The University Record, September 27, 1999


Nettles honored by Black Issues

Michael Nettles, professor of education at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, was selected by Black Issues in Higher Education as one of the 15 most influential college faculty members in the country. The magazine’s staff selected faculty who most personified “outstanding scholarship, service and integrity.” He helped create and was director of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, established by the United Negro College Fund in 1996. The institute is the first major center devoted to Black educational data analysis and policy research.

Ball appointed to new commission

Deborah Lowenberg Ball, professor of mathematics education and of teacher education, has been named by Education Secretary Richard Riley to the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, chaired by John Glenn. Appointed for a year, the 24-member Commission is charged with developing strategies for raising the quality of mathematics and science teaching in K-12 classrooms.

Eldersveld honored with festschrift

Samuel Eldersveld, professor emeritus of political science, was presented with a festschrift, a book of research authored by his colleagues and students, at the Department of Political Science’s annual reception during the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting.

Comparative Political Parties and Party Elites (U-M Press) was a collaborative effort under the direction of Birol Yeshilada of Portland State University. In presenting the book of essays honoring Eldersveld, Yeshilada noted that the articles covered the range of topics that were the focus of Eldersveld’s 54 years of scholarly work. Work by the 22 contributing scholars drew on theories and data covering parties and elites in 10 countries.

Matthaei program cited

Design work done for “Out of Africa, A Celebration of Botanical Excellence” by the Price Design Group L.L.C. of Ann Arbor received a silver award for design excellence from the Michigan Museum Association. The Matthaei Botanical Gardens program featured botanical wonders and their histories from Africa and the Caribbean.

The minority-owned Price Design Group provides visual communications and creative services. The award recognizes the company’s success in helping businesses and institutions market to diverse demographic groups.

Elder to serve on medical board

J.T. Elder is one of seven dermatologists appointed to serve on the National Psoriasis Foundation’s (NPF) Medical Advisory Board until June 2002. Elder is associate professor of dermatology and of radiation oncology and a faculty member in the Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology and the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics.

The NPF Medical Advisory Board counsels the NPF on technical and scientific matters and provides guidance in effective application of the organization’s resources in improving the medical treatment and control of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

Ma receives Whitaker grant

Peter X. Ma, assistant professor of biologic and material science, has received a $210,000 grant from the Whitaker Foundation for research on engineering new cartilage tissue.

Damaged cartilage has little healing capacity and millions of Americans suffer from cartilage trauma and diseases. The ultimate goal of Ma’s work is to engineer new cartilage tissue in vitro that can be used to repair traumatized and diseased articular cartilage.