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Week of May 2, 2011

Regents Roundup

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

MMPEI construction given final approval

The Board of Regents gave the final approval for the planned renovation and addition to the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory on North Campus. The renovation of 10,000 gross square feet on the second floor will provide state-of-the-art laboratory space for energy-related research for the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute, and a 10,000-gross-square-foot addition will provide space for the institute’s administrative functions. The $11.1 million project is being funded from investment proceeds, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the College of Engineering. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2013.

2012 regents meeting schedule set

The approved monthly meeting schedule for 2012 provides for 11 monthly one-day meetings, with no meeting in August. All meetings are on the third Thursday of the month, except for October 2012, which is on the third Friday, and December 2012, which is on the second Thursday. The approved 2012 meetings are: Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 15, April 19, May 17 (Dearborn campus), June 21, July 19, Sept. 20, Oct. 19 (Flint campus), Nov. 15 and Dec. 13.

North Campus support facility planned

To meet increased demand for research computing and data storage capacity in a cost-effective manner, Information and Technology Services plans to place a modular data center on North Campus near the U-M Transportation Research Institute. The $6.2 million project will be funded from investment proceeds and is scheduled to be completed next spring.

Orthotics and Prosthetics Center to be expanded

A renovation of approximately 12,500 gross square feet at the university’s Eisenhower Corporate Park West facility on South Industrial is planned that will expand the Orthotics and Prosthetics Center. The expansion will result in a higher-capacity clinic and expanded laboratory area with accommodations for new programs. The $1.3 million project will be funded by the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, and is scheduled to be completed next spring.

New master’s, graduate certificate program in health informatics planned

The School of Information and School of Public Health will offer a joint master’s degree and graduate certificate in health informatics. The objective of the new program is to train experts who will bring a human-centered approach to the development and deployment of health information technologies. Enrollment for graduate certificate students is this fall; enrollment for the master’s program will begin fall 2012.

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments and promotions with tenure

Matthew Evans, associate professor of philosophy, LSA, effective Sept. 1.

Christiane Gruber, associate professor of the history of art, LSA, effective Sept.1.

Kristen Harrison, professor of communication studies, LSA, effective Sept. 1.

Timothy Johnson, associate professor of biostatistics, School of Public Health (SPH), effective Sept. 1.

Peter McIsaac, associate professor of Germanic languages and literatures, LSA, effective Sept. 1.

Named professorships

Pamela Ballinger, Fred Cuny Professor of the History of Human Rights, effective Sept. 1-Aug. 31, 2016, and associate professor of history, with tenure, LSA, effective Sept. 1.

Dr. Charles Burant, Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Professor of Metabolism, Medical School, effective April 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2015.

Caroline Constant, Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2014.

Xuming He, Harry Clyde Carver Collegiate Professor of Statistics, effective Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016, and professor of statistics, with tenure, LSA, effective Sept. 1.

Seth Pettie, Morris Wellman Faculty Development Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2013.

Linda Samuelson, John A. Williams Collegiate Professor of Gastrointestinal Physiology, Medical School, effective April 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2015

Administrative appointments

Sara Blair, associate dean for academic programs and initiatives, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, effective Sept. 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

*Paul Courant, university librarian and dean of libraries, effective Feb. 29, 2012-Aug. 31, 2013.

Kyle Grazier, chair, Department of Health Management and Policy, SPH, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

June Howard, associate dean for academic program and initiatives, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, effective Jan. 1, 2012-June 30, 2012.

Rajesh Mangrulkar, associate dean for medical student education, Medical School, effective June 1, 2011.

Kallie Bila Michels, interim vice president for communications, Office of the Vice President for Communications, effective April 4.

Dr. Thomas Shanley, associate dean for clinical and translational research, Medical School; director, Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research, effective March 31.

*Dean G. Smith, senior associate dean for administration, SPH, effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2014.

Dr. Philip Zazove, interim chair, Department of Family Medicine, Medical School, effective July 1.

* Reappointment



Brigitte Maassen, international visitor coordinator, International Center, on her youth, and the influence of international culture: “I grew up in a family that was so inclusive of people of all different religions, races and backgrounds … so I’m very grateful.”


Gifts of Art presents “The Tie that Binds: Book Arts Group Show,” featuring School of Art & Design student works through June 13 in the Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1.

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