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Regents Roundup — October 2017

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Regents Roundup — October 2017

Topic: Regents

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

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments with tenure

Chang Hwan Kim, professor of pathology, Medical School, effective Dec. 18. 

James H. Morrissey, professor of biological chemistry, Medical School, effective Oct. 1.

Named professorships

Dean E. Brenner, Moshe Talpaz, M.D. Professor of Translational Oncology, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Dawn M. Coleman, Marion and David Handleman Research Professor of Vascular Surgery, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Daniel C. Fisher, Claude W. Hibbard Collegiate Professor of Paleontology, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Chang Hwan Kim, Kenneth and Judy Betz Research Professor of Food Allergy Research, Medical School, effective Dec. 18, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

*Vicki Ellingrod Ringold, John Gideon Searle Professor, College of Pharmacy, effective Dec. 1, 2017 through Nov. 30, 2022.

Mary C. Ruffolo, Rosemary A. Sarri Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, effective Oct. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Lynn Videka, Carol T. Mowbray Collegiate Professor of Social Work, effective Oct. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Administrative appointments

Bayrex Martí, assistant dean for student life, Law School, effective Oct. 16, 2017 through Oct. 15, 2020.

Michael R. Moore, associate dean for academic affairs, School for Environment and Sustainability, effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2019.

Julia S. Seng, associate dean for strategic affairs, School of Nursing, effective Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2020.

Transfer of tenure

George P. Steinmetz, to professor of sociology, with tenure, and professor of Germanic languages and literatures, without tenure, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

Alexandra M. Stern, to professor of American culture, with tenure; professor of history, with tenure; professor of women's studies, without tenure, LSA; and professor of obstetrics and gynecology, without tenure, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

Correction to effective end date

Paul P. Lee, collegiate professorship appointment as the F. Bruce Fralick Professor of Ophthalmology, Medical School, effective March 1, 2017 through Feb. 28, 2022.

Flint campus

Kenneth E. Schilling, correction to effective end date of an academic administrative appointment as chair, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018.



Carl Cohen, professor of philosophy in the Residential College, LSA, May 31, 2017. Cohen received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951 from the University of Miami, his Master of Arts degree in 1952 from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in 1955 from the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the U-M faculty in 1955. Cohen published numerous essays on contemporary philosophical controversies, such as abortion, freedom of speech, conscientious objection, human subject use, genetic engineering, organ transplantation, and the use of animals in biomedical research. His work appeared in various periodicals, and his nine books have been translated into many languages. Cohen co-authored three books, including the most widely used logic textbook around the globe, Introduction to Logic. He was the founder, and for 10 years the director, of the Program in Human Values in Medicine at the Medical School. Cohen served as chairman of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, as a member of the LSA Executive Committee, and as a planner and founding member of the Residential College. He also was a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union, and participated as chair of its Michigan affiliate. Cohen was an active member of the labor panel of the American Arbitration Association and served as a consultant to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Carol A. Fierke, dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and vice provost for academic affairs-graduate studies in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; Jerome and Isabella Karle Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry, professor of chemistry and professor of biophysics, LSA; and professor of biological chemistry, Medical School, Aug. 31, 2017. Fierke received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 from Carleton College and her Ph.D. in 1984 from Brandeis University. She joined the U-M faculty in 1999. Fierke's research focused on understanding the biological function and molecular basis of catalysis and molecular recognition in medically important enzymes and pathways. She authored more than 235 peer-reviewed papers, chaired 39 doctoral committees and mentored 27 postdoctoral scholars and 50 undergraduates in her lab. Fierke served as chair of the Department of Chemistry from 2005-09 and 2010-15. She oversaw the development and implementation of a strategic plan, which led to improvements in the recruitment of women and underrepresented minority faculty, the national rankings, the acquisition of external funding and graduate student enrollment. A strong advocate for women and people of color in the sciences, her legacy at U-M includes improving the campus environment for faculty and students as well as her work with the ADVANCE Program to further its mission of diversity and excellence.