The University Record, August 14, 2000


Danziger, Lin edit ‘Coping with Poverty’

Sheldon Danziger, the Henry J. Meyer Collegiate Professor of Social Work and Public Policy and professor of social work and of public policy, and Ann Chih Lin, assistant professor of political science and of public policy, are the editors of Coping with Poverty: The Social Contexts of Neighborhood, Work and Family in the African American Community, which focuses on the importance of social context in fighting poverty.

The authors reject both the view that the poor are forced into adopting undesirable behaviors and the idea that such behaviors are evidence that the poor choose to make bad decisions. Instead, they focus on the social context of neighborhoods, family relationships and work places, showing how African Americans living in poverty are often forced to juggle conflicting obligations and to choose among undesirable options.

Published by the U-M Press, the book features contributors who either teach or have studied at the U-M.

Lin writes on prison social policy

Ann Chih Lin, assistant professor of political science and of public policy, has written Reform in the Making: The Implementation of Social Policy in Prison, examining rehabilitation programs and the social contexts in which they are implemented. Using extensive observation and more than 350 interviews with staff and prisoners in five medium-security male prisons, Lin explores common rehabilitation programs—education, job training and drug treatment—and looks at how they are used and misused. By considering the daily realities faced by prison staff and inmates, Lin offers suggestions for improving prison policy.

Voorhees named NSD honorary member

John Voorhees, the Duncan O. and Ella M. Poth Distinguished Professor of Dermatology and chair, Department of Dermatology, has been awarded honorary membership in the Netherlands Society of Dermatology (NSD). Voorhees was recognized for leadership in research during the past three decades in the field of the pathogenesis of psoriasis and the aging process. He also has made significant contributions to the European Society for Dermatological Research.

In conjunction with his election, Voorhees will present a lecture on the molecular mechanisms of photoaging at the society’s 105th celebration in Amsterdam.

Geronimus chosen as CASBS fellow

Arline Geronimus, professor of health behavior and health education, will be a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) in Palo Alto, Calif.

CASBS fellows have demonstrated exceptional promise or accomplishment in their fields. Fellowships are awarded in the behavioral sciences and humanities as well as law, medicine, biology, education, computer science, and mathematical and statistical specialties. The award entails a nine to 12-month residency at the Center.

Fendrick, Berardi appointed to NHBA advisory board

Mark Fendrick, associate professor of internal medicine, and of health management and policy, and Rosemary Berardi, professor of pharmacy, have been appointed to the advisory board of the National Heartburn Alliance (NHBA). NHBA is a newly formed organization dedicated to improving the lives of heartburn sufferers through education, information and support.

In their elected positions, Fendrick and Berardi have helped to launch a new campaign, “Get Heartburn Smart,” which seeks to increase awareness of heartburn through an educational brochure on self-care strategies and a Web site where consumers can request heartburn advice from board members.