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Twenty-four faculty members will be recognized for their teaching, scholarship, service and creative activities Tuesday in Rackham Assembly Hall.
Distinguished University Professorships recognize full or associate professors for exceptional scholarly and/or creative achievement, national and international reputation, and superior teaching skills. Created in 1947, each professorship bears a name determined by the appointive professor in consultation with her or his dean. Each professorship also carries an annual salary supplement of $5,000 and an annual research supplement of $5,000. The duration of the appointment is unlimited, and the title — without the salary and research supplements — may be retained after retirement. In addition, newly appointed Distinguished University Professors are expected to deliver an inaugural lecture during the first year of appointment. Honorees and their awards are:
• David Halperin, W. H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality, professor of English language and literature, professor of women’s studies, professor of comparative literature, adjunct professor of classical studies, LSA
• Yoram Koren, James J. Duderstadt Distinguished University Professor of Manufacturing, Paul G. Goebel Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering (CoE)
• David E. Meyer, Clyde H. Coombs and J. E. Keith Smith Distinguished University Professor of Mathematical and Cognitive Psychology, professor of psychology, LSA
• Fawwaz Ulaby, Emmet Leith Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, CoE
Distinguished Faculty Governance Awards recognize outstanding leadership in faculty governance over a period of years, with an emphasis on universitywide service. The award includes a $1,500 stipend. Recipients are:
• Stanley Berent, professor emeritus of psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Department of Neurology, Medical School; Department of Psychology, LSA; Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
• Bruce Frier, John and Teresa D’Arms Distinguished University Professor of Classics and Roman Law, professor of classical studies, LSA; professor of law, Law School
Distinguished Faculty Achievement Awards honor senior faculty who consistently have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the areas of scholarly research and/or creative endeavors; teaching and mentoring of students and junior faculty; service; and a variety of other activities. Up to five awards of $1,500 are made each year. Awardees include:
• J. David Allan, professor of conservation biology and ecosystem management, School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE)
• Nikolaos Katopodes, professor of civil and environmental engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, CoE
• Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, dean and Arthur W. Burks Collegiate Professor of Information and Computer Science, School of Information; professor of economics, LSA; professor of public policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
• Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; director of The Radiation Laboratory, CoE
• Valerie Traub, professor of English language and literature, professor of women’s studies, LSA
Faculty Recognition Awards are intended for faculty early in their careers who have demonstrated substantive contributions to the university through achievements in scholarly research and/or creative endeavors; excellence as a teacher, adviser and mentor; and distinguished participation in service activities of the university. Eligible candidates include full professors with no more than four years at that rank, associate professors and assistant professors. Up to five awards of $1,000 each are made each year. Recipients include:
• Gregg Crane, professor of English language and literature, LSA
• Gary Huffnagle, professor of internal medicine, professor of microbiology and immunology, Medical School
• Jerome Lynch, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, CoE
• Ivette Perfecto, George W. Pack Professor of Natural Resources and Environment, SNRE
• Albert Shih, professor of mechanical engineering, professor of biomedical engineering, CoE
University Undergraduate Teaching Awards are designed to honor faculty early in their careers who have demonstrated outstanding ability in teaching undergraduate students. Nominees must have an evident commitment to students; a record of innovation in teaching and learning; notable dedication to working effectively with a diverse student body; and a consistently positive effect on students’ intellectual/artistic development. Each year up to two awards of $1,000 will be made. Awardees:
• Brian Noble, associate professor of computer science and engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, CoE
• Susan Scott Parrish, associate professor of English, Department of English Language and Literature, LSA
University Press Book Awards are presented to members of the university teaching and research staff, including emeritus members, whose books have added the greatest distinction to the Press List. Selections are made from books published within a span of two calendar years. The cash value of the award is $750 and is apart from any royalties the book may have earned. Awardee:
• Mika LaVaque-Manty, associate professor of political science, Department of Political Science, LSA
University Librarian Achievement Award is presented for exceptional distinction reflected in active and innovative career achievements in library, archival or curatorial services. The recipient will receive a $1,500 stipend. Awardee:
• Doreen Bradley, director of User Education Initiatives, University Library
University Librarian Recognition Award honors an individual who holds a primary faculty appointment as librarian, archivist or curator with no more than eight years’ practice in the profession. Selection criteria include active and innovative early career achievements in library, archival or curatorial services. This may include developing specialized services for faculty and students, improving access to information or efficiently managing library and archival resources (staff, space, funding, collections), or other activities. The recipient will be awarded $1,000. Awardee:
• Jean Song, associate librarian, Taubman Health Sciences Library; research and informatics coordinator, National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics
Research Faculty Achievement Awards are given for outstanding scholarly achievements, as represented by significant contributions to an academic field of study over time, a specific outstanding discovery or the development of innovative technology. Nominees must hold at least a 75-percent appointment at the rank of research professor, research associate professor, research scientist or associate research scientist. Recipients receive $1,500 each and are selected by the vice president for research based on the recommendation of the research faculty awards committee. Honoree:
• Zoran Filipi, research professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering; deputy director, Automotive Research Center, CoE
Research Faculty Recognition Awards honor individuals who hold at least a 75-percent appointment at the rank of research associate professor, research assistant professor, associate research scientist or assistant research scientist. Selection criteria include exceptional scholarly achievements, as evidenced by publications and/or other scholarly activities in any academic field of study. The following recipients will be awarded $1,000:
• Daniel Levin, associate research scientist, Department of Physics, LSA
• Ward Manchester IV, research associate professor, Space Physics Research Laboratory, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, CoE
Historian David Halperin, W. H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality, professor of English language and literature, professor of women’s studies, professor of comparative literature and adjunct professor of classical studies, LSA, is one of the world’s most influential scholars on questions of sexuality and the classics, and a leader in the field of queer theory. Through his research, teaching and service, he has helped gay and lesbian studies evolve into a respected scholarly discipline.
Trained as a classicist, Halperin produced an influential first book on Greek poetics and literary history, “Before Pastoral: Theocritus and the Ancient Tradition of Bucolic Poetry” (Yale University Press, 1983). In “One Hundred Years of Homosexuality and Other Essays on Greek Love” (Routledge, 1990), he demonstrated how modern constructions of homosexuality differ significantly from expressions of same-sex desire in ancient Greece. He also has written extensively on Plato’s erotic theory.
Halperin’s “Saint Foucault” (Oxford University Press, 1995) established him as a founder of queer theory. In “How to Do the History of Homosexuality” (University of Chicago Press, 2002), he advanced the field of gay history. In “What Do Gay Men Want? An Essay on Sex, Risk, and Subjectivity” (University of Michigan Press, 2007), he offered a new model for HIV/AIDS prevention.
Perhaps no group has benefited as much from Halperin’s dedication as students, who describe him as “inspiring” and “a gold mine of information.” His courses on love, sexuality and gay fiction have become mainstays of the English undergraduate and graduate curricula.
He co-founded the Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. He also has convened a number of conferences, including “Gay Shame” and “The Traffic in Women.” Halperin currently sits on the editorial or advisory boards of seven journals and has served with distinction on the executive committees of the Department of English, IRWG and the Institute for the Humanities. Among the honors he has received are a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize, the Michigan Humanities Award and the Institute for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship.
Widely considered the father of reconfigurable manufacturing systems, Yoram Koren has transformed the teaching and practice of manufacturing. His vision and innovations have helped establish the university as a premier institution for advanced manufacturing and robotics research.
In the 1990s Koren, James J. Duderstadt Distinguished University Professor of Manufacturing and Paul G. Goebel Professor of Mechanical Engineering, CoE, conceived of and developed reconfigurable manufacturing systems, which have changed factories from fixed, static facilities to dynamic, changeable production systems that can respond swiftly to market demand.
In the early 1970s Koren developed the first computerized real-time adaptive controller for a milling machine long before computers were used commonly in industrial applications. In the area of robotics, he directed development of several novel systems, including autonomous obstacle avoidance for mobile robots, a mechanical snake and robots with inflatable arms for use in hostile and confined spaces.
As founding director of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems, Koren recruited top researchers to the University. Tools created by the center’s multidisciplinary teams are used on factory floors around the world.
Koren also has provided leadership as a member of the CoE Executive Committee and as director of the Integrated-Design and Manufacturing Division of the Center for Robotics and Integrated Manufacturing.
Koren’s scholarly record includes more than 270 articles, four textbooks and 14 U.S. patents that have been cited more than 9,000 times, according to Google Scholar. His award-winning textbook “Computer Control of Manufacturing Systems” is the most widely cited reference in the field. It and his Robotics for Engineers have been translated into several foreign languages. His recent book, “The Global Manufacturing Revolution,” also is generating great interest.
Koren has advised or co-advised more than 30 doctoral students. He has served as chair and vice chair of the Scientific Technical Committee of The International Academy of Production Engineering and on editorial boards of several manufacturing journals.
He has been awarded the Society of Manufacturing Engineering Gold Medal, William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award, M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal, and CoE’s Research Excellence Award and Stephen Attwood Award. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor in the engineering discipline, in 2004.
Mathematical cognitive psychologist David Meyer repeatedly has opened novel, fertile research topics in cognitive science with his original theories and empirical work on the mental processes and brain mechanisms of the human mind, including perception, attention, learning, memory, action and complex cognition such as language comprehension, problem solving, and decision making.
Meyer is the Clyde H. Coombs and J. E. Keith Smith Distinguished University Professor of Mathematical and Cognitive Psychology and professor of psychology, LSA.
His first major breakthrough concerned semantic memory. Previously, a lack of theories and limited methodology had blocked advances in characterizing how people organize and access memorized information about word meanings, which is central to performing many cognitive tasks. Filling this void, Meyer introduced powerful new experimental procedures and theoretical models leading directly to creation of the “memory activation” research field.
Subsequently, Meyer also has illuminated other mental operations whereby information inputs are transformed to behavioral outputs during rapid task performance. Some colleagues even call him “Dr. Motor,” one of the researchers most responsible for developing rigorous theories of human movement planning. Meyer’s further work with David Kieras, a U-M computer scientist, has yielded deep understanding and precise computational models of working memory, executive cognitive control and multi-tasking. In reporting on present-day multi-tasking mania, public news media often consult Meyer about his views regarding this cultural and technological phenomenon.
Meyer teaches the freshman seminar, “The Evolution of Consciousness,” as well as other undergraduate and graduate courses on cognitive psychology. Many of his 33 doctoral students have gone on to academic positions at top universities. He has received the U-M Excellence in Education Award.
While directing his Brain, Cognition and Action Laboratory in the U-M Psychology Department, Meyer has contributed to journal editorial boards and review panels for the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health and U.S. Air Force. He also has served on the executive committee of the prestigious International Association for the Study of Attention and Performance.
Meyer was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and has received many other honors, including the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, and the William James Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science.
Microwave remote sensing pioneer Fawwaz Ulaby was among a small group of scientists who 40 years ago recognized the potential of the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum to create images to convey rich geographical information.
Today, we are able to map the globe in 3-D and to monitor ecological changes on the Earth’s surface because of his research contributions. For his work in advancing the field of satellite imaging, Ulaby, the Emmet Leith Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of electrical engineering and computer science (EECS), CoE, was awarded the prestigious Pecora Prize, a joint recognition by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Ulaby’s three-volume, 2,200-page series Microwave Remote Sensing, commonly referred to as the “Ulaby blue books,” are the most widely used books in the field. His undergraduate text “Applied Electromagnetics,” which has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and other languages, is used at more universities in the United States and abroad than any other text on the subject of electromagnetics. In all, he has published nine books as sole or first author and more than 700 publications in journals and symposia.
He has served as thesis adviser to more than 100 graduate students, many of whom are in prominent positions in research universities and industry. In addition to being named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, he has been chosen Professor of the Year by EECS undergraduate students. He also received the Stephen A. Attwood Award from the College of Engineering, the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award and the Regents Medal for Meritorious Service.
Ulaby served with distinction as the university’s vice president for research and director of its Radiation Laboratory. Nationally, he is a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Human Rights and its Committee on Global Science and Technology Strategies and Their Effects on U.S. National Security.
Ulaby’s contributions to science and engineering have been recognized by his election to the National Academy of Engineering and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2006 he was awarded the Thomas Edison Medal, considered by many the Nobel Prize of electrical engineering.
Stanley Berent has consistently demonstrated his dedication to the university and to faculty governance through his service on Senate Assembly, his leadership as chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) and president of the Faculty Senate, and his numerous contributions to faculty working groups.
Berent, professor emeritus of psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Department of Neurology, Medical School; Department of Psychology, LSA; and Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, has been active in faculty governance since joining the U-M faculty in 1979. Under his leadership, the Senate Assembly, in collaboration with central administration, developed and approved a proposal for criteria-based governance, which helped improve involvement of faculty governance in university decision-making. He has contributed to the university through assignments such as membership, often as chair, on advisory committees, faculty grievance panels, critical search committees, and membership on the Ethics in Public Life Initiative launched by President Mary Sue Coleman in 2005.
Berent helped expand the role of faculty in the Student Athlete Academic Performance Committee. He also served on the advisory board for Intercollegiate Athletics and as faculty representative to the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics. He has been active in other regional, national and international associations and committees, and has served as a reviewer for multiple grants while maintaining his own teaching and externally funded research as well as other academic and administrative assignments.
Berent has chaired the Department of Psychiatry Appointments and Promotions Committee, the Medical School Financial Aid Committee, served on the Veterans Administration Research and Development Committee, the U-M Task Force on Legal Resources for Faculty, the Medical Center Compliance Committee, the Human Research Coordinating Council, the Provost’s Faculty Advisory Committee, and other advisory and decision-making bodies.
He has worked to clarify and strengthen the role of tenure for faculty at the university, to promote faculty involvement in university decision-making and to help clarify concepts that provide a foundation for an effective and lasting academic institution. In a 2005 report to the Board of Regents, Stanley Berent said, “Shared faculty governance is one of the qualities that makes this university the unique and special institution that it is.”
Bruce Frier, internationally recognized for his scholarly contributions at the juncture of ancient history and law and legal systems, also is a champion of academic freedom.
Most recently, Frier, John and Teresa D’Arms Distinguished University Professor of Classics and Roman Law, professor of classical studies, LSA; and professor of law, Law School, chaired the committee that drafted the Statement of Academic Freedom defining how academic freedom should apply to university faculty. The statement addresses the freedom to research, publish and teach, the freedom to criticize university policies and decisions, and the freedom to engage in public debate.
The faculty’s position on academic freedom had been ambiguous prior to the Senate Assembly adopting the statement in January 2010. Frier successfully argued that even though there is no major threat to academic freedom on campus now, a formal faculty definition of academic freedom at Michigan is important in light of recent federal court decisions that the American Association of University Professors and others fear abridge protections faculty members had assumed they enjoyed under the U.S. Constitution.
Frier also energetically advocates for diversity. When he received the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award in 2007, his nominators noted that in addition to insisting that his department participate in Martin Luther King Jr. activities, Frier supported salary increases for women faculty to correct pay disparities and chaired the provost-appointed Task Force on the Campus Climate for Transgender, Bisexual, Lesbian and Gay Faculty, Staff and Students.
Frier, a senior fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows, has served on numerous departmental, college and university committees. He is the author of 10 books and 46 articles on economic and social history, focusing especially on Roman law.
His many contributions to the academy have been recognized by his election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and his recent appointment as a Distinguished University Professor. He is a Resident Fellow and financial trustee of the American Philological Association and a trustee emeritus of the American Academy in Rome.
One of the nation’s top stream ecologists and watershed science experts, J. David Allan has done path-breaking work in predator-prey interactions in lakes and streams, landscape ecology, stream conservation biology and river bioassessment. Allan, professor of conservation biology and ecosystem management, SNRE, has taught thousands of students to think critically about the environment and alerted the conservation community and the public of threats to biodiversity.
His textbook “Stream Ecology,” is a reference for students, teachers and stream ecologists.
As co-leader of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis project “The National River Restoration Science Synthesis,” Allan has influenced public thinking and policy around key environmental challenges to freshwater ecosystems and galvanized the field of river restoration by clarifying the extent and range of activities and the criteria by which restoration success can be judged.
His current work, the Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping Project, is an interdisciplinary effort to map, rank and integrate knowledge of diverse threats into an integrated threat assessment. It represents a bold new step in the repair and restoration of ecosystem function in the region.
For two decades, Allan has taught the university’s freshman global change course. This successful early venture in interdisciplinary team teaching has introduced more than 3,000 undergraduates to issues surrounding global change and sustainability. Allan also has provided leadership to the School of Natural Resources and Environment as a committee member, as associate dean for academic affairs and, most recently, as acting dean.
Allan has published more than 100 scholarly papers, including in Science and BioScience, and he has received continuous National Science Foundation support for decades. A major contributor to the nation’s conservation efforts, he has served on the Board of Trustees for American Rivers and as chair of its Science and Technical Advisory Council, and as a member of the Committee on Assessment of Water Resources Research for the National Academy of Science. He was a Senior Smith Fellow with the Nature Conservancy and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy in Michigan since 2007.
The North American Benthological Society presented Allan its Award of Excellence in recognition of his lifetime contributions to the understanding of aquatic ecosystems.
Nikolaos Katopodes, a world-renowned researcher in environmental fluid mechanics and computational hydraulics, has helped shape environmental and water resource practices around the globe.
Katopodes, professor of civil and environmental engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, CoE, employs inventive computational techniques to solve problems in the environment, including pollution transport in rivers and estuaries, flood peaks in rivers, sediment transport, and dam and levee breaches. One of his models for surface irrigation design has improved water application efficiencies 50 to 70 percent in Egypt, India and Spain. The Japanese Emergency Management Agency uses another model to predict the catastrophic effects of tsunamis.
Katopodes has made significant contributions to environmental sustainability, including developing a chemical spill model that has become the leading tool to prevent and mitigate environmental hazards. Recently, Katopodes has turned his attention to controlling spills of hazardous substances in infrastructures such as airport terminals and highway tunnels.
Katopodes’ research has been recognized internationally. He won the J. C. Steven Award and the Karl E. Hilgard Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Award and several “outstanding paper” awards for journal articles. He also received the CoE Excellence in Research Award.
Passionate about teaching, Katopodes is known by colleagues for his excellent preparation for each class and open-door policy. He uses examinations to teach rather than test, hoping students will remember challenging problems and solutions. Katopodes has received Excellence in Teaching awards from both his department and CoE, and the James A. Robbins Award from the National Civil Engineering Honor Society.
Math and engineering curricula are stronger locally, nationally and internationally because of Katopodes’ efforts. He helped restructure sophomore mathematics at the university in the late 1990s and served on the task force that redesigned CoE’s undergraduate curriculum. At the national level, Katopodes chaired the ASCE Committee on Education in Computational Hydraulics and produced model courses for undergraduate through continuing education levels. Internationally, he chaired the founding committee for the University of Cyprus School of Engineering.
Katopodes has been a leader in the civil engineering profession, including serving as associate editor of ASCE journals and as chair of the society’s Fluids Committee.
Renowned for his cutting-edge research on the economics of the Internet, Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, dean and Arthur W. Burks Collegiate Professor of Information and Computer Science, School of Information; professor of economics, LSA; and professor of public policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, boldly explores questions situated at the intersections of disciplines, most notably economics, computer science and psychology. As a result, his insights have opened up whole new research areas in several fields.
A founding faculty member and former associate dean for academic affairs, MacKie-Mason was among the first to research how to adapt economic models to the Internet. He went on to create an approach to the analysis and design of information systems called incentive-centered design (ICD). MacKie-Mason also is the founder and past director of the Socio-Technical Infrastructure for Electronic Transactions, a multidisciplinary doctoral fellowship program that is advancing ICD research. He continues to pursue important topics in the field, including spam reduction, peer-to-peer resource sharing, and social networking as a way to resolve computer security problems.
Early in his career, MacKie-Mason focused on public finance. Among his important publications from that era is a 1990 Journal of Finance paper, which was the first to report tax considerations influence decisions on whether to issue securities. MacKie-Mason also contributes to business and finance as a founding partner and principal of ApplEcon, LLC, an Ann Arbor-based antitrust and regulatory consulting firm with clients around the world.
MacKie-Mason uses his consulting experiences to enhance his teaching. He has boosted the School of Information’s reputation for providing innovative education for information professionals. His courses receive high marks from students, who describe MacKie-Mason as highly accessible and responsive. He skillfully guides doctoral advisees through the dissertation process, works diligently to help them secure good positions and remains in touch long after graduation.
MacKie-Mason has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers, is a member of two National Science Foundation Advisory Committees, and serves on multiple editorial boards, including as department editor for Security and Privacy Economics for the journal IEEE Security and Privacy. An active blogger, he maintains a popular site called “ICD Stuff.”
Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and director of The Radiation Laboratory, CoE, is one of the most distinguished and innovative scholars in the fields of electromagnetics, remote sensing, radar imaging, antennas, microwaves and computational models in the world. His research has many practical applications, including monitoring rainforest deforestation and climate change, and tracking consumer goods.
Sarabandi’s early remote sensing research focused on modeling vegetation and the soil surface below. His discoveries enabled airborne and satellite sensors to interpret signals regarding variables such as soil moisture and forest biomass. Sarabandi also has been active in the design and analysis of microwave and millimeter wave antennas. He has produced retro-reflective antennas for radio frequency identification tags, which are embedded in commercial items such as clothing and packaged food. Many of his devices have been patented. In all, he holds 18 patents.
Whatever the area of research, Sarabandi quickly grasps new concepts and the larger picture while confidently managing the mathematical details. Under his direction, The Radiation Laboratory has become one of the world’s preeminent research laboratories. In 2008 the university won $10 million in federal funding to establish another center, the Center for Objective Microelectronics and Biomemetic Advanced Technology, with Sarabandi as director. He has served in many other leadership roles, including as a member of the National Aeronautical and Space Administration Advisory Council and associate editor of the “IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation.”
Sarabandi also is an inspirational teacher and mentor, colleagues say. Of the 34 Ph.D. students he has supervised, 12 are faculty members, 10 work in federal laboratories and 12 work in industry. His achievements have been noted with the university’s Teaching Excellence Award, the Henry Russel Award and the Faculty Recognition Award.
Colleagues recognized Kamal Sarabandi’s brilliance and stamina early in his career when they elected him a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has received numerous other honors, including the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Distinguished Achievement Award and the German Alexander von Humboldt Award and Fellowship.
One of the most important scholars of early modern English literature and culture, and gender and sexuality studies, Valerie Traub, professor of English language and literature, professor of women’s studies, LSA, identifies important research questions and links them across time, fields and methodologies, leading to startling discoveries.
Traub has authored landmark books and dozens of articles that focus on early modern literature, queer and feminist theory, the history of anatomy and cartography, and epistemologies of the human body.
Her first book, “Desire & Anxiety: Circulations of Sexuality in Shakespearean Drama” (Routledge Press, 1992), explores previously uncharted paths of heterosexual and homoerotic desire in Shakespeare. Her second book, “The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England” (Cambridge University Press, 2002), which received “Best Book” honors from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, spotlights a new archive on the erotic nature of female relationships. Traub also co-edited the field-transforming “Gay Shame” (University of Chicago Press, 2009), which explores the limits of gay pride and foregrounds shame as a complex matrix for rethinking queer identities.
She has just finished a new book entitled “Making Sexual Knowledge,” a collection of essays on the history and epistemology of sexuality. In an ongoing project, “Mapping Embodiment in the Early Modern West,” she argues that a convergence of anatomy and cartography produced grids of uniformity upon spaces and peoples to form ideas of sexuality, gender and race that now go by the name of “the normal.”
A rigorous teacher and mentor, Traub engages students as colleagues and encourages them to gain intellectual independence.
Her contributions to the profession are wide-ranging, as is evidenced by her service on editorial boards and professional organizations, and leadership as chair of Women’s Studies at the University from 2003-09, a period of rapid growth. An external review during this period ranked the department in the top three nationally among programs and departments of women’s and gender studies.
Among the many honors Traub has received are the Modern Language Association Lesbian and Gay Caucus Compton-Noll Award for best essay (twice), a National Endowment for the Humanities Newberry Library Fellowship, the John H. D’Arms Faculty Award for Distinguished Graduate Mentoring in the Humanities, and the Ayrshire Foundation Award for Faculty Leadership.
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One of the foremost authorities in the field of law and literature, Gregg Crane, professor of English language and literature, LSA, is a commanding scholar in American literary studies, history, philosophy and law from the historical period of 1600 to the present. His interests range from political theory to natural history to aesthetics. His carefully contextualized analyses bear the marks of training as both a literary critic and lawyer.
Crane’s book “Race, Citizenship and Law in American Literature” (Cambridge University Press, 2002) is a work of interdisciplinary analysis of the “higher law” movement. He argues that higher law advocates, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass and Ralph Waldo Emerson, imagined a jurisprudence that would allow people of divergent backgrounds to revise, through consensus, the terms of their social and political life rather than rely on a law based on power, identity or racial inheritance.
His second book, “The Cambridge Introduction to the Nineteenth-Century American Novel” (Cambridge University Press, 2007), is a standard reference for students of American literary history and provides a framework for critical discussion about the differences in the American novel at the open and close of the century.
Down-to-earth and personable, colleagues say Crane listens intensely and always is ready with a quick joke or encouraging remark, as the situation demands. He works to make sure students graduate as complete, well-rounded scholars. Students routinely speak of their courses with Crane as “a kind of transcendent experience.”
As director of graduate studies in the Department of English Language and Literature, Crane restructured the curriculum and improved financial support for doctoral students. Twice elected to the department’s executive committee, Crane has served on numerous departmental and university committees, and as a reviewer of manuscripts, proposals and articles for Cambridge University Press, Rutgers University Press, University Press of Mississippi, University of North Carolina Press and American Literary History. His own work has appeared in numerous flagship journals.
A leader in the field of medical mycology, Gary Huffnagle, professor of internal medicine, professor of microbiology and immunology, Medical School, has been at the forefront of understanding the basic mechanisms of immunity to the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans. His research has led to a better understanding of why patients with compromised immune systems are susceptible to fungal infections.
He and his students discovered that many pathogenic fungi, including Cryptococcus, produce molecules called prostaglandins, which can modulate immune cell function during infection. This discovery adds a new dimension in understanding disease pathogenesis of fungal infections.
Huffnagle also has enhanced understanding of how the body’s indigenous microbes contribute to normal development of an immune system and to human health. Clinical evidence supports his hypothesis that alteration of gut microbiota can lead to the dysfunction of a distant organ, such as the lung in asthma.
A charismatic teacher of undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, Huffnagle has served as a mentor for 26 undergraduate and nine graduate students, along with 12 fellows. He led a successful interdepartmental effort to reorganize the undergraduate microbiology concentration several years ago, has developed and taught a number of new courses and is an undergraduate adviser for microbiology.
His expertise in infection biology has led to extensive service on grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health and as an editor of leading journals, including Journal of Immunology and Infection and Immunity. Huffnagle is the author of more than 90 manuscripts, which have been published in journals. He has written nine book chapters, edited two books and wrote “The Probiotics Revolution” (Bantam 2007) for a lay audience. In recognition of his research contributions, Huffnagle was selected to present the Division Lecture at the 2008 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
Huffnagle serves on many departmental committees, as well as the university’s committee for Science and Technology Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence. He has been a major force behind the university’s multidisciplinary Microbiome Research Initiative and Microbial Ecology Faculty Cluster hires.
Always open to pursuing potentially paradigm-shifting ideas, Huffnagle has made significant contributions to research and the teaching and mentoring of students at all levels, colleagues say.
Known internationally for his contributions to wireless sensor networks for structural monitoring, Jerome Lynch, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, CoE, is the preeminent expert on the application of smart structure technologies in the field of civil engineering. Smart structures equip large-scale structures such as bridges and buildings with sensors that measure their response to events such as hurricanes and earthquakes, process the information and take physical action to mitigate unsafe motion. Until recently, wired sensor systems have been the only option but were rarely used due in large part to their high cost.
Lynch created a new generation of high performance sensors that can be installed rapidly and at modest cost, and demonstrated their effectiveness on bridges, wind turbines and ships. He currently is working on new algorithms for wireless sensor networks that could automatically validate design assumptions and identify when a structure is failing.
Lynch’s research has resulted in two U.S. patents, and he actively is commercializing advances through Civionics LLC., an Ann Arbor firm he co-founded. His leadership in smart structures was strengthened last year when he received a $19 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for a major research center in bridge health monitoring.
He recently received the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award to explore creation of a distributed “sensing skin” that provides direct spatial mapping of damage. This concept — based on bio-mimicry of the sensing properties of animals’ skin — led Popular Science to name Lynch one of the 10 most brilliant scholars in 2009. He also was named the Structural Health Monitoring Person of the Year at the 2009 International Workshop of Structural Health Monitoring. The Shah Innovation Award from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the university’s Henry Russel Award are among the many awards he has received.
In 2005 and 2009, engineering students selected Lynch Professor of the Year. He fosters a diverse student body by encouraging women to consider careers in civil engineering and serving as program coordinator for the Detroit-Area Pre-College Engineering Program.
Lynch also is chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Engineering Mechanics Institute Committee on Structural Health Monitoring and Controls, editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Earthquakes and Structures and associate editor of several other journals.
Ivette Perfecto’s internationally acclaimed research on the distribution of species in tropical and temperate ecosystems provides a benchmark for the seamless integration of ecological theory with management application. Working with students and other collaborators, Perfecto, the George W. Pack Professor of Natural Resources and Environment, SNRE, has shown how birds, bats and ants in coffee agro-ecosystems form complex, spatially patterned associations, lending resiliency to the ecosystem and helping to maintain biodiversity.
Agricultural and forestry landscapes represent a large proportion of terrestrial ecosystems and harbor an ever-increasing proportion of the world’s biodiversity. By understanding how agro-forestry systems support biological diversity, Perfecto is making fundamental contributions to conservation biology and demonstrating how thoughtful management can improve the livelihoods of millions of households dependent on agro-forestry.
Perfecto is a leader in the university’s New World Agriculture and Ecology Group, which engages students and faculty from across campus in issues related to the sustainable production and distribution of food. She also is a champion for institutional diversity, actively recruiting and supporting students from underrepresented groups.
Through her writing, Perfecto expands understanding of the influence of human endeavors on the natural world and agriculture. Her book “Nature’s Matrix: Linking Agriculture, Conservation and Food Sovereignty” (Earthscan, 2009) showcases her talent for synthesizing theory and application.
Perfecto has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in journals, including Nature, Science, Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Conservation Biology, Forest Ecology & Management, and Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. She has lectured and taught around the world, including at universities in Central America, South America and Europe.
In 2006 Perfecto chaired the Environmental Issues and Environmental Justice Track for the Latin American Association. She also is active in the Ecological Society of America, the Association of Tropical Biology and the International Union for the Study of Social Insects.
Recently elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Perfecto also has received the SNRE student government’s Outstanding Faculty Award. Many of her students have gone on to successful careers in academia, the public sector and nongovernmental organizations.
Albert Shih, a pioneer in the field of biomedical manufacturing, is transforming health care through the innovative application of engineering design and manufacturing science. As a member of the university’s S. M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center, Shih, professor of mechanical engineering, professor of biomedical engineering, CoE, has advanced the state-of-the-art in precision machining and has led path-breaking work to expand the manufacturing technology in health care.
Working closely with Professor James Geiger, of pediatric surgery, they co-found the Medical Innovation Center (MIC) in 2008. MIC fosters productive collaborations between faculty members and students in engineering, medicine and business. As the center’s associate director, Shih assists inventors and mentors fellows and students who are interested in working on research projects that have the potential to improve the quality of health care.
Among MIC’s innovations is a pathology tray system for glass slides, paraffin blocks and paperwork that reduces the possibility of mix-up errors. More than 7,000 of the new trays have been used in U-M Health System pathology and research labs. Shih and his students also have worked with the Department of Anesthesiology on numerous projects, including novel pain evaluation devices as well as an integrated data display and real-time monitoring system for use in critical care and operating room environments to improve patient outcome and safety. The system collects patient-specific information from devices like blood pressure monitors and from databases, such as medical history, lab results and pre-operative data, and then presents the integrated information in a clear and concise display.
Shih strives for continuous improvement in his own performance and that of his students. In his undergraduate mechanical engineering senior capstone design course, Shih assigns students to teams, which take sponsored projects from concept to prototype, all in one semester.
Shih holds five patents and has four other patent applications in preparation. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and worked on “Global Medical Devices Design and Manufacturing” as a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan in 2009. He has published more than 110 journal papers and was associate editor for the Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering and served as guest editor for its special “Biomedical Manufacturing” issue.
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Brian Noble, associate professor of computer science and engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, CoE, has made contributions to the university’s teaching mission through his curricular innovations, influence in the lives of students and in the classroom. Even in classes with more than 100 students, he reaches out to each student in the lecture hall, lending an air of individuality to the encounter. Noble also is a role model, actively assisting less experienced faculty members to grow professionally.
Students note Noble’s patience, positive attitude, the open learning environment he creates and his ability to clearly explain difficult concepts. They cite the many anecdotes he uses to illustrate the benefits of learning and applying the material.
Noble successfully revitalized and transformed a required computer science class that annually enrolls 500 computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering students. He developed new course materials, including slides, lecture notes, software projects and auto-grading tools to assist teaching assistants in grading assignments. The course now emphasizes larger design concepts and the critical thinking skills necessary for programming and has become one of the department’s most popular.
Noble has provided outstanding leadership as a member of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) curriculum committee for eight years and as chair of the computer science curriculum committee for four years. He has developed new courses — “Cloud Computing for the Commute,” “Concurrent and Parallel Programming” and “Internet-scale Computing” — that anticipate or respond to a rapidly changing environment. These and other courses keep EECS in the forefront of technology and prepare students to be innovators.
As chief program adviser for the computer science major in LSA, Noble demonstrates a genuine interest in students as he helps them select courses and plan careers, colleagues say.
Nationally, he has served as treasurer of The Advanced Computing System Association Board of Directors since 2008. He also is a member of the university’s Cloud Service Privacy and Data Security Task Force and a faculty fellow of the Colloquium on the Science of Learning.
Brian Noble’s dedication to teaching has been recognized by consistently high student evaluations, the EECS Outstanding Achievement Award and CoE’s Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teaching Award.
Susan Scott Parrish, associate professor of English, Department of English Language and Literature, LSA, possesses a keen knowledge of and passion for English literature and inspires students to enthusiastically engage with the material and develop intellectually.
Students say they genuinely feel heard when they participate in a conversation facilitated by Parrish. She helps students clarify their thoughts and encourages them to work hard and to exceed their own expectations. Long after they have graduated, former students recall the respect and compassion Parrish showed for them.
In addition to being a gifted teacher, Parrish has demonstrated her administrative talents in many ways, including as a member of her department’s executive committee and of the advisory board for the Honors Program in LSA.
Parrish revitalized the English Honors Program while serving as its director from 2005-08. One of her goals was to improve the senior thesis research and writing process. She started by requiring students to begin their research earlier, in the winter of their junior year. As a result, she and thesis advisers are able to actively mentor students throughout the summer so students now have more support for an extended period.
She also has enhanced the English Honors Program by bringing former honors alumni back to campus to talk to current students about how they are using their degrees and skills.
Among Parrish’s other innovations is an interdisciplinary course on literature and the environment offered jointly through the Department of English and the Program on the Environment.
Parrish’s book “American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World” (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2006) received both the Jamestown Prize and Phi Beta Kappa’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award.
Parrish serves on several editorial boards and on the executive committee for the Modern Language Association’s “American Literature to 1800” Division. She has received a number of fellowships and is a member of the American Antiquarian Society, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Society of Early Americanists, and the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.
In his book “The Playing Fields of Eton: Equality and Excellence in Modern Meritocracy” (University of Michigan Press 2009), philosopher and political scientist Mika LaVaque-Manty, associate professor of political science, Department of Political Science, LSA, offers an insightful philosophical analysis of the nature of sport and its role in the tension between equality and excellence in modern political life.
Among the intriguing questions LaVaque-Manty addresses: Why did some European middle classes adopt the aristocratic custom of dueling in the late-18th and early-19th centuries? Why did working-class movements take up mass sports a century later? What was the political significance of late-20th century debates about the participation of women and the disabled in sports?
LaVaque-Manty’s scholarly interests center on modern and contemporary political theory from the 17th century to today, with an emphasis on Kant and continental liberalism. He has written on a broad range of topics, including political agency, eating disorders and Kant’s theory of education. In his first book “Arguments and Fists: Political Agency and Justification in Liberal Theory” (Routledge 2002), LaVaque-Manty persuasively argued that progressive political philosophy and action can go hand in hand; he cites the effectiveness of environmental justice movements as one example.
LaVaque-Manty teaches a range of courses from introductory political theory to advanced graduate seminars. He received the University Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2009, the American Political Science Association/Pi Sigma Alpha Teaching Award in 2007, the LSA Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award in 2007 and the Department of Political Science Tronstein Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching in 2005.
Active in the Association for Political Theory and the Midwest Political Science Association, LaVaque-Manty is the university’s chief marshal and a member of the LSA Curriculum Committee and the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs Tenure Committee. He also has served on the Institute for the Humanities Executive Committee and on numerous departmental committees, and he is an actor with the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) Players Theatre Program. The troupe develops and performs sketches that generate discussions among faculty members and graduate students about multicultural teaching and learning.
A leader in creating a learning environment that helps students quickly take full advantage of the University Library’s vast resources, Doreen Bradley has demonstrated in countless ways her skill, professionalism and commitment to advancing scholarship by providing a broad array of library services, collections and instruction to the campus.
Committed to helping students learn and adapt to new concepts, sources and techniques in a continuously changing information environment, Bradley, director of User Education Initiatives, University Library, led the library’s partnership with LSA to develop and teach a course for first- and second-year students that covers research skills, academic integrity, plagiarism and the evaluation of sources.
Bradley has played a critical role in improving the information management skills of health care professionals at the U-M Health System. She helped develop an evidence-based medicine objective structured clinical examination, a pioneering effort to assess students’ abilities to develop questions, search for answers and apply them in case scenarios. She also partnered with the Medical School to develop questions to assess information literacy of second-year medical students and residents. Her innovative work won an award for best graduate medical education poster at a medical education conference.
Bradley recently led an effort to collaborate with campus partners, including the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) and the Digital Media Commons, to improve instruction provided by librarians and explore options for integrating technology into instruction. Together, CRLT and Bradley created a workshop on best practices in library instruction.
Bradley served on the library’s E-Steering Committee, which coordinates a number of working groups, including the Public Access Resources Committee (PARC) and the Michigan Digitization Group. PARC manages and oversees delivery of electronic and related resources and services to library users. As chair of PARC, Bradley worked with staff to improve the library’s online systems. Because of her efforts, online resources are easier for patrons to use.
Bradley is active in the Medical Library Association and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, and was president of the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association. She also represented her library colleagues on the University’s Senate Assembly. Bradley has published widely on topics such as evidence-based medical instruction and teaching medical school electives.
Through her innovative contributions to the rapidly growing field of biomedical informatics, nationally recognized library expert Jean Song has increased awareness of the diverse and valuable skills librarians bring to informatics and science research more broadly. Song, associate librarian, Taubman Health Sciences Library; and research and informatics coordinator, National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics, also has enhanced the Taubman Health Science Library’s reputation as a valuable resource and trusted collaborator.
As liaison to the university’s National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics (NCIBI), one of seven National Centers for Biomedical Computing within the National Institutes of Health, Song manages NCIBI data sharing and software licensing policies and promotes awareness of NCIBI resources. Song’s courses about NCIBI tools, including the Michigan Molecular Interactions database, help researchers do their work more efficiently and productively. Song has created outstanding instructional modules and user manuals, which help all NCIBI tool users, regardless of geography, take full advantage of the tools’ capabilities. NCIBI software developers benefit greatly from her expertise with usability studies and understanding of researchers’ needs when creating and refining their products.
In 2007 Song organized the Bioinformatics Interest Group, which consists of librarians from the university’s Health Sciences Library, the Science Library, and the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. The group identifies and promotes opportunities to collaborate with life sciences researchers. Under her leadership as chair, the group has developed course offerings around genomic data sets and created a quick, easy way for faculty members to contribute articles to PubMed Central and Deep Blue, websites that highlight university research. Song is an ardent supporter of “open access,” an initiative to advance scholarly communication through dissemination of research publications. She helped organize Open Access Week at the University Library and planned and moderated the panel “Natural Language Processing: Legal Challenges.”
Song, a member of the Medical Library Association and the association’s Molecular Biology and Genomics Special Interest Group, recently published an article in BMC Genomics. She has been invited to present at a number of national conferences, including at a panel discussion at the American Medical Informatics Association 2009 Summit on Translational Bioinformatics.
Zoran Filipi has pursued groundbreaking research in the area of advanced engines and hybrid propulsion systems, and significantly contributed toward cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles. His emphasis has been on the architecture, design and control of hydraulic and electric hybrid power trains, plug-in hybrids, and novel internal combustion engine concepts. Filipi, research professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering; and deputy director, Automotive Research Center, CoE, has a talent for identifying practical issues and solving relevant engineering problems with advanced modeling and sophisticated experiments.
Filipi was the first to investigate the heat transfer process in a new generation of combustion engines known as the Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition. Leading an area within the U-M General Motors Collaborative Research Laboratory, Filipi worked with students to generate unique experimental insight and use it to formulate a new heat transfer equation, which has become standard in the engine community.
Affiliated with the university’s Automotive Research Center since its inception, and currently serving as its deputy director, Filipi made a mark as an independent scholar, and played an essential role in the integration of large multidisciplinary efforts. He also demonstrated the ability to transition the results of basic research and address industry-relevant problems, the best example being a partnership with Bosch-Rexroth on optimization of innovative hydraulic hybrid propulsion for heavy vehicles.
Filipi has chaired or co-chaired many dissertation committees, and co-taught specialty and short courses. One, “Modeling, Analysis and Control of Hybrid Electric Vehicles,” was developed for the new Department of Energy Transportation Electrification Education Partnership.
Filipi’s considerable influence extends beyond Michigan and the United States. He has given more than 32 invited talks; has published 55 journal papers, 51 peer-reviewed conference papers and four book chapters; and holds five patents. He has organized high-profile workshops and served as chair of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Committee for Advanced Power Sources and as associate editor of international journals. In 2006 Gov. Jennifer Granholm appointed Filipi to the State of Michigan Renewable Fuels Commission to promote the production and distribution of alternative fuels.
In recognition of his many achievements, Zoran Filipi has received the Forest R. McFarland Award from the SAE, the university’s Research Faculty Recognition Award and the CoE Outstanding Research Scientist Award.
Experimental high-energy physicist Daniel Levin, associate research scientist, Department of Physics, LSA, is recognized internationally for his critical contributions to the design, construction and commissioning of the world’s largest precision muon spectrometer for the ATLAS project. The ATLAS project team is conducting the most complicated experiments in the history of high-energy particle physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), part of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
The ATLAS detector is one of two general-purpose facilities at CERN designed to study proton-proton interactions at extremely high energies. Whether he is inventing new hardware or improving the overall understanding of the muon spectrometer, Levin always brings an original perspective to his work, colleagues say.
Levin played a leadership role in quality control and test-beam validation tasks during construction and assembly of the muon detector. He first proposed building an innovative detector to monitor the quality of the ATLAS muon chamber gas in 2005. The scale of the project brought in international collaboration. When early chambers exhibited faults in some of their precision drift tubes, which perform particle tracking, Levin diagnosed the problem, designed a quality control testing device and distributed it to all worldwide chamber-building sites.
As a result of his leadership, 99.7 percent of the more than 1 million elements of the muon spectrometer worked successfully during the first LHC beam collisions in fall 2009. Today, the monitoring chamber produces valuable data on the stability of the gas system and saves enormous manpower and computing resources at the ATLAS calibration centers. The work has been presented in international conferences, published in four refereed papers and has resulted in a senior physics thesis.
Levin, who was co-leader of the ATLAS muon physics performance group, currently serves on the steering committee in charge of the ATLAS muon detector calibration.
In anticipation of planned future collider upgrades that will produce beam intensities that cannot be readily accommodated by the existing ATLAS muon detector, Levin is working on an effort to develop high-performance particle detectors using plasma television technology.
Levin performs his technical and scholarly work in a competitive international environment that includes Ann Arbor, Switzerland and Israel.
Working at the forefront of solar physics, Ward Manchester, research associate professor, Space Physics Research Laboratory, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, CoE, has made outstanding theoretical and numerical modeling contributions to space weather research, specifically the triggering and propagation of the sun’s coronal mass ejections (CMEs).
A key member of the university’s Center for Space Environmental Modeling team, Manchester has amassed an impressive record of scientific contributions. For many years, scientists struggled to develop models to explain the formation of CMEs. Manchester was the first to show that CMEs begin to develop well below the surface of the sun with the formation of great twisted ropes of magnetic field; the buoyancy of the twisted field brings it up through the sun’s visible surface to form a sheared arcade, evolving to produce a CME. He also was the first to realize that scientists should look at the sun’s convection zone, photosphere and corona as a complete system.
Through extensive numerical modeling that support his theories, Manchester worked out the structure of the magnetized CMEs, relating their formation and expulsion to create such exotic phenomena as sunspots, flares, the corona and solar wind. He also has helped to develop sophisticated computer programs to determine the nature of a CME when it impacts Earth’s magnetic field. With his research, he has helped explain what other scientists have observed and has enhanced understanding of magnetic storms, some of which knock out communication satellites and disrupt power grids on Earth.
A member of the American Astronomical Society and the American Geophysical Union, Manchester has published 45 articles in the leading journals of space and astrophysics. Stellar presentations at seminars and colloquia have enhanced his international reputation as a brilliant young scientist and excellent speaker, colleagues say.
Eugene Parker, the father of solar physics who developed the first theories of the solar dynamo, solar wind and the Parker spiral, describes Ward Manchester as “an outstanding research scientist with an impressive record of scientific contributions toward understanding the influence of solar activity on the terrestrial environment.”
Greg Linderman, Allied Health technical coordinator, U-M Med Equip on job satisfaction:“It’s just amazing how we give these people freedom of mobility.”
“Pentecost,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and 14: 8 p.m. Oct. 8-9 and 15-16; and 2 p.m. Oct. 10 and 17, Walgreen Drama Center, Arthur Miller Theatre.