Four faculty from U-M are among the select group of 65 new
members elected this week to the Institute of Medicine, part of
the National Academy of Sciences.
Four U-M faculty elected to Institute of Medicine
James S. Jackson, Robert L. Kahn, Michael A. Savageau and Thomas
L. Schwenk join 25 other U-M faculty elected over the years.
"Election to the Institute of Medicine is a
major honor reserved for those few whose scientific
contributions have improved the nation's health,"
says David L. Featherman, director of the Institute
for Social Research (ISR), the world's largest
academic survey and social research organization. "The
election of James Jackson reflects foundational
research into the basis of racial disparities in mental
and physical health and about their reduction.
Robert Kahn's empirical studies of 'successful aging'
in mid- and late-life cap a long career linking health
to adaptations within the social environments of
work, community and family."
Including Savageau and Schwenk, the
Medical School has had 19 faculty members in the
Institute of Medicine, says Dr. Allen S. Lichter, dean of
the Medical School and the Newman Family Professor of Radiation Oncology. "This is a significant
professional honorboth for the individuals elected and for the institutions fortunate enough to
have them on the faculty," he says. "It is especially
gratifying to have this honor given to such
outstanding representatives of both the research and patient
care missions of the Medical School."
James S. Jackson is the Daniel Katz Distinguished University
Professor of Psychology in LS&A, and he directs the ISR Research
Center for Group Dynamics, as well as the Center for Afroamerican
and African Studies. An expert on race and mental health, Jackson
directed the first national survey of Black Americans in 1979 and
currently is completing an in-depth survey of the U.S. Black population
that includes the first full national sample of Afro-Caribbean Americans
as well as Black immigrants. His research interests include international
comparative studies of immigration, race and ethnic relations, adult
development and aging, and physical and mental health disparities
among ethnic and racial groups.
Robert L. Kahn is emeritus professor of psychology and public
health, and emeritus research scientist at ISR, which he helped
to found. Kahn's research over the years has concentrated on two
main subjects: organizational behavior and aging. His books and
articles on organizations have analyzed their overall effectiveness,
their impact on the health of their members and their relevance
for international relations. His work on aging includes the 1998
book "Successful Aging," co-authored with John W. Rowe.
Based on 10 years of work by members of the MacArthur Research Network
on Successful Aging, the research shows the importance of lifestyle
choices and behavior for minimizing the risk of disease, maintaining
physical and mental function, and continuing productive activities
throughout old age.
Michael A. Savageau is professor and chair of microbiology
and immunology in the Medical School. From 198891, he directed
the Cellular Biotechnology Laboratory in Chemical Engineering. Savageau
was named chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
in 1993. A pioneer in the field of biochemical systems analysis,
he founded the U-M Bioinformatics Program in 1988 and served as
its director until 2001. Savageau was a pioneer in the development
of analytical and mathematical tools required to study the integrative
behavior of complex biological systems with advanced
computer technology. He also has been the recipient of a Guggenheim
Fellowship and a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship at the Max
Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Germany. Since 2000,
he has been chair of the Special Study Section on Biochemical Modeling
at the National Institutes of Health. His book, "Biochemical
Systems Analysis: A Study of Function and Design in Molecular Biology,"
is considered a classic in the field of functional genomics.
Dr. Thomas L. Schwenk is professor and chair of family
medicine in the Medical School, as well as a professor of medical
education. He graduated from the Medical School in 1975 and trained
at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he completed
his residency, as well as a two-year Robert Wood Johnson Faculty
Development Fellowship. He joined the U-M faculty in 1984, was appointed
interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine in 1986 and was
named permanent chair in 1988. Schwenk also provides primary care
and sports medicine care at U-M's Briarwood Family Practice Center.
His research has focused on psychiatric epidemiology in primary
care, with an emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of depression.
He is a member of the steering committee of the U-M Depression Center.
Schwenk also is involved in faculty development and teaching skill
development, including co-authorship of a series of highly acclaimed
handbooks on teaching skills for physicians. He is a member of the
National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Generalist
Faculty Scholars Program, and a member of the Board of Directors
of the American Board of Family Practice. He has published more
than 100 papers and books.
Including the four new U-M members elected
this year, the total active membership of the Institute
of Medicine is 1,358.