March 6, 2000
R. Michael Tanner
| Photo: Don Harris
Professor of computer science R. Michael Tanner has been named a Fellow of the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Election to IEEE Fellow
is one of the institute's most prestigious honors. In electing Tanner, the IEEE Board
of Directors cited him "for contributions to the theory and practice of error-control
Tanner's research interests include information theory, error-control codes, iterative
algorithms on graphs, and fault-tolerance. Recognized as the founder of "codes
on graphs," he was awarded the 50th anniversary "Golden Jubilee Award"
by the Information Society of the IEEE for his 1981 paper, "A Recursive Approach
to Low-Complexity Codes."
In 1998, after serving in a series of administrative positions at UCSC for nearly
a decade, Tanner left the position of executive vice chancellor to return to his
research and scholarly pursuits.
Chad Sanger, advising and records coordinator at College Eight, has been elected
cochair of the UC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Association (UCLGBTA).
He facilitated his first meeting as cochair at the association's annual conference
in February. Sanger will serve in this position until spring 2001.
The UCLGBTA is the UC-systemwide LGBT organization supporting and promoting the interests
of the UC community with respect to its diverse sexual and/or gender orientations.
Current issues being addressed include extending domestic partnership benefits in
housing and pension benefits and responding to campus hate/bias incidents.
Sanger has long been an advocate for LGBT issues. As a Porter student, he helped
found the Porter Lavender Lounge and was active in many campuswide queer organizations.
As a staff member, Sanger has served on the GLBT Campus Concerns Committee, and he
currently cochairs the Chancellor's Advisory Committee. In 1998 he cochaired the
UCLBTA annual conference, "Exposed," which drew over 500 participants to