Regents Roundup — May 2022

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The Board of Regents approved the following items at its May 19 meeting:

More speakers now able to address Board of Regents at meetings

The Board of Regents has updated its policy for the public comments portion of its meetings to allow for more individuals to address the board. Speakers will have up to two minutes to address the board and there will be a limit of 18 speakers per public session, and no more than five speakers on the same topic. Two additional speaker slots will be available to individuals who sign up after the agenda is posted to the website to speak about an item on that month’s agenda. The changes increase the total number of speakers able to address the board, while reducing the amount of time for each speaker from three minutes to two.

Rick Fitzgerald, Public Affairs

Pre-Labor Day start, fall break, Juneteenth in 2024-25 academic calendar

The 2024-25 academic calendar for U-M’s Ann Arbor campus will have a pre-Labor Day start beginning Aug. 26, which will allow a one-week break between the end of summer term and the start of fall term. The Board of Regents approved the calendar May 19. It includes a fall break Oct. 14-15 and no classes Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving. The fall term will end Dec. 9 with exams concluding Dec. 18 for a total of 70 class days. The winter term will start Jan. 8, providing a three-week break between terms and allowing 69 class days. Spring break will begin March 1 with classes resuming March 10, and Juneteenth — June 19, 2025 — will be a day of symposia with no regular classes scheduled. There are no conflicts with religious holidays. The academic calendar was vetted by faculty and administrative groups and follows the model used for the 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24 calendars.

Hanna Quinlan, Public Affairs

U-M expanding Brighton Center for Specialty Care

U-M Health will add a second linear accelerator at Brighton Center for Specialty Care, following approval May 19 by the Board of Regents. A linear accelerator aims radiation at cancer tumors with pinpoint accuracy, sparing nearby healthy tissue. The project, needed for current needs and forecasted growth, will include an addition of 2,300 square feet and is estimated to cost $10 million. Funding will be provided from U-M Health resources. The project is expected to provide an average of 15 on-site construction jobs and construction is scheduled to be completed in spring 2023.

Mary Masson, Michigan Medicine Department of Communication

UM-Dearborn Faculty Senate bylaws updated

Changes to UM-Dearborn’s Faculty Senate bylaws were approved. The revisions incorporate the following: voting members; appointment of voting members; officers of the Faculty Senate; elections of Faculty Senate representatives, non-voting representatives for lecturers; and ex-officio members. The revisions also include the computer code to calculate the number of senate seats for each college.

Ken Kettenbeil, UM-Dearborn External Relations

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments with tenure

Julian Arato, professor of law, Law School, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

Germine H. Awad, professor of psychology, LSA, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

**Marcy Balunas, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, Medical School, effective May 15, 2022.

Kevin Cokley, professor of psychology, LSA, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

Jason J. Corso, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, College of Engineering, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

Sam Erman, professor of law, Law School, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

Matthew L.M. Fletcher, professor of law, Law School; and professor of American culture, LSA, effective Aug. 29, 2022; and Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law, Law School, effective Aug. 29, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

Jessica A. Grieser, associate professor of linguistics, LSA, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

Ji Yeon Hong, associate professor of political science, with tenure, and associate professor in the International Institute, without tenure, LSA, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

Alexandra Klass, professor of law, effective Aug. 29, 2022, and James G. Degnan Professor of Law, Law School, effective Aug. 29, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

Sanjukta Paul, professor of law, Law School, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

Aaron Perzanowski, professor of law, effective Aug. 29, 2022, and Thomas W. Lacchia Professor of Law, Law School, effective Aug. 29, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

Devon Powers, professor of communication and media, LSA, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

Jennifer Randall, associate professor of education, School of Education, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

Megan Stewart, associate professor of public policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

John J. Valadez, professor of film, television and media, LSA, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

Christopher J. Walker, professor of law, Law School, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

Debra F. Weinstein, professor of learning health sciences, with tenure, and professor of internal medicine, without tenure, Medical School, effective May 1, 2022.

Ekow Yankah, professor of law, effective Aug. 29, 2022, and Thomas M. Cooley Professor of Law, Law School, effective Aug. 29, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

Named professorships

*Ellen M. Arruda, Maria Comninou Collegiate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, effective May 1, 2022, through April 30, 2027.

F. DuBois Bowman, Roderick Joseph Little Collegiate Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health, effective April 1, 2022, through March 31, 2027.

*Christopher R. Friese, Elizabeth Tone Hosmer Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, effective Sept. 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

*Kyle L. Grazier, Richard Carl Jelinek Professor of Health Services Management and Policy, School of Public Health, effective Sept. 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

MeiLan K. Han, Henry Sewall Professor of Medicine, Medical School, effective May 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

*Richard F. Keep, Crosby-Kahn Collegiate Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroanatomy, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

Donald S. Likosky, Richard and Norma Sarns Research Professor of Cardiac Surgery, Medical School, effective May 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

Lihong Liu, Sally Michelson Davidson Professor of Chinese Arts and Cultures, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

Mingyan Liu, Alice L. Hunt Collegiate Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering, effective May 1, 2022, through April 30, 2027.

*Rajen J. Mody, Ruth Heyn Professor of Pediatric Oncology, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

Adeyiza Momoh, James W. Crudup Research Professor, Medical School, effective May 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

*Paul N. Pfeiffer, Susan Crumpacker Brown Research Professor of Depression, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

*Margo Schlanger, Dores M. McCree Collegiate Professor of Law, Law School, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2027.

Jonathan D. Trobe, Kenneth H. Musson, M.D. and Patricia M. Musson Research Professor, Medical School, effective May 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

Administrative appointments

*Catherine E. Badgley, director, Residential College, LSA, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2026.

Bart M. Bartlett, chair, Department of Chemistry, LSA, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2026.

Elizabeth Popp Berman, director, Organizational Studies Program, and as the Richard H. Price Professor of Organizational Studies, LSA, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025.

Vincenzo A. Binetti, chair, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2023, through June 30, 2025.

Benjamin Brose, chair, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, LSA, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025.

Tabbye M. Chavous, vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, for a five-year renewable term, effective Aug. 1, 2022, through July 31, 2027.

*Marin K. Clark, chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, LSA, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

Julia Cole, chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, LSA, effective July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026.

Vicki Ellingrod, dean, College of Pharmacy, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2027.

Donna L. Hayward, interim university librarian and dean of libraries, effective July 1, 2022.

**Jan Ching Chun Hu, interim dean, School of Dentistry, effective May 16, 2022.

Carlos F. Jackson, dean, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2027, and professor of art and design, effective July 1, 2022.

Jacqueline S. Jeruss, associate vice president for research-research policy and compliance, Office of Research, effective May 1, 2022, through April 30, 2027.

Eve Kerr, Kutsche Memorial Chair of Internal Medicine, Medical School, effective May 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2027.

*Mika T. LaVaque-Manty, director, Honors Program, LSA, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2024.

John V. Leahy, chair, Department of Economics, LSA, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025.

*Timothy G. Lynch, vice president and general counsel, Office of the Vice President and General Counsel, effective June 1, 2022, through June 30, 2027.

Sharon F. Matusik, dean, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Aug. 1, 2022, through July 31, 2027, and professor of strategy, effective Aug. 1, 2022.

Barbra A. Meek, associate dean for social sciences, LSA, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025.

Robin M. Queen, chair, Department of Communication and Media, LSA, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2024.

Deborah Rivas-Drake, associate dean of diversity, inclusion, justice and equity, School of Education, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2027.

Dawn M. Tilbury, Ronald D. and Regina C. McNeil Department Chair of Robotics, College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2027.

*Jan Van den Bulck, director, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, LSA, effective June 1, 2022, through June 30, 2024.

*Gareth Williams, chair, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, LSA, effective July 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022.

Jonathan D. Wells, acting director, Residential College, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2023, through June 30, 2023.

Other transactions

Kira L. Barton, transfer of appointment and tenure to associate professor of robotics, with tenure, and associate professor of mechanical engineering, without tenure, Department of Robotics, College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2022.

Dmitry Berenson, transfer of appointment and tenure to associate professor of robotics, with tenure, and associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, without tenure, Department of Robotics, College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2022.

T. Anthony Denton, change in title to senior vice president and chief environmental, social and governance officer, U-M Health, effective March 1, 2023.

Anouck R. Girard, transfer of appointment and tenure to professor of robotics, with tenure, and professor of aerospace engineering, without tenure, Department of Robotics, College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2022.

Richard B. Gillespie, transfer of appointment and tenure to professor of robotics, with tenure, and professor of mechanical engineering, without tenure, Department of Robotics, College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2022.

Robert D. Gregg IV, transfer of appointment and tenure to associate professor of robotics, with tenure, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, without tenure, and associate professor of mechanical engineering, without tenure, Department of Robotics, College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2022.

Jessy W. Grizzle, transfer of appointment and tenure to professor of robotics, with tenure, and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, without tenure, Department of Robotics, College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2022.

Odest C. Jenkins, transfer of appointment and tenure to professor of robotics, with tenure, and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, without tenure, Department of Robotics, College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2022.

Dimitra Panagou, transfer of appointment and tenure to associate professor of robotics, with tenure, and associate professor of aerospace engineering, without tenure, Department of Robotics, College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2022.

Yeidy M. Rivero, transfer of tenure to professor of film, television and media, with tenure, and professor of American culture, without tenure, LSA, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

Jawad Sukhanyar, Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism, LSA, effective Aug. 29, 2022, through April 30, 2023.

Ruby C.M. Tapia, transfer of tenure to associate professor of women’s and gender studies, with tenure, and associate professor of English language and literatures, without tenure, LSA, effective Aug. 29, 2022.

Dawn M. Tilbury, transfer of appointment and tenure to professor of robotics, with tenure, professor of mechanical engineering, without tenure, and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, without tenure, Department of Robotics, College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2022.

Ramanarayan Vasudevan, transfer of appointment and tenure to associate professor of robotics, with tenure, and associate professor of mechanical engineering, without tenure, Department of Robotics, College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2022.

Dearborn campus

Aaron C. Ahuvia, Richard E. Czarnecki Endowed Collegiate Professor I, College of Business, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025.

*Charu Chandra, Donald Ross Cowan Endowed Collegiate Professor, College of Business, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025.

*Vivek Singh, Richard E. Czarnecki Endowed Collegiate Professor II, College of Business, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025.

*Karen S. Strandholm, associate dean, College of Business, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025.

Maria Gabriella Scarlatta, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2027.

Flint campus

Erica R. Britt, change in title to associate professor of sociolinguistics, with tenure, Department of Language and Communication, College of Arts and Sciences, effective June 1, 2022.

Emily Feuerherm, change in title to associate professor of linguistics, with tenure, Department of Language and Communication, College of Arts and Sciences, effective June 1, 2022.

Kazuko Hiramatsu, change in title to associate professor of linguistics, with tenure, Department of Language and Communication, College of Arts and Sciences, effective June 1, 2022.

Christine K. Kenney, chair, Department of Education, School of Education and Human Services, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

*Reappointment

**Interim approval granted

Retirements

Christine A. Anderson, clinical associate professor of nursing in the School of Nursing, May 31, 2022. Anderson received her B.S.N. from the University of Michigan in 1981 and her M.A. in history from Eastern Michigan University in 1990. She received her Ph.D. in nursing and her Certificate of Nursing Education from U-M in 2008. Anderson’s first academic appointment was as a clinical instructor at the U-M School of Nursing from 2008-11. She was promoted to clinical assistant professor in 2011 and to clinical associate professor in 2018. Anderson’s teaching focus reflected her interest in the history, politics and policy related to nursing education and professional practice. She has an extensive clinical background in the operating room environment, and her current work is focused on nursing leadership development with an emphasis on the data analytic skills used to drive clinical and business decisions in health care. Her scholarly contributions address the importance of contextual factors and dynamic relationships in the adoption of evidence-based practice. Her work is cutting edge in understanding, quantifying and evaluating complex phenomena in health care using concepts, theories and methods.

Suzanne F. Bradley, professor of internal medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Medical School, May 22, 2022. Bradley received her M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1981. Following an internship and residency at The Ohio State University Hospitals, she completed fellowships at the University of Michigan. In 1989, she was appointed assistant professor. She was an assistant research scientist in the Institute of Gerontology from 1990-95. Bradley was appointed faculty associate for the Institute of Gerontology and promoted to associate professor of internal medicine in 1995, and promoted to professor in 2007. She was a member of the Cardiovascular Center and has served since 1987 as a staff physician for the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System. She was chair of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America from 2002-06, and president-elect from 2017-19 and president from 2020-22 of the Michigan Infectious Diseases Society. She received the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of American Annual Award in 2019, which established the Suzanne Bradley Best Reviewer Award. She received the VA Ann Arbor Department of Medicine’s Kemp B. Cease Clinician of the Year Award and the Infectious Diseases Society of America Society’s Citation Award.

Geoff Eley, Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History and professor of history in LSA, May 31, 2022. Eley received his B.A. (First Class) from Balliol College, Oxford University in 1970 and his D. Phil. degree from Sussex University in 1974. He joined U-M as an assistant professor of history in 1979, was promoted to associate professor in 1981 and to professor in 1986. He was awarded a Distinguished University Professorship in 2006. Eley is a prominent scholar in the fields of modern German and European history and historiography of his generation. His early works included “Reshaping the German Right: Radical Nationalism and Political Change After Bismarck” and “The Peculiarities of German History: Bourgeois Society and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Germany.” His interests focus on comparative state formation and theories of the state, culture and ideology, and in particular the sociology of intellectuals and popular political mobilization and the relationship of social history and politics. In 2002, he published “Forging Democracy: The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000.” In 2005, he authored “A Crooked Line: From Cultural History to the History of Society.” Eley chaired the Department of History and the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

Walter T. Everett, professor of music in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, May 31, 2022. Everett received his B.S. in music education in 1976 from Gettysburg College. He received his M.M. in music theory in 1984 from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and his Ph.D. in music theory in 1988 from the University of Michigan. He joined U-M as a visiting professor in 1989, was promoted to assistant professor in 1990, to associate professor in 1997 and to professor in 2006. Everett is the author of “The Beatles as Musicians,” and “The Foundations of Rock,” and co-author of “What Goes On: The Beatles, Their Music and Their Time.” He edited the essay collection, “Expression in Pop-Rock Music” and co-edited two volumes of “Contemporary Music Review.” He has published 35 peer-reviewed essays and is completing a book tentatively titled “Sex and Gender in Rock and Pop Music from the Beatles to Beyoncé.” A holder of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Archives, he has received more than $60,000 in grants for his research and the Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities.

Robert L. Fishman, professor of architecture and urban and regional planning in the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, May 31, 2022. Fishman received his A.B. degree in history from Stanford University in 1968 and his A.M. and Ph.D. in history from Harvard University in 1969 and 1974, respectively. He began his academic career as an assistant professor of history at Rutgers University and rose to professor. In 2000, Fishman joined the Taubman College faculty, and served as interim chair of architecture in 2013 and interim dean of the college from 2016-17. Fishman is a recognized expert in urban history and urban policy and planning. He authored two books considered seminal texts on the history of cities and urbanism: “Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia” and “Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Corbusier.” Fishman received the Laurence Gerckens Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. From 2005-19, he served as associate editor and member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Planning Association. He was named president of the Urban History Association in 2003.

Lennard A. Fisk, Thomas M. Donahue Distinguished University Professor of Space Science and professor of climate and space sciences and engineering in the College of Engineering, May 31, 2022. Fisk received his A.B. degree in physics from Cornell University in 1965 and his Ph.D. in applied physics from the University of California, San Diego in 1969. He was a National Academy of Sciences postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and an astrophysicist at GSFC before joining the faculty at the University of New Hampshire in 1977. He later became director of research and vice president for research and financial affairs. Fisk also served as the NASA associate administrator for space science and applications. He joined U-M as chair and professor in 1993. Fisk is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the International Academy of Astronautics, a foreign member of Academia Europaea and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He was elected president of COSPAR in 2014. He is a co-founder of the Michigan Aerospace Corp. and was a director of the Orbital-ATK Corp. He received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal, the Atwood Award and the Henry Russel Lectureship.

Alfred Franzblau, professor of occupational medicine in the School of Public Health, associate professor of internal medicine in the Medical School, and associate research scientist, Center for Ergonomics in the College of Engineering, May 31, 2022. Franzblau earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics from Northwestern University in 1975, his M.S. in mathematics from Stanford University in 1978 and his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 1983. He completed residency training at the University of Washington and residency training and a fellowship at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Franzblau was appointed assistant professor of occupational medicine in 1989, was promoted to associate professor in 1996 and to professor in 2003. He held secondary appointments in the Medical School and the College of Engineering. At U-M, he served as director of the occupational medicine residency program from 1995-2003, co-chair of IRB Health from 2003-06, and associate chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences from 2004-05. He also served as associate dean for research for the School of Public Health from 2011-13 and vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs from 2013-15. Franzblau has published more than 150 scientific articles, book chapters and other scientific writings.

Bruce W. Frier, John and Teresa D’Arms Distinguished University Professor of Classics and Roman Law and professor of classical studies in LSA, and professor of law in the Law School, May 31, 2022. Frier earned his B.A. degree cum laude from Trinity College in 1964 and his Ph.D. in classics from Princeton University in 1970. Frier was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and taught at Bryn Mawr College before joining U-M as an assistant professor in 1969. He was promoted to associate professor in 1975 and to professor in 1983. He became a visiting lecturer at the Law School in 1981 and a professor in 1986. Frier was interim chair of classical studies from 2001-02. He authored several books and articles about economic and social history. His publications include “Landlords and Tenants in Imperial Rome,” “The Rise of the Roman Jurists,” “A Casebook on the Roman Law of Delict,” “A Casebook on Roman Family Law” and “The Modern Law of Contracts.” He is also the general editor of a three-volume annotated translation of the “Codex of Justinian.” Frier is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the Distinguished Faculty Governance Award in 2010.

Lee W. Hartmann, Leo Goldberg Collegiate Professor of Astronomy and professor of astronomy in LSA, May 31, 2022. Hartmann received his B.S. from Case Western Reserve University in 1972 and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1976. He was an astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory from 1984-2005, then joined U-M as a professor. Hartmann is a leader in star and planet formation research, as well as stellar structure and evolution. He pioneered the astrophysical understanding of circumstellar disks around young stars. His textbook, “Accretion Processes in Star Formation,” became a standard in the field when it was first published in 1998. He has broad experience in developing theories, exploring their consequences through numerical simulation, interpreting telescopic observations and contributing to the development of new instrumentation. He contributed to major updates to the graduate curriculum in the Department of Astronomy. He served as counselor and vice president of the American Astronomical Society and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Hartmann also played a major role in two decadal surveys for the National Academy of Sciences.

Kim F. Hayes, Arthur J. Decker Collegiate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering, May 31, 2022. Hayes received his B.S. degree in 1980, two M.S. degrees in 1980 and 1982, and a Ph.D. in 1987 from Stanford University. He joined U-M as an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering in 1988. He was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and to professor in 2001. He served as director of the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering program from 2001-07, interim chair of the department in 2011, and department chair from 2013-17. Hayes’ expertise spanned the fields of surface and interfacial chemistry, environmental chemistry and engineering, and nanotechnology for improved water quality. His honors include an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, a U-M Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, a CH2M Hill Distinguished Lectureship, an Outstanding Publication Award from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors for a “landmark paper” that significantly influenced the practice of environmental engineering, and a Distinguished Service Award from AEESP as a board member and secretary. He published 110 journal articles, 11 book chapters and more than 200 refereed conference proceedings, summaries and abstracts.

Donald R. Kinder, Philip E. Converse Distinguished University Professor of Political Science, professor of political science and professor of psychology in LSA, and research professor in the Institute for Social Research, May 31, 2022. Kinder earned his B.A. in psychology in 1969 from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in social psychology in 1975 from the University of California, Los Angeles. He moved from Yale University to U-M in 1981 as an associate professor of political science and associate professor of psychology. He was named the Philip E. Converse Distinguished University Professor of Political Science in 2014. Kinder is a distinguished public opinion scholar whose work established that the way politicians and journalists frame an issue can shape how people organize an understanding of an event in memory. He was the first scholar to demonstrate the importance of emotions in understanding political attitudes and voter decision making. Kinder is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He delivered the Henry Russel Lecture in 2022. Kinder chaired the Department of Political Science twice. He also served as co-principal investigator for the National Election Studies from 1989-96 and from 1999-2005.

John E. Laird, John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the College of Engineering, May 31, 2022. Laird received his B.S. in 1975 from the University of Michigan, and his M.S. in 1978 and Ph.D. in 1983 from Carnegie Mellon University. He joined the research staff of Xerox Corp. before becoming an assistant professor at U-M in 1986. He was promoted to associate professor in 1992 and to professor in 1998. Laird’s research focused on creating human-level artificial intelligent entities. Since 1981, his work has centered on the development and use of Soar, a general cognitive architecture. In 1998, he helped found Soar Technology Inc. Laird was director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory from 1994-99 and 2005-06, and associate chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 2000-04. He received the Herbert A. Simon Prize for Advances in Cognitive Systems and the Stephen S. Attwood Award, which is the most prestigious award from the College of Engineering. Laird is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Cognitive Science Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Steven F. Myers, professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, U-M Flint, May 31, 2019. Myers received his B.S. in biology from the University of California, Davis in 1972, his M.S. in biology from San Diego State University in 1978 and his Ph.D. in anatomy and cell biology from the University of Michigan in 1983. He conducted postdoctoral training in vestibular neurophysiology at UC, Berkeley. He joined U-M in Ann Arbor in 1991 as a visiting lecturer. He joined UM-Flint faculty in 1991 as an adjunct assistant professor and became an assistant professor of biology in 1992. He was promoted to associate professor in 1997 and to professor in 2004. For more than a decade, Myers chaired the Department of Biology. He also maintained the university’s cadaver lab, a vital resource for not only biology students, but for School of Nursing and College of Health Sciences students, as well. Throughout his career, he served on many faculty standing committees, ad hoc committees and task forces across the university.

Laura J. Olsen, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology in LSA, May 31, 2022. Olsen received her B.A. in 1981 from Doane University, her M.S. in 1985 from Iowa State University and her Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis before joining U-M as an assistant professor in 1993. She was promoted to associate professor in 1999 and to professor in 2011. Olsen was named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in 2001. Her research focused on the biogenesis of peroxisomes in plant cells. She served in several leadership roles for the American Society of Plant Biologists, most notably through her work with the Women in Plant Biology committee. She was her department’s associate chair of research from 2001-05 and associate chair of graduate studies from 2009-11. When the Program in Biology was established, Olsen was the inaugural director from 2011-16. She received the Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award, the Amoco Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award and the John Dewey Award. She was the faculty director of the Michigan Research and Discovery Scholars from 2017-21.

Terese M. Olson, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering, May 31, 2022. Olson received her B.S. from the University of Notre Dame in 1980, her M.S. from Northwestern University in 1982 and her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1988. She joined the University of California, Irvine as an assistant professor of civil engineering in 1988. She joined U-M as an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in 2000. Olson’s research focuses on the development and understanding of chemical and physical contaminant transformations and fate in drinking water and other natural and engineered water systems. She was an advisory member of several regulatory agency boards and panels that oversee drinking water safety. Her research contributions resulted in over 40 publications and over 100 presentations at conferences and seminars. Olson led initiatives that established new, accredited bachelor’s degrees in environmental engineering at UC, Irvine and U-M. At U-M, she was an undergraduate program adviser from 2008-15 and the associate chair of civil and environmental engineering undergraduate programs since 2019. She received the Jack A. Borchardt Award for Advancements in Water and Wastewater, the Monroe Brown Service Excellence Award and the National Science Foundation Young Investigator award.

Gale A. Oren, associate librarian in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Medical School, April 4, 2022. Oren received her B.A. from the University of Haifa, Israel, in 1989 and her M.I.L.S.  from the University of Michigan in 1993. She worked as a library assistant at the Law Library from 1990-91, then as a technical library assistant at the Taubman Medical Library from 1991-94. She was a senior research librarian at Chi Systems Inc. from 1994-2001. In 2001, she re-joined U-M as associate librarian for the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Oren contributed to advances in the education of learners and the integration of the research, clinical care and educational missions of the department. She was instrumental in establishing and managing the flipped classroom for residency education, and was actively involved in the weekly grand rounds program. Oren created a photo archive database of more than 7,000 historical images, and gathered and cataloged a substantial collection of historical ophthalmic instruments for revolving displays. She has been involved in the Association of Vision Science Librarians, as chair-elect from 2008-09 and chair from 2010-11, and in the Medical Library Association. She was honored for her commitment to the department with a Lifetime Service Award.

Brian B. Schmidt, professor of Hebrew Bible, LSA, May 31, 2022. Schmidt earned a B.S. degree from Florida State University in 1977, a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1983 and a doctorate in religion and theology in 1992 from the University of Oxford. Schmidt joined U-M as an assistant professor in 1992. He was promoted to associate professor in 1997 and to professor in 2017. Schmidt’s research focused on the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible; Ancient Israelite, Canaanite and Syrian religions, cultures, languages and literatures; and Ancient Israelite historiography and history. He is the author or editor of many articles and books, including “The Materiality of Power: Explorations in the Social History of Early Israelite Magic” and “Contextualizing Israel’s Sacred Writings: Ancient Literacy, Orality, and Literary Production.”  In addition, he founded and directed the monograph series, “Archaeology and Biblical Studies.” Schmidt has held visiting positions at the Pacific School of Religion, Hong Kong University and the University of Sydney. He has served on committees at U-M and in professional societies, coached children’s sports and mentored youth in the Outward Bound wilderness program.

Antón Shammás, professor of Middle East literature in LSA, May 31, 2022. Shammás earned a B.A. in English and Arabic literatures and the history of art in 1972 from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He worked as the editor of the Arabic literary magazine Al-Sharq from 1970-75 and as a freelance writer for Hebrew newspapers in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv from 1982-87. He came to U-M in 1987 as a Rockefeller Fellow in the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies and stayed on as a visiting fellow at the Institute for the Humanities. After serving intermittently for a decade as an adjunct professor of English, Near Eastern studies and comparative literature, he joined the faculty as a professor in 1998. Shammás is a renowned Palestinian writer and translator of Arabic, Hebrew and English. He is the author of “Arabesques,” which has been translated from Hebrew into many languages, and his fiction, essays and book reviews have appeared in various literary magazines and journals. He has published three volumes of poetry, with English translations of his poems appearing in “New Writing from Israel,” “Anthology of Modern Palestinian Literature” and “Banipal.”

Ronald Grigor Suny, William H. Sewell Jr. Distinguished University Professor of History, professor of history and of political science in LSA, June 1, 2022. Suny received his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1962 and his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 1968. He joined U-M as a professor of Armenian history in 1981. After a stint at the University of Chicago, he returned to U-M as the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor and, as of 2015, the William H. Sewell Jr. Distinguished University Professor of History and professor of political science. Suny is a pre-eminent scholar in the fields of Soviet nationalities, modern Russia, the Caucasus and Turkey. His first book, “The Baku Commune,” was the first to explore the reverberations of the Russian Revolution outside of the capital cities. His research languages include Russian, Armenian, Georgian and Turkish. His award-winning book, “They Can Live in the Desert but NowhereElse,” explored the geopolitical and affective context in which the Armenian genocide became possible. Suny directed the Eisenberg Institute of Historical Studies and served the university at all levels.

Karla Taylor, associate professor of English language and literature in LSA, May 31, 2022. Taylor received B.A. degrees in English and Germanic languages and literatures from Indiana University in 1975. She pursued postgraduate work at the Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven in Belgium before earning a doctorate from Stanford University in 1983. Taylor was appointed assistant professor at Yale University in 1983 and joined U-M as an associate professor in 1989. She served as director of the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies from 2004-09. She is the author of “Chaucer Reads the ‘Divine Comedy,’” a book that established her as a leading scholar of the influence of Dante on medieval English literature. Her scholarship on sociolinguistic approaches to medieval English literature, the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower, and translation and allusion in the formation of literary tradition has appeared in journals including Speculum, Studies in the Age of Chaucer and the Chaucer Review, and as chapters in many field-defining volumes of essays. Taylor has twice received LSA Excellence in Education Awards, among other recognitions for her contributions to undergraduate and graduate education.

Steven A. Telian, John L. Kemink, M.D. Professor of Neurotology and professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery in the Medical School, May 17, 2022. Telian completed his medical education in 1981 and otolaryngology residency training in 1985 at the University of Pennsylvania. He pursued subspecialty fellowship training at U-M and joined the faculty in 1987 as an assistant professor. He earned a Clinician Investigator Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, during which he completed a master’s degree in clinical research design and biostatistical analysis from U-M in 1991. He was promoted to associate professor in 1992 and to professor in 1997. Telian’s clinical research contributions include substantial advancements in hearing preservation surgery in the treatment of vestibular schwannoma tumors. He received the Michigan Medicine Outstanding Clinician Award in 2016 and the Residency Teaching Award in 2001, 2006 and 2012. He served as secretary-treasurer of the American Otological Society from 2012-17 and received its Award of Merit in 2020. After 10 years on the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery board of directors, he was appointed associate executive director in 2021. Telian was division chief in otology and neurotology from 1992-2016 and associate department chair from 2009-14. He is the neurotology fellowship program director.

Henry Wellman, Harold W. Stevenson Collegiate Professor of Psychology and professor of psychology in LSA, May 31, 2022. Wellman received his B.A. in 1970 from Pomona College and his Ph.D. in 1975 from the University of Minnesota. He joined U-M as an assistant professor in 1977. He was promoted to associate professor in 1981 and to professor in 1986. Wellman is one of the most important developmental psychologists of his generation. His research helped establish a new and thriving field of study known as “theory of mind.” He created robust methodological tools to assess the development of children’s social cognition from infancy through older childhood and pioneered the study of mental state reasoning in infants. He authored eight books and monographs and nearly 200 scientific papers. Wellman has received many honors, including the G. Stanley Hall Award from the APA for distinguished contributions to developmental psychology, the Mentoring Award for Developmental Psychology from the American Psychological Association, an NIH Merit Award and book awards from the APA and the Cognitive Development Society. He was president of the Cognitive Development Society and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Compiled by Ann Zaniewski, The University Record

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