The University Record, July 9, 2001

Regents’ Roundup

Editor’s Note: The following actions were taken by the Regents at their June meeting.

By Wono Lee, News and Information Services and Diane Brown, Facilities and Operations


The Regents accepted a total of $27,016,945 in gifts received by the University during April and May.

The total included $17,127,344 from individuals, $2,911,368 from corporations, $3,375,826 from foundations, and $3,602,407 from associations and others.

Administrative appointments

Augustine O. Agho, a faculty member at Florida A&M University, will be dean of the School of Health Professions and Studies and professor of health care, U-M-Flint, effective July 15.

Kiumi Akingbehin, professor of computer and information science, U-M-Dearborn, was appointed acting chair of the Department of Computer Information Science, effective Jan. 1–June 30.

Virginia R. Allen was reappointed vice chancellor for student services and enrollment management, U-M-Flint, effective Sept. 1.

Kathryn Anderson-Levitt, professor of anthropology, U-M-Dearborn, is associate dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, effective July 1.

Lynne A. Aspnes, professor of music (harp), was reappointed associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Music, effective July 1.

Charles W. Bailey, associate professor of sociology, U-M-Flint, was reappointed chair of the Department of Social Work, effective July 1.

Bradley Roger Bloom, lecturer in music, is associate dean for administrative affairs of the School of Music, effective May 1.

Francis X. Blouin Jr., professor of information and of history, was reappointed director of the Bentley Historical Library, effective July 1.

Mark W. Bolton, associate professor of music, U-M-Flint, is chair of the Department of Music and Art, effective July 1.

Charles C. Bright, lecturer in history, will serve as interim director of the Residential College, effective July 1.

Richard B. Brown, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is interim chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, effective July 1.

Thomas J. Cahill is vice chancellor for administration, U-M-Flint, effective July 1. Most recently, he was vice dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing.

Evan H. Caminker, professor of law, will be associate dean for academic affairs at the Law School, effective Sept. 1.

Glenn W. DeYoung Jr., associate professor of dance, will serve as interim chair of the Department of Dance, effective Jan. 1, 2002.

Charles E.M. Dunlop, professor of philosophy, U-M-Flint, was reappointed chair of the Department of Philosophy, effective July 1.

Philip D. Gingerich, the Ermine Cowles Case Collegiate Professor of Paleontology, and professor of geological sciences and of anthropology, was reappointed director of the Museum of Paleontology, effective July 1.

Peter R. Gluck, professor of political science, U-M-Flint, was reappointed chair of the Department of Political Science, effective July 1.

Deborah E. Goldberg, professor of biology, is interim chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, effective July 1.

Imane A. Hakam, associate professor of French, U-M-Flint, is interim chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, effective Feb. 23, 2001–June 30, 2002.

Robert N. Hensinger, professor of surgery, is chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, effective July 1.

Julian T. Hoff, professor of surgery and the Richard E. Schneider Professor of Neurosurgery, is chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, effective July 1.

Margret Hoft, professor of mathematics, U-M-Dearborn, was reappointed chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, effective July 1.

Paul Hughes, associate professor of philosophy, U-M-Dearborn, was reappointed chair of the Department of Humanities, effective July 1.

Margaret F. Kahn, professor of political science, U-M-Flint, was appointed chair of the Department of Political Science, effective Jan. 1–June 30, 2002.

Alexander D. Knysh, professor of Islamic studies, was reappointed chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies, effective July 1.

William E. Kotowicz, professor of dentistry, was reappointed dean of the School of Dentistry, effective July 1.

Conrad P. Kottak, professor of anthropology, was reappointed chair of the Department of Anthropology, effective July 1.

Steven L. Kunkel, professor of pathology and the Pathology Research Endowed Professor, was reappointed associate dean for biological sciences and life sciences initiatives at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, effective Sept. 1.

Monica L. Lypson, a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Chicago, is assistant dean for graduate medical education of the Medical School, effective July 1.

Ann Lesley Milroy, professor of linguistics and the Hans Kurath Collegiate Professor of Linguistics, is chair of the Department of Linguistics, effective July 1.

James E. Montie, professor of surgery and the George F. Valassis Professor of Urologic Oncology, is chair of the Department of Urology, effective July 1.

John Neville-Andrews, associate professor of theatre and drama, will be interim chair of the Department of Theatre and Drama, effective Jan. 1, 2002.

Eran Pichersky, professor of biology, is interim chair of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, effective July 1.

Joanne M. Pohl, associate professor of nursing, is associate dean for community partnerships at the School of Nursing, effective July 1.

Barry G. Rabe, professor of environmental policy, was reappointed interim dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment, effective July 1–Oct. 31.

Paul G. Rasmussen, professor of chemistry and professor of macromolecular science and engineering, is associate dean for research and graduate studies at LS&A, effective July 1.

Randall L. Repic, associate professor of earth and resource science, U-M-Flint, will be interim chair of the Department of Earth and Resource Science, effective Sept. 1.

Paul A. Robinson, associate registrar, is University registrar, effective July 1. (His nomination was announced May 21.)

Homer C. Rose was reappointed assistant dean for academic programs at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, effective Sept. 1.

Kenneth E. Schilling, professor of mathematics, U-M-Flint, is interim chair of the Department of Mathematics, effective July 1.

Elizabeth L. Sears, associate professor of history of art, is interim chair of the Department of History of Art, effective July 1.

Mehrdad Simkani, associate professor of mathematics, U-M-Flint, will be chair of the Department of Mathematics, effective Jan. 1, 2002.

Robert L. Simpson, professor of biology, U-M-Dearborn, was reappointed provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, effective July 1.

Richard O. Straub, professor of psychology, U-M-Dearborn, is chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences, effective July 1.

Lauren E. Talalay, associate curator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, will serve as acting director of the museum, effective Sept. 1.

Frederick B. Talbot, professor of operations management and the Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration, was reappointed associate dean, effective Sept. 1.

Levi T. Thompson Jr., professor of chemical engineering, will be associate dean for undergraduate education at the College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1.

Jindrich Toman, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, was reappointed chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, effective July 1, 2002.

Michael W. Traugott, professor of communication studies, was reappointed chair of the Department of Communication Studies, effective July 1.

Alejandro Uribe-Ahumada, professor of mathematics, will be interim chair of the Department of Mathematics, effective Aug. 1.

Frederick M. Van Sickle is assistant dean for development and external relations at LS&A and associate vice president for development, effective June 11. He was vice president of alumni and development, and secretary of the college at Lake Forest College.

Charles M. Watts, clinical associate professor of internal medicine, was reappointed chief of clinical affairs of the Hospitals and Health Centers, effective July 1.

Endowed named professorships

Madhukar G. Angur, professor of marketing, U-M-Flint, holds the David M. French Professorship, effective July 1.

James R. Baker Jr., professor of internal medicine and associate professor of pathology, holds the Ruth Dow Doan Professorship of Biologic Nanotechnology, effective May 18.

Paul L. Carson, professor of biomedical engineering and of radiology, is the Collegiate Professor of Basic Radiological Sciences, effective May 18.

Robert D. Fogel, professor of biology, will be the Lewis E. Wehmeyer and Elaine Prince Wehmeyer Professor in Fungal Taxonomy, effective Sept. 1.

Mark D. Pearlman, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and associate professor of surgery, holds the S. Jan Behrman Collegiate Professorship of Reproductive Medicine, effective July 1.

Rebecca J. Scott, professor of history and the Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History, will be the Thomas E. Sunderland Fellow, effective Sept. 1.

Maris A. Vinovskis, the A.M. and H.P. Bentley Professor of History, and professor of history and of public policy, will hold the Richard Hudson Research Professorship of History, effective Sept. 1.

Tenure appointments

Mark S. Ackerman, senior research scientist and visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is associate professor of information, with tenure, and associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, without tenure, effective May 1.

Gautam Ahuja, a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin, will be associate professor of corporate strategy and international business, effective Sept. 1.

Rosina M. Bierbaum, acting director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, will be professor and dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment, effective Oct. 1. (Her nomination was announced May 16.)

Carlos E.S. Cesnik, a faculty member at MIT, will be associate professor of aerospace engineering, effective Sept. 1.

Robert J. Dolan, a faculty member at Harvard Business School, is dean, professor of marketing and the Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration of the School of Business Administration, effective July 1. (His nomination was announced May 11.)

Diana Gannett, a faculty member at the University of Iowa, will be professor of music (string bass), effective Sept. 1.

Michael L. Haithcock, a faculty member at Baylor University, will be professor of music (wind conducting), effective Sept. 1.

Daniel F. Hayes, a faculty member at Georgetown University, is professor of internal medicine, effective July 1.

Nancy Amrose King, visiting associate professor of oboe, will be associate professor of music (oboe), effective Sept. 1.

John Kieffer, a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be associate professor of materials science and engineering, effective Sept. 1.

Christian M. Lastoskie, a faculty member at Michigan State University, will be associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, effective Sept. 1.

John Lie, a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be professor of sociology, effective Sept. 1.

Carmen Pelton, a faculty member at the University of Washington, will be associate professor of music (voice), effective Sept. 1.

Roy J. Strickland, a faculty member at MIT, will be associate professor of architecture, effective Sept. 1.

Mark A. Tessler, a faculty member at the University of Arizona, will be professor of political science, effective Sept. 1.

Shaomeng Wang, a faculty member at Georgetown University, is associate professor of internal medicine, effective July 1.

J. Erby Wilkinson, a faculty member at the University of Tennessee, is associate professor of comparative pathology in the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine, with tenure, and associate professor of pathology, without tenure, effective June 1.


The Regents gave the following faculty members the emeritus title.

Oscar A. Barbarin III, professor of social work and of psychology; Joy Alexander Blouin, senior associate librarian; Susan S. Brown, professor of cell and developmental biology; Brice Carnahan, professor of chemical and metallurgical engineering; Bruce Chin, associate professor of environmental health sciences and associate research scientist; David E. Crawford, professor of music;

Robert D. Hanson, professor of civil engineering; Elton D. Higgs, professor of English at the U-M-Dearborn; Samuel Krimm, professor of physics and of macromolecular science and engineering; Robert L. Macdonald, professor of neurology and of physiology and the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology; Thomas C. Shope, associate professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases; James A. Standifer, professor of music (music education); and Harold W. Stevenson, professor of psychology and fellow in the Center for Human Growth and Development.

Barbarin joined the U-M faculty in 1979. “His research focused on the development of culturally sensitive assessments of psychological disorders in African American and Latino children,” said the Regents. “He worked with the Detroit Department of Human Services’ Head Start program to design and implement a program of universal preventive screening of psychological and social risks. In South Africa and Uganda, he pursued projects related to culture and children’s mental health, and many of his papers examine the interplay of the social, emotional and academic development of African American children.”

Blouin joined the University Library in 1975 as a library assistant and in 1978 was appointed assistant curator in the Slide and Photograph Collection in the Department of History of Art. She was promoted to chief curator of visual resources. In 1997, she joined the Media Union Library, where she worked to organize and define the visual collections in support of the School of Art and Design and the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. In 1983–96, she was editor of the Quarterly Bulletin of the Visual Resources Association and was member of the association’s executive committee.

Brown joined the faculty in 1980. “A meticulous, innovative scientist, in 1992, Prof. Brown made a landmark discovery that changed the way scientists think about the cellular cytoskeleton,” the Regents said. “This completely unexpected result has been important in leading researchers to consider new paradigms for the interaction of cytoskeletal elements. Her extensive publication record in the very best, broad-based journals attests not only to the superb quality of Prof. Brown’s research, but more importantly to the fact that she asks fundamental questions with far-reaching impact in many specialized areas.”

Carnahan joined the faculty in 1960. “Since 1960, he has been at the forefront of computer applications and computing, for which he has received national recognition,” the Regents said. “In 1969, he co-authored the landmark text Applied Numerical Methods. For 25 years, he presented a popular series of evening lectures on computer programming, typically attended by 300 enthusiastic participants. For much of his career, he shared responsibility for digital computing courses for all engineering freshmen, impacting some 30,000 students. Twenty-seven different editions of his two course texts have been published.”

Chin joined the faculty in 1965 and served as assistant dean for academic affairs in the School of Public Health 1984–87. “Prof. Chin’s research interests are in the broad area of environmental toxicology,” the Regents noted. “In particular, he is a highly respected scholar in the areas of risk assessment, communication and management—all of which are central to the study and practice of environmental health. His specific interests lie in the area of toxic chemicals. He has published papers on a number of such chemicals, and his expertise has been widely sought as a consultant in risk assessment studies for specific chemicals.”

Crawford joined the School of Music faculty in 1967 and served as associate dean for undergraduate studies 1978–84 and chair of the Department of Musicology 1993–99. “His research areas have mainly involved Renaissance source studies and Renaissance liturgies, although he has also published in opera, computer applications for musicology and American music,” the Regents said. “Of special importance is his ‘Renaissance Liturgical Imprints: A Census,’ a database consisting of more than 13,400 books and one of the first worldwide Web applications in musicology.”

Hanson joined the faculty in 1966 and served as chair of the Department of Civil Engineering 1976–84. “His research focused on earthquake response of structures and structural systems,” the Regents said. “He authored more than 100 refereed publications and was chair or co-chair of 23 Ph.D. dissertation committees. In 1984, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and in 1989–90 served as program director of the Division of Biological and Critical Engineering Systems in the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation. In 1994–2000, he was a senior earthquake engineer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency under an intergovernmental personnel agreement.”

Higgs joined the U-M-Dearborn faculty in 1965. “Prof. Higgs, whose major area of scholarship is Middle English literature, has published a number of scholarly articles and book reviews on Chaucer, Langland, Shakespeare and Milton,” the Regents noted. “Within the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, he served as acting dean 1973–74, associate dean 1974–76, director of graduate studies 1976–80 and as a member of the College’s executive committee. Most recently, he served as director of the College’s Master of Liberal Studies Program. He developed the core curriculum for the first freshman class of the U-M-Dearborn.”

Krimm joined the faculty in 1952 and served as associate dean for research and facilities, LS&A, 1972–75 and chair of the Biophysics Research Division 1976–86. “A prolific researcher, Prof. Krimm has over 280 publications,” the Regents said. “He pioneered the use of vibrational spectroscopy methods and produced a benchmark series of papers on synthetic and natural macromolecules. He proposed and implemented the isotopic substitution technique for defining the state of folded polymer chains, which played a major role in clarifying our concepts of the structure of crystalline polymers and the structural basis of the infrared and Raman spectra of proteins.”

Macdonald joined the faculty in 1978. “Dr. Macdonald’s publication records include 165 refereed journal articles and 52 book chapters,” the Regents said. “He received the S. Weir Mitchell Award (1978) and the Cotzias Award (1996) from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN); the latter is the highest research award given by the AAN. He has received the Epilepsy Research Award of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (1986). He has served as president of the American Epilepsy Society and gave its Lennox Lecture in 1994. Dr. Macdonald gave the U-M Biomedical Research Council Distinguished Lecture in 1998.”

Shope joined the faculty in 1982. “Dr. Shope’s research has centered on a variety of aspects of infection with human viruses and, more recently, on medical student education,” the Regents noted. “His extensive record as administrator includes service as director of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Service, director of the Pediatric Bacteriology Laboratory and the Virology Diagnostic Laboratory, medical director of the Infectious Diseases and Isolation Unit at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, director of the House Officer Program in the Department of Pediatrics, associate dean for academic programs and associate dean for student programs at the Medical School, and director of Clinical and Educational Programs in Primary Care in the Department of Pediatrics.”

Standifer joined the faculty in 1970 and served as chair of the Department of Music Education 1976–79 and as the director of the Eva Jessye Collection of Afro-American Music since 1980. “A specialist in secondary school general music and urban and multicultural music education, Prof. Standifer is active internationally as a consultant and lecturer,” the Regents said. “He directed the Oral History Video Archive/Black American Musicians at the Center for African American and African Studies and has produced TV programs about music education and American music and musicians for PBS. He was a writer and senior adviser for the series ‘From Jumpstreet: A Story of Black Music,’ music consultant on a documentary about Moms Mabley and consultant on a Shedd Productions documentary using multicultural music titled ‘Why Is Music Music?’ ”

Stevenson joined the faculty in 1971. “Early in his career, Prof. Stevenson and a handful of other researchers defined and established the field of children’s learning,” the Regents said. “He initiated much of the basic research on the effects of tangible and social rewards on children’s learning, children’s learning of central versus incidental content, the influence of anxiety and failure on children’s learning, and their learning from filmed or televised displays. At Michigan, he began focusing on cognition, learning and achievement in schools, comparing school achievement across a variety of cultures, especially by the U.S., China and Japan.”

Facilities projects

U-M-Dearborn lab buildings

The Science and Engineering Laboratory buildings at U-M-Dearborn will undergo a two-phase expansion and renovation effort. The buildings were two of the four original 1959 Dearborn campus buildings. The Regents also approved Stubbins Associates of Massachusetts as the design architect for the Science Building, and Lord, Aeck & Sargent Inc. of Georgia for the Engineering Building.

The $35 million project will provide additional space of about 120,000 gross square feet and renovate both buildings. Seventy-five percent of the project will be funded from state capital outlay funds provided through Public Act 265 of 1999 and the remainder from U-M-Dearborn. The two-year construction effort is scheduled to begin spring 2002.

Financial analysis, trading facility

The Business School will develop a state-of-the-art financial analysis and securities trading facility with a gift of up to $3 million from John R. Tozzi and the John R. and Georgene M. Tozzi Foundation. A computer room in the Kresge Business Administration Library will be renovated for the facility. The facility is scheduled to open fall 2002.

Women’s gymnastics facility named

The new women’s gymnastics facility, to be built next to the Varsity Tennis Center on South State Street, will be named the Donald R. Shepherd Women’s Gymnastics Center in recognition of the $3.5 million Shepherd gave for the building’s construction. Over the years, Shepherd (BBA ’58) has given several gifts totaling more than $11 million to the athletic department and marching band program. His generosity has provided the endowment for the marching band directorship, band member scholarships, an addition to Revelli Hall, athletic scholarships, a new women’s softball team locker room and the new tennis facility.

Medical Science II laboratory

Original classroom laboratories on the fifth floor of Medical Science II will be converted to a single biomedical research lab for the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and the Center for Organogenesis. The 6,500-net-square-foot lab also will include adjacent tissue culture rooms and support spaces. The project’s cost is estimated at $2.5 million and will be funded by the Medical School. Plant Extension-Architecture, Engineering and Construction (PE-AEC) will provide the design and project management.

Neuroscience Building demolition

The Neuroscience Building will be demolished after the fall semester to make way for the new Biomedical Science Research Building. Located at the northeast corner of Glen and Huron streets, the Neuroscience Building was built in 1948 as the Food Services Building. It was adapted in 1969 for its current laboratory research use. Present occupants will be relocated to other Medical School space.

The Neuroscience Building demolition will create a shortage of animal facilities. Two modular structures will be installed on the grade-level roof of the Kresge Complex for temporary animal housing space. The project, estimated to cost $3.5 million, will include design, purchase and installation of the structures; extensive site preparation; and utility connections. The project, which will be funded by the Medical School, is scheduled to be completed in November.

Herbarium, Building Services relocations

The University’s Herbarium collection will be relocated temporarily to space at M-Stores on Varsity Drive from the North University Building. The collection includes more than 1.7 million specimens. A 31,000-gross-square-foot renovation will accommodate the collection storage, offices, a library, a specimen-preparation area and other support spaces. PE-AEC will design and manage the project, which is expected to be completed January 2002.

Renovations on the first and second floors of the 109 E. Madison Building will provide space for Building Services staff and enhanced accessibility; new bathrooms, elevator and mechanical systems; and modifications to the fire protection and alarm systems. The project cost of $2.5 million will be funded by central administration sources. Completion is slated for December.

Grounds Services building

Several Grounds and Waste Management operations will be consolidated in a new 14,000-gross-square-foot building to be constructed on North Campus adjacent to the existing Grounds Services Facility. The new building will provide administrative offices, locker rooms, an employee lunchroom, vehicle storage and work areas, tool and supply storage areas, pesticide storage, and a large vehicle wash system. Additionally, 3,500 square feet in the existing Grounds building will be renovated to provide space for the small engine and irrigation shops.

Currently, these services are housed in numerous trailers and short-term structures on Central and North campuses. The $2.5 million cost will be provided by central administration, and PE-AEC will design and manage the project, which is expected to be completed by spring 2002.

Palmer Drive parking deck

An elevated concrete walkway and lighting will be constructed on top of the new Palmer Drive parking deck to connect a new pedestrian bridge over Washtenaw Avenue with the sidewalk leading to North University Avenue The project’s $3 million budget will be funded by central administration funds. Venturi Scott Brown & Associates and SmithGroup Inc., will be the architects. Construction is scheduled to begin fall 2002.

Utilities upgrades

The basement of the Modern Languages Building (MLB) will be enlarged by 4,000 gross square feet under Ingalls Mall to accommodate three new electric centrifugal chillers, an electrical substation and an emergency generator. The new equipment will provide upgraded service to the MLB, Hill Auditorium and Burton Tower. PE-AEC and Cummins & Barnard of Ann Arbor will design the project that will be completed in June 2002.

The chiller plant for the new Biomedical Science Research Building also was approved. In order to provide the estimated 5,260 tons of cooling capacity to supply sufficient conditioned air for humidity and temperature control in the large laboratory environment, the plant will include six large chiller units, six cooling towers, piping, electrical power and approximately 30 large water pumps. The project is estimated to cost $13.5 million, which will be funded by the Medical School.

NUBS demolition

The North University Building (NUBS) will be demolished, consistent with the campus master plan to provide space for new facilities. NUBS was partially demolished to begin excavation for the Life Sciences Institute. Phase II of the demolition will remove the remaining 60,000 square feet next summer. Building occupants are being relocated to several locations.