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Week of January 17, 2011

Regents roundup

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

G. G. Brown addition design approved

The regents approved the proposed design for an approximately 62,500-gross-square-foot addition to the George Granger Brown Memorial Laboratories building to support the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s research endeavors in bio-systems, energy and nano-systems. The scope of the project was reduced during the design process by the College of Engineering (CoE), and is now estimated to cost $46 million. The project is being funded by CoE resources, gifts, university investment proceeds, and a federal grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Construction on the addition is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2014.

Lloyd Hall renovation project moves forward

The $56 million residence hall renovation of Alice Crocker Lloyd Hall received approval for its design. The project includes new plumbing, heating, cooling, ventilation, fire detection and suppression, wired and wireless networking, renovated bath facilities and accessibility improvements, as well as new living-learning spaces in the vacated dining areas no longer needed since the Hill Dining Center became operational. The project is being funded from Housing resources and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2012.

Biology laboratories to be updated at Kraus

Approximately 4,200 gross square feet of lab and support space on the second and third floors of the Edward Henry Kraus Building will be renovated to create modern research facilities for recently recruited faculty in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. The $1.7 million project is being funded by LSA and is scheduled to be completed next fall.

Ann Arbor Campus

Faculty Appointments

Sandra Gunning, professor of American culture, professor of Afroamerican and African studies, LSA, effective Jan. 1.

Michael N. Lehman, professor of molecular and integrative physiology, with tenure, Medical School, effective Dec. 1.

Administrative appointments

Martin Philbert, dean, School of Public Health, effective Jan. 1, 2011-June 30, 2016.

Mark Tessler, vice provost for international affairs, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective Jan. 1, 2011-June 30, 2013.

Marc A. Zimmerman, chair, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, effective Jan. 1, 2011-Dec. 31, 2013.

Flint Campus

Vahid Lotti, acting dean, School of Management, effective Nov. 1, 2010.


H. Don Cameron, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, professor of Greek and Latin, and curator, Museum of Zoology, LSA, effective Dec. 31. Cameron joined the faculty in 1959. His early scholarly research was devoted especially to the tragedian Aeschylus, about whom he published “Studies on the Seven Against Thebes of Aeschylus” in 1971. More recently, in 2003, he published a commentary on Book 1 of the historian Thucydides. His teaching has been recognized with several awards, including the American Philological Association’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Collegiate Level in 1987.

Conrad Kottak, Julian H. Steward Collegiate Professor of Anthropology and professor of anthropology, LSA, effective Dec. 31. Kottak joined the university in 1968. His research focuses on social and cultural transformations in the context of ecology, political economy, technological change and processes of globalization. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005, and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008. Kottak served as chair of the Department of Anthropology from 1996-2006, and is the author of one of the most widely used introductory textbooks in the field.

Dr. Richard Swartz, professor of internal medicine, Medical School, effective Dec. 31. Swartz joined the university faculty in 1977. He is known for his expertise in the area of chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease, and end-of-life care for patients with these and other conditions. Swartz has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and has presented nearly as many abstracts and courses at national meetings. Awards include the H. Marvin Pollard Award for outstanding resident teaching (U-M, 1991) and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s Distinguished Service Award (1995).

Thomas Trautmann, Marshall Sahlins Collegiate Professor of History and Anthropology, professor of anthropology and professor of history, LSA, effective Dec. 31. Trautmann joined the university in 1968. Trained as a historian of ancient India, his early work revised the authorship of a canonical Sanskrit text, the Arthashaslra. Subsequent work laid a lasting foundation for all later studies of Dravidian kinship. From 2003-09 as a development officer in the Department of History, the department’s endowment funds nearly doubled, from $12.5 to $22.6 million.

Norman Yoffee, professor of near eastern studies, professor of anthropology, and curator, Museum of Anthropology, LSA, effective Dec. 31. Yoffee joined the faculty in 1993. His research focuses on the rise and fall of early civilizations. Within Mesopotamian studies, Yoffee’s work centered on the ancient Babylonian city of Kish, resulting in the publication of two volumes of cuneiform texts. As chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies from 1993-98, he presided over a reorganization of undergraduate and graduate curricula.



Meet Pieter Kleymeer, education manager, Open.Michigan, on owning a bike as a child: “Your world just expands when you have a bike.”


Ish Klein (above) and John Beer perform readings at 5:10 p.m. Jan. 20, U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium.

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