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Regents Roundup — February 2019

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

UM-Dearborn changes administrative structure

A new organizational structure at UM-Dearborn better aligns with the mission and objectives of the campus by positioning the enrollment management and student life units under the Office of the Provost for strategic and functional integration with academic affairs. The vice provost for research position also has been created to support and enhance the research and scholarship culture on campus and create a robust environment conducive to more active, engaged and consequential research. The position will oversee UM-Dearborn’s Office of Sponsored Programs. With this increased scope and additional reporting units effective Jan. 1, 2020, the title of provost will change to provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Doctor of Engineering program to be offered at UM-Dearborn

The College of Engineering and Computer Science at UM-Dearborn will begin offering the interdisciplinary Doctor of Engineering degree program in automotive systems and mobility this fall. The program, the first D.Eng program on campus, will serve the needs of working engineering professionals by focusing on engineering practice and application, problem solving skills and innovation to prepare graduates for technical leadership roles in today’s automotive and mobility industry.

Improvements planned for Bonisteel Boulevard

The Board of Regents approved a $5 million project that will replace more than 3,000 feet of water main under Bonisteel Boulevard, address connections to buildings and fire hydrants and install 2,000 feet of chilled water supply and return piping. As part of the project the westbound lanes, curbs, and sidewalk will be replaced, the entire road will be resurfaced, and pedestrian and street lighting will be replaced. Investment proceeds and utilities resources will fund the project, with construction scheduled to be completed this fall.

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Faculty appointments with tenure

Angela Calabrese Barton, professor of education, School of Education, effective Sept. 1, 2019.

Alexis J. Handal, associate professor of epidemiology, School of Public Health, effective Sept. 1, 2019.

**Leila Kawar, associate professor of American culture, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

**Kelley M. Kidwell, associate professor of biostatistics, SPH, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Named professorships

Suzanne R. Dawid, Andrew B. Briskin Research Professor of Pediatrics, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2019 through Aug. 31, 2024.

R. Paul Drake, Henry Smith Carhart Collegiate Professor of Space Science, College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2023.

Henriette D.M. Elvang, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective July 1, 2019.

Bogdan Epureanu, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective July 1, 2019.

Sandra R. Gunning, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective July 1, 2019.

Reshma Jagsi, Newman Family Professor of Radiation Oncology, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2019 through Aug. 31, 2024.

Sandra R. Levitsky, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective July 1, 2019.

Priscilla Lindsay, Claribel Baird Halstead Collegiate Professor, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, effective Jan. 1, 2019 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Levi McLaughlin, Toyota Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2019.

Panduranga S. Rao, Richard D. Schwartz, M.D. Collegiate Professor of Nephrology, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2019 through Aug. 31, 2024.

*Steven R. Ratner, Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law, Law School, effective Feb. 1, 2019 through Jan. 31, 2024.

Adam C. Simon, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective July 1, 2019.

Daniel Spratt, Laurie Snow Research Professor, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2019 through Aug. 31, 2024.

Michaela T. Zint, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective July 1, 2019.

Administrative appointments

*Nancy E. Burns, chair, Department of Political Science, LSA, effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024.

*Hae Mi Choe, associate dean for pharmacy innovations and partnerships, College of Pharmacy, effective Feb. 1, 2019 through Jan. 31, 2022.

David W. Gerdes, chair, Department of Physics, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024.

*Bonnie M. Hagerty, associate dean for undergraduate studies, School of Nursing, effective July 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020.

*Daniel H. Halberstam, associate dean for faculty and research, Law School, effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

**Brahim Medjahed, associate dean for academic programs and initiatives, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, effective Jan. 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021.

Ganesh S. Palapattu, chair, Department of Urology, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2019.

*Gil Seinfeld, associate dean for academic programming, Law School, effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Bradley R. Smith, associate dean for academic programs, Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022.

Dearborn campus

Stein Brunvand, associate dean, College of Education, Health and Human Services, effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

*Catherine A. Davy, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019.

*Reappointments

**Interim approval granted

Retirements

Steven M. Donn, professor of pediatrics, Medical School, Feb. 28, 2019. Donn received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 from the University of Michigan and a medical degree in 1974 from Tulane University. He joined the U-M faculty in 1980, and was director of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine from 1998 to 2009. Donn’s research career focused on innovations in diagnosis and treatment of conditions unique to the neonatal population. He authored 187 peer-reviewed publications and numerous book chapters. He was a pioneer in demonstrating the utility of diagnostic ultrasound in the diagnosis and management of intraventricular hemorrhage and periventricular leukomalacia, and other central nervous system conditions unique to the newborn. Donn served on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management from 2006-12, chairing that body from 2008-12, and was a voting member of the Anesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy Device Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Grace Elta, H. Marvin Pollard Collegiate Professor of Gastroenterology and professor of internal medicine, Medical School, Feb. 28, 2019. Elta received a Bachelor of Science degree and medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1973 and 1977, respectively. She joined the U-M faculty in 1982. Elta’s clinical and research interests were in the areas of biliary tract disease, endoscopy and pancreatic disease. Elta authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and 25 book chapters, and received numerous awards, including the Rudolph V. Schindler Award from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. She played an instrumental role in the training and education of medical students, residents and fellows, and was involved in numerous continuing medical education activities externally. Elta provided extensive institutional service through such roles as director of the Medical Procedures Unit and associate division chief of clinical programs. She was involved in a number of national societies, including as council chair for Digestive Disease Week.

John Neville-Andrews, Claribel Baird Halstead Collegiate Professor and professor of theatre and drama, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Dec. 31, 2018. Neville-Andrews received a Master of Fine Arts degree equivalent from the EAST 15 Acting School in London, England, and joined the U-M faculty in 1992. He directed 25 productions for the Department of Theatre and Drama in addition to serving as interim department chair, head of directing, and head of performance. Neville-Andrews was instrumental in the success of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival becoming the official Shakespeare festival of the state of Michigan. He served as the artistic producer of The Shakespeare Theatre, then known as the Folger Theatre, in Washington, D.C. Neville-Andrews was also a playwright and producer of a number of plays, including “Playaround Shakespeare,” “Bullshot Crummond” and “El Grande de Coca-Cola,” the latter of which received the 1972 Drama Desk Award. Neville-Andrews received the Smithsonian Institute’s Certificate of Excellence in 1982 and was recognized by the American Theatre Association in 1983.

Stéphane Spoiden, professor of French, UM-Dearborn College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, June 30, 2018. Spoiden received Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University in 1989, 1991 and 1996, respectively. He joined the UM-Dearborn faculty in 1996. He conducted research in various fields, including French intellectual and political history, French media criticism, French and European cinema, global politics, transatlantic relations, and the European Union. Spoiden published two books, “La Littérature et le sida” and “Étonnante Amérique.” He served as the book review editor and associate editor of Contemporary French Civilization and from 2010-16, he wrote The French Review’s annual essay on socio-cultural and political events of the year in France. Spoiden contributed to the development of the International Studies and Global Cultures programs, and received UM-Dearborn’s Distinguished Research Award in 2013.

Ronald W. Woodard, F.F. Blicke Collegiate Professor of Pharmacy and professor of medicinal chemistry, College of Pharmacy, and professor of chemistry, LSA, Dec. 31, 2018. Woodard received a Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville State University in 1968, a Master of Science degree from Georgia State University in 1971, and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco in 1978. He joined the U-M faculty in 1980. Woodard studied the biosynthesis of natural products and carbohydrates for the purpose of identifying potential new targets for the development of antimicrobial agents. His research group was the first in the world to identify and characterize the gene and protein products of two of the enzymes in the Kds pathway. They also genetically modified E. coli in a way that significantly weakened its defense mechanism, thereby making it a potential host for the production of less-expensive, lower-toxicity vaccines and protein products, such as insulin. Woodard helped establish the college’s Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core and the Vahlteich Medicinal Chemistry Core. He received the College of Pharmacy’s Teacher of the Year Award, and was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.