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Regents Roundup — June 2018

June 21, 2018

Regents Roundup — June 2018

The following items were approved by the Board of Regents at its June 21 meeting.

LSA unit changed to Department of Middle East Studies

The Department of Near Eastern Studies in LSA will become the Department of Middle East Studies effective Sept. 1. In the recommendation to regents, LSA Dean Andrew Martin explained the name change clarifies and takes into account the denominations in contemporary politics and culture. “The competing denominations of Near East and Middle East have long confused audiences in the academy and beyond,” Martin said. In reviewing course advertising and student recruitment, it was discovered that many students found the name confusing and do not use the term Near Eastern Studies when searching for courses on what they call the Middle East. Faculty in the Department of Near Eastern Studies voted unanimously in support of the name change.

Department of Screen Arts and Cultures gets new name

The Department of Screen Arts and Cultures in LSA will become the Department of Film, Television, and Media effective Sept. 1. The new name will reflect the historical emergence of the three media and more accurately reflect what the faculty know and do as producers or scholars. Changing the unit name also will enable the unit to move forward and allow for greater visibility and searchability, ability to attract good students and make the department easier to find from the outside. It was 2005, when the Program in Film and Video Studies was becoming a department, that the name was changed to the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures to match the name being proposed for its new Ph.D. program.

Amount limits increased for university startup investments

Regents agreed to increase the cap on permitted investment amounts for a program in which the university directly invests in its own startup businesses. The amount per investment round will increase from $1 million to $2.5 million under the change to the Michigan Investment in New Technology Startups program. The university has invested a total of $26.4 million in two dozen university startups since the program began in 2011.

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments with tenure

Todd Allen, professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences, College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Analisa V. DiFeo, associate professor of pathology, Medical School, effective July 1, 2018.

Amanda E. Kowalski, professor of economics, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

Tuija I. Pulkkinen, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

Brian R. Umberger, professor of kinesiology, School of Kinesiology, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

Terri Voepel-Lewis, associate professor of nursing, School of Nursing, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

Anthony M. Waas, professor of aerospace engineering, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

Named professorships

*Susan J. Ashford, Michael and Susan Jandernoa Professor of Business Administration, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

Richard J. Auchus, James A. Shayman and Andrea S. Kevrick Professor of Translational Medicine, Medical School, effective June 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Richard P. Bagozzi, Dwight F. Benton Professor of Marketing, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

*Barbara L. Brush, Carol J. and F. Edward Lake Clinical Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, effective Sept. 1, 2019 through Aug. 31, 2020.

*Heang-Ping Chan, Paul L. Carson, Ph.D. Collegiate Professor of Radiology, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

*Joseph N. Eisenberg, John G. Searle Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Margherita Fontana, Clifford Nelson Endowed Professor, School of Dentistry, effective June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2023.

Mary E. Gallagher, Amy and Alan Lowenstein Professor of Democracy, Democratization and Human Rights, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

Deborah E. Goldberg, Margaret B. Davis Distinguished University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

*Erdogan Gulari, Donald L. Katz Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

*Judith L. Heidebrink, Richard D. and Katherine M. O’Connor Research Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

Susan Brooks Herzog, Christin Carter-Su Collegiate Professor of Physiology, Medical School, effective June 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Ian A. Hiskens, Vennema Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

*Raffi J. Indjejikian, Carleton H. Griffin-Deloitte & Touche LLP Collegiate Professor of Accounting, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

Laura K. Kasischke, Theodore Roethke Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

Gautam Kaul, Robert G. Rodkey Collegiate Professor of Business Administration, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023.

Amanda E. Kowalski, Gail Wilensky Professor of Applied Economics and Public Policy, LSA and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

*Aradhna J. Krishna, Dwight F. Benton Professor of Marketing, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

Steven L. Kunkel, Peter A. Ward Distinguished University Professor of Pathology, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

Jeffrey C. Lagarias, Harold Mead Stark Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

Jun Li, NBD Bancorp Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2019.

Victor C. Li, James R. Rice Distinguished University Professor of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

Sarah M. Miller, Sanford R. Robertson Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2019.

*Henry I. Mosberg, Tom D. Rowe Collegiate Professor of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

*M.P. Narayanan, Robert Morrison Hoffer Professor of Business Administration, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

*Nouri Neamati, John G. Searle Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023.

Melanie D. Ohi, Rowena G. Matthews Collegiate Professor in the Life Sciences, Medical School, effective June 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Paul Picton, David W. Learned Collegiate Professor of Anesthesiology, Medical School, effective June 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Scott A. Piper, Norma L. Heyde Faculty Development Professor of Voice, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through May 31, 2023.

Amiyatosh K. Purnanandam, Michael Stark Professor of Finance, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023.

Andrew M. Ryan, UnitedHealthcare Professor of Health Care Management, School of Public Health, effective May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2023.

Catherine Shakespeare, Arthur Anderson Professor of Accounting, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020.

Daniel Slater, Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of Emerging Democracies, LSA, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023.

*David E. Smith, John G. Wagner Collegiate Professor of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023.

Christopher J. Sonnenday, Darrell A. Campbell, Jr. M.D. Collegiate Professor of Transplant Surgery, Medical School, effective June 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Stewart J. Thornhill, Eugene Applebaum Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

*Marita G. Titler, Rhetaugh Graves Dumas Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019.

*Jeffrey Veidlinger, Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

Anthony M. Waas, Felix W. Pawlowski Collegiate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through May 31, 2023.

James D. Westphal, Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023.

David M. Williams, Kyung J. Cho Collegiate Professor of Radiology, Medical School, effective June 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Ronald W. Woodard, F.F. Blicke Collegiate Professor of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, effective July 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018.

Gowoon Yu, Arthur Andersen Professor of Accounting, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020.

Administrative appointments

Todd Allen, Glenn F. and Gladys H. Knoll Department Chair of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2023.

*Ketra L. Armstrong, associate dean for graduate affairs, School of Kinesiology, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Vincenzo A. Binetti, acting chair, Department of Romance Language and Literature, LSA, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

*Rosario E. Ceballo, chair, Department of Women’s Studies, LSA, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023.

*Mark A. Clague, interim associate dean for academic and student affairs, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Marin K. Clark, acting chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, LSA, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

*Jason A. Corey, associate dean for graduate studies and research, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

*Joseph N. Eisenberg, chair, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2021.

*Karen B. Farris, chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

RaShonda Flint, assistant dean for undergraduate education, LSA, effective July 23, 2018.

Matt Friedman, director, Museum of Paleontology, LSA, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023.

Anita L. Gonzalez, interim chair, Department of Dance, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

*Stanley Kent, associate dean for clinical affairs, College of Pharmacy, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

Lynda D. Lisabeth, senior associate dean for administration, School of Public Health, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

*Lisa K. Low, associate dean for practice and professional graduate studies, School of Nursing, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Mingyan Liu, Peter and Evelyn Fuss Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through May 31, 2023.

*Nancy A. Mason, associate dean for student services, College of Pharmacy, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2021.

*Joann McDaniel, assistant dean for undergraduate programs, Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

*Bruce A. Mueller, associate dean for academic affairs, College of Pharmacy, Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Bhramar Mukherjee, chair, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

Bradford G. Orr, associate vice president for research-natural sciences and engineering, U-M Office of Research, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2021.

*Karen E. Peterson, chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

*David L. Porter, chair, Department of English Language and Literature, LSA, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020.

Tuija I. Pulkkinen, chair, Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through May 31, 2023.

*Lawrence M. Seiford, Goff Smith Co-Director of the Joel D. Tauber Institute for Global Operations, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Gary S. Was, interim chair, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018.

Anthony M. Waas, Richard A. Auhll Department Chair of Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through May 31, 2023.

Transfer of tenure

Terri D. Conley, transfer of tenure to associate professor of psychology, with tenure, and associate professor of women’s studies, without tenure, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

Peggy S. McCracken, transfer of tenure to professor of French, with tenure; professor of women’s studies, with tenure; and professor of comparative literature, with tenure, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

Silvia Pedraza, transfer of tenure to professor of sociology, with tenure, and professor of American culture, with tenure, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

Dearborn campus

Crystal J. Scott, assistant dean, College of Business, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

Oleg Zikanov, chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

Flint campus

Margaret M. Andrews, dean, School of Nursing, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

Christopher M. Giordano, vice chancellor for student affairs, Office of the Chancellor, effective Aug. 1, 2018.

Thomas A. Hemphill, David M. French Professor, effective July 1, 2018.

*Reappointments

Retirements

Robert F. Beck, Richard B. Couch Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and professor of naval architecture and marine engineering, College of Engineering, June 30, 2018. Beck received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees from the University of Michigan in 1965. He received his Master of Science degree and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1967 and 1970, respectively. He joined the U-M faculty in 1972, and held several university positions, including director of the Ship Hydrodynamics Laboratory from 1988-91 and chair of the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from 1991-94. Beck is an internationally recognized leader in the field of marine hydrodynamics. His research interests explored yacht design and all aspects of marine hydrodynamics, including wave loads, seakeeping, maneuvering and resistance. Beck was a pioneer in using time-domain methods, both linear and nonlinear, to predict ship motions and maneuvering in a seaway. He served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Ship Research and received numerous awards, including the Dr. Kenneth S.M. Davidson Medal from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Beck taught 25 different naval architecture and marine engineering courses, including 12 new courses he developed. He received the Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Engineering in 1985.

Paul N. Edwards, professor of information, School of Information, and professor of history, LSA, May 31, 2018. Edwards received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980 from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He joined the U-M faculty in 1999, and became the founding director of the university’s Science, Technology & Society Program in 2000. Edwards’ research areas include the history of computers and other information technology; the history and sociology of infrastructure, broadly conceived; and the history and politics of climate science and climate change. His prize-winning book, “A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming,” was named a Book of the Year by The Economist in 2010. His first book, “The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America,” won honorable mention for the Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science. Edwards helped edit the Infrastructures book series published by the MIT Press. He has held visiting positions at several international universities, including Sciences Po, France and Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands. In 2017, Edwards joined Stanford University as the William J. Perry Fellow in International Security and a senior research scholar in the Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Brant E. Fries, professor of health management and policy, School of Public Health, and research professor in the Institute of Gerontology in the Medical School, June 30, 2018. Fries earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College in 1967 and his Master of Science degree and Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1971 and 1972, respectively. He joined the U-M faculty in 1985. Fries earned an international reputation as a leading researcher on long-term care and quantitative modeling of health care systems. He authored 38 books and 152 peer-reviewed articles. Fries is a principal developer of the Resource Utilization Groups system for classifying nursing home residents that is used nationwide to pay nursing homes under the federal Medicare system. He also co-developed the National Nursing Home Resident Assessment Instrument used in every U.S. nursing home. Fries founded and is president of interRAI, a 37-nation consortium of 107 researchers dedicated to developing person-level care assessments and cross-national comparisons, and has co-authored assessment systems for aging persons, persons with intellectual impairments, and individuals in inpatient mental hospitals and correctional facilities. His research group worked with U.S. states and international governments to develop better decision making from the clinical level to the policy level. Named one of the 100 most influential people in long-term care by McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, Fries received the Impact Accelerator Award from the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation in 2016.

George W. Furnas, professor of information, School of Information; professor of electrical engineering and computer science, College of Engineering; and professor of psychology, LSA, July 31, 2018. Furnas received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1974 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1980. He joined the U-M faculty in 1995, and helped found the School of Information. Furnas served as the associate dean for academic strategy in the School of Information from 2002-08. Furnas’ research explored the interdisciplinary area of human computer interaction, with a special focus on advanced information access and visualization. Furnas was one of the pioneers of collaborative filtering as well as an inventor of latent semantic indexing and the theory of generalized fisheye views. He made a number of other contributions, including developments in statistical semantics, adaptive indexing, prosection (a high dimensional visualization technique), multitrees, space-scale diagrams, information navigation, and collaborative sensemaking. Furnas was elected to the Association for Computing Machinery CHI Academy in 2004 and became a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery in 2012. According to Google Scholar, he currently has 15 publications with more than 250 citations, four with more than 1,000 citations, and one with more than 10,000 citations.

Karen E. Hall, clinical professor of internal medicine, Medical School, June 30, 2018. Hall received her Bachelor of Science degree, Ph.D. and medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1978, 1984 and 1986, respectively. She joined the University of Michigan as a visiting research scholar in 1991. Hall held a number of appointments in the Department of Internal Medicine, including clinical associate professor (2006-13) and clinical professor (2013-18). She served as a research scientist in the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center of the Ann Arbor Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center from 2003-18. Hall’s extensive record of service as a staff physician at both the U-M Health System and the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System reflects her enduring commitment to exceptional patient care. Her research interests explored a number of areas, including the effect of aging on gastrointestinal function in health and disease as well as medical education curriculum design and competency evaluation. Hall has served as the coordinator for geriatric education in the Medical School’s curriculum since 2005. She published 34 peer-reviewed articles, authored 16 book chapters, and delivered countless national presentations. Additionally, Hall served as the medical director of the U-M-St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Acute Care for Elders Unit over the past five years. She received the Chair’s Award for Impact-Faculty Member from the Department of Internal Medicine in 2015.

Norma J. Sarkar, clinical instructor in nursing, School of Nursing, June 30, 2018. Sarkar received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan in 1973 and 1977, respectively. She joined the U-M faculty in 2002. Sarkar taught community health nursing in the undergraduate and second career programs. She provided clinical instruction at a variety of community sites, including the Washtenaw County Health Department. Sarkar guided students in the delivery of maternal-child health care in the home, familiarized students with community resources, and provided students with opportunities to work with various aggregate populations, including the homeless community in Washtenaw County and middle school students through the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools. Additionally, she provided clinical instruction focused on active aging in Washtenaw County in cooperation with the Turner Senior Resource Center, the Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels program, the Silver Club Memory Programs, and the Chelsea Retirement Community. Sarkar established and coordinated the spring-summer India Immersion Program that provides didactic instruction as well as clinical experiences in New Delhi, India for School of Nursing and LSA students interested in health policy and the delivery of health care. Her practice scholarship interests focused on global health and cultural competence.

Mark L. Wilson, professor of epidemiology and professor of global public health, School of Public Health; and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, LSA, June 30, 2018. Wilson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972 from Hiram College and his Master of Science and Doctor of Science degrees from Harvard University in 1980 and 1985, respectively. He joined U-M in 1997. Wilson’s research explored population-level patterns and processes of human diseases that have strong environmental and social drivers. Most of these diseases arise from infectious microbes that are transmitted among people or between animals and humans, and have complex dynamics that defy simple interventions. His approach to analyzing disease risk developed from an ecological perspective in which populations of pathogenic microbes, humans, arthropod vectors, and non-human vertebrates interact through multifaceted, environmentally dependent linkages, thereby adding to the challenges of producing effective interventions. Wilson’s scholarly efforts have resulted in more than 200 published articles or book chapters. He served on numerous national and international scientific advisory bodies, including committees of the Institute of Medicine, the National Research Council, the National Academy of Sciences, and the French National Research Agency. Wilson served as the primary reader for 107 master’s degree projects and was a member, chair, or co-chair of 65 doctoral dissertation committees.

Steven J. Wright, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of civil and environmental engineering, College of Engineering, May 31, 2018. Wright received his Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Science degree and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1971, 1973 and 1977, respectively. He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1977. Wright’s early research explored environmental fluid mechanics applications involving mixing and transport in stratified flows. In more recent years, his research focused on the two-phase flow phenomena in the rapid filling of large diameter stormwater tunnels. This work was recognized with the 2014 Hydraulic Structures Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Environmental and Water Resources Institute. Wright published more than 160 journal articles and conference proceedings, and co-authored the textbook “Essentials of Engineering Fluid Mechanics.” He received several publication awards and was recognized by the Michigan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers as the Outstanding Civil Engineer for 1999. Wright held a Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellowship at the University of Concepcion and was a visiting professor at several international institutions. He received a number of awards, including CoE’s Class of 38E Distinguished Service Award and the President’s Council State Universities of Michigan’s Distinguished Professor of the Year. Wright was honored with the Arthur N.L. Chiu Award for his outstanding service as a faculty adviser from the national civil engineering honor society Chi Epsilon.