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Week of January 24, 2011

Regents Roundup

The following items were approved by the Board of Regents at its Jan. 20 meeting.

Capital outlay request submitted to the State

In December the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses each submitted annual requests for capital funding and a five-year capital plan to the State of Michigan. When capital outlay funding is made available for a university project by the state legislature and the governor, it usually provides two-thirds of the cost of a construction project. The Ann Arbor request is for the construction of a new building for the School of Nursing with a project cost of $50 million. The Dearborn request is to renovate the Science Building and the Computer Science Building with their shared infrastructure for $51 million. The Flint request is to renovate the classrooms and faculty offices on the upper floors of French Hall for $6.3 million.

Tunnel work continues onCentral Campus

Utility tunnel infrastructure renewal on Central Campus will continue with the refurbishment of 500 feet of tunnel near Huron Street. The $2.55 million project will be funded from Utility resources and is scheduled for completion in the winter of 2012.

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments and promotions with tenure

Dr. Richard Auchus, professor of internal medicine, Medical School, effective Jan. 1.

Dr. Carlos Mendes de Leon, professor of epidemiology, School of Public Health (SPH), effective Jan. 1.

Administrative appointments

Alfred Franzblau, associate dean for research, SPH, effective Jan. 1, 2011-Dec. 31, 2013.

Kenneth Kollman, director, International Institute, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

Steven Schwendeman, chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, effective Jan. 1, 2011-Dec. 31, 2013.

Named professorships

Ken Resnicow, Irwin M. Rosenstock Collegiate Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health, effective Feb. 1, 2011-Jan. 31, 2016.

Steven Schwendeman, Ara G. Paul Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, effective Jan. 1, 2011-Dec. 31, 2015.

Dick Siegel, Helen L. DeRoy Visiting Professor in Honors, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2011-April 30, 2011.

Flint campus

Yener Kandogan, associate dean, School of Management, effective Jan. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2011.

Dearborn campus

Brian Green, Richard E. Czamecki Collegiate Professor, College of Business, effective Jan. 1, 2011-Dec. 31, 2013.


Phyllis Blumenfeld, professor of education in the School of Education, effective Dec. 31, 2010. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in 1968, her doctorate from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1973, and joined U-M in 1972. Blumenfeld taught in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology, and her research focused on the influence of teacher behavior and classroom tasks on student motivation. She has published widely, including numerous articles, books and handbook chapters on science education, developmental psychology, education psychology and learning sciences.

Werner Dahm, professor of aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering, effective Oct. 31, 2010. He joined the U-M faculty in 1985 after receiving his Master of Science from University of Tennessee Space Institute in 1981 and his doctorate from California Institute of Technology in 1985. He made a number of distinguished contributions to teaching and research, mentored graduate students, pioneered several scientific research techniques and is known as a clever innovator in his field. He served as the chief scientist of the United States Air Force in the Pentagon from 2008-10, served on the USAF advisory board and has won numerous awards in aeronautics, astronautics and physics.

Betty Velthouse, associate professor of management in the School of Management at UM-Flint, effective Dec. 31, 2010. She received Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1979 and her Master of Business Administration and doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986 and 1990, respectively. She joined UM-Flint in 1988 and has since served on multiple administrative and universitywide committees and councils. Velthouse is recognized by colleagues and students as an outstanding teacher, and her research in the areas of empowerment and ethics is highly regarded in her field.



Diana Paterno, graduate program assistant, Department of Sociology, on the farming organization Wishing Tree Gardens: “We enrich not just the soil, but the whole community.”


Zell Visiting Writers Series with Mary Gaitskill, 5 p.m. Feb. 10, U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium.

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