Regents Roundup — March 2014


The following items were approved at Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting.

G.G. Brown renovation moves forward

The Board of Regents authorized issuing bids and awarding construction contracts for the George Granger Brown Memorial Laboratories Renovation project. Improvements will include a deep renewal of the building’s infrastructure and mechanical systems, upgrade of the fire detection, alarm and emergency power systems, and creation of 25,000 square feet of state-of-the-art academic and instructional space.

The State of Michigan will provide $30 million toward the $47 million project cost via its capital outlay program, with the balance to be funded from university investment proceeds, the College of Engineering, and the Office of the Provost. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2016.

Work on Ross School project to start

The Board of Regents approved awarding $7 million in contracts for advance work on the project approved in February 2014 to demolish the Computer and Executive Education Building, renovate the Kresge Business Administration Library, construct a new academic building, and install exterior cladding on existing buildings to create a unified look for the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

The advance work will reroute utilities, relocate cooling towers, make renovations to existing buildings to relocate functions, and order and install modular office units into the Lorch Hall courtyard to house staff of the Ross School and the William Davidson Institute during construction.

The cost is included in the $135 million budget for the overall project and will be funded by gifts.

Randall Laboratory air handling upgrades planned

To improve humidity levels in the research laboratories in the 1995 addition to the Harrison M. Randall Laboratory building, two new chillers and associated equipment, a new rooftop cooling tower, and new coils in existing air handlers will be installed.

The $2.5 million project will be funded with resources from LSA and the general fund. Work is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Rackham to receive infrastructure improvements

A $2.4 million infrastructure improvement project at the Rackham Building will restore 1,300 square feet of damaged ceiling in the main auditorium, rehabilitate the main entrance plaza and pedestrian ramp, and replace approximately 9,000 square feet of copper roof that is original to the building’s construction.

University investment proceeds will fund the work that is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2015.

New operating room to be created at children’s and women’s hospitals

Approximately 800 gross square feet of space left unfinished for expansion at the new C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital will be used to create a new operating room that will be able to support future pediatric cardiovascular surgery.

The Hospitals and Health Centers will fund the $4.5 million project that is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2015.

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments with tenure

Matthew L. Boulton, professor of epidemiology, School of Public Health, effective April 1.

Amit Misra, professor of materials science and engineering, College of Engineering, effective June 1.

David Todem, associate professor of nursing, School of Nursing, effective Sept. 1.

Administrative appointments

Amit Misra, chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, CoE, effective June 1.

John S. Sullivan, treasurer, University of Michigan, effective April 1.

Named professorships

Fei Wen, Dow Corning Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, CoE, effective Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2016.

Dearborn campus

* Catherine A. Davy, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2014-June 30, 2019.

Anthony W. England, dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science, effective July 1, 2014-June 30, 2019.

* Reappointment


Jolanta F. Kukowska-Latallo, research assistant professor, internal medicine, in the Medical School and research assistant professor, nanotechnology, in the Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences, effective Sept. 30, 2013. She joined the faculty in 1993. Her research focused on immunology, microbiology, molecular biology and nanotechnology. Kukowska-Latallo’s recent work explored the development of anticancer nanoparticles targeted into animal models of human cancers and gene or protein based vaccines. Her work has produced 37 peer-reviewed publications, six book chapters, and two patents. Kukowska-Latallo taught seminars and laboratory classes, and was involved in the university’s Summer Discovery Program for advanced high school students.

Edith A. Lewis, associate professor of social work, School of Social Work; and associate professor of Women’s Studies, LSA, effective March 31. She joined the faculty in 1985. Her research sought to critically examine strengths within African-American women’s communities, including the successful methods used by Ghanaian women in community development projects. Lewis edited, authored or co-authored numerous journal articles and books. Her awards included the Women of Color Task Force’s Woman of the Year in Leadership, a Fulbright Research and Teaching Fellowship, and the Center for the Education of Women’s Carol Hollenshead Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change.

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