The University Record, June 7 , 1999


Cole honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Theodore M. Cole, Professor Emeritus of and retired chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is the 1999 recipient of the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is bestowed on an individual whose professional career has centered on rehabilitation medicine and the care of individuals with spinal cord diseases and injuries.

An ASIA founder and early board member, Cole has had a distinguished career as clinician and academician. Currently, he is serving his second term as president of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Griffiths and Hedstrom appointed to Library of Congress project

Two of the University’s information experts will examine the information technology needs for the largest library in the world—the U.S. Library of Congress. Jose-Marie Griffiths, chief information officer, executive director of the Information Technology Division, and professor in the School of Information, and Margaret Hedstrom, associate professor in the School of Information, have been appointed to the National Research Council (NRC) Computer Science and Telecommunications Board’s project on the Information Technology Strategy for the Library of Congress.

The goal of the project is to identify strategic directions for information technology that will take the Library of Congress into the next decade. The 15-member committee is expected to examine and assess the structure and systems needed to modernize the Library—investigating opportunities for interaction between the Library of Congress and other digital library initiatives.

The National Research Council, established by Congress in 1916, is part of the National Academy of Sciences. It was created “to provide scientific and technological advice to the nation.” Members are selected for their expertise on the subject.

Feldman named ELAM fellow

Eva L. Feldman, associate professor of neurology, has been named a fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. Candidates to become one of the 40 fellows represented almost 60 academic institutions.

ELAM fellows will work together with eminent faculty and national leaders to find innovative ways of implementing the positive changes in leadership necessary to recast health care for the 21st century.

Aliaga named ASA fellow

Martha B. Aliaga, lecturer in the Comprehensive Studies Program and adjunct associate professor of statistics, has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA).

The ASA is a scientific and educational society promoting “excellence in the application of statistical science across the wealth of human endeavor.”

Michalowski elected to philosopical society

Piotr Michalowski, the George G. Cameron Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, has been elected a member of the American Philosophical Society. The Society is the oldest, national learned society devoted to the advancement of scientific and scholarly inquiry. The Society has five classes: Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Biological Sciences; Social Sciences; Humanities; and the Arts, Learned Professions and Public Affairs.

Five faculty receive Guggenheims

Five faculty members—Laura Lee Downs, Sabine G. MacCormack, Peter Railton, Duncan G. Steel and Alan M. Wald—received Guggenheim Fellowship Awards from the John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The Foundation awarded fellowships totaling $6,062,000 to 179 artists, scholars and scientists on the basis of “unusually distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.”

Downs, associate professor of history, will study “French children’s summer camps, 1880–1960.”

MacCormack, the Mary Ann and Charles R. Walgreen Jr. Professor for the Study of Human Understanding, professor of classical studies and of history, will study “Historical writing in Spain and Peru, 1500–1650.”

Railton, professor of philosophy, will study “Objectivity and value.”

Steel, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and of physics, will study “Semiconductor nanostructures for quantum information.”

Wald, professor of English and of American culture, will study “The American literary left in the mid-20th century.”

6 receive Engineering service awards

Five individuals and a team received Excellence in Staff Service Awards from the College of Engineering. A committee of last year’s recipients made the award selections based on recommendations from staff, faculty and students. Individuals honored included:

Shekinah Errington, senior graphic artist, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics;

Kathy Friedrichs, manager, Off-Campus Education Programs, Center for Professional Development;

Claudia Hill, administrator of the National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Dimensional Measurement and Control in Manufacturing and of the S.M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center; and

Linda Owens, administrative manager, Center for Ultrafast Optical Science.

Linda Jaarda, research secretary, Solid-State Electronics Laboratory.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering team that was recognized includes Laraba Kendig, instrument analyst; Keith McIntyre, facilities engineer; Zacharias Platsis, engineering technician; Ying Qi, engineer; and Kevin Worth, computer systems specialist.

Six staff honored by Business School

Six staff members each received a framed plaque and $500 for their efforts at the Business School Staff Recognition Ceremony May 26. Staff honored and their areas in the Business School included:

Brenda Apsitis, secretary III, Dean’s Office;

Maureen Burns, director, Great Lakes Trade Assistance Center;

Sheri Geiger, program associate I, Executive Education;

Sandy Hogue, academic secretary IV, Finance, and Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management;

Lynn Hutto, program coordinator, Global MBA Program; and

Dirk van Veen, senior duplicator operator, Document Processing.