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Week of October 22, 2012

Regents Roundup

The following items were approved by the Board of Regents at its Oct. 19 meeting.

Regents cancel formal session for January

Regent Denise Ilitch announced that in place of the formal Board of Regents meeting in January, the board will instead meet for an extended informal session Jan. 17-18, 2013. Those sessions, she said, are scheduled for Los Angeles so regents can meet with major donors and alumni in California and thought leaders in higher education who are based in California.

She said the board also would use the extended time together to welcome and orient two new regents who will be elected Nov. 6. Regents Olivia P. Maynard and S. Martin Taylor are not seeking re-election.

The board will resume its regular schedule of informal and formal sessions in Ann Arbor on Feb. 21, 2013.

Capital outlay project on Flint campus moves forward

The Board of Regents approved the schematic design for a project that will renovate approximately 85,000 gross square feet of the William R. Murchie Science Building at UM-Flint. The $22.17 million renovation will add instructional laboratories for chemistry and biology and associated support spaces as well as update infrastructure, including a new fire alarm, backup generator, telecommunications cabling, and select mechanical, lighting, exterior envelope and accessibility improvements. Capital outlay funding for the project was approved by the state Legislature in Public Act 192 of 2012. The State of Michigan will fund 75 percent of the project with the balance coming from UM-Flint resources. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2015.

Power Center to receive electrical upgrades

The electrical substation as well as electrical system components at the Power Center for the Performing Arts will be upgraded to meet current code and safety requirements. The $2 million project is being funded from the university’s General Fund and is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2014.


Faculty appointments and promotions with tenure

Kristy K. Brock-Leatherman, associate professor of radiation oncology, Medical School, effective Nov. 1.

Carol F. Elias, associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology, Medical School, effective Oct. 1.

Dr. Ganesh S. Palapattu, associate professor of urology, effective Oct. 1.

William E. Rainey, professor of molecular and integrative physiology, Medical School, effective Oct. 1.

Justin Wolfers, professor of economics, LSA, and professor of public policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

*Daphna R. Oyserman, Edwin J. Thomas Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, effective Nov. 1, 2012-Oct. 31, 2017.

Named professorships

Nuria Pilar Calvet, Helen Dodson Prince Collegiate Professor of Astronomy, LSA, effective Oct. 1, 2012-Aug. 31, 2017.

David Cesarani, Louis and Helen Padnos Visiting Professor of Judaic Studies, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2013-May 31, 2013.

Wallace J. Hopp, Herrick Professor of Business, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2012-Aug. 31, 2017.

Dr. Ganesh S. Palapattu, George F. and Sandra G. Valassis Professor of Urology, Medical School, effective Oct.1, 2012-Aug. 31, 2017.

Brisa Sanchez, John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, effective Nov. 1, 2012-Oct. 31, 2015.

*Kristine A. Siefert, Edith S. Gomberg Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, effective Nov. 1-Dec. 31.

Administrative appointments

Barbara Ackley, assistant vice president for development, Office of University Development, effective Oct. 1.

Thomas Baird, assistant vice president for development, Office of University Development, effective Oct. 1.

Wilhelm A. Piskorowski, assistant dean for community-based dental education, School of Dentistry, effective Nov. 1, 2012-Oct. 31, 2014.

*Monica Ponce de Leon, dean, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, effective Sept. 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2018.

Dearborn Campus

Ilir Miteza, associate dean, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, effective Sept. 1, 2012-June 30, 2015.

Flint Campus

Cathy A. Larson, associate professor of physical therapy, School of Health Professions and Studies, effective Nov. 1.

Janet L. Lorch, chair, Department of Communication and Visual Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, effective Jan. 1, 2013-June 30, 2014.



Sarah-Jane Gwillim-Kerr, clinical assistant professor of theatre and drama in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, effective May 31. She joined the faculty as a visiting lecturer in 1984. Early in her career, Gwillim-Kerr performed in repertory theatres throughout England, appearing with actors including Judi Dench. She played leading roles in a variety of British television offerings. In the United States and Canada, she has performed in a variety of classical and contemporary roles in major venues. Gwillim-Kerr was an enthusiastic and popular teacher in the Department of Theatre & Drama. Under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, she toured the country, bringing “Shakespeare in Performance” into university classrooms.

Barry H. Kantowitz, professor of industrial and operations engineering in the College of Engineering, professor of psychology, LSA and research professor in the Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) effective Aug. 31. A former human factors scientific advisor to the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System and director of the Battelle Human Factors Transportation Center, he joined the faculty in 1999. He served as director of UMTRI until 2004. Kantowitz’s research focused on human attention and information processing. His applied ergonomic research has improved safety and efficiency in aviation, nuclear power, and intelligent surface transportation systems. He is the author of more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than two-dozen books.



Brittany Galisdorfer, business analyst, Office of Financial Analysis, on Detroit: “The city has a lot of momentum. It’s great and it’s just going to get better.”


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