The University Record, June 19, 1995


Regents approve 11 administrative appointments

Administrative appointments approved by the Regents at their June meeting included:

Ara G. Paul, professor of pharmacognosy, will extend his appointment as dean of the College of Pharmacy, effective July 1-Dec. 31.

N. Harris McClamroch, professor of aerospace engineering and of electrical engineering and computer science, will extend his appointment as chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, effective July 1-Dec. 31.

Panos Y. Papalambros, professor of mechanical engineering, was reappointed as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics for a three-year term, effective July 1.

Paul R. Lehman, professor of music, was reappointed as senior associate dean of the School of Music for another year, effective Sept. 1.

Edward A. Snyder, professor of business economics, will serve as associate dean of the School of Business Administration for a three-year term, beginning July 1.

Anne C. Herrmann, associate professor of English and women’s studies, will serve as interim director of the Women’s Studies Program for a one-year term, effective Sept. 1.

James A. Levinsohn, associate professor of economics, will serve as acting chair of the Department of Economics for a one-year term, effective Sept. 1.

Michael M. Martin, professor of biology and associate dean for undergraduate education and long-range planning of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, will serve as interim dean for student academic affairs for two-month term, effective July 1.

Marilyn Shatz, professor of psychology, will serve as director of the Program in Linguistics for a three-year term, beginning July 1.

Barbara A. Israel, professor of health behavior and health education, will serve as chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education for a three-year term, effective July 1.

Glenda K. Radine will extend her appointment as interim director of the Extension Service for a one-year term, effective July 1.

Three faculty appointed

Faculty appointments, with tenure, approved by the Regents at their June meeting included the following:

George W. Furnas, from Bell Communications Research, will become professor of information and library studies, effective July 1.

Barbara Luke, a faculty member at Rush Medical College, will be associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at U-M, effective July 1.

William H. Herman, from the Centers for Disease Control, will be associate professor of internal medicine, with tenure, and associate professor of epidemiology, without tenure, effective Aug. 1.

Regents accept $5.7 million in gifts

The Regents, at their June meeting, formally accepted a total of $5,761,047 in gifts received by the University during May of this year.

The total included $3,364,180 from individuals, $1,176,177 from corporations, $454,242 from foundations and $766,448 from associations and others.

Machen appointed interim provost

J. Bernard Machen, dean of the School of Dentistry, will serve as interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

The appointment, effective Sept. 1-Dec. 31, was approved by the Board of Regents at its June meeting. Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr., who has served as provost since 1990, will return to teaching and a search for his successor is under way.

“Dean Machen has had extensive background and experience in academic, administrative and budget affairs here at the University, and I believe he is eminently qualified to serve as interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs,” said President James J. Duderstadt.

Machen, dean and professor of the School of Dentistry since 1989, held teaching and administrative posts at the School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975-89. Before that, he taught at the University of Maryland, George Washington University, the University of Iowa and the Medical University of South Carolina.

He received his D.D.S. degree from St. Louis University in 1968, M.S. in pedodontics in 1972 and a Ph.D. in educational psychology in 1974 from the University of Iowa.

Renovations approved

The Regents approved the following renovation projects at their June meeting:

• “The Department of Human Genetics proposes to remodel laboratory and support space on the fourth floor of the Buhl Building,” U-M Executive Vice President Farris W. Womack said. “The project involves installing new laboratory casework, upgrading finishes, and improving facilities to meet current laboratory standards.” The project is estimated to cost $270,000.

• “Several surveys have indicated that upgrading campus lighting is a major factor in improving safety and security on campus. This was again emphasized when the Michigan Student Assembly arranged the night tour of various campus areas. As construction projects are completed and sitework accomplished, lighting in the area is upgraded. The Diag renovation (central 40 acres) includes security lighting. The major of the Diag lighting replacements will be completed this summer.

“In the next phases, we propose to expand beyond the central 40 acres to include replacement of all lighting within the area bounded by State, South University, Church, and Huron streets. Since this project is estimated to cost $2.4 million, it will be necessary to phase it inover the next four to five years as funding can be identified. This proposed next phase involves the area east of Randall Laboratory and West Engineering Building, and will be accomplished this summer at an estimated cost of $400,000.”

North Campus building named for Luries

The Engineering Center Building, now under construction on the North Campus will be named the Robert H. Lurie Engineering Center. And the proposed carillon tower on the North Campus will be named the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Tower.

“The University has received a gift of $12 million to establish the Robert H. Lurie Fund which is expendable for new campus buildings, including the carillon tower,” Provost Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr. said. “The Lurie Fund has lent strategic support to facilities needs within the U-M and the College of Engineering.

“The fund was created under the auspices of the Ann and Robert Lurie Family Foundation, in memory of Robert H. Lurie, a most distinguished alumnus of the University.

“In his undergraduate years, Mr. Lurie served on the Soph Show Committee and was an active member of Alpha Epsilon Pi. Before graduation, he and fraternity brother Sam Zell engaged in the successful acquisition and management of a number of Ann Arbor rental properties. Twenty-five years later, Messrs. Lurie and Zell were recognized broadly as one of America’s most remarkable business partnerships. Bob Lurie frequently acknowledged that his natural talents in this area were broadened and fine-tuned in his course of study at the College of Engineering.”

The naming of the two North Campus facilities, approved by the Regents at their June meeting, recognizes “the meaningful commitment and long-term relationship between the Lurie family and the U-M which this exceptional gift symbolizes.”

$21.4 million construction contract awarded

The Regents, at their June meeting, awarded a $21,372,850 construction contract for the proposed School of Social Work Building.

The low bidder was Ellis-Don Michigan Inc. of Bloomfield Hills. The project’s total budget is set at $25 million.

The 122,000-gross-square-foot building, to be located at the corner of East University and South University, will house the School of Social Work and the International Institute.

“Funding for the project will be provided from a combination of gifts and the issuance of tax-exempt debt secured by a pledge of student fees,” Executive Vice President Farris W. Womack said. “The project will begin immediately with occupancy scheduled for Fall of 1997.”

24 faculty awarded emeritus status

Twenty-four University of Michigan faculty members were given the emeritus title by the Regents at their June meeting.

Those retiring are Margarete Baum, professor of art; Marvin B. Becker, professor of history; James A. Bellamy, professor of Arabic literature; Harvey J. Bertcher, professor of social work; Robbins Burling, professor of linguistics and of anthropology; Mary C. Crichton, associate professor of German;

Elizabeth M. Douvan, the Catharine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies and research scientist at the Survey Research Center; Raphael S. Ezekiel, associate professor of psychology; Hans J. Fabian, assistant professor of German; Erich P. Hofacker Jr., assistant professor of German;

Arnold P. Jacobson, professor of environmental health and research scientist at the Institute of Environmental and Industrial Health; Henry Johnson, senior consultant in the Alumni Association, former vice president for community affairs and former vice president for student services; Robert H. Kadlec, professor of chemical engineering;

Marion T. Marzolf, professor of communication; Ernest N. McCarus, professor of Arabic and Kurdish; Donald J. Proctor, professor of history at the U-M-Dearborn; Harald Scholler, professor of German; John B. Schroeder, associate professor of political science at the U-M-Flint; Salam A. Syed, associate professor of dentistry and research scientist;

Kenneth W. Teppo, associate professor of dentistry; John C. Vander Velde, professor of physics; Frizell L. Vaughan, associate professor of environmental and industrial health and associate research scientist at the Institute of Environmental and Industrial Health; Gabriel Weinreich, professor of physics; George D. Zuidema, professor of surgery.

Prof. Baum, who joined the U-M faculty in 1959, is “a dedicated teacher and she developed a highly successful rapport with her students over the years,” the Regents said. “Her research, for which she has been awarded two Rackham Research Grants, has been directed at investigating elements of design and color. An accomplished and versatile artist, Prof. Baum has exhibited nationally and internationally.”

Prof. Becker came to the U-M in 1973. “His books testify to the most striking feature of his teaching, scholarship and intellectual style: an ambitiously diverse subject matter, and a program of interpretation that is cultural in the broadest sense of the term. The scope of these works is impressive in a purely conventional sense: they deal with Europe from the Italian Peninsula to the British Isles and over almost the full span of the second millennium of our era.”

Prof. Bellamy, who joined the faculty in 1959, “has devoted his scholarly life to the study of early Arabic language, literature and culture. His essays include fundamental contributions to the Arabic epigraphy (the earliest form of Arabic script), poetry and the legal and religious texts of early Islam. Prof. Bellamy’s linguistic and literary gifts are internationally renowned.”

Prof. Bertcher, who joined the faculty in 1964, “has done extensive research on innovation diffusion with a research division of one of the federal agencies,” the Regents said. “He has made substantial contributions to the study of group formation, process and staff development programming and has been involved in the development of self-instructional packages and the assessment of their effectiveness.”

Prof. Burling came to the U-M in 1963. “The extraordinary breadth of his research interests is illustrated by the range of his publications. They include books on kinship, padi agriculture, political succession and various aspects of language and language learning. He also has published on ethnographic method, the metrics of poetry and the use of maximization theory in economic anthropology.”

Prof. Crichton came to Michigan in 1955. “Her teaching and research cover broad areas of German literary history. Her courses have included a variety of periods and genres, from Goethe’s lyric poetry to modern drama. Her interest in undergraduate education extends far beyond the classroom, however. She has served as resident director of the Junior Year in Freiburg Program in Germany, as faculty adviser to the German Club and as German honors concentration adviser.”

Prof. Douvan, who joined the faculty in 1958, is the author of “many important works in the field of social psychology, spanning such diverse topics as adolescence, feminine psychology, mental health, marriage and family life.” She helped found the Program in Women’s Studies and has periodically served as director and consultant to the program. She also was director of the Residential College. She was named to the Catharine Neafie Kellogg Professorship in 1969.

Prof. Ezekiel, who joined the faculty in 1964, “had a special commitment to undergraduate education, especially in the area of creating learning tasks in which students had to integrate traditional academic work with insights gained from field work in the community. Over the years, students viewed his courses as exceptional opportunities to use academic knowledge to understand the actual worlds they live in as students and the worlds they expect to inherit as college graduates.”

Prof. Fabian came to Michigan in 1964. “His dedication to undergraduate education has been shown in a number of ways. Twice he was resident director of the Junior Year in Freiburg Program in Germany. He served as faculty adviser to the Max Kade German Residence Hall since 1974 and was the undergraduate German concentration adviser in 1977-88. His courses in German film, business German and German expressionism were popular.”

Prof. Hofacker, who joined the faculty in 1965, “has published articles on modern German literature, with special attention to the literature of the former German Democratic Republic, especially the works of Gunter Kunert. He has also contributed several biographical sketches to the Dictionary of Literary Biography. His teaching has ranged from courses in elementary German to advanced undergraduate seminars on modern German literature.”

Prof. Jacobson, who joined the faculty in 1965, is “a noted teacher of radiation biology and served throughout his career as a consultant to various industries on the subjects of health effects of ionizing radiation and health physics procedures. His principal research interest centered on the radiobiology of highly ionizing radiation particles from the decay of radon in the human respiratory tract.”

Johnson, who first joined the U-M in 1963, was appointed vice president for student services in 1972. “In this capacity, he provided policy and leadership for student relations and for the major units serving students. In 1990, he was appointed to the new vice presidency for community affairs, which was designed to develop a strong state outreach program to rebuild the links between the University and the state’s citizens. He then served as the key interface between the Alumni Association and the schools and colleges of the University.”

Prof. Kadlec joined the faculty in 1961. “In the classroom, he has been innovative and effective, introducing new courses and skillfully applying the methods of mathematics with factual knowledge of physics and chemistry. In research, his efforts addressed the mathematical and experimental challenges of cyclic reactions, culminating in the exceedingly complex year-round cyclic behavior of wetland. His research in gaseous separation has been of substantial economic value in the production of oxygen for therapeutic and industrial purposes.”

Prof. Marzolf, who joined the faculty in 1967, received “numerous awards during her exemplary career, including the University’s Faculty Recognition Award and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She served as associate chair of the Department of Communication, director of the mass communication M.A. program, director of the journalism M.A. program, director of the Scandinavian Studies Program, and acting director of the Program in American Culture.”

Prof. McCarus, who joined the faculty in 1952, is “a gifted linguist and polyglot, who has pioneered in the teaching of Arabic and Kurdish languages. He served as chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies, director of the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad, director of the Center for Middle and North African Studies. His role in the Department has been crucial, and the department’s program enjoys the reputation of being the leader in the field of modern Arabic language and culture.”

Prof. Proctor, who joined the U-M-Dearborn in 1965, “served with distinction as teacher, administrator, and scholar. He was chair of the Department of Social Sciences in 1972-77, during which time he played a significant role in building a distinguished department now noted for its scholarly and pedagogical excellence. He served as acting associate dean of the College of Arts, Science, and Letters, and served a second term as chair of the Department of Social Sciences.”

Prof. Scholler came to the U-M in 1960. “A popular teacher who was much admired by his students, Prof. Scholler has taught the full range of courses, from elementary German to advanced undergraduate courses to graduate seminars. His major field of expertise is the literary genres of the Middle Ages as represented in German, French, English, Scandinavian, and Latin texts. He has served as consultant to many organizations on matters related to medieval language, literature, culture, and music.”

Prof. Schroeder, who joined the U-M-Flint in 1965, “has inspired hundreds of students and the curriculum he has covered over the years in the areas of constitutional law and American government and politics. He has devoted his talents and energy to the institution and the faculty through numerous assignments through the years including three terms as chair of the political science department, service on the College of Arts and Sciences Executive Committee and Curriculum Committee, chair of the Faculty Assembly, and campus pre-law adviser.”

Prof. Syed, who joined the faculty in 1972, is “a member of the American Society of Microbiology and the International and American Associations for Dental Research. He received a distinguished research fellowship from the University of Bern in 1982. Prof. Syed has served on a number of graduate student thesis committees and has been adviser to undergraduate dental students, high school minority students, and technical staff related to ongoing research in bacteriology.”

Prof. Teppo, who joined the faculty in 1962, is “a member of the Washtenaw District Dental Society, the Richard H. Kingery Prosthodontic Society, and the Michigan and the American Dental Associations. Dr. Teppo has participated in the department’s teaching and clinical activities and served on the curriculum task force in 1987 and 1988. He has served the community as a member of a task force on special education for the Ann Arbor public schools.”

Prof. Vander Velde joined the faculty in 1958. “With various of his colleagues, he conducted important research on muonelectron universality in K decays using the liquid xenon bubble chamber, and important studies of proton-deuteron and pi-proton, pi-deuteron interactions. In the 1980s, he joined with colleagues to form the IBM collaboration, building a 10,000 cubic meter water Cherenkov detector in a salt mine to search for proton decay. No candidates for proton decay were seen–a significant result, and the experiment established important lower limits to the proton lifetime.”

Prof. Vaughan, who joined the faculty in 1969, was “instrumental in the technical development of a device that has the potential to carry electrical or pneumatic power through the skin to drive a heart-assist device or to allow the long-term survival of a percutaneous catheter for kidney dialysis or body drainage. He has also been at the forefront of the scientific effort to develop in vitro, tissues and organs that are morphologically and physiologically similar to their counterparts in the human body.”

Prof. Weinreich came to the U-M in 1960. “In his early years at Michigan, he and his colleagues were the first to report the generation of optical harmonics, thus founding the science of nonlinear optics. More recently, Prof. Weinreich has been recognized for his work in musical physics. A fellow of the American Acoustical Society, he is recognized for his abilities to bring concepts from other fields of physics to the study of acoustics, and for a number of significant discoveries in the discipline.”

Prof. Zuidema, who was named vice provost for medical affairs and professor of surgery in 1984, is the author of 269 manuscripts and 20 books. “He has served as co-editor of Surgery for 20 years, and he was founding editor of the Journal of Surgical Research. His interests have covered a wide range of subjects, including basic science, clinical surgery and, most recently, health policy. He was a founding member of the Association of Academic Surgery and served as its president in 1968. His leadership was characterized by a calm manner, incisive thinking and, importantly, a keen wit.”


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