Accolades — October 2019


Erik Bakich, University of Michigan baseball coach, was named the 2019 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation. The award honors coaches at all levels of college baseball. In his seventh season as the head of the program, Bakich guided U-M to its eighth College World Series appearance in team history, which resulted in its third CWS Finals appearance and ended in a national runner-up finish. He also won the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Coach of the Year and the National Coach of the Year awards. The Bertman Award is named for Louisiana State University head coach and National College Baseball Hall of Famer Skip Bertman, who coached the LSU Tigers from 1984 to 2001.

Margaret Liu, assistant program director of the Standardized Patient Instructor Program in the School of Dentistry, was honored for her work in the field of standardized patient instructor education. Liu received the Emerging Leader Award from the Association of Standardized Patient Educators in June. ASPE is a global organization for educators focused on human simulation to promote student learning in the health science fields. The award recognizes a rising educator who has less than seven years working with standardized patient methodology, has made significant contributions to the ASPE community and is recognized as an up-and-coming leader.

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Joseph C. Kolars

Joseph C. Kolars, senior associate dean for education and global initiatives in the Medical School, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The award honors an individual or a team whose contributions have had a demonstrable impact on advancing medical education. First presented in 1958, the Flexner Award is the AAMC’s most prestigious honor. Kolars, the Josiah Macy Jr. Professor of Health Professions Education and a professor of internal medicine and learning health sciences, will receive the award Nov. 10 at AAMC’s annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.  

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Reshma Jagsi

Reshma Jagsi, has been named the recipient of the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Award. The annual awards are presented to individuals and organizations that demonstrate a significant impact on the advancement of women’s roles in academic medicine and science. Jagsi is the Newman Family Professor of Radiation Oncology in the Medical School. She also directs the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine. She will receive the award Nov. 9 at AAMC’s annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.  

Leila Kawar, associate professor of American culture and of the Residential College, was awarded a Mellon New Directions Fellowship for her research project called “Conditioning Human Mobility: Rights, Regulation, and the Transnational Construction of the Migrant Worker.” The project builds on Kawar’s prior scholarship on immigration legal activism. During the 2019-20 academic year, Kawar will be a visiting scholar at McGill University’s Faculty of Law in Montreal, Canada, where she will collaborate with Canadian labor law specialists and with researchers at the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work.

Megan Ryan, a Ph.D. student, has been awarded a Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship for her dissertation on peacebuilding and conflict management. The award carries a $20,000 stipend. Ryan’s dissertation is called “The Making of an Unlikely Movement: Privilege and Nationalism in a New Democracy.” Since 1988, the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship program has supported the dissertations of 320 young scholars, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in research, teaching and policymaking. The program awards non-residential fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding.

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Sara Duvall

Sara Duvall, an adjunct lecturer in the School of Information, has received a Fulbright U.S. Sr. Scholar Program award to work in India in library and information science. Duvall is providing professional development for faculty and will lecture graduate students at Shivaji University School of Library and Information Science in Kolhapur, Marharashtra. She also is traveling throughout the subcontinent to engage libraries and librarians in conversations about the future of libraries, archives and museums in India. The nine-month grant began in September. Duvall is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens who are teaching, conducting research and providing expertise abroad during the 2019-20 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected based on academic and professional achievement, record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

Terri Friedline, an associate professor of social work, has been appointed to the Academic Research Council of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The bureau helps consumer finance markets work by regularly identifying and addressing outdated, unnecessary or unduly burdensome regulations, by making rules more effective, enforcing federal consumer financial law and empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives. Lynn Videka, dean of the School of Social Work, said Friedline’s appointment will ensure that her and other’s important research on fair banking and financial practices will have progressive impact on the CFPB and the nation’s economy as a whole.

The University of Michigan’s 11-member IPE Foundations Experience Team received the 2019 Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Center Demonstration Model Award. Frank Ascione of the Center for IPE nominated the team, which is led by Laura Smith of UM-Flint, in part for “innovative solutions to teaching IPE principles to our large and diverse group of health science students.” Other team members are Melissa Gross (Kinesiology), Olivia Anderson (Public Health), Karen Farris (Pharmacy), Mark Fitzgerald (Dentistry), Debbie Mattison (Social Work), Laurel Moore (Medicine), Peggy Ursuy (Nursing), Tazin Daniels (Center for Research on Teaching and Learning), Ghaidaa Najjar and Vani Patterson (Michigan Center for IPE). The award was presented in September at the 2019 MIPERC conference in Grand Rapids.

Francesca Schironi, professor of classical studies, won a Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit from the Society for Classical Studies for her book, “The Best of the Grammarians: Aristarchus of Samothrace on the Iliad.” The society’s prize award noted, “‘The Best of the Grammarians’ is a monumental study that is unlikely to be surpassed for generations to come.” The Charles J. Goodwin Awards of Merit are presented for outstanding contributions to classical scholarship. The book was published by University of Michigan Press.

Diane Kaplan Vinokur, associate professor emerita of social work in the School of Social Work, and two colleagues won the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s 2019 Terry McAdam Book Award for their book, “Shared Space and the New Nonprofit Workplace.” They will accept the award during the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s annual conference Oct. 23-25 in St. Louis, Missouri. Kaplan Vinokur authored the book with China Brotsky, who has more than 35 years of experience in nonprofit management, real estate and finance; and Sarah M. Eisinger, who has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit, real estate, community development and philanthropic fields.

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Bradley Taylor

Bradley Taylor, associate director of the Museum Studies Program, received the President’s Award at the Michigan Museums Association’s 2019 annual conference in Grand Rapids. The award recognizes exemplary support of MMA, service to the Michigan museums field and a career of distinction. The association praised Taylor as an extraordinary teacher who helped shape U-M’s graduate certificate program and helped create an equally successful undergraduate minor. It noted he is a scholar whose research has focused on topics such as authenticity and the limitations of digital surrogates, the history of Henry Ford’s British collection and the power of art in Detroit’s Heidelberg Project.

Karen E. Smith, M.S. Keeler II Professor of Mathematics, associate chair and professor of mathematics, LSA, has been named a 2020 Association for Women in Mathematics Fellow. She is part of the third class of AWM Fellows. The executive committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics established the fellowship program to recognize people who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the support and advancement of women in the mathematical sciences. Smith and the other fellows will be recognized Jan. 16 during the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Denver, Colorado.

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, a lecturer in the Department of American Culture, Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies, was one of 36 winners of the 2019 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit. She was awarded a $25,000 grant for “Beyond Vincent Chin: Legacies in Action and Art,” an anthology of essays by Asian-American activists, and a digital arts archive that enables Asian-American activists, artists and allies to reflect on the landmark Vincent Chin case. Additionally, Wang was also recently named a Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights Detroit Equity Action Lab Race and Justice reporting fellow. The fellows each receive mini grants of $1,000 to report on arts and culture in Detroit.

— Compiled by Ann Zaniewski, The University Record

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