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Week of January 11, 2010

Regents Roundup

The following items were approved by the Board of Regents at its Dec. 17 meeting.

Final approval for renovation of Couzens Hall

The Board of Regents authorized issuing the Couzens Hall Renovation project for bids and awarding construction contracts provided the bids are within budget. The $49 million project will include new fire suppression, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems, renovated bath facilities, wireless high-speed network access, and accessibility improvements. New community spaces for living-learning activities will be created out of the former dining and kitchen areas vacated by the consolidation of dining services at the Hill Dining Center. Housing resources and university investment proceeds will fund the project, which is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2011.

Renovations, addition planned for Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute

The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory (MMPL) will undergo renovations to approximately 10,000 gross square feet that will create state-of-the-art lab spaces for energy research at the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute. An addition of approximately 10,000 gross square feet to MMPL will be constructed to house the institute’s administrative functions. The $11.1 million project will be funded from university investment proceeds, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the College of Engineering.

New women’s hospital to be named after Von Voigtlanders

The Board of Regents approved naming the new women’s hospital the U-M Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital after the late Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander. The U-M Health System has received a gift of $15 million from the Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander Foundation. It is the largest gift ever made to UMHS for women’s health. The new hospital is scheduled to open in 2012 as part of the new $754 million C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital complex now under construction.

North Campus Research Complex buildings to be updated

Approximately 92,000 gross square feet of administrative space within four buildings at the North Campus Research Complex will receive new paint and carpet to prepare them for the relocation of Medical School administrative offices currently in leased space off campus. The Medical School will fund the $1.8 million project scheduled for completion in the spring of 2010.

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments and promotions with tenure

Mohammad Alhawary, associate professor of Near Eastern studies, LSA, effective Jan. 1.
Dr. Ann Marie LeVine, associate professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, Medical School, effective Dec. 1.

Administrative appointments

Alan Deardorff, associate dean, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, effective June 1, 2010-May 31, 2012.

John King, vice provost for academic information, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective Sept. 1, 2010-Aug. 31, 2011.

Trivellore Raghunathan, chair, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, effective Jan. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2012.

Named professorships

Deborah Loewenberg Ball, William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education, School of Education (SoE), effective Jan. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2014.

Edward Silver, William A. Brownell Collegiate Professor of Education, SoE, effective Dec. 1, 2009-Nov. 30, 2014.

Edward St. John, Algo D. Henderson Collegiate Professor of Education, SoE, effective Jan. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2014.

Patricia Yaeger, Henry Simmons Frieze Collegiate Professor, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2014.

Dearborn campus

Michael Harkness, chair, Department of Accounting and Finance, College of Business, effective Jan. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2012.

Mary Trepanier-Street, associate dean, School of Education, effective Jan. 1, 2010-June 30, 2010.

Andrew Urbaczewski, chair, Department of Management Studies, College of Business, effective Jan. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2012.

Flint campus

Albert Conway Price, acting chair, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, effective Jan. 1, 2010-April 30, 2010.



Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, on her greatest passion: “Working to improve the physical and virtual accessibility to all of our community, regardless of individual physical or mental challenges.”


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