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Education prof. nets $6.77M award

School of Education Prof. David Cohen has received a $6.77 million award from the University of Pennsylvania/Atlantic Philanthropies for continuation of the řStudy of Instructional ImprovementÓ project.

Albers named distinguished physician
Dr. James W. Albers, professor of neurology, received the Distinguished Physician Award Oct. 11 at the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AAEM) scientific meeting in Toronto. The award honors members who have provided many years of service as a clinician and/or educator in overall support of the associations activities. Director of the Electromyography Laboratory and Neuromuscular Program at the U-M Health System since 1979, Albers has mentored more than 35 fellows and has published more than 120 peer-reviewed publications. His research interests include peripheral neuropathies and neurotoxicology.

Gilmartin named to theater committee
Kevin Gilmartin, director of the Major Events Office, has been appointed to the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival (KC/ACTF) Screening Committee for the New Play Program. Gilmartin will screen new student plays and advise student playwrights from Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Selected student plays will be performed at regional festivals in January and February, and final selections will be performed at the Kennedy Center in April. The KC/ACTF is a network of 600 college and university theater programs.

Building Services team wins award
Four staff development professionals from Plant Building Services (PBS) were presented with a client recognition award Oct. 23 at the FranklinCovey International Symposium in Salt Lake City. David Judge, training coordinator, and staff assistants Apollos Bulo, Paul Pritzlaff and Anna Tobias received a Team Award for Synergy and Productivity. The Staff Development Associates team (TeamSDA) was formed in Jan. 2001 to assist the cultural transformation within PBS. In addition to team building programs, TeamSDA has established M-People, which includes adult education classes, job-specific training and many employee development and career enhancement initiatives for more than 40 PBS employees.

U-M¨Ds Herr named to NACAS board
Kathleen Herr, director of general and auxiliary services at U-M¨Dearborn has been named to the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) Board of Directors for 2003. Herr will serve as central director for NACAS, the largest auxiliary services support organization serving higher education. NACAS creates opportunities for institutional members and business partners to share new ideas, technologies and approaches that will enhance their effectiveness on campus. NACAS is committed to developing the connections and providing the resources necessary to continue its role in helping to improve the higher education environment.

Turner wins teaching excellence award
James Turner, professor in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, recently received the 2001¨02 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) in recognition of his contributions through teaching and influence on many students who are now teachers, practitioners and researchers. ACADIA is dedicated to the promotion of communication and critical thinking regarding the use of computers in architecture, planning and building science.

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