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Week of January 11, 2010



George Alter, acting director of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, has been elected vice president of the Social Science History Association (SSHA) for 2009-10. The SSHA vice president serves for one year and then becomes president. SSHA fosters interdisciplinary approaches to historical research, and its annual meetings bring together historians and scholars from all the social sciences. Alter, who also holds an appointment as professor of history, studies population processes and the dynamics of family systems in historical societies.



Mark Kiel, a doctoral student in Cell & Developmental Biology, has won the 2009 Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award. His dissertation, “Identification, Localization and Characterization of Hematopoietic Stem Cells and Their Niche,” also won a ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award from Rackham in 2008. His work contributes to an understanding of hematopoietic stem cells, which give rise to all other blood cell types, including immune cells.


Raji Rammuny, professor of Arabic and applied linguistics in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, has been named the 2009 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Teachers of Arabic. The award was presented at the AATA Annual Meeting Nov. 22 in Boston.


Marilyn Sinkewicz, assistant professor of social work, School of Social Work, recently earned the annual Vernon Memorial Prize from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management for best research paper published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. She was co-author of “Marriage: Cause or Mere Indicator of Future Earning Growth?”


Clay Scott, assistant professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering, and assistant professor of statistics, LSA, recently received a National Science Foundation Career Award for his project that investigates guided sensing algorithms that will be used in data-gathering problems


David Tucker, professor of social work and adjunct professor of sociology, was awarded best paper for 2008 by the Council on Social Work Education for “Interdisciplinarity in Doctoral Social Work Education: Does it Make a Difference?” published in Journal of Social Work Education.


Sean Joe, associate professor of social work, School of Social Work, assistant professor of psychiatry, Medical School, and faculty associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research, was awarded a Governor’s Citation from the State of Maryland in recognition of his commitment and service in Maryland’s youth suicide prevention efforts. The citation was recently presented at the 21st Maryland Annual Suicide Prevention Conference in Baltimore.



Farnam Jahanian, professor and chair for Computer Science and Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and founder of Arbor Networks, recently was chosen as an Association for Computing Machinery 2009 Fellow. He was cited for contributions to the dependability and security of networks and systems.



Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, on her greatest passion: “Working to improve the physical and virtual accessibility to all of our community, regardless of individual physical or mental challenges.”


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