Regents Roundup — March 2022

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The Board of Regents approved the following items at its March 24 meeting:

Academic calendars approved for UM-Flint campus

For the 2022-23 academic year, classes at UM-Flint will begin Aug. 29 and end with spring commencement April 30. The calendar was approved March 24 by the Board of Regents. Both fall and winter terms have 69 days. The fall term will end Dec. 9, and the winter term will begin Jan. 4. There are no conflicts with religious holidays. The academic calendar was developed following the university’s well-established academic calendar guidelines. 

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments with tenure

Margaret C. Levenstein, professor of information, School of Information, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

Andrew Murphy, professor of political science, LSA, Aug. 29, 2022.

Named professorships

Tiffany J. Braley, Holtom-Garrett Family Professor of Neurology, Medical School, effective March 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

Xiuli Chao, Ralph L. Disney Collegiate Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, College of Engineering, effective March 1, 2022, through Feb. 28, 2027.

Pingsha Dong, Robert F. Beck Collegiate Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering, effective March 1, 2022, through Feb. 28, 2027.

Michael Flynn, Fawwaz T. Ulaby Collegiate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, effective March 1, 2022, through Feb. 28, 2027.

Paul G. Gauger, Norman Thompson, M.D. Professor of Surgery, Medical School, effective March 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

Kelly L. Harms, Lewis and Lillian Becker Professor of Dermatology, Medical School, effective April 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

*Sharon R. Kardia, Millicent W. Higgins Collegiate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, effective April 1, 2022, through March 31, 2027.

*Daniel J. Klionsky, Alexander G. Ruthven Professor of Life Sciences, Life Sciences Institute, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2027.

Purnima Kumar, William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Dentistry, School of Dentistry, effective May 1, 2022, through April 30, 2027.

*Priscilla Lindsay, Claribel Baird Halstead Collegiate Professor, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, effective Sept. 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2025.

Joaquim R.R.A. Martins, Pauline M. Sherman Collegiate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, effective March 1, 2022, through Feb. 28, 2027.

*Laurie K. McCauley, William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Periodontics, School of Dentistry, effective April 1, 2022, through March 31, 2027.

Robert J. O’Rourke, William J. Fry Professor of Surgery, Medical School, effective March 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

Tuija I. Pulkkinen, George R. Carignan Collegiate Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, College of Engineering, effective March 1, 2022, through Feb. 28, 2027.

Hom-Lay Wang, Collegiate Professor of Periodontics, School of Dentistry, for a five-year renewable term, effective April 1, 2022, through March 31, 2027.

Xueding Wang, Jonathan Rubin Collegiate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Medical School, effective March 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

Xian-Zhong Shawn Xu, Bernard W. Agranoff Collegiate Professor in the Life Sciences, Medical School, effective March 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

*Marc A. Zimmerman, Marshall H. Becker Collegiate Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health, effective April 1, 2022, through March 31, 2027.

Administrative appointments

Robin A. Beck, acting director, Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, LSA, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

Eric R. Fearon, associate dean for cancer programs, Medical School, effective March 1, 2022.

Michael Galaty, director, Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, LSA, effective July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026.

Pauline Jones Luong, Edie N. Goldenberg Endowed Director of the Michigan in Washington Program, LSA, effective Aug. 29, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

Laurie K. McCauley, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective May 16, 2022.

*Ravi Pendse, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, Office of the President, effective July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2028.

Other transactions

Jacob S. Klein, James B. and Grace J. Nelson Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, LSA, effective Aug. 29, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022.

Nancy Savoca, John H. Mitchell Visiting Professor in Media Entertainment, Department of Film, Television, and Media, LSA, effective Aug. 29, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022.

Isis H. Settles, transfer of tenure to professor of psychology, with tenure, professor of Afroamerican and African studies, without tenure, and professor of women’s and gender studies, without tenure, LSA, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

*Reappointments

Retirements

Kevin B. Atkins, assistant research scientist in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Medical School, May 2, 2022. Atkins received his B.A. in 1981 from Western Maryland College and his M.S. in 1984 from the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from Iowa State University in 1991. Atkins joined the University of Michigan in 1991 as a research associate II and was promoted to senior research associate in 1999. In 2006, he was promoted to research laboratory specialist senior. He joined the faculty ranks as a research investigator in 2010 and was promoted to assistant research scientist in 2014. Atkins’ scholarly interests focus on vascular smooth muscle physiology, specifically to understand the relationship between diabetes, kidney disease and hypertension and vascular dysfunction. His research also focuses on changes in vascular responsiveness in models of Type 1 diabetes and atherogenic kidney disease. Atkins has 25 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals. His work has led to several Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health and industry grants. Atkins is a member of the American Heart Association and a journal reviewer for the American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology.

Romana Capek-Habekovic, senior lecturer and lecturer IV in Italian in LSA, Dec. 30, 2014. Capek-Habekovic earned a B.A. in Italian with a minor in comparative literature in 1972 from the University of Zagreb. She received an M.A. in Italian literature in 1978 from Wayne State University, and earned her Ph.D. in Italian literature in 1983 from the University of Michigan. Capek-Habekovic was appointed a lecturer at U-M in 1984. She was promoted to lecturer III in 1990 and lecturer IV in 2012. In 1997, she became director of the Elementary Language Italian Program after having been coordinator from 1990-96. Capek-Habekovic also served as the interim director of the Elementary Language French Program from 2012-14. Capek-Habekovic taught undergraduate courses and graduate classes in Italian language and pedagogy, and in contemporary Italian literature, particularly on Italian theater, Italian cuisine as a cultural practice, and Italian multimedia. She is the author of “Tommaso Landolfi’s Grotesque Images,” “Insieme. Review Grammar and Reader for Second Year Italian”and several other language books and manuals to teach the Italian language.

James H. Ellis, William Martel Collegiate Professor of Radiology, professor of radiology, and professor of urology in the Medical School, April 30, 2022. Ellis received his B.S. in mathematics with honors in 1973 and his M.D. cum laude in 1978, both from the University of Michigan. He was a resident in diagnostic radiology from 1978-82 and assistant professor of radiology from 1982-84 at Indiana University’s School of Medicine. Ellis joined U-M as an assistant professor in 1984, was promoted to associate professor in 1989 and to professor in 1996. He was chief of the radiology service at the affiliated Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical Center from 1984-87, the first division director of the newly created abdomen division in the Department of Radiology at University Hospital from 1987-92 and clinical director of the radiology department from 1992-98. He was the inaugural associate chair for information technology in the radiology department from 1998-2017. He authored or co-authored 179 peer-reviewed publications. Ellis is a fellow of the American College of Radiology, the Society of Uroradiology and the Society of Abdominal Radiology. He received the Gold Medal from the Society of Abdominal Radiology in 2020. 

Mark A. Helvie, Trygve O. Gabrielsen Collegiate Professor of Radiology and professor of radiology in the Medical School, March 25, 2022. Helvie received his B.S. from Duke University in 1976 and his M.D from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980. At the University of Michigan, he completed an internal medicine residency in 1983, a radiology residency in 1986 and a cross-sectional fellowship in 1987. He joined U-M as a lecturer in 1987, was promoted to assistant professor in 1988, to associate professor in 1994 and to professor in 2000. Helvie’s academic career was concentrated in breast radiology. At Michigan Medicine, Helvie was director of the Division of Breast Imaging from 1992-2018 and director of the Residency Training Program from 1989-92. Helvie received the Outstanding Clinician Award and was inducted into the Michigan Medicine League of Clinical Excellence, and received the Gold Medal from the Society of Breast Imaging. He served in a leadership position at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis Section, was an executive board member of the Society of Breast Imaging and held editorial positions at several journals. Helvie is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging.  

Roland Kwok, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and associate professor of biological chemistry in the Medical School, April 30, 2022. Kwok received his B.Sc. degree from Chu Hai College in Hong Kong in 1982, his M.Sc. degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada in 1985 and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991. He received postdoctoral training at the Oregon Health Sciences University. He joined U-M as an assistant professor in 1998 and was promoted to associate professor in 2006. Kwok’s research focused on how post-translational modifications, such as acetylation and phosphorylation, of factors involved in cell death pathways would determine cell death in cancer cells. He has more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, and his research helped reveal new targets for drugs in cancer treatment. His work was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the American Cancer Society. He also was a reviewer for various scientific journals and a research grant reviewer for the Department of Defense for more than 15 years. Kwok’s most recent service was a three-year term as a member of the Academic Performance Committee and the Advisory Board on Intercollegiate Athletics.

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