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Week of April 18, 2011

Regents Roundup

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

Renovations planned at University Hospital

The medical procedures unit on the second level of University Hospital will be expanded by approximately 4,000 gross square feet in a project that will create additional prep/recovery bays, procedure rooms and storage space, and expand the reception and waiting room. The $6 million project will be funded from U-M Hospitals and Health Centers’ resources and is scheduled to be completed next spring.

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments and promotions with tenure

Lisa Lattuca, professor of education, School of Education, effective Sept. 1.

Administrative appointments

Eugene Anderson, interim dean, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective July 1-Aug. 21, 2011.

Francis Blouin Jr., director, Bentley Historical Library, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

Alison Davis-Blake, Edward J. Frey Dean of Business, effective Aug. 22, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016, and professor of management and organizations, Ross School, effective Aug. 22.

David Engelke, associate dean for academic programs and initiatives, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012.

John Laird, interim chair, Division of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering (CoE), effective March 1.

Named professorships

Paul Courant, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, effective June 1, 2011-May 31, 2016.

Stephen Forrest, William Gould Dow Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering, CoE, effective March 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

Dr. Jeffrey Innis, Morton S. and Henrietta K. Sellner Professor of Human Genetics, Medical School, effective March 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2015.

Khalil Najafi, Schlumberger Professor in Engineering, CoE, effective March 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

Jun Ni, Shien-Ming (Sam) Wu Collegiate Professor of Manufacturing Science, CoE, effective April 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

Dr. Yehoash Raphael, R. Jamison and Betty J. Williams Professor of Otolaryngology, Medical School, effective March 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2015.

Russell Taichman, Major M. Ash Collegiate Professor of Periodontics, School of Dentistry, effective April 1, 2011-March 31, 2016.

Levi Thompson Jr., Richard E. Balzhiser Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, CoE, effective April 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

Thomas Wenisch, Morris Wellman Faculty Development Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, CoE, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2013.

Dr. Stuart Wolf Jr., David A. Bloom Professor of Urology, Medical School, effective April 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2015

Dearborn campus

Administrative appointments

Robert Gassel, interim vice chancellor for business affairs, Office of Business Affairs, effective March 1.


Dr. Leo McAfee, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science in CoE, effective Dec. 31, 2010. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1966 from Prairie View A&M University, and Master of Science in Engineering and doctoral degrees from U-M in 1967 and 1970, respectively. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering in 1969 as the first African-American professor hired by CoE. His research focus on numerical and circuit modeling of integrated circuits, networks for automated semiconductor manufacturing and computer network devices directly led to the adoption of the SEC Message Services (SMS) by SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials, Inc.) in 1989.

Dr. Samuel Mukasa, Erin J. Essene Collegiate Professor of Geological Sciences and professor of geological sciences in LSA, effective Dec. 31, 2010. He received his Bachelor of Science in 1977 from the University of New Hampshire, his Master of Science in 1980 from The Ohio State University and his doctorate in 1984 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He joined the U-M faculty in 1989. His research focused on the origin and evolution of the Earth’s mantle, and he has traveled the world for research, including Antarctica, Bulgaria, Italy and Zimbabwe. He served on numerous scientific panels, and lectured nationally and internationally to promote diversity in higher education.

John Witter, professor of forestry in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, effective Feb. 28. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1965 and 1967, respectively, and his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1971. He joined the U-M faculty in 1972. He is known for his research on population dynamics and impacts of lepidopterous defoliators, and for his extensive studies on the effects of multiple disturbances in urban and rural forests. He has chaired and served on numerous doctoral and master’s degree thesis committees, and also worked with multiple agencies to make public research results on forestry and insects.

Charlotte Wolfe, senior associate librarian, University Library, effective Dec. 31, 2010. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt in 1958 and her Master of Arts in Library Science from U-M in 1960. She joined the University Library in 1960. Her most notable contribution is her dedication to music cataloging and bibliographic excellence, and her efforts in helping to lead the library into the digital age. Among her many contributions, she chaired the Cataloging Policy Council and throughout her career catalogued the Music Library’s notable Stellfeld Music Collection. Her contributions to drafting the DCRM-Early Printed Music Cataloging Rules are recognized by colleagues worldwide.



Kim Smith, clinical nurse II, East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatric Center, on installing rain collecting systems: “The expression on people’s faces when you are giving them the gift of water … has been priceless.”


“Crystalloid Columns” from Life in Ceramics: Five Contemporary Korean Artists, presented through June 13 in the Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1, by Gifts of Art.

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