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Week of May 6, 2013

Regents Roundup

The following items were approved by the Board of Regents at its April 18 meeting.

Design approved for Clements Library project

The Board of Regents approved the design for a project involving the comprehensive renovation of the infrastructure of the William L. Clements Library. The project will include an underground addition of approximately 7,500 gross square feet to house portions of the library’s collection and mechanical equipment. The $16.8 million project, funded from gifts and university investment proceeds, is scheduled for completion in summer 2015.

Renovations approved for UM-Dearborn

The design for the $51 million renovation of the Science Building and adjacent Computer Information Science Building on the campus of UM-Dearborn was approved.

The project will create updated laboratory and classroom space for the Department of Natural Sciences within the Science Building, and upgrade infrastructure shared with the adjacent Computer Information Science Building.

The project was part of the fiscal year 2011 Capital Outlay Request to the State of Michigan, which will fund $30 million of the project, with the balance funded by UM-Dearborn. Construction is scheduled for completion in summer 2016.

The Fairlane Center, just east of the main UM-Dearborn campus, will undergo renovations to approximately 8,200 gross square feet on two floors to accommodate offices for the English Language Proficiency Programs, the Labor Studies Center, the existing data center, and collections and offices of the Armenian Research Center.

UM-Dearborn is funding the $1.48 million dollar project scheduled for completion in winter 2014.

Dry research collection project moves forward

The design was approved for a project that will renovate approximately 71,000 gross square feet in the Varsity Drive Building. It will accommodate the relocation of dry research museum collections, associated lab spaces, and some offices for the Departments of Anthropology, Paleontology and Zoology.

The project will create several environmentally controlled areas to protect the collections. LSA is funding the $27.45 million project, scheduled for completion in winter 2015.

Final approval received for new Nursing building

The board authorized issuing bids and awarding construction contracts to build a 78,000-gross-square-foot facility for the School of Nursing to accommodate its instructional space needs. The site is just north of the school’s home at the North Ingalls Building. University investment proceeds will fund the $50 million project scheduled for completion in fall 2015.

University Hospital sterilizers to be replaced

A $1.6 million project at University Hospital is planned to replace three large ethylene oxide sterilizers with newer units that will eliminate the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons in the sterilization process. Approximately 700 gross square feet will be renovated to accommodate the new equipment. The Hospitals and Health Centers will fund the project, scheduled for completion this fall.

Ann Arbor Campus

Faculty appointments and promotions with tenure

Nicole Ellison, associate professor of information, School of Information (corrected title), effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Named professorships

Dr. Gary J. Faerber, Edward J. McGuire, M.D. Research Professor of Urology, Medical School, effective April 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2018.

Dr. Judith L. Heidebrink, Richard D. and Katherine M. O’Connor Research Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease, Medical School, effective April 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2018.

James J. Moon, John Gideon Searle Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, effective May 1, 2013-April 30, 2016.

Administrative appointments

Susan A. Gelman, interim dean, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2014.

Kon-Well Wang, Tim Manganello/Borg Warner Chair of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, effective April 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2018.

Philip J. Hanlon, special counsel to the president, Office of the President, effective May 6-May 31, 2013.

Kenneth J. Nisbet, associate vice president for research-technology transfer, Office of the Vice President for Research, effective May 1.


Philip J. Hanlon, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, Office of the President, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Donald J. Lewis Collegiate Professor of Mathematics, and professor of mathematics, LSA, effective May 31. He joined the faculty in 1986 and held key administrative positions including provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. His budgetary focus on core academic and research enterprises has enabled the university to weather financial challenges. Under his leadership the university explored evolving educational technologies, entrepreneurial opportunities, and innovative learning programs. A gifted mentor and teacher, Hanlon is a leading authority on algebraic combinatorics and discrete probability with special expertise in bioinformatics and theoretical computer science. Honors for his work include the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, Henry Russel Award and John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Dr. Timothy T. Nostrant, professor of internal medicine and associate chief of the Division of Gastroenterology in the Medical School, effective Feb. 28. Nostrant joined the faculty in 1979. His research and clinical experience focused on gastroenterology with emphasis on the areas of injection treatment for esophageal motility disorders, cancer surveillance and prevention strategies, new endoscopic treatments for acid reflux disease, and new cytokine-directed treatments for irritable bowel disease. He published more than 100 journal articles, 29 book chapters and more than 40 abstracts. He has been listed in The Best Doctors in America since 2000 and was recognized as a top doctor by the International Association of Internists in 2010. He held numerous leadership positions including associate chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and received the Outstanding Clinician Award from the Medical School.

Thomas H. Seymour, clinical assistant professor of law, Law School, effective Dec. 31, 2012. He joined the faculty in 1996. Seymour’s professional work and teaching focused on dispute resolution, legal analysis and legal writing. He served as a mediator with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Cambridge Consumers’ Council, as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, and as an editor of the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Magazine. Seymour played a pivotal role in the incorporation of negotiation and dispute resolution into the first-year law student curriculum. A highly regarded and student-centered teacher, Seymour set high academic standards for his students and was devoted to their success in the Law School and the practice of law.

Jean T. Shope, research professor in the U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), and research professor and lecturer in the School of Public Health (SPH), effective Dec. 31, 2012. Shope joined the faculty in 1980. She is recognized internationally for her research on the psychosocial factors involved in health and illness. She explored a wide range of topics including medication adherence and disease management, health promotion, substance abuse, risk reduction and injury prevention. Her research on adolescent risk behaviors and interventions led to a broader implementation of Michigan’s Graduated Driver Licensing program. Shope taught and mentored graduate and post-doctoral students in SPH and UMTRI, held leadership positions including director of the Center for Injury Prevention among Youth. She received three UMTRI Research Excellence Awards, among several other awards.


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