The University Record, November 8, 1999

Applause

Gross named ACR fellow

Barry Gross, professor of radiology, was named one of 103 new fellows of the American College of Radiology (ACR) during the ACR annual meeting held Sept. 25–29 in Washington, D.C.

Fellowships are awarded to members for significant scientific or clinical research, or contributions to the literature of radiology. Selection criteria also include teaching performance, service to organized medicine and an outstanding reputation among colleagues and the local community as a result of long-term service.

ACR is a national organization serving 31,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical physicists, with programs on radiological health services and the practice of radiology.

Michigan Radio breaks fund-raising record

Michigan Radio raised a record-breaking $587,537, surpassing the previous record set in March by more than $100,000, during an eight-day fund drive that concluded Oct. 23.

Listeners pledged $530,237, corporations matching their employees’ contributions added $25,500 and local businesses donated $31,800. More than 20 people became Michigan Radio Anchors, supporters who contribute at least $1,000 to the station.

Michigan Radio, including WUOM 91.7 FM/Ann Arbor, WVGR 104.1 FM/Grand Rapids and WFUM 91.1 FM/Flint, has the largest public radio audience in the state, reaching an average of 226,000 listeners each week.

Director receives engineering alumni award

Stephen W. Director, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, received a University of California (UC), Berkeley, Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in September. He was honored as a national innovator in engineering education.

Director’s leadership in the creation of an electrical and computer engineering program, reforms in the undergraduate engineering curriculum and revision of national accreditation standards for engineering programs were cited by the Alumni Society.

Director, who earned his graduate degrees in electrical engineering at UC, Berkeley, assumed his position as the College of Engineering dean in 1996. Director is the author of six books on computer-aided design of integrated circuits.

Polish president honors faculty, staff

Four faculty and staff members recently received civilian medals of honor from President Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland for their efforts to promote Polish culture and affairs at the University.

The prestigious Gold Cross of Merit was given to Bogdana C. Carpenter, professor of Slavic languages and literatures; Michael D. Kennedy, vice provost for international affairs, director of the International Institute and associate professor of sociology; Piotr Michalowski, professor of Near Eastern studies; and Marysia Ostafin, program associate, Center for Russian and East European Studies.

In addition, U-M alumnus Jozef Blass received the Knight’s Cross of Merit, Poland’s highest civilian honor, for his support of Polish initiatives at the University and for his leadership in advising Polish businesses and institutions during the transition to democracy.

The U-M established an endowment in Polish studies in 1973 during a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Nicholas Copernicus. Earlier this year, an international conference to recognize the 10-year anniversary of the 1989 Polish Round Table negotiations that led to the collapse of communism in the region was held on campus.