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and the Mental Health Research Institute, was recognized for his research contributions to the neuroscience field.

H. David Humes, chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and the John G. Searle Professor of Internal Medicine, was honored for his processing studies on acute renal failure.

Springer receives ADA award

Ninfa Saturnino Springer, associate professor emerita, School of Nursing, has received the 1997 Nutrition Education of Health Professionals Excellence Award from the American Dietetic Association, the world's largest group of food and nutrition professionals. Springer was recognized for her contributions to the development of advanced technology in nutrition education and continuing authorship of interactive, case-based instructional modules. The computer software has been used by undergraduate students in up to four nursing courses since 1991. Springer also received the 1997 Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America for her cumulative contributions to her professional practice and meritorious service.

Park named distinguished alumna by Albion

Denise Cortis Park, director of the Center for Applied Cognitive Research on Aging, professor of psychology and research scientist at the Institute for Social Research, has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by her undergraduate alma mater, Albion College. The award recognizes Park for her leadership and breadth of achievement in her career, family and community service.

Park is also adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has served as president and on the Council of Representatives for the American Psychological Association Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging), and chaired a study for the National Institutes of Health on mental disorders of aging. Park is a member of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Committee for the Gerontological Society of America and sits on the University of Georgia's Psychology Department Personnel Advisory Committee.

Reame, Yeo awarded BCBS grants

Nancy Reame, professor of nursing and research scientist in the Reproductive Sciences Program, and SeonAe Yeo, assistant professor of nursing, are among six researchers awarded grants from Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) of Michigan Foundation for studies in women's health. Reame is investigating a peptide that may help detect a rare form of ovarian cancer. Yeo will assess the impact of exercise in preventing hypertension in pregnant women.

White named Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

James Boyd White, the L. Hart Wright Collegiate Professor of Law, professor of English and adjunct professor of classical studies, has been named a 1997-98 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. As such, he will travel to Southwestern and Ohio Wesleyan universities, the universities of Idaho, South Dakota and Georgia; and Alma, Agnes Scott and Kalamazoo colleges to meet with students and faculty members in classroom discussions, seminars and public lectures.

White is a chair of the Michigan Society of Fellows, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has received the Guggenheim and NEH fellowships and was a visiting fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University. His books include Acts of Hope: Creating Authority in Literature, Law and Politics; The Book of Starres; Learning to Read George Herbert; Justice as Translation; When Words Lose Their Meaning; and The Legal Imagination.