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Regents Roundup — April 2017

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Regents Roundup — April 2017

Topic: Regents

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

Dental school renovation and expansion project budget increases

Regents approved increasing the budget for the W.K. Kellogg Institute and Dental Building Expansion and Renovation project from $122 million to $140 million. The increase is due to additional construction cost escalation related to the time that passed between when the capital outlay project was submitted and when it was authorized by the State of Michigan. The additional funding for the project will be provided by the School of Dentistry and university investment proceeds.

Projects planned at Children's and Women's Hospitals

A renovation of approximately 3,900 gross square feet of space at C.S Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospitals is planned to allow for the expansion of services for the Fetal Diagnostic Center. A $1.8 million project will replace the domestic hot water booster systems and water heaters to provide more consistent system reliability. Both projects will be funded from Michigan Medicine resources and are scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2018.

East Hall exterior repairs to continue

Exterior repair work at East Hall will continue in a project that will replace damaged sections of the cornice, banding, and window lintels primarily on the building's 1947 addition. The $1.6 million project will be funded from General Fund resources and is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Final approval given to new Trotter Multicultural Center project

The William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center project received authorization to issue the project for bids and award construction contracts. The $10 million project will construct a new 20,000-gross-square-foot building to house spaces from the current Trotter facility as well as a new multipurpose room able to accommodate up to 300 people for events. University investment proceeds will fund the project, with construction scheduled for completion in the winter of 2019.

NCRB project moves forward

The $17.4 million renovation of the North Campus Recreation Building was given its final approval. The project will renovate the 67,000-gross-square-foot facility, address building infrastructure improvements, reconfigure the main building entrance, and construct a small canopy addition. The project is being funded by the Student Life Student Fee for Facility Renewal and is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2018.

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments and promotions with tenure

Eric Gilbert, associate professor of information, School of Information, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

A. Van Jordan, professor of English language and literature, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

Sanyu A. Mojola, associate professor of sociology, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

Vasti Torres, professor of education, School of Education, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

Felix Warneken, associate professor of psychology, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

Jason R. Young, associate professor of history, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

Named professorships

*David G. Beer, John A. and Carla S. Klein Family Research Professor of Thoracic Surgery, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Susan M. Collins, Edward M. Gramlich Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, effective April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2022.

*Jonathan L. Eliason, S. Martin Lindenauer Collegiate Professor of Vascular Surgery, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Frances A. Farley, Robert N. Hensinger Collegiate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Dee E. Fenner, Harold A. Furlong Professor of Women's Health, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Richard F. Keep, Crosby-Kahn Collegiate Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroanatomy, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Daniel J. Klionsky, Alexander G. Ruthven Professor of Life Sciences, Life Sciences Institute, effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022.

Paul P. Lee, F. Bruce Fralick Professor of Ophthalmology, Medical School, effective March 1, 2017 through Feb. 28, 2021.

Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, Dr. Walter H. Swartz Professor of Integrated Special Care Dentistry, School of Dentistry, effective May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2022.

*Jason D. Owens-Smith, Barger Leadership Institute Professor of Organizational Studies, LSA, effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Derek Palacio, Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through May 31, 2020.

*Paul I. Reynolds, Sujit K. and Uma A. Pandit Professor of Pediatric Anesthesiology, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Margo Schlanger, Wade H. and Dores M. McCree Collegiate Professor of Law, Law School, effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022.  

*Cosmas J.M. Vandeven, J. Robert Willson Collegiate Professor of Obstetrics, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Weiping Zou, Charles B. de Nancrède Research Professor of Surgery, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Administrative appointments

Rebecca M. Cunningham, associate vice president for research-health sciences, U-M Office of Research, effective May 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.

Pamela Heatlie, associate vice provost for academic and faculty affairs, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective April 21, 2017.

M. Bishr Omary, executive vice dean for research, Medical School, effective May 1, 2017.

*Geoffrey Thün, associate dean for research, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through May 31, 2020.

Dearborn campus

*Brian P. Green, Richard E. Czarnecki Collegiate Professor I, College of Business, effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.

Barbara D. Klein, Michael Foran Collegiate Professor of Business, College of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Flint campus

Ernest N. Emenyonu, correction to end date of academic administrative appointment to chair, Department of Africana Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017.

Michael J. Hague, vice chancellor for business and finance, Office of the Chancellor, effective May 1, 2017.

George O. White, associate professor of strategic management, School of Management, effective Sept. 1, 2017.



Daniel F. Blower, associate research scientist, U-M Transportation Research Institute, Feb. 28, 2017. Blower received his Bachelor of Arts degree and his Ph.D. from U-M in 1972 and 1984, respectively. He joined the U-M faculty in 1985. His primary research focus has been to advance heavy truck safety, through the study of heavy truck crash causation, evaluation of crash avoidance and crash mitigation tech­nologies for trucks, and the improvement of crash data. Blower developed a methodology for the study of truck crash causation that was first applied in the state of Michigan and then used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Large Truck Crash Causation Study. He directed UMTRI's Trucks Involved in Fatal Accidents data collection program, which set a national standard for data on fatal truck crashes. Blower served as principal investigator or key co-investigator on a series of projects for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, including light-vehicle underride in truck crashes, electronic stability control for heavy trucks and forward crash warning/collision mitigation braking. He also was co-investigator on a series of projects to identify primary truck safety problems and interventions in Michigan, with this research providing the foundation for Michigan's strategic truck safety plan. He was appointed to the Michigan Truck Safety Commission in 2011 and has served as chair since 2014. He has been a member of several committees focused on truck safety for the Transportation Research Board and the National Academy of Sciences and Engineering as well as several technical committees focused on improving the collection of crash data.

Elizabeth Crowell, associate professor of economics, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters, UM-Dearborn, April 30, 2017. Crowell received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of Wooster in 1966, and her Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1968 and 1971, respectively. She joined the U-M faculty in 1978. Crowell's research explored cost analysis techniques and applications, the economic and social consequences of public policy, poverty and discrimination and pricing in the medical sector. She taught a number of courses on a range of subjects, including applied microeconomic theory, cost analysis and program evaluation, the economics of aging, the economics of poverty and discrimination, intermediate microeconomic theory and labor relations and labor law. Crowell's courses were widely recognized for their analytical rigor, challenging content, and high academic standards. She was especially dedicated to her students' academic and personal success and generously shared her time and expertise advising students and guiding their academic and professional development. Crowell participated in a variety of service activities, including economics program advisor, the CASL Executive Committee, the CASL Academic Standards Committee and the Student Academic Judiciary Committee. She was a member of the American Association of University Professors, the American Economics Association and the Policy Studies Organization.

Janet Gerson, senior lecturer and lecturer IV in economics, LSA, Dec. 30, 2016. Gerson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 from the University of Missouri and her Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. degrees from U-M in 1978 and 1981, respectively. She joined the U-M faculty in 1983. Gerson provided exemplary teaching, advising, mentoring and university service. Although she taught most of the courses in the core undergraduate curriculum, she specialized in microeconomic theory and regularly gave students their first exposure to economics in the Principles of Microeconomics course.  Her curricular innovations included the conception, development and teaching of companion courses that enriched the content of standard principles courses and improved student engagement.  For example, Gerson advocated for and developed Economics at Work, a class featuring presentations by and discussions with alumni guests. The class gave students the opportunity not only to discover the inspirational career paths of successful alumni but also to develop insights into the role economics might play in their own careers. Gerson was honored with an LSA Excellence in Concentration Advising Award and nine LSA Excellence in Education Awards. Undergraduate students regularly reported that Gerson was by far the best teacher they'd had at the university, noting her enthusiasm for the material, her fun attitude, her use of real world examples they could relate to, her dedication to helping students learn, and her respect for them as learners.

Santhadevi Jeyabalan, senior lecturer and lecturer IV in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, LSA, Dec. 30, 2014. Jeyabalan received a Master of Science degree in 1966 from the University of Madras, a Master of Science degree in 1971 from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Science degree and Ph.D. in 1976 from U-M. She joined the U-M faculty in 1976. Jeyabalan taught Introductory Genetics Laboratory, Developmental Biology Laboratory and the Genetics lecture course. Her passion for teaching was evident in her consistently high evaluations and her excellent rapport with her students. She created a "Virtual Fly" research project for one of her courses, for which she received a Computer World Smithsonian Award in 1999. Jeyabalan received four LSA Excellence in Education Awards and the 1997 Ruth M. Sinclair Memorial Award for serving as an adviser in the LSA Honors Program. Since 2000, Jeyabalan has coordinated a short summer course, Genes to Genomics, for the Michigan Math and Science Scholars program, which is attended by academically gifted high school students from around the world. During her visits to India, she conducted seminars on the current trends in genetics research at Coimbatore Medical College. As a board member for the Friends of Aravind Hospital in Madurai, India, she has been actively involved in their mission to prevent blindness in underdeveloped countries. 

Paula A. Malone, lecturer IV in economics, LSA, May 31, 2014. Malone received her Bachelor of Arts and her Master of Arts degrees from the University of Toledo in 1973 and 1980, respectively. She joined the U-M faculty in 1998. Malone was an outstanding instructor of the Principles of Microeconomics, a course that often provided students with their first exposure to economics; Economics and Gender, a course she reintroduced into the undergraduate curriculum; Economics of Crime, a new course that she conceived and designed; and Personal Finance, a new course that she advocated for and developed. She also partnered with the LSA Comprehensive Studies Program to design and teach a section of the principles course. Malone advised and mentored more than 14,000 undergraduate economics majors. Undergraduate students often reported that Malone was the reason they became interested in studying economics, that she was an inspiration to them and that she had impacted their education. Graduate student instructors on her team learned to more effectively communicate economics and manage projects and people. Malone continues to be professionally active in her new Portland, Ore. community where she volunteers in a financial literacy program and participates in advocacy work.

Elizabeth Harbeck Voshel, director of the Field Instruction Program and clinical associate professor of social work, School of Social Work, April 30, 2017. Voshel received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Alma College in 1973 and her Master of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University in 1978. She joined the U-M faculty in 2004. As director of the Field Instruction Program at the School of Social Work, Voshel created and developed a student peer facilitator teaching model for the school's foundation field seminar and co-led the development and teaching effort in the school's e-portfolio seminar. Her national and international presentations focused on field instruction curriculum development, portfolio development, safety training for social workers and social work ethics workshops. Voshel co-authored a number of funded proposals, several articles and one textbook, "Direct Social Work Practice:  Theories and Skills for Becoming an Evidence-Based Practitioner." She received a national award for developing a case management program during her service as a clinical supervisor for a large outpatient mental health program at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She has been a member of the National Association of Social Workers at the state and national levels since 1978. Voshel was actively involved in the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers where she served on the Ethics Committee for many years and was named the Region II Social Worker of the Year in 2003.