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Tom Armstrong, director of academic programs, Center for Ergonomics, and a professor, has been elected as a fellow of the International Ergonomics Association. His Fellow Award officially will be presented at the IEA Congress dinner this month in Beijing, China. The award is given to recognize extraordinary or sustained, superior accomplishments of an individual and distinction as an ergonomics professional.


Nicholas Tobier, associate professor of art in the School of Art & Design, is one of two faculty chosen nationally to receive the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty. Tobier was cited for demonstrating an impressive commitment to engagement within U-M and in the communities in which he lives and works, through his Detroit Connections class for Detroit fourth-graders, work with graduate students to support the Festifools parade in Ann Arbor, and support for the Institute for Advanced Training of Teachers in Paramaribo, Suriname, among other efforts. The award is presented by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education.

Susan Dynarski, associate professor of public policy and of education, has been selected by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators to receive the 2009 Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award for her published work that exemplifies the highest quality of research methodology, analysis or topical writing on student financial aid or its administration.

Dr. William Roberts, associate professor of urology, Medical School, has earned the American Urological Association Foundation Astellas Rising Stars in Urology Award for his project "Histotripsy for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia." His work was cited for providing an outstanding example of research with the potential to provide significant insight into major urologic diseases. The goal of the award program is to promote careers in urologic research to young urology faculty.

Norbert Schwarz has received the 2009 Wilhelm Wundt-William James Award at the European Congress of Psychology in Oslo, Norway, where he delivered the Wundt-James Lecture. The award is given jointly by the American Psychological Association and the European Federation of Psychology Associations. It recognizes distinguished contributions to the science and profession of psychology and to the promotion of effective cooperation between Europe and North America, demonstrated through a significant record of trans-Atlantic research collaboration.

Reshma Jagsi, assistant professor of radiation oncology in the Medical School, has been selected for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars Program Class of 2012 by the foundation's National Advisory Committee (NAC). Scholars receive research and career development support from NAC members and others in the program.

Ronald Gibala, L.H. and F.E. Van Vlack Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering, is the 2010 ASM Albert Sauveur Achievement Award Winner. Gibala was recognized for seminal research on interstitial solutes in metals; internal friction; mechanical behavior or materials, including effects of surface films; and outstanding complementary service to materials science and engineering. The award, established in 1934, recognizes pioneering materials science and engineering achievements.

Tom Senior, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science, College of Engineering, has received the 2010 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Electromagnetics Award for significant contributions to the advancement of electromagnetic diffraction and scattering theories.

Dr. Brent Williams, associate professor of internal medicine, was selected for the David A. Peterson Award for Best Paper of the 2008 Volume of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. Williams was lead author for the paper entitled, "Successful Implementation of a Faculty Development Program in Geriatrics for Non-Primary Care Physician Educators." The program was credited for enhancing geriatrics learning among house officers in seven surgical and related disciplines and five medical subspecialties.

Beth Spencer, lecturer in social work and social worker with the School of Social Work was recently selected as the recipient of the Seventh annual Beverly Jean Howard Award for Excellence in Social Work. Spencer was honored for her expertise in the field of dementia care and her administration of the Silver Club Programs designed to meet the needs of older adults with memory loss by providing ongoing innovation, modeling and supervision.

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