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Week of March 11, 2013

Regents roundup

The following items were approved by the Board of Regents at its Feb. 21 meeting.

Renovations planned at College of Pharmacy Building

The Board of Regents approved the design for a renovation of approximately 12,000 gross square feet in the basement and first floor of the College of Pharmacy Building, and authorized issuing the project for bids and awarding construction contracts. The project will create smaller offices and cubicles to use the space more efficiently, allowing the main entrance to be improved to provide a more welcoming and accessible entry to the building. The $2.6 million project is being funded by College of Pharmacy resources and is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Regent Deitch reports on California strategic session

Regent Laurence B. Deitch shared highlights of a two-day strategic session in which the Board of Regents met with major donors, alumni and thought leaders in higher education who are based in California.

Deitch described the Jan. 17-18 gathering in Los Angeles as a “very successful trip. … It was a first for us, but we hope it won’t be the last in terms of benefits to the university,” he said. The regents met with leaders from several California universities, and Deitch said their willingness to meet with the U-M contingent “was a testament to their respect for President (Mary Sue) Coleman.”

The regents also attended two events with major donors, “in an effort to build private support in the face of declining state appropriations,” Deitch said.

“The donors were enormously impressed that the board came, and it helps with development efforts,” Coleman said.

ANN ARBOR CAMPUS

Faculty appointments and promotions with tenure

Ivo D. Dinov, associate professor of nursing, School of Nursing, effective Sept. 1, 2013.

* Thomas M. Schmidt, professor of internal medicine, Medical School, and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, LSA, effective Jan. 1.

* John C. Schotland, professor of mathematics and professor of physics, LSA, effective Jan. 1.

* Kathryn Zurek, associate professor of physics, LSA, effective Jan. 1.

Administrative appointments

J. Brian Fowlkes, associate vice president for research-health sciences, Office of the Vice President for Research, effective March 1, 2013-June 30, 2016.

Dr. Carmen R. Green, associate vice president and associate dean for health equity and inclusion, Medical School and U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, effective Feb.1.

** Scott B. Howell, interim chair, Navy Officer Education Program, effective Feb. 1-July 31, 2013.

Terrence J. McDonald, director, Bentley Historical Library, effective Sept. 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2018.

Martha E. Pollack, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective May 6, 2013-June 30, 2015.

* Paul D. Reingold, interim associate dean for clinical affairs, Law School, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

** Kon-Well Wang, chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2018.

Mark D. West, dean, Law School, effective Sept. 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2018.

Named Professorships

Heang-Ping Chan, Ph.D., Paul L. Carson, Ph.D. Collegiate Professor of Radiology, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2018.

Daniel A. Crane, Frederick Paul Furth, Sr. Professor of Law, Law School, effective March 1, 2013-June 30, 2018.

* James F. Driscoll, Arthur B. Modine Professor of Engineering, CoE, effective Jan. 1, 2013-Dec. 31, 2017.

Samuel D. Epstein, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective Jan. 1.

Martha S. Jones, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective Jan. 1.

Fritz A. Kaenzig, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective Jan. 1.

Ellen D. Katz, Ralph W. Aigler Professor of Law, Law School, effective March 1, 2013-June 30, 2018.

Vikramaditya S. Khanna, William W. Cook Professor of Law, Law School, effective March 1, 2013-June 30, 2018.

Sridhar Kota, Herrick Professor of Engineering, CoE, effective Jan. 1, 2013-Dec. 31, 2017.

Howard Lupovich, Louis and Helen Padnos Visiting Professor of Judaic Studies, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2013-May 31, 2013.

Brent R. Martin, William R. Roush Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2013-Dec. 31, 2015.

Andrew D. Maynard, Ph.D., NSF International Department Chair of Environmental Health Sciences, and chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, effective Jan. 1, 2013-Dec. 31, 2015.

Nina A. Mendelson, Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professor of Law, Law School, effective March 1, 2013-June 30, 2018.

Dr. Joseph M. Messana, Richard D. Swartz, M.D. Collegiate Professor of Nephrology, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2018.

John Montgomery, Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2013-Dec. 31, 2017.

William J. Novak, Charles F. and Edith J. Clyne Professor of Law, Law School, effective March 1, 2013-June 30, 2018.

Janie C. Paul, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective Jan. 1.

Volker Sick, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective Jan. 1.

** Dr. Steven A. Telian, John L. Kemink, M.D. Professor of Neurotology, Medical School, effective April 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2018.

Dr. Michael W. Quasney, Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor for the Cure and Prevention of Birth Defects, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2018.

L. Monique Ward, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective Jan. 1.

Dr. Edward M. Wojtys, William S. Smith Collegiate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2018.

DEARBORN CAMPUS

** Edward A. Silver, dean, School of Education, effective July 1, 2013-Dec. 31.

FLINT CAMPUS

** Ruth J. Person, chancellor, effective Aug. 18, 2013-May 31, 2014.

Robert W. Barnett, interim chair, Department of Social Work, School of Education and Human Services, effective Jan. 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2013.

Don Straube, associate professor of physical therapy, School of Health Professions and Studies, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

* Interim approval granted

** Reappointments

Retirements

Dr. Laurence A. Boxer, Henry and Mala Dorfman Family Professor of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases in the Medical School, effective Dec. 31, 2012. He joined the university in 1982. Boxer’s research and clinical care focused on chronic neutropenias. He authored 217 peer-reviewed publications, 148 book chapters and invited reviews, and numerous scientific abstracts. He has presented more than 150 invited lectures at national and international venues and served on the editorial boards of publications including the Journal of Immunology, Blood, and the Journal of Clinical Immunology. He has been named one of the Best Doctors in America in several publications.

Marija R. Freeland, senior associate librarian, University Library, effective Dec. 31. She joined the faculty in 2001. In her role as subject specialist, she had primary responsibility for providing research assistance, instruction and collection support for the fields of education and kinesiology. Her analysis of the collections in education, kinesiology, newspaper and general periodicals allowed resources to be redirected to the research, learning and teaching needs of library users. She served on the Librarians’ Forum Board, the Library Promotion Policy Task Force, the Library Instructor College Steering Committee, and the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty. She was also active in professional organizations.

Dr. Wei C. Lau, clinical associate professor of anesthesiology in the Medical School, effective Dec. 31. He joined the university in 1993. Lau’ s research focused on the study of clopidogrel resistance. He has been the principal or co-investigator for two dozen grants in the field of cardiovascular anesthesiology. His academic work culminated in a large multicenter study examining the efficacy and safety of dexmedetomidine in the prevention of postoperative delirium in patients undergoing heart valve surgery. He authored 29 peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters, served on many local and national committees, and delivered numerous invited lectures. He has had multiple administrative appointments in the Health System.

Catherine G. McLaughlin, professor of health management and policy in the School of Public Health, effective Dec. 31. She joined the faculty in 1983. McLaughlin’s seminal research focused on managed care and healthcare utilization patterns in small group insurance markets. She served as the inaugural director of the university’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Scholars in Health Policy Research Program. Under her leadership, the RWJF funded Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured evaluated and aggregated data on healthcare insurance coverage issues and more. She has always maintained a strong focus on mentoring graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty members. In 2006, she was elected to the Institute of Medicine.

Penny F. Pierce, associate professor of nursing in the School of Nursing and faculty associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, effective Dec. 31. Her research focused on the study of decision-making behavior in various life threatening and stressful health care contexts. She also studied the post-deployment mental health, physical health, and the retention of military members serving since the Persian Gulf War. Her research activities brought national visibility to the university and have been used by military healthcare policy makers and in congressional hearings. Called a gifted teacher and devoted mentor, Pierce was named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2005.

Dr. Theodore Z. Polley Jr., clinical associate professor of surgery in the Medical School, effective Dec. 31. He joined the faculty in 1982. Polley served as assistant dean for admissions in the Medical School from 1988-90. He played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Pediatric Trauma Program at Mott Children’s Hospital and served as the program’s first director from 1991-97. He also served the Section of Pediatric Surgery in the establishment of the network practices at several area hospitals. Polley has given numerous presentations and authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters. A member of several professional organizations, Polley received the Senior Award from six Medical School graduating classes, for excellence in teaching.

Dr. Ameed Raoof, assistant professor of medical education in the Medical School, effective Dec. 31. He joined the faculty in 1998. Raoof was appointed director of the Division of Anatomical Sciences in 2010. Called a gifted teacher, he taught anatomy courses to a generation of medical, nursing, dentistry and undergraduate students. Raoof presented at 50 national and international meetings, and was a frequent presenter for the American Association of Clinical Anatomists and the International Association of Medical Science Educators. He received teaching awards including the Galens Medical Society’s Elizabeth Crosby Award (twice), the Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Preclinical Teaching, and the Senior Award from the Medical School’s graduating Class of 2008.

Kristine A. Siefert, Edith S. Gomberg Collegiate Professor of Social Work and professor of social work, effective Dec. 31. She joined the faculty in 1979. Siefert’s research focused on identifying modifiable social, behavioral and environmental risk determinants of health and mental health among low-income women and children, and on racial and ethnic health disparities. She published widely in high impact scientific journals, and in 2003 was named one of the most influential researchers in social work. She served in an advisory capacity or as an expert reviewer for numerous agencies and foundations, including the Centers for Disease Control. Within the School of Social Work, Siefert served in several administrative roles including director of the Research Center on Poverty, Risk and Mental Health. She has received the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award.

Barbara-Jean Sullivan, clinical assistant professor of nursing, School of Nursing, effective Dec. 31. Sullivan joined the faculty in 1985, left to complete postdoctoral work as a clinical psychologist in 1987, and returned to the School of Nursing faculty in 2002. Her scholarly endeavors reflect her experience as a neurosurgical intensive care nurse and her years of clinical practice. The theme of life adjustment to illness, trauma and loss has been central to her research on self-esteem and depression in adolescents with diabetes, and couples coping with sudden infant death syndrome. Her more recent work focused on caregivers of heart failure patients and cognitive health in the elderly. She was a gifted teacher and taught psychiatric mental health nursing in the undergraduate, second career and graduate programs.

Dr. Alan B. Weder, professor of internal medicine in the Medical School, effective Dec. 31. He joined the faculty in 1982, served as chief of the Division of Hypertension and has been co-director of the Vascular Medicine Program since 1999. Weder is recognized for his research on red blood cell cation transport, renal lithium and sodium handling, red blood cell markers for hypertension, and genetics and the genetic epidemiology of hypertension. His clinical interests focused on hypertension severity assessment, pathophysiology of essential hypertension, and renal tubular dysfunction in hypertension. A popular presenter, he authored nearly 150 peer-reviewed publications and served on the editorial boards of numerous journals and on several advisory boards.

Robert Zand, professor of biological chemistry in the Medical School, professor of macromolecular science and engineering in the College of Engineering, and research scientist and adjunct professor of biophysics, LSA, effective Dec. 31. He joined the university in 1963. Zand’s research focused on the investigation of a brain protein that was soluble in organic solvents. This research evolved into the study of a myelin basic protein, a brain protein, and its role in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis and the etiology of multiple sclerosis. He authored and co-authored numerous research publications and book chapters, and presented at countless international meetings. Zand taught biochemistry courses, and served on thesis and departmental committees in biological chemistry, biochemistry and macromolecular science.

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