The University Record, September 10, 1997
Gerard A. Mourou, physicist at the Ultrafast Science Laboratory and founder of the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, has received the Harold E. Edgerton Award for outstanding contributions to high-speed optical techniques, equipment and/or applications. The award, sponsored by The International Society for Optical Engineering and donated by EG&G Corp., recognizes Mourou's work with ultrafast lasers, ultrafast opto-electronics, ultrafast chemistry and physics, high-field/intensity physics, medical physics and the development of chirped pulse amplification that has made it possible to develop compact lasers of unprecedented intensity. He also is the inventor of the jitter-free streak camera, one of the only diagnostic instruments for measuring short duration X-rays over a significant dynamic range.
Maria R. Moalli, research investigator in the Surgery Department and the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine, has been certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM). She achieved her certification by meeting standards of education and experience and passing comprehensive written and practical examinations. Moalli is one of only four ACLAM Diplomates at the U-M.
Leslie Kish, professor emeritus of sociology and research scientist emeritus, Institute for Social Research, received the American Statistical Association's 1997 Samuel S. Wilks Memorial Medal. This is the highest award given by the association. Kish was recognized for his widely-read text Survey Sampling; his work in administration, research, training and mentorship for ISR's Survey Research Center; and his influential role in the World Fertility Survey.
Daniel E. Moerman, professor of anthropology at U-M-Dearborn, has been appointed to a national panel to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and composed primarily of physicians and public health officials, the panel's task is to review data and create consensus statements about acupuncture that will be useful to medical practitioners and the public. Moerman was asked to participate because of his expertise in cross-cultural studies and work in the anthropology of healing. He has conducted more than 25 years of research in the field of ethnobotany and compiled a comprehensive catalog of how Native Americans used plants for medicine, dyes and various other purposes.