Carl Simon receives 2012 Rackham Distinguished Faculty Award
Carl Simon has received a 2012 Rackham Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for his long-time commitment to research and teaching.
The Distinguished Faculty Awards have been given since 1955 and honor senior faculty who have consistently 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 which have brought distinction to themselves and to the University of Michigan.
Simon's work focuses on mathematical models of natural dynamics and their application in economics, ecology, epidemiology, and other fields. Simon broke ground in the 1980s by analyzing HIV as an evolving system. In 1995, his work with John Jacquez and James Koopman on the transferability of HIV won the Howard M. Temin Award in Epidemiology for Scientific Excellence in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS.
Simon was founding director of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems (from 2000 to 2009), and he is the current director of the Ford School's Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program. The Distinguished Faculty Award is added to a list of other honors he has received, including the Faculty Recognition Award, Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities' Distinguished Faculty Award, and LSA's Excellence in Education Award.