The University Record, January 11, 1999
Facing It, AIDS Diaries and the Death of the Author (U-M Press), written by Ross Chambers, professor of romance languages, will be available Jan. 15.
Through a detailed study of three AIDS diaries originating in France, the United States and Australia, Chambers Facing It demonstrates that issues concerning the politics of AIDS writing and the ethics of reading are linked with survival. Two of the diaries chosen for special attention are video diaries La pudeur ou limpudeur (Modesty or Immodesty) by Hervé Guibert and Silverlake Life by videomaker Tom Joslin. The third is by Eric Michaels, who died in Brisbane, Australia, in 1988. Other authors are briefly examined.
Chambers also is the author of Room for Maneuver: Reading (the) Oppositional (in) Narrative and Story and Situation: Narrative Seduction and the Power of Fiction.
Gerald A. OConnor, associate professor of surgery, was honored by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine for his outstanding leadership in sports medicine.
Seven faculty members have received $30,000 fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The faculty members and their research topics are:
Laura L. Downs, associate professor of history, Childhood in the Promised Land: Working Class Movements and Pedagogical Reform in the Colonies de vacances in France.
Bruce Mannheim, associate professor of anthropology, Pattern in Quechua Verbal Art.
Johanna H. Prins, associate professor of English, Women and the Greek Alphabet: 19thCentury Women Writers in Greece.
Peter A. Railton, professor of philosophy, Facts and Values: Toward a Fallible Objectivity.
Andreas X. Schonle, assistant professor of Slavic languages, Picturesque Textuality: Literature and Landscape Design in Russia, 17621914.
Jonathan Smith, associate professor of humanities, U-M-Dearborn, Seeing Things: Image, Text and Victorian Culture in the Darwinian Debates.
Michael Wintroub, assistant professor of history, To Triumph in Paradise: The New World and the Learning in the Royal Entry Festival of Henri II (Rouen 1550).
Paul Watkins, associate professor of internal medicine and director, General Clinical Research Center, has been honored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).
Watkins received a MERIT Award to provide long-term grant funding from the NIH. The award goes to exceptionally productive researchers.
He also received the ACCPs annual Therapeutic Frontiers Lecture Award, given annually to a single investigator who has made a major contribution to the field of clinical pharmacy. Watkins was honored for research that provides insight into why certain drugs have difficulty entering the body when administered orally.
Cancer Center registrars Jane Kayganich, Victoria Tarkinton and Fran Seager were accredited as Certified Tumor Registrars after taking the National Cancer Registrars examination.
Survival Flight director and nurse manager Denise Landis is president of the Association of Air Medical Services. Lead pilot Dennis Beattie is president of the National EMS Pilots Association. Beattie also received the Jim Charlson award at a National Air Medical Transport Conference.