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Regents Roundup — October 2015

October 15, 2015

Regents Roundup — October 2015

Topic: Regents

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

Improvements at Lay Auto Lab

A $2.9 million project is planned for an interior renewal of approximately 16,000 gross square feet of space within the Walter E. Lay Automotive Engineering Laboratory. The project will update infrastructure including electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and wired and wireless data systems; upgrade the fire alarm system; and renovate public spaces, restrooms, corridors and offices. The College of Engineering will fund the project. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017.

New ambulatory care unit planned for Taubman Health Care Center

Approximately 2,700 gross square feet on Level 1 of the A. Alfred Taubman Health Care Center will be renovated to create a new ambulatory testing and treatment unit for Ambulatory Care Services. The renovation will allow for an innovative approach to provide efficient and expedient services for established patients needing more intensive evaluation and treatment to manage chronic conditions. U-M Hospitals and Health Centers resources will fund the $1.82 million project that is scheduled to be completed next spring.

University Hospital South air handlers to be upgraded

The air handling equipment serving the University Hospital South complex will be reconditioned to improve environmental control, reliability, and energy efficiency. The $2.3 million project will be funded by UMHHC, with work scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016.

New golf course clubhouse receives final approval

The Board of Regents authorized issuing bids and awarding construction contracts for the Richard L. Postma Family Clubhouse at the U-M Golf Course. The new clubhouse will replace the existing facility with a 23,000-gross-square-foot structure on the same site that will optimize operational functions, increase energy efficiency, and include modern and spacious banquet facilities for the use of the entire university community. The $15 million project is being funded by the athletic department and gifts, and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2017.

Chiller to be replaced

A steam absorption chiller at the East University Chiller Plant, which serves chilled water to several Central Campus buildings, has failed and will be replaced with an electric chiller that is expected to provide approximately $300,000 in annual energy savings, reduced operational and maintenance costs, and increased reliability. The project is estimated to cost $1.5 million, to be funded from general fund resources, and is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016.

U-M to sell property on Fuller Road

The university will sell 2.03 acres of land on Fuller Road to the federal government for $54,000 to accommodate the expansion of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Medical Center parking structure.

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments and promotions with tenure

Johannes Muhle-Karbe, associate professor of mathematics, LSA, effective Jan. 1.

Named professorships

* Dr. Sami J. Barmada, Angela Dobson Welch and Lyndon Welch Research Professor, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2015-Aug. 31, 2020.

* Steven L. Ceccio, ABS Professor of Marine and Offshore Design Performance, College of Engineering, effective Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2020.

* Alec D. Gallimore, Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor of Engineering, CoE, effective Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2020.

* Kim F. Hayes, Arthur J. Decker Collegiate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, CoE, effective Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2020.

Dr. Rajesh S. Mangrulkar, Marguerite S. Roll Professor of Medical Education, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2015-Aug. 31, 2020.

Eric Michielssen, Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering, CoE, effective Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2020.

Dr. Jack M. Parent, William J. Herdman Professor of Neurology, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2015-Aug. 31, 2020.

Joshua Spitz, Norman M. Leff Assistant Professor of Physics, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2015-Aug. 31, 2020.

Jing Sun, Michael G. Parsons Collegiate Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, CoE, effective Oct. 1, 2015- Sept. 30, 2020.

Michael Thouless, Janine Johnson Weins Professor of Engineering, CoE, effective Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2020.

Pascal Van Hentenryck, Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, CoE, effective Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2020.

Administrative appointments

Lisa K. Low, change in title to associate dean for practice and professional graduate studies, School of Nursing, effective Sept. 1, 2015-June 30, 2018.

Daryl C. Weinert, change in title to associate vice president for research-business operations, Office of Research, effective Nov. 1, 2015.

Flint campus

Barbara Avery, vice chancellor for campus inclusion and student life, Office of the Chancellor, UM-Flint, effective Nov. 1.

* Reappointments


John A. Garcia, research professor in the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, effective Oct. 7. He joined U-M in 1979 and ultimately served as interim director of the ICPSR's Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research (2013-14). Garcia is a leading scholar of race, ethnicity and the Latino community in American political behavior. His influential role in the development of key datasets, including the Latino National Political Survey, the Latino National Survey and the National Chicano Survey, established him as a central figure in research on Latino ethnic identity. His honors have included a Presidential Achievement Award from the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Frank Goodnow Award from the American Political Science Association. The ICPSR established the John A. Garcia Scholarship in his honor to help minority students attend its summer program.