The University Record, April 12, 1999


Neuroscience society honors Valenstein

Elliot S. Valenstein, professor emeritus of psychology, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society. Valenstein "profoundly influenced the scientific and public understanding of brain-behavior relations. He has made outstanding contributions in numerous ways to the science of psychology, to behavioral neuroscience, and to public policy and understanding regarding brain-based approaches to psychological disorders," reads his award nomination.

IADR/AADR honors Nor

Jacques Nor, adjunct lecturer in pediatric dentistry and graduate student research assistant in oral medicine, pathology and oncology, received Edward H. Hatton awards from the International Association (IADR) and the American Association of Dental Research (AADR).

The Hatton awards go to junior investigators who show potential for successful dental research careers. Nor was honored for research on how blood vessel survival affects the growth of oral tumors.

Interdisciplinary faculty grant awarded to Young and Yervasi

Jason T. Young, assistant professor of architecture and urban planning, and Carina Yervasi, professor of romance languages, have been awarded a $10,000 Interdisciplinary Faculty Associates grant to teach "Situation and City" during the 1999-2000 academic year. The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching is providing support to create a library of ideas and approaches to undergraduate interdisciplinary teaching and student learning.

MAGB honors Hume and Weiss

Richard Hume and Janet Weiss have received awards from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards (MAGB).

Hume, professor of biology and director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, has made major contributions to undergraduate education in the Department of Biology. He oversaw curricular improvements, including a departmentwide review of the way introductory biology courses are taught; led revisions to the cell and molecular biology, microbiology and plant biology concentrations; and worked to revise the undergraduate honors program in Biology.

Hume is known internationally for his work on the cellular interactions involved in the formation and maintenance of synaptic connections in the nervous system.

Weiss is the Mary C. Bromage Collegiate Professor, professor of organizational behavior and public policy, School of Business Administration, and professor of public policy, School of Public Policy. Weiss is editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, a publication on public policy.

Weiss' contributions have been "exemplary of the most dedicated and creative faculty."

Neel honored by EMS

James V. Neel, the Lee R. Dice Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Human Genetics and professor emeritus of internal medicine, received the annual award of the Environmental Mutagen Society (EMS) for "outstanding research contributions in the area of environmental mutagenesis."

Bernitsas honored by ASME

Michael M. Bernitsas, professor and chair of the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International.

The Fellow grade is conferred on a member with at least 10 years of active engineering practice who has made a significant contribution to the field. ASME International is a worldwide engineering society focused on technical, educational and research issues.