The University Record, May 24 , 1999


Rosenthal’s Medical Mishaps investigates medical errors

U-M-Dearborn‘s Marilyn Rosenthal, professor of sociology, director of the Program in Health Policy Studies, and director of the U-M Forum on Health Policy is the co-author of Medical Mishaps: Pieces of the Puzzle, a book examining mistakes in the medical profession.

Medical Mishaps describes research in the United States and four other countries, and relates how medical practitioners, health care managers and patients react to errors. The book‘s other authors are Linda Mulcahy, University of North London School of Law, and Sally Lloyd-Bostwick, University of Birmingham Department of Law.

Matthews appointed to national commission for women in science

Rowena Matthews, the G. Robert Greenberg Professor of Biological Chemistry, senior research scientist and chair, Biophysics Research Division, has been appointed to the Commission on the Advancement of Women in Science, Engineering and Technology, established by the U.S. Congress. The Commission responds to a 1996 report on women, minorities and persons with disabilities in science and engineering. It addresses problems associated with their recruitment, retention and advancement and will issue recommendations to the government, academia and private industry within 18 months. The Commission is made up of individuals from academic institutions in science and engineering, and representatives from businesses.

Ashley and Kim cited for CASE award

Brett Ashley, associate director, Marketing Communications, and Daniel Kim, senior computer systems specialist, received a silver Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) award for the Marketing Communications Web site. Ashley worked as architect and project manager and Kim worked as Web consultant. The designer was Carolyn Barritt, who has left the University.

Hedera honored with neuroscience research award

Peter Hedera, house officer, Neurology Clinic, received the Founders Award of the Auxiliary of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The award is designed to encourage clinical research in neuroscience by physicians in clinical neurology training programs.

Hedera received the award for his genetic research on hereditary spastic paraplegia.

AAN, an association of more than 15,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to improving patient care through education and research.

Fogler receives Catalyst Award

H. Scott Fogler, professor of chemical engineering, has received the Responsible CareŽ National Catalyst Award of the Chemical Manufacturers Association. The award is presented to outstanding chemical educators. It includes a medal, citation and $5,000.

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 (ACRM).

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 positive changes in leadership necessary to recast health care for the 21st century.

Quigley named to public health panel

Rosemary Quigley, research assistant, Department of Health Management and Policy, has been chosen to serve on the Council of Public Representatives, a committee to advise National Institutes of Health Director Harold E. Varmus. Members of the 20-person council were chosen for their understanding of public communication and policy.

Quigley, an honors graduate student in a joint degree program at the Law School and School of Public Health, has worked as a senior research associate with the American Medical Association Division of Ethics Standards on policy issues affecting medical research and health care delivery. She also drafted a report on subject selection criteria in clinical research protocols for the Association. Quigley‘s research focuses on managed care for chronically ill children.