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Week of October 24, 2011

Regents Roundup

The following items were approved by the Board of Regents at its Oct. 13 meeting.

Four new startup companies to move into Venture Accelerator

Four new U-M startup companies will move into the U-M Tech Transfer’s Venture Accelerator at the North Campus Research Complex. The regents approved leases with SenSigma, CSquared Innovations, Diapan Therapeutics and Tissue Regeneration Systems. This brings the total to 14 new businesses in the Venture Accelerator that provides space, services and mentoring for emerging U-M startups. U-M Tech Transfer officials expect it to reach capacity by the beginning of next year.

Design approved for Yost Ice Arena project

The Board of Regents approved the design for a $14 million project to replace the spectator seating, update infrastructure, and improve fan amenities at Yost Ice Arena, and approved issuing early procurement packages for windows and bleachers for bids. The project is being funded from Athletic Department resources and is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2012.

Central Power Plant controls to be upgraded

A $6.75 million project is planned that will update the Central Power Plant’s electronic control systems to improve reliability, enhance continuous monitoring of systems, and optimize overall plant efficiency. The project will be funded from Utility resources and is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2014.

UMHHC plans new cardiac catheterization lab, sleep lab

Approximately 1,100 gross square feet of shelled space on level 11 of the C. S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospitals building will be completed to create a pediatric cardiac catheterization laboratory. Hospitals and Health Centers resources will fund the $3.45 million project that is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2012.

The Sleep Disorders Laboratory program will open a third clinic at Domino’s Farms to meet increased demand for services and reduce wait times. A $3.197 million project will renovate approximately 8,400 square feet of leased space to create the new clinic which will include nine new sleep study rooms. Hospitals and Health Centers resources will fund the project that is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2012.

Elevators to be replaced at Flint Northbank Center

A $2.1 million project will replace four elevators at the UM-Flint’s Northbank Center building. UM-Flint resources will fund the project, scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2013.

Property purchase approved

The university will purchase a 0.09-acre vacant lot near the Wall Street District. The property at 910 Maiden Lane will be purchased for the negotiated price of $75,000, with the purchase funded from university investment proceeds.


Faculty appointments with tenure

Kathryn Babayan, associate professor of history, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2011-Dec. 31, 2015 (correction to tenure status approved November 2010).

Guy Meadows, professor of physical oceanography, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, College of Engineering (CoE), effective Jan. 1, 2012

Named professorships

Sara Dubowsky Adar, John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, effective Nov. 1, 2011-Oct. 31, 2014.

Patrice Speeter Beddor, John C. Catford Collegiate Professor of Linguistics, LSA, effective Oct. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

Scott W. Campbell, Constance F. and Arnold C. Pohs Endowed Professor of Telecommunications, LSA, effective Oct. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

David Cesarani, Louis and Helen Padnos Visiting Professor of Judaic Studies, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2012-Dec. 31, 2012.

Dr. Andrew C. Chang, John Alexander Distinguished Professor of Thoracic Surgery, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

Jonathan Freedman, Marvin Felheim Collegiate Professor of English, American Studies and Judaic Studies, LSA, effective Oct. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

Robert Griess Jr., Richard D. Brauer Collegiate Professor of Mathematics, LSA, effective Oct. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

Shinobu Kitayama, Robert B. Zajonc Collegiate Professor of Psychology, LSA, effective Oct. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

Jonathan Lee, G. Lawton and Louise G. Johnson Professor of Engineering, CoE, effective Oct. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

Robert Sellers, Charles D. Moody Collegiate Professor of Psychology, LSA, effective Oct. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

Susan Siegfried, Denise Riley Collegiate Professor of the History of Art and Women’s Studies, LSA, effective Oct. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2016.

Melanie Trede, Toyota Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies, LSA, effective Oct. 1, 2011-April 30, 2012.

Administrative appointments

Allana Bryant, chair, Army Officer Education Program, effective Oct. 3, 2011-June 30, 2014.

Paul Castillo, chief financial officer, U-M Health System, effective Nov. 7, 2011.

Flint Campus

Administrative appointments

Stephen W. Turner, chair, Department of Computer Science, Engineering and Physics, College of Arts and Sciences, effective Jan. 1, 2012-Dec. 31, 2014.


Kathryn Anderson-Levitt, professor of anthropology and former dean of the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters, UM-Dearborn, effective June 30. Anderson-Levitt joined UM-Dearborn in 1984. Her scholarship has earned national and international recognition, and her research interests include educational reform in a global context, schoolteachers’ cultures for teaching, gender and schooling in West Africa, and cultural models of mental retardation. She published widely in these areas, and from 1994-2000 she was editor of the Anthropology and Education Quarterly. During her tenure as associate dean, Anderson-Levitt led the development of new undergraduate programs, led collegewide assessment efforts and expanded gender-related initiatives.

Dr. Andrew Flint, professor of pathology, Medical School, effective Aug. 31. Flint joined the faculty in 1981. He has made significant contributions to the teaching programs of the Department of Pathology and the Medical School, serving as chair of the Residency Candidate Selection Committee, and through service on other university committees including the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs. His professional activities include membership in the American Association of Pathologists, and the International Association of Medical Science Educators. He has received several awards including the Elizabeth H. Crosby Award for Teaching in the Basic Sciences and the National Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.

Cynthia Marcelo, research professor, Medical School, effective Aug. 31. Marcelo joined U-M in 1975. She is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the fields of plastic surgery, epithelial keratinocyte, lipid and cutaneous biology, and adult stem cell function and use in translational research. Her early research in the area of cutaneous biology, second messenger signaling in skin disease, lipid biochemistry and biophysics, and wound treatment led to an in-depth understanding of epithelial biology. These studies have led to the formation of a U-M start-up company. Marcelo has chaired a number of National Institutes of Health study groups.

Kensall Wise, William Gould Dow Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing Technology; professor of atmospheric, oceanic, and space sciences; professor of biomedical engineering; and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, College of Engineering; effective May 31. He joined the faculty in 1974. Wise and his graduate students developed the first pressure sensor with on-chip readout electronics, the first uncooled infrared detectors, and the first microhotplate gas detectors. Wise has received the Columbus Prize and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Solid-State Circuits Field Award, and the Michigan Emerging Industry Pioneer Award, among others.

Victor K. Wong, professor of physics, College of Arts and Sciences, UM-Flint, effective June 30, 2006. Wong joined U-M in Ann Arbor in 1968. He has served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UM-Flint, and in several director roles in Ann Arbor. Wong taught at all three campuses. His scholarly record includes more than 50 refereed publications and 60 abstracts, reports and presentations, and grant funding of over $16 million. He was the founding chair of the Caucus for Asian and Pacific Americans, American Association for Higher Education. Wong has served as member of several councils and commissions, and on the board of trustees, Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association.



Maj. Jonathan Liscombe, assistant professor of the Air Force Officer Education Program, on what inspires him: "People who sacrifice their well-being and wealth for others."


Audra McDonald, 8 p.m. Nov. 4, Hill Auditorium.

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