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Week of June 20, 2011

Regents Roundup

The following items were approved by the Board of Regents at its June 16 meeting.

Ilitch to chair Board of Regents; Deitch named vice chair

Regent Denise Ilitch will serve as the next chair of the Board of Regents for a one-year term beginning July 1. Regent Laurence Deitch was named vice chair when the appointments were announced June 16 at the board’s monthly meeting.

According to regents bylaws, the chair and vice chair are appointed based on seniority, and the vice chair automatically succeeds to the position of chair. Primary duties of the chair include: setting the annual schedule of meetings, agenda and major topics for presentation or study by the board; monitoring committee agenda planning for coordination and comprehensiveness; acting as spokesperson and convener of the board, when appropriate; presiding over executive session when held without the president; and appointing the chair and members of the ad hoc and standing committees.

If the president is unable to attend a public meeting or must be out of the room during any part of the meeting, the chair will preside. If the chair is unable to perform the duties, the vice chair will assume them.

Changes in food service at University Hospital planned

The patient food kitchen at University Hospital will be renovated to allow the hospital to implement an on-demand “room service” method that will allow patients to have more control over their environment. During construction, food service operations for the hospital will be transferred to the North Campus Research Complex. The $8.5 million renovation of approximately 13,000 gross square feet on level B2 will be funded from Hospitals and Health Centers’ and is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2013.

ISR addition project receives final OK

The Board of Regents gave the final approval for the Institute for Social Research (ISR) addition project, which will construct an approximately 44,700-gross-square-foot, four-level addition to the existing ISR building. The addition will create office and research spaces, collaborative meeting spaces and secure storage, and renovate approximately 7,200 gross square feet of the existing building where it will connect to the addition. The $23 million project is being funded by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 grant from the National Institutes of Health, the Office of the Provost, and ISR. Construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2013.

Lab renovations planned at Med Sci II

A renovation of approximately 5,200 gross square feet on the sixth floor of the Medical Science Unit II building will create state-of-the-art research facilities for the Integrative Physiology Department. The Medical School will fund the $2 million project, which is scheduled to be completed next spring.

Ann Arbor Campus

Faculty appointments and promotions with tenure

Dr. Richard Auchus, professor of internal medicine, Medical School, effective May 1, 2011. (Correction from last month’s entry)

Frieda Ekotto, additional appointment and transfer of tenure to professor of Afroamerican and African studies, and professor of comparative literature, LSA, effective Sept. 1.

Caryl Flinn, professor of screen arts and cultures, LSA, effective Sept. 1.

Katherine French, professor of history, LSA, effective Sept. 1.

Patricia Hall, professor of music, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, effective Sept. 1.

Dinesh Khanna, associate professor of internal medicine, Medical School, effective May 15. (Correction from last month’s entry)

M. Sile O’Modhrain, associate professor of music, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, effective Sept. 1.

Matthew Solomon, associate professor of screen arts and cultures, LSA, effective Sept. 1.

Named professorships

* Gautam Ahuja, Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

* Michael Awkward, Gayl A. Jones Collegiate Professor of Afro-American Literature and Culture, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

Dr. Yuqing Chen, Frederick G. L. Huetwell Collegiate Professor of Basic Research in Cardiovascular Medicine, Medical School, effective June 1, 2011-August 31, 2015.

Richard Conley, Robert W. Browne Professor of Dentistry, School of Dentistry, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2016.

Alison Davis-Blake, Edward J. Frey Dean of Business, effective June 30, 2011-June 30, 2016, and professor of management and organizations, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective July 1, 2011. (Correction from last month’s entry)

* Kathleen Faller, Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Children and Families, SSW, effective Sept. 1, 2011-May 31, 2014.

* Judith Irvine, Edward Sapir Collegiate Professor of Linguistic Anthropology, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

* Vassilios Lambropoulos, C. P. Cavafy Professor of Modern Greek Studies, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

* Yang Liu, Charles B. de Nancrède Research Professor of Surgery, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

* Arthur Lupia, Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

* Arvind-Pal Mandair, Tara Singh and Balwant Kaur Chattha and Gurbax Singh and Kirpal Kaur Brar Sikh Studies Professor, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

David Mayer, NBD Bancorp Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2012.

* W. Russell Neuman, John Derby Evans Professor of Media Technology, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

Laurel Northouse, Mary Lou Willard French Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2014.

* Dr. Mark Orringer, John Alexander Distinguished Professor of Thoracic Surgery, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

* Dr. Mark Pearlman, S. Jan Behrman Collegiate Professor of Reproductive Medicine, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

* Peter Railton, John Stephenson Perrin Professor, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

* Douglas Richstone, Lawrence H. Aller Collegiate Professor of Astronomy, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

* Cindy Schipani, Merwin H. Waterman Collegiate Professor of Business Administration, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

* Sidonie Smith, Martha Guernsey Colby Collegiate Professor of English and Women’s Studies, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

* Robert Joseph Taylor, Sheila Feld Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work (SSW), effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

Administrative appointments

Steven Ceccio, chair, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, College of Engineering (CoE), effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2016.

* Derek Collins, associate dean for the humanities, LSA, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

Angela Dillard, director, Residential College, LSA, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

* Herbert Eagle, chair, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, LSA, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

* Geoff Eley, chair, Department of History, LSA, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2013.

Daniel Fisher, director, Museum of Paleontology, LSA, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

* Anthony H. Francis, associate dean for special projects, LSA, effective Sept.1, 2011-June 30, 2012.

Alec Gallimore, associate dean for research and graduate education, CoE, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

* Melvin Hochster, chair, Department of Mathematics, LSA, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

* Sharon Kardia, chair, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health (SPH), effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2014.

* Donald S. Lopez Jr., chair, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, LSA, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

Joyce Marcus, director, Museum of Anthropology, LSA, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2016.

Tiya Miles, director, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, LSA, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2013.

* Deborah Dash Moore, director, Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, LSA, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2015.

* Jason Owen-Smith, director, Program in Organizational Studies, LSA, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012.

Marios Papaefthymiou, chair, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, CoE, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2016.

Susan Pressler, associate dean for graduate studies, School of Nursing, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

Laura Ruetsche, chair, Department of Philosophy, LSA, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

* Charles Shipan, chair, Department of Political Science, LSA, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

Joel Slemrod, chair, Department of Economics, LSA, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

Twila Tardif, associate dean for Social Sciences, LSA, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

Silke-Maria Weineck, chair, Department of Comparative Literature, LSA, effective July 1, 2011-Dec. 31, 2011.

* Reappointments

Dearborn Campus

Gabriella Eschrich, chair, Department of Language, Culture, and Communications, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

Jeffrey L. Evans, vice chancellor for business affairs, Office of Business Affairs, effective June 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

Retirements

Richard Alfred, associate professor of education in the School of Education, effective May 31. Alfred joined the faculty in 1981. He is the founding director of the Center for Community College Development and the author of more than 150 publications on the topics of organizational strategy, governance, institutional effectiveness, planning and assessment, and change management in colleges and universities. He also is a nationally and internationally recognized writer, researcher, speaker and consultant on the topic of community college education.

Jonathan Bulkley, Peter M. Wege Endowed Professor of Sustainable Systems and professor of resources policy in the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) and professor of civil and environmental engineering, CoE, effective June 30. Bulkley joined the faculty in 1968. He was director of the National Pollution Prevention Center for Higher Education at U-M and in 1998 was appointed co-director of the Center for Sustainable Systems. He is known for his research to help improve the planning, evaluation, and management of natural resources and is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on storm water, combined sewer overflows and water collections systems.

Benedick Fraass, Allen S. Lichter M.D. Professor of Radiation Oncology and professor of radiation oncology in the Medical School, effective April 27. He joined U-M in 1984. Fraass was a founding member and director of the Division of Radiation Physics in the Department of Radiation Oncology, and is recognized as one of the leading radiation oncology physicists in the world. His contributions to the field have propelled the university’s reputation as a leader in radiation oncology research and patient care. Fraass has held leadership positions with the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

Carolyn Gillespie, professor of theatre in the College of Arts and Sciences, UM-Flint, effective June 30. Gillespie joined the UM-Flint faculty in 1987. She led the way in shaping the acting and directing program and directed 54 productions at UM-Flint, Oakland University, Michigan State University, the University of Dallas and the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. Gillespie is the recipient of professional awards including the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for Excellence in Theatre Education. She chaired the Department of Theatre and Dance in 1990-93 and 1995-2000, and developed the Speech Teacher Certification Program in 1997.

John Griffith, Andrew Pattullo Professor of Hospital Administration and professor of health management and policy, SPH, effective May 31. Griffith joined the faculty in 1960. His research focuses on evidence-based management systems and practices that promote excellence in the healthcare industry and improve the quality and efficiency of patient care. He is the author of the most widely used textbook in healthcare administration, “The Well-Managed Health Care Organization,” named Book of the Year by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Griffith has served as chair of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and received the SPH Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009.

Dr. David Kuhl, professor of radiology, Medical School, effective June 30. Kuhl joined the faculty in 1986. His research focused on the development of neurochemical and metabolic processes within the living brain, which enabled drug development targeted to the earliest stages of degenerative brain disease. Kuhl has authored 235 peer reviewed publications and 374 published abstracts. He has received awards including the Japan Prize from the Science and Technology Foundation of Japan (2009), the Outstanding Researcher Award from the Radiological Society of North America (1996), and the Benedict Cassen Prize for research leading to a major advance in nuclear medicine science from the National Institutes of Health (1996).

Valerie E. Lee, professor of education in the School of Education and faculty associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, effective June 30. She joined the faculty in 1986. Her research focuses largely on public policy with respect to educational equity, and on identifying characteristics of schools that make them both excellent and equitable. Recently she broadened her focus to study schools in Brazil and sub-Saharan Africa. Her research has been published in books, journal articles and reports. She received the Rackham Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 2008 and was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2010.

Gary Pace, associate professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, UM-Flint, effective June 30. Pace joined the faculty in 1969. He has been instrumental in the development of the biology curriculum, and served as the department’s advisor for the Teaching Certificate Program and Honors Scholar Program. He was awarded the UM-Flint Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award in 1993 and received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities in 1994. The local community benefited from his commitment to the Flint River Watershed Coalition and the Flint Environmental Action Team.

Judy Rosenthal, professor of anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, UM-Flint, effective June 30. She joined the faculty in 1993. A nationally and internationally recognized scholar of Togolese and Ghanaian spirit possession cultures, Rosenthal is the author of “Possession, Ecstasy, and Law in Ewe Voodoo,” an ethnography based on her research in West Africa. Rosenthal was coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program from 2000-04, chaired the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice from 2001-02, was a driving force in the creation of the Master of Arts in Social Science program, and has received the Lucinda Hinsdale Stone Senior Faculty Award.

Dr. Thomas Schwenk, George A. Dean M.D. Chair of Family Medicine, professor of family medicine, chair of the Department of Family Medicine and professor of medical education in the Medical School, effective June 30. Schwenk joined the faculty in 1984. He is co-editor of the textbook “Primary Care Psychiatry” and a founding member of the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Faculty Scholar Program, from 1992-2008. Schwenk served on the board of directors of the American Board of Family Medicine and as its vice president from 2004-05. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2002.

Karen Wixson, professor of education in the School of Education, effective June 30. She joined the faculty in 1980. Wixson has published widely in the areas of literacy curriculum, instruction, and assessment in books and journals. She is an author of the Scott Foresman reading program and co-author of a popular text on the assessment and instruction of reading and writing problems. Wixson served as dean of the School of Education from 2000-05. She co-directed the federally funded Michigan English Language Arts Framework standards project, and served as co-director and principal investigator in the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement.

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Carol Stepanchuk, community outreach coordinator, Center for Chinese Studies; education director, Development, Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, on working in the Center for Chinese Studies: “One of the greatest benefits of my job is being able to stay contemporary with Chinese culture.”

EVENTS

Gifts of Art presents World Fiddling Show by Saline Fiddlers, noon-1 p.m. July 14, University Hospital Courtyard.

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