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August 23, 2017

Regents Roundup — July 2017

July 20, 2017

Regents Roundup — July 2017

Topic: Regents

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

LSA Building project receives final approval

Regents authorized issuing bids and awarding construction contracts for the LSA Building First Floor Renovation and Addition project. It will renovate approximately 24,000 gross square feet of the first floor and construct a 21,000-gross-square-foot addition to provide space for the LSA internship program and Opportunity Hub. The $35 million project is being funded from LSA resources and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2019.

Work planned at Central Power Plant

A $1.5 million project funded from Utility resources will continue restoration work on the Central Power Plant's chimney stacks. Construction is scheduled to be completed next fall.

New lighting coming for Med Center north entrance parking structure

The lighting fixtures at the Medical Center North Entrance Parking Structure will be replaced with energy-efficient LED fixtures and integrated controls. In addition, the project will provide an emergency generator for the structure. The $1.3 million project will be funded from Logistics, Transportation & Parking resources and will be completed in the spring of 2018.

University Hospital fire alarm upgrades

The fire detection and alarm system on levels B1 and B2 of University Hospital will be replaced, enabling connection to the building's fire command center. The project is estimated to cost $3.5 million, funded from U-M Health System resources, and is scheduled to be completed next summer.

Air handling unites to be replaced at Taubman Health Care Center

The first phase of a multiyear plan to replace the air handling units, return air fans, and building management controls at the A. Alfred Taubman Health Care Center was approved. The $2.5 million project will be funded from UMHS resources with construction scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2018.

M29 staircase improvements planned

The U-M Health System will fund a $1.3 million project that will replace the staircase between parking lot M29 and East Medical Center Drive. The project will regrade the slope to reduce erosion and install new LED light poles and a campus emergency phone for safety. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2018.

Michigan Medicine Quality Program consolidation

The Board of Regents approved a lease of 28,192 square feet of space at 777 East Eisenhower Parkway in Ann Arbor for 10 years and six months, and a leasehold improvements project of $1.35 million that will create a consolidated location for the Michigan Medicine Quality Program that is currently in several locations on the Medical Campus. UMHS resources and funding provided within the rental rate will fund the leasehold improvements project that is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments with tenure

*Catherine Brown, associate professor in the Residential College, LSA, effective Sept. 1.

Julia E. Cole, professor of earth and environmental sciences, LSA, effective Sept. 1.

Kamran Diba, associate professor of anesthesiology, Medical School, effective July 1.

Michael Galaty, professor of anthropology, and director of the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, LSA, effective Sept. 1.

Shoou-Yih Daniel Lee, professor of health management and policy, School of Public Health, effective Sept. 1.

Carole A. Parent, professor of pharmacology, Medical School, effective Aug. 1.

Manojkumar A. Puthenveedu, associate professor of pharmacology, Medical School, effective July 1.

Daniel Slater, professor of political science, LSA, effective Sept. 1.

Peter M. Tessier, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, College of Pharmacy, and professor of chemical engineering, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1.

Rachel L. Zemans, associate professor of internal medicine, Medical School, effective July 15.

Named professorships

*James A. Ashton-Miller, Albert Schultz Collegiate Research Professor, U-M Office of Research, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Mark A. Barteau, DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

David L. Brown, William C. Grabb, M.D. Collegiate Professor, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2021.

*Kathleen M. Canning, Sonya O. Rose Collegiate Professor of History, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2017.

Seth Carnahan, Sanford R. Robertson Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2018.

*Alfred E. Chang, Hugh Cabot Professor of Surgery, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Yuqing Eugene Chen, Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Kim A. Eagle, Albion Walter Hewlett Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Tamas I. Gombosi, Rollin M. Gerstacker Professor of Engineering, CoE, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Jessy W. Grizzle, Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Professor of Engineering, CoE, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*John P. Hayes, Claude E. Shannon Professor of Engineering Science, CoE, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Kenneth A. Jamerson, Frederick G.L. Huetwell Collegiate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Martin E. Katz, Artur Schnabel Collegiate Professor of Music in Piano, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, effective June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2022.

Douglas S. Kelbaugh, Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2020.

*Joseph C. Kolars, Josiah Macy, Jr. Professor of Health Professions, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Sarah L. Krein, Rensis Likert Collegiate Research professor, U-M Office of Research, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Daniel A. Lawrence, Frederick G.L. Huetwell Collegiate Professor of Basic Research in Cardiovascular Medicine, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Karin M. Murasko, Julian T. Hoff, M.D. Professor of Neurosurgery, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Douglas C. Noll, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Professor of Biomedical Engineering, CoE, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Ganesh S. Palapattu, George F. and Sandy G. Valassis Professor of Urology, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Carole A. Parent, Raymond W. Ruddon Collegiate Professor of Cancer Biology and Pharmacology, Medical School, effective Aug. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Minal Patel, John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, SPH, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2020.

Helmut Puff, Elizabeth L. Eisenstein Collegiate Professor of History and Germanic Languages and Literature, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Eric C. Rath, Toyota Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018.

*David H. Sherman, Hans W. Vahlteich Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Moshe Talpaz, Alexander J. Trotman Professor of Leukemia Research, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Peter M. Tessier, Albert M. Mattocks Professor of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Kristen J. Verhey, A. Kent Christensen Collegiate Professor, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Maris A. Vinovskis, A.M. and H.P. Bentley Professor of History, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Jeffrey S. Warren, Aldred Scott Warthin Professor of Pathology, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Gary S. Was, Walter J. Weber, Jr. Professor of Sustainable Energy, Environmental and Earth Systems Engineering, CoE, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Patricia J. Wittkopp, Sally L. Allen Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Ralph T. Yang, Dwight F. Benton Professor of Chemical Engineering, CoE, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Yue Maggie Zhou, NBD Bancorp Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Ross School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2018.

Administrative appointments

*David H. Baum, assistant dean for student life and special counsel to the dean, Law School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2018.

Damian R. Beil, Ford Motor Co. Co-Director of the Joel Tauber Institute for Global Operations, Ross School of Business, effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.

Mark A. Clague, interim associate dean for academic and student affairs, SMTD, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2018.

Richard W. Fitzgerald, assistant vice president for public affairs, Office of the Vice President for Communications, effective Aug. 1.

David W. Healy, assistant dean for continuing medical education and life-long learning, Medical School, effective July 1.

*Laura J. Hoffman, assistant dean for admissions and enrollment management, SMTD, effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021.

Elizabeth D. Parkinson, assistant vice president for marketing communications, OVPC, effective Aug. 1.

*Steven P. Schwendeman, chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021.

Transfer of Tenure

Basil J. Dufallo, transfer of tenure to associate professor of classical studies, with tenure, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

Dearborn campus

Stein Brunvand, interim associate dean, College of Education, Health and Human Services, effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019.

Ann Yolanda Lampkin-Williams, interim dean, CEHHS, effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019.

Bruce R. Maxim, Narasimhamurthi "Nattu" Natarajan Collegiate Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Pravansu S. Mohanty, Paul K. Trojan Collegiate Professor of Engineering, CECS, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Deborah Smith Pollard, chair, Department of Language, Philosophy and the Arts, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters, effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.

Flint campus

*Mary Jo Finney, chair, Department of Education, School of Education and Human Services, effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.

*Reappointments

Retirements

Judith R. Ahronheim, librarian in the University Library, Oct. 31, 2016. Ahronheim received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 and a Master of Arts in Library Science degree in 1975 from U-M. She joined the U-M faculty in 1990. Ahronheim played a pivotal role in implementing new workflows and leveraging computing to make creating new catalog records more efficient. As chair of the Librarywide Cataloging Policy Council, she developed training to implement new policies and expose catalogers to the cataloging of new types of collection materials. She was awarded the American Library Association's Esther J. Piercy Award in 1998. Ahronheim shaped many of the practices used to create or transform existing descriptive metadata to enable discoverability and access to locally hosted resources on the web. She helped develop the Copyright Review Management System used to determine which HathiTrust collection materials are viewable as public domain works. Ahronheim served on the editorial board for the Journal of Internet Cataloging and held elected positions on the Librarians' Forum and the Librarian Promotion Review Committee.

Valdis V. Liepa, research scientist, College of Engineering, Jan. 31, 2017. Liepa received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree, a Master of Science degree and his Ph.D. from U-M in 1958, 1959 and 1966, respectively. Liepa was appointed an associate research engineer in 1967. Throughout his career, he worked on problems in applied electromagnetics. His research explored several topics including antennas and the development and use of sensors for radio-frequency interference. Liepa developed and operated a special facility for the U.S. Air Force to provide frequency domain data. He also started an electromagnetic-compatibility laboratory that specialized in testing and consulting on automotive and personal radio frequency communication devices subject to regulation by the Federal Communications Commission and Canada. Liepa also advised municipalities and citizen groups in matters of electromagnetic radiation from devices such as cellular towers and traffic and weather radar systems. He is a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Rafael H. Mojica, associate professor of Spanish, College of Arts and Sciences, UM-Flint, June 30, 2017. Mojica received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1966 from the Pontifical Gregorian University at Montezuma College, New Mexico, and a Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1983 and 1989, respectively. He joined the UM-Flint faculty in 1990. Mojica had instructional responsibilities in Spanish language and Spanish-American literature; Latin language; and the English Honors Program's core composition course Great Books I. In the University Honors Program, he served as an instructor, faculty representative, student advisor, council member and thesis director and reader. Mojica served in other positions as well, including as the head of the Spanish Program and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages. His research on Spanish-American literature produced numerous scholarly publications, invited critical reviews for World Literature Today and refereed presentations at renowned national and international conferences. He is a published novelist and poet as well as an editor of poetry for a number of local publications.

David C. Munson Jr., professor of electrical engineering and computer science, College of Engineering, June 30, 2017. Munson received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 from the University of Delaware. He received a Master of Arts degree and a Master of Science degree in 1977 and a Ph.D. in 1979, all from Princeton University. Munson joined the U-M faculty in 2003, and served as the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of the College of Engineering from 2003-16. His research focused on signal and image processing, particularly radar imaging, passive millimeter-wave imaging, and computer tomography. He was the first to mathematically describe the tomographic imaging mechanism underlying spotlight-mode SAR, and the first to show why high-quality radar imagery can be produced from band-pass Fourier data. He co-founded InstaRecon, Inc. in 2003 and co-authored nearly 200 scholarly publications, a college-level textbook and a high school textbook. As dean, Munson increased the faculty by 30 percent and the undergraduate student body by 25 percent while improving selectivity. Under his leadership, annual research expenditures nearly doubled, five new interdisciplinary master's degree programs were initiated and six new research institutes were founded. He also launched the Center for Entrepreneurship on campus and the Michigan Engineering Zone in Detroit. Munson is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a recipient of the institute's Third Millennium Medal and Signal Processing Society Award.

Wilhelm A. Piskorowski, assistant dean for community-based dental education and clinical associate professor of dentistry, School of Dentistry, July 17, 2017. Piskorowski received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 from the University of Detroit and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1979 from Loyola University. He joined the U-M faculty in 2001. As the assistant dean for community-based dental education, Piskorowski expanded the program to a maximum of 12 weeks of experience for each dental student with 117 credentialed preceptors at more than 30 sites across the state of Michigan. He delivered several presentations to state legislators and component dental societies. Piskorowski supervised teams that received awards including the university's James T. Neubacher Award and the American Dental Association Foundation's E. "Bud" Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award. He received numerous awards, including the William J. Gies Award from the American Dental Education Association and the Emmett C. Bolden Dentist Citizen of Year Award from the Michigan Dental Association. Piskorowski was a member of the Michigan Dental Association's Access to Care Committee, and served as the chair of the Michigan Oral Health Care Coalition.

Marcia A. Valenstein, Susan Crumpacker Brown Research Professor of Depression and professor of psychiatry, Medical School, July 14, 2017. Valenstein received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977 from Harvard University, an M.D. degree in 1981 from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science degree in 1997 from U-M. She joined the U-M faculty in 1990, and was named the Susan Crumpacker Brown Research Professor of Depression in 2016. Valenstein's research focused on assessing the quality of care for patients with mental health conditions. Her work examined the use of psychotropic medications in national samples of patients, with a special focus on medication adherence and the pharmacological treatment of depression. She also assessed the relationships between the pharmacological management of patients and suicide deaths. Valenstein has been involved in multiple randomized controlled trials that focused on the development and testing of lower cost, innovative ways to provide treatment to individuals with mental health conditions. She has published more than 170 papers in the leading peer-reviewed journals, and also investigated on-line technologies to extend the reach of mental health providers. Valenstein received the Medical School's Dean's Award for Local Community Service in 2014.

Mary K. Vardigan, assistant director, director of collection delivery, and archivist in the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, Nov. 30, 2015. Vardigan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 from U-M and a Master of Arts degree in 1975 from Eastern Michigan University. She joined U-M in 1985, and served as the assistant director of the ICPSR and director of collection delivery from 2004-15.Vardigan played an instrumental role in the transition of ICPSR publications from print to the web. As the ICPSR assistant director, Vardigan provided oversight for a number of areas, including metadata, website development, membership and marketing, and user support. She was actively involved in several international projects related to data stewardship. Vardigan helped establish the Data Documentation Initiative, a metadata standard currently used in more than 80 countries. She served as the director of this initiative for 12 years. Vardigan also served as chair of the Data Seal of Approval Board.

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