The University Record, July 19, 1999


Porter chosen to be member of ‘free society of scholars’

David Porter, assistant professor of English, has been named a member of the Institute of Advanced Studies. The Institute, founded in 1930 as “a free society of scholars” has included Alfred Einstein and T.S. Eliot among its members. It is made up of 21 permanent faculty members and 160–180 visiting members from higher education institutions around the world.

Staff Recognition Award honors Webster

Roxanne Webster, academic secretary, received the School of Social Work’s Spring/Summer Staff Recognition Award. Webster works in the Faculty Support Services Office and has been a member of the staff for 23 years. Colleagues nominated her for “being very thorough,” “making an effort to always be positive and congenial,” and for assuming “a problem-solving stance in everything she does.”

Five staff graduate from Leadership AA

Five staff have graduated from this year’s Leadership Ann Arbor (AA) class. They are Diane DeLaTorre, administrative manager, Parking and Transportation Services; Brian Klatt, associate director, Matthaei Botanical Gardens; Margaret McKinley, major gift officer, LS&A Development and External Relations; John Paul, development officer, LS&A, and head coach, men’s lacrosse; and Patty Watt, manager, Occupational Safety and Environmental Health.

Leadership Ann Arbor engages participants from all sectors of the community in a nine-month civics course for adults. The Chamber of Commerce program re-introduces participants to life in Ann Arbor with site visits and discussions on K-12 education, economic development, health care, law enforcement, human services and the community’s quality of life.

Dumas named ‘Staff of the Year’

John H. Dumas, receptionist, received the Staff of the Year Award: Student’s Choice from the School of Nursing. “Poppa John knows every office and everyone in the school. He is better than any Web site or information desk,” wrote a nominating student.

Sklar elected VP of philosophical association

Lawrence Sklar, the William K. Frankena College Professor and professor of philosophy, has been elected vice president of the American Philosophical Association, Central Division for 1999–00.

Sklar is the author of Space, Time and Spacetime, Physics and Chance, and Theory and Truth. He has received the John Lock Lectureship at Oxford University and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Huene Memorial Award honors Hensinger

Robert N. Hensinger, professor and head of the Section of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Department of Surgery, has received the Arthur H. Huene Memorial Award. The award acknowledges Hensinger’s career and contributions to children’s orthopaedic care. The international citation, sponsored by the St. Giles Foundation of New York, commemorates Arthur H. Huene, a pediatric orthopaedist who practiced in Brooklyn in the early part of this century.

Hensinger has written 13 books and more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is co-editor of the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.