The University Record, October 8, 1997


Sarath receives grant for new class in creativity

Edward W. Sarath, associate professor of music and director of the Program in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, has received a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) to design a new course titled "Creativity and Consciousness." The grant represents a new category of funding from the ACLS called the Contemplative Practice fellowship, meant to encourage exploration in the academic community of the role of meditation and other modalities for transpersonal growth in the educational process.

Tanter publishes new book

Political Science Prof. Raymond Tanter's new book, Rogue Regimes: Terrorism and Proliferation, will be available from St. Martin's Press in December. The book examines U.S. relations with governments in the Middle East and elsewhere that engage in state-sponsored terrorism, assemble large conventional armed forces and acquire weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear, chemical and biological arms.

Zucker receives BC/BS Award

Robert A. Zucker, professor of psychology and director of the Alcohol Research Center, has been awarded the 1997 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation Excellence in Research Award in clinical research. Zucker was recognized for his work on distinctions among types of alcoholism that are linked to major differences in the way alcoholism develops and that have direct relevance for clinical outcomes and treatment. The award provides $10,000 in unrestricted research funds to carry out clinical or health policy research.

Noreen M. Clark to receive Healthtrac Foundation Health Education Award

Noreen M. Clark, dean of the School of Public Health and the Marshall H. Becker Collegiate Professor of Public Health, will receive the Healthtrac Foundation Health Education Award for "her outstanding contribution to the field of health education as practitioner, researcher and teacher, and for her continuing commitment of service to the profession."

Clark's career focus is systems, policies and programs that promote health and prevent illness. Her primary research specialty is management of chronic disease. She is working to identify the elements of self-regulation with regard to disease management and uses asthma and heart disease as models for examining the efficacy of theoretical constructs.

The $25,000 award will be presented to Clark on Nov. 8 at a special session of the annual meeting of the Society for Public Health Education in Indianapolis.

Murnane receives Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award

Margaret Mary Murnane, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is the 1997 recipient of the American Physical Society's Maria Goeppert-Mayer award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career, and provides travel funds for delivering public lectures.

Murnane received her B.S. and M.S. from University College in Ireland and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkley. She has been a faculty member since 1996, her work focusing on ultrafast phenomena. She currently is developing the next generation of intense lasers to explore previously inaccessible states of matter.

Kahn publishes book on pay equity

U-M-Flint political science Associate Prof. Peggy Kahn and collaborator Deborah M. Figart of Richard Stockton College have published Contesting the Market: Pay Equity and the Politics of Economic Restructuring (Wayne State University Press). The book explores pay equity in the context of a changing global economy. Kahn and Figart use Michigan as an instructive case, contending that the state's decisions concerning pay equity were related to broader political issues.

Kahn also is coordinator of the women's and gender studies programs at Flint. She co-edited Equal Value/Comparable Work in the U.K. and U.S.A., published by St. Martin's Press in 1992.

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