The University Record, January 24, 2000


Stark honored by ASHE

Joan Stark, professor of education, received the Howard R. Bowen Distinguished Career Award at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) meeting in San Antonio.

The Bowen Award, the highest honor ASHE gives, was presented to Stark for “advancing understanding of classroom processes in higher education, helping to build a strong graduate program at Michigan, leading the first national center for research to study teaching and learning, a long-standing commitment to quality scholarship and to active participation in the affairs of ASHE, service as editor of The Review of Higher Education, and commitment to many students over the years as an exemplary teacher, scholar, adviser and role model.”

Aparicio receives Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize

Frances R. Aparicio, professor of Spanish and of American culture, received the Modern Lanuage Association of America’s Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for Listening to Salsa: Gender, Latin Popular Music, and Puerto Rican Cultures. Aparicio shares the award with Rebecca Haidt, Ohio State University.

The Kovacs Prize includes a certificate and $1,000, which the co-winners will split. The award was established in memory of the late Katherine Singer Kovacs, who was a specialist in Spanish and Latin American literature and film.

Jacobson appointed ADA-AHA liaison

Jed J. Jacobson, assistant dean for community and outreach programs, School of Dentistry, and associate professor of dentistry, Department of Oral Diagnosis, has been appointed to a one-year term as the American Dental Association’s (ADA) liaison to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) committee on rheumatic fever, endocarditis and Kawaski diseases.

In appointing Jacobson as liaison, ADA executive director John Zapp said, “Dr. Jacobson has considerable expertise in the areas of oral flora and bacteremia and the impact of dental procedures on bacterial seeding at distant sites.”

NEH honors American Verse Project

The Humanities Text Initiative’s American Verse Project ( has been selected for inclusion on the My History Web site ( The My History site is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) public education initiative, My History Is America’s History, which highlights family histories that lead to community, regional or national history.

The American Verse site also has been named a “Top Humanities Web Site” on NEH’s EDSITEment homepage (

Matthaei wins two design awards

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens (MBG) received two Design Excellence awards at the annual meeting of the Michigan Museum Association in September. The summer events brochure “Great Gardens, Great Times,” designed by Doug Hesseltine, lecturer in art, with project managers Karen Meske, development officer, and Paul Little, exhibit preparer, won a Gold Award. The Conservatory’s new interpretive guide “Out of Africa,” designed by The Price Design Group with project manager David Michener, assistant research scientist and assistant curator at the Gardens, received a Silver Award.