November 18, 2002
Awards and Honors
Ruth Solomon, professor emerita of theater arts/dance, has been selected
to receive the 2003 Heritage Award--the highest honor given by the National
Dance Association. The honor is presented to a nominee who has given meritorious
service of national and/or international significance to the dance field.
The personal and professional criteria for selection are extensive and
include teaching excellence, research/publication, choreography, and performance.
As a performer, Solomon has appeared on and off Broadway, on television,
and in concerts throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. She was
for many years a permanent member and solo dancer with the Jean Erdman
Dance Theater. Solomon has created more than 50 works in her unique version
of the modern dance idiom, in addition to staging and choreographing such
diverse musical/dramatic productions as Euripides'Hecuba, Stravinsky's
L'Histoire du Soldat, and Brecht's Three Penny Opera.
Solomon was director of the UCSC dance program, which she established
in 1970, until her retirement in 1995. Her highly successful teaching
technique has been documented in an hour-long video, Anatomy as a Master
Image in Training Dancers. Her articles on dance performance, administration,
and pedagogy have also appeared in many dance science periodicals. One
of her most extensive publications is Preventing Dance Injuries: An
Professor of astronomy and astrophysics Steven Vogt and his partners
on the California and Carnegie Planet Search Team have been chosen by
the American Astronautical Society and the Planetary Society to receive
the 2002 Carl Sagan Memorial Award.
Vogt's corecipients are Geoffrey Marcy, who earned his Ph.D. at UCSC
with Vogt and is now a professor of astronomy at UC Berkeley; Paul Butler,
a staff scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington; and Debra
Fischer, a research astronomer at UC Berkeley who also earned her Ph.D.
at UCSC. Their planet search team has discovered the majority of the approximately
100 new planets that have been detected outside the solar system in recent
The two societies established the Sagan Memorial Award in 1997 to honor
the renowned astronomer and cosmologist Carl Sagan. The recipient is invited
to give the annual Sagan Memorial Lecture at the annual meeting of the
American Astronautical Society. Marcy will deliver the lecture at the
meeting, which is being held this week in Sunnyvale.