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September 19, 1991


Three professors from Kansas University and one from Kansas State University will receive the 1991 Higuchi-Endowment Research Achievement Awards Tuesday during KU's faculty convocation.

Each award carries a $10,000 stipend to further the recipient's research.

KU Chancellor Gene Budig and Del Shankel, executive vice chancellor for the Lawrence campus, will present the citations at 4 p.m. in Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union.

David M. Katzman, professor of history at KU, will receive the Balfour Jeffrey Award for his research achievement in the humanities.

R. Carl Hoseney, professor of grain science and industry at KSU, will receive the Irvin Youngberg Award for research achievement in applied sciences.

Dr. Harrison Clarke Anderson, Harrington distinguished professor of orthopedic research at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., will receive the Dolph Simons Sr. Award for achievement in the biomedical sciences.

Mabel L. Rice, professor of speech-language-hearing, will receive the Olin Petefish Award for achievement in basic sciences research.

THE AWARDS were established in 1981 by Takeru Higuchi, university regents distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry and chemistry, and his wife, Aya. Aya Higuchi continued the awards after her husband's death in 1987.

In establishing the awards, the Higuchis stipulated that faculty at all Kansas Board of Regents institutions be eligible. The annual awards are named for people who have worked through the KU Endowment Association to further the university's overall research program.

Recipients may use their awards for research materials, summer salaries, fellowship matching funds, equipment, research assistance or other support.

Katzman, who joined the KU faculty in 1969, has done extensive research and writing to explain social and cultural changes during and since the Industrial Revolution. His research explains the transformation of the United States from a traditional to a modern society by focusing on blacks and the working classes.

Katzman studies the occupations of blacks and "tries to show what those occupations tell us about black life and culture in the United States."

HE IS a graduate of Queens College in New York and hold a doctorate in history from the University of Michigan.

Hoseney is a world-recognized milling and baking chemist. Most of his work has been with wheat products for the milling industry, but he also has done extensive work with other grains and grain products.

A Coffeyville native, he has bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in milling science and cereal chemistry from KSU. He was a researcher in a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory in Manhattan before joining the KSU faculty in 1971.

He will not attend the award ceremonies, because he is making presentations in Australia at an international conference on cereals.

In 1987, Anderson and his research group discovered a new bone-growth agent, extractable from tissue-cultured human cells. It may have great medical potential, and it can be produced in large quantities by techniques similar to those used to make antibiotics. A patent was issued this summer for the potential applications of the new agent, which may help speed fracture healing and help augment bone replacement after surgery.

ANDERSON, who received his medical degree from the University of Louisville in Kentucky, was an intern in pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellow in pathology and chief resident at Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases in New York City.

Rice's research involves the study of normal children who are late in developing language skills. She said language often was thought to be a universal human trait, but studies show that not everyone has the gift of language.

Some forms of speech impairment may be partially genetic. She is working with scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to identify which of the higher cognitive processes are missing in people with impaired speech. She also is studying the erroneous social judgments made about people with language development disabilities, that they have limited intelligence, for example, or are from low-income families.

She has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and a doctorate from KU.

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