Three faculty are among 75 researchers selected from 297 applicants to receive NASA grants, sponsored by the Office of Life and Microgravity Science and Applications. The grants, totaling approximately $25 million over four years, were awarded for research on microgravity fluid physics on Earth and in space. NASAs goal is to obtain beneficial applications in Earth- and space-based health and life support systems.
Marc Perlin, associate professor of ocean engineering, Michael J. Solomon, assistant professor of chemical engineering, and Gretar Tryggvason, professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, each received grants. Perlins research focuses on Using Nonlinearity and Contact Lines to Control Fluid Flow in Microgravity, Solomons project is titled Aggregation and Gelation in Suspensions of Anisometric Particles: Studies of Colloidal Platelets and Rods, and Tryggvasons work addresses Computational Modeling of the Effect of Secondary Forces on the Phase Distribution in Dispersed Multiphase Channel Flows.
Researchers will use NASAs microgravity research facilities including drop tubes, drop towers, aircraft flying parabolic trajectories, sounding rockets and space-flight test beds.
Klinkman named Volunteer of the Year
Michael S. Klinkman, associate professor of family medicine, received the 1998 Volunteer Physician of the Year award from the Hope Medical Clinic in Ypsilanti.
Carras named District IV Golf Coach of the Year
Mens golf coach Jim Carras has been named District IV Golf Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Carras has been the head coach for 19 seasons, leading the golfers to a sixth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships last spring. During his tenure as head golf coach, Carras has produced two Big Ten Conference medallists, six All-Big Ten citations, five Academic All-American awards and 27 Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Peggs honored by Michigan Academy of Family Physicians
James Peggs, clinical associate professor and senior associate chair, Department of Family Medicine, has been selected by the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians as the 1999 Family Practice Educator of the Year.
M-CARE highlighted in managed care book
M-CARE is one of 38 health care plans selected for inclusion in the first edition of Quality Profiles: In Pursuit of Excellence in Managed Care, a book produced by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The volume includes case studies intended to showcase quality improvement efforts and demonstrate that quality improvement in health care is tangible.
The health plans profiled in the book were chosen through an independent peer-review process focusing on the nature of the care plan, its impact on the health of the patient population or the services provided to this population, and its ability to be sustained over time.
M-CARE currently has more than 180,000 members and contracts with 3,500 employer groups, with more than 4,500 physicians and 40 hospitals in its 19-county commercial provider network.