The following items were approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting Thursday.
Renovations planned at Lay Auto Lab
Renovation of approximately 1,300 gross square feet at the Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory will accommodate the installation of a new dynamometer to increase the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s capabilities in compressed natural gas and flexible fuel engine research. The $1.15 million project is being funded by the College of Engineering and is scheduled for completion this fall.
Roofing at North Quad to be replaced
Approximately 30,000 square feet of metal roofing on the residential (north) wing of the North Quadrangle Residential and Academic Complex that has failed prematurely will be replaced. University investment proceeds will initially fund the $7.8 million project while an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the failure and the party or parties responsible. Work is scheduled to be completed this fall.
Masonry repairs at Michigan Union
Student Life is funding a $1.4 million project that will repair exterior masonry walls throughout the Michigan Union, including brick and stone repair or replacement, and installation of new steel lintels and flashings as required. Work is scheduled to be completed this fall.
University to purchase building in Brighton
The university will purchase a 6,210-square-foot medical office building it currently leases for ophthalmology services on Whitmore Lake Road in Brighton for $725,000, subject to the university satisfying itself with the environmental condition of the site and completing due diligence. The purchase will further the ambulatory care strategy of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers in the Livingston County area. U-M Health System Clinical Enterprise resources will fund the purchase.
Regents approve application for liquor license
The regents approved an application for a Class C License and Catering by Sodexo Management Inc. for the International Champions Cup Soccer Tournament proposed to take place July 30 at Michigan Stadium. Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, requested that U-M obtain a Concessionaire’s Application for a Liquor License for use during the event. Relevent will contract for the concessions with Sodexo, the university’s current concessionaire for athletic venues. Michigan law permits the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to issue a license for the sale of alcohol at an event such as this.
Ann Arbor campus
Faculty appointments and promotions with tenure
Dr. Jane C. Deng, associate professor of internal medicine, Medical School, effective April 11, 2016.
Dr. Daniel R. Goldstein, professor of internal medicine, Medical School, effective April 1.
Brian M. Hicks, associate professor of psychiatry, Medical School, effective April 1.
Amy Barton Pai, associate professor of pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, effective July 1, 2016.
Manjunath P. Pai, associate professor of pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, effective July 1, 2016.
* Gautam Ahuja, Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2016-Aug. 31, 2021.
* Ravi M. Anupindi, David B. Hermelin Professor of Business Administration, Ross School, effective Jan. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2021.
Dr. Daniel R. Goldstein, Eliza Marie Mosher Collegiate Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School, effective April 1, 2016-Aug. 31, 2020.
* Dr. Asheesh Bedi, Harold W. and Helen L. Gehring Early Career Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2016-Aug. 31, 2021.
* Dr. Edward L. Bove, Helen F. and Marvin M. Kirsh Professor of Cardiac Surgery, Medical School, effective July 1, 2016-Aug. 31, 2020.
* Christin Carter-Su, Henry Sewall Collegiate Professor of Physiology, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2016-Aug. 31, 2021.
Alison Davis-Blake, Leon Festinger Collegiate Professor of Management, Ross School, effective July 1, 2016-June 30, 2021.
Renny T. Franceschi, Marcus L. Ward Collegiate Professor of Dentistry, School of Dentistry, effective May 1, 2016-April 30, 2021.
Karl J. Jepsen, Henry Ruppenthal Family Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering, Medical School, effective April 1, 2016-Aug. 31, 2020.
* Gregory A. Keoleian, Peter M. Wege Endowed Professor of Sustainable Systems, School of Natural Resources and Environment, effective July 1, 2016-June 30, 2021.
Dr. Vibha N. Lama, Henry Sewall Research Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Medical School, effective April 1, 2016-Aug. 31, 2020.
* Reuven Lehavy, Victor L. Bernard PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Collegiate Professor of Accounting, Ross School, effective Dec. 1, 2016-Nov. 30, 2021.
* James J. Moon, John Gideon Searle Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, effective April 1, 2016-March 31, 2019.
* Dr. Mark D. Pearlman, S. Jan Behrman Collegiate Professor of Reproductive Medicine, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2016-Aug. 31, 2021.
* Cindy A. Schipani, Merwin H. Waterman Collegiate Professor of Business Administration, Ross School, effective Sept. 1, 2016-Aug. 31, 2021.
* George J. Siedel III, Williamson Family Professor of Business Administration, Ross School, effective Sept. 1, 2016-May 31, 2018.
* Joel B. Slemrod, Paul W. McCracken Professor of Business Economics, Ross School, effective Sept. 1, 2016-Aug. 31, 2021.
Dr. Theodore J. Standiford, Henry Sewall Professor of Medicine, Medical School, effective April 1, 2016-Aug. 31, 2020.
* James D. Westphal, Robert G. Rodkey Collegiate Professor of Business Administration, Ross School, effective Sept. 1, 2016- Aug. 31, 2021.
Mark A. Burns, Anthony C. Lembke Department Chair of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, effective April 1, 2016-March 31, 2021.
Richard A. Hirth, chair, Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, effective July 1, 2016-June 30, 2019.
Ramji B. Kaul, assistant dean for career planning, Law School, effective May 1, 2016-April 30, 2019.
John D. Meeker, change in title to senior associate dean for research, SPH, effective May 1, 2016-April 30, 2019.
Stephanie J. Rowley, associate vice president for research, social sciences and humanities, Office of Research, effective July 1, 2016- June 30, 2019.
Christopher A. Pearson, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences, effective April 1, 2016-June 30, 2020.
Barry E. Bleske, professor of pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, and clinical pharmacist, Pharmacy Services, University Hospitals, effective Dec. 31. He joined the faculty in 1988. Bleske is a leader in the field of cardiovascular therapeutics. He successfully secured research funding, authored numerous articles in the leading scholarly journals and serving on their editorial boards, and was a frequent invited speaker at national symposia. Bleske oversaw a revision of the pharmacy curriculum that emphasized team-based learning, was elected a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in 1997, and received the College of Pharmacy’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2012.
Dr. Kathleen Cooney, Frances and Victor Ginsberg Professor of Hematology-Oncology, professor of internal medicine, and professor of urology in the Medical School, effective March 1. Cooney joined the faculty in 1991. Her research focused on prostate cancer and therapeutic clinical trials for prostate and bladder cancer. She was a co-author of one of the earliest reports to describe a major gene mutation associated with hereditary prostate cancer in the New England Journal of Medicine. She was a frequent invited speaker, held key leadership positions, and earned recognitions including the National Institutes of Health’s Award of Merit, the Department of Internal Medicine’s Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Service, and was inducted into the Medical School’s League of Research Excellence.
James M. Lepkowski, research professor in the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, adjunct professor of sociology in LSA and professor of biostatistics in SPH, effective April 30. He held several positions at U-M before his promotion to senior research scientist (now research professor) in the Institute for Social Research in 1998. Lepkowski’s research interests involve the development of survey data collection and analysis methods. He held numerous leadership positions, including director of the Sampling Program for Survey Statisticians, director of the Survey Research Center Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques, and director of the Program in Survey Methodology. He received the Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research in 2004.
Dr. Benedict R. Lucchesi, professor of pharmacology in the Medical School, effective Feb. 29. He joined the faculty as a full-time instructor in 1964. He served as director of research of the Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center (1981-86), among other leadership roles. In the 1960s he was one of the first scientists to determine that propranolol, a newly discovered beta blocker drug used to fight hypertension, could be used to treat heart arrhythmias. In the 1970s cardiologist Bertram Pitt and Lucchesi jointly developed the first nitroglycerin patch to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Lucchesi’s awards include the Medical School’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education (2004), and the American Heart Associations’ Esprit de Coeur Award for Distinguished Achievement (2006).
Lawrence B. Radine, associate professor of sociology in the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters, UM-Dearborn, effective Dec. 31. He joined the faculty in 1973. Radine created engaged learning environments and advanced undergraduate education through innovative courses and programs of study. He encouraged the vigorous debate of ideas and the thoughtful examination of topics such as racial prejudice, gender equity and class conflict. Radine served as director of the Health Policy Studies Program (2001-14) and director of the Law and Society Program (2003-14). In 2010, he played an instrumental role in the process that led to the creation of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. He received UM-Dearborn’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993 and the Amoco Foundation Faculty Teaching Award in 1994.
Rheta N. Rubenstein, professor of mathematics and statistics, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters, UM-Dearborn, effective April 30. She joined the faculty in 2001. Rubenstein focused on K-12 curriculum, communication in mathematics education, and instruction in mathematics teacher education. She served as a co-principal investigator on two research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, “Preparing Elementary Mathematics Teachers for Success: Implementing a Research-Based Mathematics Curriculum” (1999-2001) and “A Problem and Reasoning Based Curriculum for Preservice Elementary Educators” (2003-06). She co-authored a number of influential books including “Teaching and Learning High School Mathematics” (2010) and played an instrumental role in the development of the Master of Arts in education with a specialization in mathematics education enhancement and leadership degree program.
Lawrence W. Schneider, research professor, U-M Transportation Research Institute, and research professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, effective March 31. He joined the faculty in 1973. Schneider’s research focused on improving the design of motor vehicle occupant-restraint systems. He has been the principal investigator or key co-investigator of major research programs including studies to investigate how vehicle factors impact occupant positioning and posture. Much of his research has focused on occupant protection for vulnerable populations, and on providing safer transportation for people with disabilities seated in wheelchairs. Schneider served as director of a 10-year federal grant for a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheelchair Transportation Safety, and played a pioneering role in developing national and international standards to improve safety for wheelchair-seated occupants.
Thomas E. Snabb, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters, UM-Dearborn, effective April 30, 2016. He joined the faculty in 1976. Snabb is a leader in the field of applied statistics, with special expertise in engineering and quality control applications. He designed innovative new curricula and played an instrumental role in the development of the undergraduate degree program in applied statistics. He authored and co-authored several training manuals and workbooks, including TA.P.S.: Total Approach to Problem Solving (1999-2000). He served as a consultant for the American Supplier Institute, Eaton Corp., Johnson Controls and Teleflex Corp. and as director of the Master of Science Degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics program from 2011-15.