The University Record, November 15, 1999


Wondolleck served on national forest committee

Julia M. Wondolleck, associate professor of natural resources and assistant research scientist, School of Natural Resources and Environment, is one of 13 scientists who served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Committee of Scientists, which examined how national forests are managed. Wondolleck was selected for the committee based on her extensive work in environmental policy.

The Committee of Scientists, formed by Dan Glickman, Department of Agriculture secretary and U-M alumnus, traveled to towns and cities around the country to hear from Forest Service employees; representatives of tribal, local and state governments; and members of the public. Committee members also took field trips to national forests and grasslands.

The committee recently released its report, with recommendations that include an emphasis on protection and sustainability of biodiversity in national forests and grasslands, involvement of local communities and interest groups in land and resource planning, and a stronger connection between scientists and managers while developing land management practices. The recommendations are open to public review and comment through Jan. 4 on the Web at

Arts of Citizenship program awarded $45,000 grant

The Arts of Citizenship Program recently received a $45,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan’s (CFSM) Venture Fund for Cultural Participation.

The grant will be used to fund the project “Students on Site/Community on Site: A University-Community Collaboration to Study, Explore and Renew an Ann Arbor Neighborhood.” The project will focus on the historic riverfront district near the Broadway Bridges. “Students on Site/Community on Site” will produce curriculum models, Web sites and community activities looking at the area’s history, including the Underground Railroad in Ann Arbor. Arts of Citizenship’s community partners for the project are the Ann Arbor Public Schools, the City of Ann Arbor, the Washtenaw County Historical Society, the Washtenaw County-based African American Cultural and Historical Museum, the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor and the Turner Geriatric Clinic.

The Arts of Citizenship Program fosters projects that link arts and humanities scholarship to the practice of citizenship and public culture.

Florida honored with Indonesian royal title

Nancy Florida, associate professor of Indonesian languages and literature, received a royal title from the Indonesian senior King of Java Nov. 11 for her contributions to the field of Indonesian studies. Florida was installed at the highest level of courtier (senior minister) that is possible for someone who is not a blood relative of the king. She is the first Westerner ever to receive this honor.

Florida’s full title is Kangjeng Mas Ayu Tumenggung Budayaningtyas, or Her Ladyship the Golden High Minister Cultured of Heart.

Nair receives ISI medal

Vijay Nair, professor and chair of statistics and professor of industrial and operations engineering, received the Adolphe Quetelet Medal at the International Statistical Institute’s (ISI) biennial conference in August.

Nair was editor of the International Statistical Review in 1996-99. He served as a member of the ISI Council in 1993-97 and as chair of the Committee on Statistics in Industry in 1994-99.