Regents Roundup


Editor’s note: The following actions were taken by the Board of Regents at its December meeting.

Operating rooms added to CVC

Two operating rooms will be added into previously designated shelled space at the Cardiovascular Center (CVC), which currently is under construction. The expansion from six to eight operating rooms will allow for long-term growth and increase availability of highly used operating rooms at University Hospital. The project budget of nearly $3.5 million will increase the total CVC budget to $215.5 million, which is being funded from U-M Hospitals and Health Centers (UMHHC) resources. Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott, architect for the CVC, will design the expansion. The CVC is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2007.

Renovations approved for Fletcher structure

Major restoration of the Fletcher Street parking structure will occur during the next two summers. The renovations of the 1,030-vehicle deck will complete the parking structure major restoration projects on campus. Replacement of the concrete floors, steel girding and ventilation system, repairs of the ceiling and columns, and permanent shoring of the deck edges will be completed. Additionally, improvements will be made on the roof to provide a convenient pedestrian connection between Fletcher Street and the Medical Center via the Palmer Drive Plaza and pedestrian bridge. Parking resources will fund the $13.5 million project and Walker Parking will design it.

University Hospital to build observation unit

A new 13-bay observation unit will be created on level one of the University Hospital this summer. The unit, designed for adult medical and surgical patients needing short-term care or assessment, is one of the U-M Health System strategies to accommodate growth in inpatient care. The project will include space renovations to relocate Admissions and Business Services departments. Integrated Design Solutions will design the project. UMHHC will fund the $2.9 million budget, which includes $860,000 for moveable equipment and furnishings.

Two Engineering groups moving

The College of Engineering (CoE) Optics Laser Group and Wireless Integrated Measurement Systems Group will relocate next year. The Optics Laser Group, which conducts research in solid-state laser, optical spectroscopy and optical physics, will move next fall from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building (EECS) to the Engineering Research Buildings (ERB) 1 and 2. To accommodate the relocation, approximately 6,800 gross square feet of space on one level of each of the ERBs will be renovated, including infrastructure upgrades. CoE will fund the $2.5 million project, which will be designed by Integrated Design Solutions.

The Wireless Integrated Measurement Systems Group will move in the spring from the first floors of EECS and the Engineering Programs Building to the second floor of EECS. Approximately 4,300 gross square feet of space will be renovated to accommodate the relocation. SmithGroup will design the project and the CoE will fund the $650,000 project.

Clean room to be added at Nuclear Med

A new clean room will be installed in the Nuclear Medicine Pharmacy at the University Hospital to meet new U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirements to ensure patient safety. Construction will be managed in phases through Spring 2007 to allow the pharmacy to remain operational throughout the project. HarleyEllis will design the $1.1 million project, which will be funded from UMHHC resources.

North Ingalls Café to receive upgrades

Infrastructure work to enable the North Ingalls Café to meet current codes will be completed this summer. New electrical, ventilation, fire detection and fire alarm systems, along with a new kitchen roof will be completed during the project.
UMHHC resources will fund the $775,000 project costs and Stantec Consulting Michigan will provide the design.

UMTRI fire protection system to be upgraded

Installation of a fire suppression system and upgrades to the fire detection and alarm system at the U-M Transportation Research Institute will occur this summer. The project budget is $980,000 and will be funded from investment proceeds.

Abatement work approved for Business School buildings

The regents approved an asbestos abatement project for the three Stephen M. Ross School of Business buildings that are scheduled to be demolished for the school’s facilities enhancement project that was approved at the October meeting. Abatement work will occur this spring at the Business Administration Assembly Hall, William Davidson Hall and the William A. Paton Center for Accounting Education. The Ross School will fund the $900,000 project costs.

Request submitted for state funding

Highlights of the November annual submittal to the State of Michigan for capital outlay funds and the five-year master plan were shared with the regents. The Ann Arbor campus submitted three projects for consideration of state funding—a new biology building, Ruthven Museums building renovation, and Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library renovations. The three projects are estimated to cost $175 million. The U-M-Dearborn campus submitted a request to fund a new $6 million facility to house its Child Development Center.

Faculty appointments with tenure

Mark D. Hunter, professor of natural resources and environment, School of Natural Resources and Environment, and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, with tenure, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2006.

Dr. Jeffrey L. Myers, professor of pathology, with tenure, Medical School, effective Jan. 1, 2006.

Administrative appointments

* Robert J. Dolan, dean, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective July 1, 2006-Aug. 31, 2011.

Susan M. Eklund, associate vice president for student affairs/dean of students, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, effective July 1, 2006-June 30, 2009.

Deborah Loewenberg Ball
, dean, School of Education, effective Dec. 16, 2005-Aug.31, 2010.

Derwin S. Munroe
, chair, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, U-M-Flint, effective Jan. 1-June 30, 2006.

Named professorships

Michael Lee Boehnke, Richard G. Cornell Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, effective Dec. 1, 2005-Nov. 30, 2010.

Dr. Dean E. Brenner, Kutsche Memorial Chair of Internal Medicine, Medical School, effective Dec. 15, 2005-Aug. 31, 2010.

Philip H. Bucksbaum, correction of academic titles to Peter Franken Distinguished University Professor of Physics, and professor of physics, LSA, effective September 1, 2005.

Donald S. Lopez, Jr., correction of academic titles to Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, and professor of Buddhist and Tibetan studies, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2005.

Joyce Marcus, correction of academic titles to Robert L. Carneiro Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology, and professor of anthropology, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2005.

Abigail J. Stewart, correction of academic titles to Sandra Schwartz Tangri Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, professor of psychology, and professor of women’s studies, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2005.


Martha Hill, research professor in the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, effective Oct. 31, 2005. She joined the University in 1977. Hill’s research focused on family economics, family structure issues, poverty and inequality, and intergenerational influences and assistance. In 1996, she received a visiting fellowship to take part in the British Household Study at the University of Essex in England. From 2003-05, Hill served as director of the Detroit Area Study.

P. Landis Keyes
, professor of molecular and integrative physiology and research professor in the Reproductive Sciences Program, effective Aug. 31, 2005. Keyes joined U-M in 1972. His research and scholarly activities have focused on reproductive endocrinology, specifically ovarian function. He played a major role in organizing teaching sponsored by the Reproductive Sciences Program. He has nearly 100 publications and is well known for his work on the ovarian corpus luteum.


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