Lucien A. Schmit Jr., professor emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been awarded the $100,000 Walter J. and Angeline H. Crichlow Trust Prize from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Schmit is being recognized for his pioneering work in developing a method for optimizing the structural design of aircraft.... An article written by education Professor and Chair Patricia McDonough and a team of graduate students was selected "best of the year" by the Division J Exemplary Research Award Committee of the American Educational Research Association. McDonough's article, published in The Review of Higher Education, focused on who uses the college rankings published annually by newsmagazines.
Computer Science Professor Emeritus Thelma Estrin was inducted into the Women in Technology International's Hall of Fame. In the mid-1950s, Estrin was appointed to the engineering group that built the first electronic computer at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science. She has worked for the advancement of women in computer-science fields through science and technology.... Wesley Moore, professor of surgery, has been elected chair of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association for the next two years. Moore has been integrally involved in the Stroke Council since 1978.
Hyman R. Faine, 88, died of pneumonia in Los Angeles on April 8. A faculty member of the Graduate School of Management since 1970, he helped establish the country's first management in the arts program, which trained future administrators for nonprofit visual and performing arts institutions. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Faine was a graduate of the City College of New York and Harvard Law School. After serving in the Army during World War II, he began a 25-year career as executive director of the American Guild of Musical Artists for the U.S. and Canada before coming to UCLA. A memorial service for him will be held Tuesday, May 25 at 5:45 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden.
Oreste F. Pucciani, who taught French at UCLA for 31 years, died April 28 in Los Angeles of heart disease. He was 83. A pioneering foreign language professor, Pucciani helped popularize the immersion method of teaching language, where instruction is given in the target language. He was also instrumental in introducing the ideas of French existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre to American academics. A native of Cleveland, Pucciani earned his doctorate in French at Harvard in 1943. After studying in France for four years, he returned to the United States to lecture at Harvard before joining UCLA's faculty in 1948. Pucciani won the Knight's Cross of the French Legion of Honor in 1965 for his dedication to French philosophy, language and culture. To honor his longtime companion, fashion designer Rudi Gernreich, who died in 1985, Pucciani established the Gernreich-Pucciani Endowment Fund for gay and lesbian rights with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. He left no survivors.