Regents Roundup — February 2024


The following items also were approved at the Feb. 15 Board of Regents meeting:

College of Pharmacy to offer Master of Pharmacy degree

The College of Pharmacy will offer a new Master of Pharmacy degree program to grant formal academic recognition to students who successfully complete and demonstrate competency in the first two years of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum but are unable to complete the degree requirements for personal or administrative reasons. The MPharm degree would acknowledge a student’s demonstrated competence with basic pharmaceutical science knowledge and may be useful for future educational or employment purposes. Students will not be granted admission to the College of Pharmacy with the sole intent of obtaining the MPharm degree, and it will not be awarded to any student who received a Pharm.D. degree. The program will be implemented upon approval from the Michigan Association of State Universities.

— Jeff Bleiler, The University Record

UM-Dearborn College of Business department splitting into two

The Department of Management Studies in UM-Dearborn’s College of Business is splitting into two departments: the Department of Management and Marketing and the Department of Information and Operations Management. This move, which stems from a series of departmental conversations and deliberations, better reflects the teaching, research and service being undertaken by faculty. It also better serves the administrative needs of each department, as well as the college.

— Jeff Bleiler, The University Record

Rogel Cancer Center to undergo mechanical, plumbing renovations

The Rogel Cancer Center will undergo renovations to its major mechanical and plumbing systems, most of which are original to the building when it was constructed in 1997. The project includes refurbishing eight air handlers and associated equipment, replacing a backup air handler and booster pumps, renovating approximately 9,800 gross square feet of the main patient drop-off canopy ceiling and replacing the infrared heaters and fire suppression system. Funding for the project, estimated to cost $10.4 million, will come from U-M Health resources. The architectural firm of MA Engineering will design the project with completion expected in the winter of 2026. There will be no parking impacts from the project.

— Jeff Bleiler, The University Record

Renovations approved for Industrial and Operations Engineering Building

The Industrial and Operations Engineering Building First Floor and Ground Floor Renovation project will renovate approximately 10,000 gross square feet of space to provide students with greater access to community and collaboration. The project will include community collaboration space, a kitchenette, conference rooms, huddle rooms, a seminar room, a staff lounge, storage, a personal room, gender-inclusive restrooms and maker space. Funding for the estimated project cost of $4.5 million will come from College of Engineering resources. The architectural firm of Integrated Design Solutions will design the project. A phased construction schedule is planned in order to minimize disruption to the academic calendar with construction to be completed in the spring of 2025.

— Jeff Bleiler, The University Record

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments with tenure

Timothy S. Blackwell, professor of internal medicine, Medical School, effective March 1, 2024.

**Nitin B. Jain, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Medical School, effective Feb. 12, 2024.

**Ross K. Maddox, associate professor of otolaryngology, Medical School, effective Jan. 1, 2024.

Named professorships

Shrinivas Bishu, H. Marvin Pollard Collegiate Professor of Gastroenterology IV, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2024, through Aug. 31, 2029.

Timothy S. Blackwell, John G. Searle Professor of Internal Medicine, effective March 1, 2024, through June 30, 2029.

Matthew J. Brody, Pfizer Upjohn Early Career Research Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2024, through Aug. 31, 2028.

Andrew C. Chang, Cameron Haight Collegiate Professor of Thoracic Surgery, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2024, through Aug. 31, 2028.

Deirdre Leong de la Cruz, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective July 1, 2024.

Anouck R. Girard, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective July 1, 2024.

Nicholas C. Henriksen, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective July 1, 2024.

David T. Hughes, James Lynd, M.D. Research Professor, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2024, through Aug. 31, 2028.

**Nitin B. Jain, James W. Rae Collegiate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical School, effective Feb. 12, 2024, through June 30, 2029.

Emily M. Jutkiewicz, Pfizer Upjohn Research Professor in Translational Pharmacology, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2024, through Aug. 31, 2028.

Kamran M. Mirza, Godfrey D. Stobbe Professor of Pathology Education, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2024, through Aug. 31, 2028.

Marschall S. Runge, McKay Professor, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2024, through Aug. 31, 2028.

LaKisha M. Simmons, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective July 1, 2024.

Sara B. Soderstrom, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, effective July 1, 2024.

Jason R. Spence, H. Marvin Pollard Professor of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2024, through Aug. 31, 2028.

Mieko Yoshihama, Edith A. Lewis Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, effective June 1, 2024, through May 31, 2029.

Administrative appointments

*Kelly M. Askew, chair, Department of Anthropology, LSA, effective July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2026.

Timothy S. Blackwell, chair, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School, effective March 1, 2024.

**Joshua H. Cole, interim chair, Department of History, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2024, through June 30, 2024.

**Nitin B. Jain, chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Michigan Medicine, effective Feb. 12, 2024.

*Timothy A. McKay, associate dean for undergraduate education, LSA, effective July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2027.

**Laurel E. Moore, interim senior associate dean for faculty and faculty development, Medical School, effective Jan. 15, 2024.

Stephanie Parks Taylor, J. Griswold Ruth, M.D. and Margery Hopkins Ruth Research Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School, effective Feb. 1, 2024, through Aug. 31, 2028.

Laura Ruetsche, acting chair, Department of Philosophy, LSA, effective July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025.

*Tad M. Schmaltz, chair, Department of Philosophy, LSA, effective July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2027.

Other transactions

James S. Burnstein, correction of title of an appointment to an endowed professorship as John H. Mitchell Professor of Entertainment, Department of Film, Television, and Media, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2024, through Dec. 1, 2028.

Siqian M. Shen, extension of intergovernmental personnel assignment, effective Feb. 27, 2024, through Feb. 26, 2025.

Dearborn campus

**Susan A. Everett, interim chair, Department of Education, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, effective March 4, 2024, through June 30, 2024.

Flint campus

Keith J. Kelley, change in title to associate professor of international business and strategic management, with tenure, School of Management, effective Jan. 1, 2024.

Derwin S. Munroe, acting chair, Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, College of Arts, Sciences and Education, effective Jan. 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025.


**Interim approval granted


Levana Aronson, lecturer II of Middle East studies, LSA, April 30, 2023. Aronson attended Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where she earned a B.E. in teaching English as a second language in 1981. She then attended U-M to complete her M.S.W. in 1990. She taught in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University from 1999-2005. She joined the U-M faculty as a lecturer I in 2009 and was promoted to lecturer II in 2013. Having received extensive training for several semesters when she was first hired, Aronson worked independently for 12 years. Aronson spent a significant amount of time devising interesting and effective lesson plans, drawing both on prepared materials and creating her own exercises. Aronson enhanced the curriculum of first-year Hebrew by incorporating oral presentations and integrating the instruction of the past tense with the present tense in the first year. Aronson was nominated for the 2015 Golden Apple Award, and she has served on the ombudsman committee. Aronson has also volunteered and served on the board of Ann Arbor community organizations including the Jewish Community Center, the Hebrew Day School and Food Gatherers.

Frank J. Ascione, professor of pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Jan. 2, 2024. Ascione received his B.S. in pharmacy in 1969, Pharm.D. in 1973, M.P.H. in 1977 and Ph.D. in health behavior and health education in 1981, all from U-M. He joined the U-M faculty in 1977 as a clinical assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy and an assistant research scientist at the Institute of Gerontology. He became an assistant professor of pharmacy administration in 1981, was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and professor in 2001. He was appointed associate dean for academic affairs from 1996-2004 and then dean of the College of Pharmacy from 2004-14. He was the founding director of the U-M Center for Interprofessional Education from 2015-21. Ascione’s research, scholarship and teaching focuses included evaluating models of medication therapy management, consumer medication-taking behavior, the use of technology in pharmacy practice, issues related to drug policy and the FDA regulatory process. He received the Computerworld Smithsonian Award for Innovation in Education and Academia; the Michigan Pharmacists Association’s Pharmacist of the Year; the College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award; the American International Health Collaborative Interprofessional Educator and Mentor Award; and the U-M Center for Interprofessional Education Distinguished Leadership Award.

Heang-Ping Chan, Paul L. Carson, Ph.D., Collegiate Professor of Radiology and professor of radiology, Medical School, Feb. 6, 2024. Chan received her Ph.D. in medical physics from the University of Chicago in 1981, where she became an instructor, assistant professor and associate professor. She joined U-M as an associate professor of radiological sciences and associate research scientist in radiology in 1989, and was promoted to professor of radiology in 1995. She established and directed the Computer-Aided Detection-Artificial Intelligence research laboratory in the Department of Radiology in 1989. Chan’s research focused on diagnostic imaging, medical image analysis, and the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence methods for clinical decision support. She published the first study demonstrating that computer-aided design could improve radiologists’ detection of subtle breast cancer in mammography. As the founding chair and a current member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine CAD subcommittee, she works to establish best practices and guidelines on training and validation methodologies, quality assurance, and user training for decision support and artificial intelligence systems in clinical practice. She was elected a fellow of the AAPM and the Institute of Physics in 2004, and the SPIE in 2023.

Robert C. Dysko, clinical professor of laboratory animal medicine, Medical School Administration, Medical School, Jan. 5, 2024. Dysko received his B.S. in 1979 and D.V.M. in 1983 from Iowa State University. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in laboratory animal and comparative medicine at U-M in 1986. He became specialty board certified by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 1987. He returned U-M as an assistant professor in 1990, was promoted to clinical associate professor in 1999, and to clinical professor in 2011. He was named assistant director of the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine in 1994, associate director in 2001, interim director from 2011-12 and director in 2012. He was a voting member of the university’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee from 2001-06 and 2011-17, and of the IACUC for the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center from 2006-11 and 2019-present. He served on the board of directors for the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science from 2008-12 and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges from 2013-17. He also served as president of AALAS from 2010-11. He currently is co-chair of the Board on Animal Health Sciences, Conservation, and Research.

Peretz P. Friedmann, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Aerospace Engineering and professor of aerospace engineering, College of Engineering, Dec. 31, 2023. Friedmann received his B.Sc. in 1961 and M.Sc. in 1968 in aeronautical engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and his D.Sc. in 1972 in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was on the faculty of University of California, Los Angeles, faculty starting in 1972 and chaired its mechanical and aerospace engineering department from 1988-91. Friedmann joined the U-M faculty in 1999. His research focused on rotary-wing and fixed-wing aeroelasticity, on-blade control of rotor vibration and noise, optimization with aeroelastic constraints and hypersonic aerothermoelasticity. Forty Ph.D. students have graduated under his guidance. He was editor-in-chief of the AIAA Journalfrom 2009-14. Friedmann’s contributions had a major impact on modern helicopter design. He received the 2022 Reed Aeronautics Award, the highest award given by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; the 2017 Klemin Award from the American Helicopter Society; the 2019 AHS Honorary Fellow Award; the 2013 Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship, the Spirit of St. Louis Medal, awarded by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2003; and the AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Award in 1996.

Timothy R. B. Johnson, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Medical School; professor of women’s and gender studies, LSA, Dec. 31, 2023. Johnson received his M.D. in 1975 from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed an ob-gyn residency at the U-M Hospitals in 1979. He completed his maternal-fetal medicine fellowship from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1981. After service in the U.S. Air Force, he rejoined the Johns Hopkins faculty and became director of the division of maternal fetal medicine. Johnson joined U-M in 1993 as professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was chair through 2017 and the Bates Professor of the Diseases of Women and Children from 1993-2018. He was research professor for the Center for Human Growth and Development from 1993-2020. Johnson’s work has led to the training and retention of more than 240 ob-gyn physicians in Ghana. Johnson was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Distinguished Merit Award from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He is past president of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics and received its lifetime achievement award.

Susan Hautaniemi Leonard, associate research scientist in the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, Nov. 30, 2023. Hautaniemi Leonard received her B.A. in 1990, her M.A. in 1992, and her Ph.D. in 2002 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She joined U-M in 2001 as a research fellow in the Population Research Center and the ICPSR. She was promoted to research investigator in 2003 and to associate research scientist in 2014 at ICPSR. Hautaniemi Leonard’s research focuses on mortality and wealth inequality in the 19th century United States, as well as on aging, migration and settlement dynamics in the Great Plains. She taught historical demography for many years in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods, and she led the Michigan Historical Demography Workshop Series during the mid-2010s. Hautaniemi Leonard served as a member of ISR’s DEI Faculty Working Group from 2019-23. She was co-editor of the journal Continuity and Changefor the past 10 years and served on the editorial board of the journal Social Science Historyfrom 2018-23. Hautaniemi Leonard is a member of the Social Science History Association and was awarded the Founder’s Prize for the best article published in the association’s journal in 2016.

Jersey Liang, professor of health management and policy in the School of Public Health, and research professor in the Institute of Gerontology, Medical School, May 31, 2023. Liang received his B.A. in 1969 from Chung Hsing University in Taipei, Taiwan, and his M.A in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1978 from Wayne State University, where he became a research scientist in 1984. Liang joined U-M as an associate professor of health management and policy, and associate research scientist in the Institute of Gerontology in 1985, and was promoted to professor of health management and policy and research scientist in 1989, and to research professor in 2003. He was the Institute of Gerontology’s associate director for social research from 1990-97, has been a faculty associate in the Survey Research Center since 1996, and a faculty associate in the Center for Chinese Studies since 2006. Liang and his colleagues established several longitudinal databases of older adults in the United States, Japan, Taiwan and China. As a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Liang has received two National Institute on Aging MERIT Awards. He was the editor for social sciences at the Journal of Gerontology. He has authored and co-authored more than 230 scholarly publications and 25 book chapters.

Bernard J. Martin, associate professor of industrial and operations engineering, College of Engineering, Dec. 31, 2023. Martin received his B.S. in 1977 from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Physique in Marseille, France, and a D.E.A. in 1978, Engineer Dr. in 1981, and Doctorat Es Science in 1989 from Université de Provence, Marseille, France. He joined U-M an assistant professor in 1990 and was promoted to associate professor in 1996. He is also a research scientist in the Division of Kinesiology. Martin’s research focused on the study of human sensorimotor systems. He used neurophysiological, behavioral, biomechanical and modeling approaches as complementary means to investigate the role of proprioceptive, exteroceptive and visual information in the control and coordination of sensorimotor activities. He co-authored more than 100 publications, more than 30 manuscripts in peer-reviewed proceedings, three books and three book chapters. He is a member of the TLV committee on physical agents, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, as well as the Society for Neuroscience, the International Commission on Occupational Health, and the American Physiological Society. He has held editorial positions with the Journal of the Digital Human, Human Factors and Ergonomic Society, and Frontier in Psychology.

Compiled by Katie Kelton, The University Record


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