The University Record, August 16 , 1999

Applause

Hammer Award honors Kish

Leslie Kish, professor emeritus of gerontology, received the “Hammer Award for a government that works better and costs less.” It recognizes his contributions of “Rolling Samples” to the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Kish also received an honorary doctorate from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest.

Lichter heads national ophthalmology society

Paul R. Lichter, F. Bruce Fralick Professor of Ophthalmology; chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; and director, Kellogg Eye Center, was elected president beginning in May 2000 of the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS).

The AOS aims “to promote the science and art of ophthalmology by focusing the attention of ophthalmologists on the clinical, scientific and ethical issues confronting the profession.” Membership is determined by nomination of a peer-reviewed thesis and a vote of election by the members.

Aliaga named ASA fellow

Martha Aliaga, adjunct associate professor of statistics and lecturer in mathematics, was named a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). Aliaga has made “outstanding contributions to statistical education” through the development and use of innovative teaching methods, sustained dedication to the advancement of women and minorities, and for service to the profession.

The ASA, a scientific and educational society, provides its 18,000 members with statistical information across a variety of academic areas and applications.

Green and Rozsa receive Eye Bank grants

The Michigan Eye-Bank and Transportation Center (MEBTC) awarded $14,000 grants to Daniel G. Green, professor of ophthalmology, and Frank W. Rozsa, research investigator in ophthalmology.

Green received a grant for “Inferring the rod photoreceptor response from the corneally recorded electroretinogram” and Rozsa for “The role of phosphorylation in binding of TIGR to human trabecular meshwork cells.”

The Eye-Bank supports preliminary research into the causes of blinding diseases.

Ball appointed to education commission

Deborah Lowenberg Ball, professor of education, was appointed to a new “National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century” to be chaired by U.S. Senator John Glenn. The Commission will focus on raising the quality of mathematics and science teaching in K-12 classrooms.

PRNDI awards honor Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio, the U-M’s public radio station, received two first place awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). The station received “Best Newscast” for 8 a.m. Nov. 4, 1998, the day after the fall elections. Todd Mundt, broadcast producer, was anchor. Many Michigan Radio staff members contributed.

“The Todd Mundt Show,” a daily one-hour interview program distributed by National Public Radio, received the award for “Best Interview/Call-In Program.” Mundt hosts the program and Jon Hoban, assistant technical media manager, is the executive producer.

SGL Carbon Award honors Yang

Ralph Yang, professor and chair, Department of Chemical Engineering, received the Sigri Great Lakes (SGL) Carbon Award from the American Carbon Society. The Society cited Yang’s “extensive contributions and achievements, and their broad influence on the science and technology of carbon materials.”