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Regents Roundup — October 2018

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Regents Roundup — October 2018

Topic: Regents

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

Ann Arbor campus

Named professorships

David A. Antonetti, Roger W. Kittendorf Research Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

Satinder S. Baveja, Toyota Professor of Artificial Intelligence, College of Engineering, effective Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2023.

Carey N. Lumeng, Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor for the Cure and Prevention of Birth Defects, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

Julie C. Lumeng, Thomas P. Borders Family Research Professor of Child Behavior and Development, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

James J. Moon, John G. Searle Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.

*Hasan Nejat Seyhun, Jerome B. and Eilene M. York Professor of Business Administration, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020.

*Brian J. Weatherson, Marshall M. Weinberg Professor of Philosophy, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2023.

Mabel O. Wilson, Norman Freehling Visiting Professor, Institute for the Humanities, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019.

Administrative appointments

*Shixin Jack Hu, vice president for research, U-M Office of Research, effective Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2022.

Steven L. Kunkel, interim executive vice dean for research, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2018.

Dearborn campus

*Anthony W. England, dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science, effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Ann Yolanda Lampkin-Williams, dean, College of Education, Health and Human Services, effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.



Martha A. Adler, associate professor of education, UM-Dearborn College of Education, Health and Human Services, Dec. 31, 2018. Adler received her Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1965, her Master of Science degree from California State University, Hayward in 1983, and her Ph.D. from U-M in 1997. She joined the UM-Dearborn faculty in 2002. Adler was awarded two teaching faculty fellowships in the Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates program in 2004 and 2013. She was awarded several grants that helped to increase the number of teachers qualified to work with English language learners, including two from the U.S. Department of Education’s English Language Acquisition: National Professional Development Program, where she served as a co-principal investigator and principal investigator. Adler received UM-Dearborn’s Susan B. Anthony Campus Award in 2018. She was the lead on three campus grant awards, all of which served to improve the Department of Education’s teacher preparation program.

Elias Baumgarten, associate professor of philosophy, UM-Dearborn College of Arts, Sciences and Letters, Aug. 31, 2018. Baumgarten received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967 from Brandeis University, and his Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1971 and 1975, respectively. He joined the UM-Dearborn faculty in 1972. Baumgarten’s research focused on the philosophy of ethics, including ethical theory, bioethics, ethics and social policy, and the ethics of war, peace and nationalism. His article “The Ethical and Social Responsibilities of Philosophy Teachers,” originally published in Metaphilosophy (1980), was reprinted in Thinking (1984) and in Thinking Children and Education (1993). Baumgarten taught a wide range of courses for undergraduate and honors students, including Introduction to Philosophy and The Problem of Human Freedom. He was the recipient of the UM-Dearborn Distinguished Teaching Award. Baumgarten served on the Pediatric Ethics Committee and the Adult Ethics Committee for the University of Michigan Health System.

Richard Gustafson, research scientist, physics, LSA, Sept. 30, 2018. Gustafson received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959 from California Institute of Technology and his Master of Science degree and Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1961 and 1968, respectively. He joined U-M as a research associate in 1968. Gustafson led Michigan experiments at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab, the Argonne Lab, and the Fermilab in hadronic physics and neutrino physics. He participated in the CERN L3 experiment and the 16 Fermilab experiments. Highlights of this work include the detection of 50,000 Upsilon events and high energy beam dump neutrinos. Gustafson also participated in a Fermilab collider experiment looking for a disordered chiral condensate. Gustafson began work on gravity wave experiments at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in 1996. He brought the LIGO prototype interferometer to its first successful sustained operation while working in residence at Caltech. The LIGO’s discovery of gravitational waves in 2015 won many awards, such as the 2016 Breakthrough Prize to LIGO collaborators, which included Gustafson.

Barbara Lowther Shipman, senior associate librarian, University Library, Aug. 2, 2018. Shipman received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Library Science degrees from U-M in 1974 and 1977, respectively. She joined the U-M faculty in 1979. She held a number of leadership roles at the Taubman Health Sciences Library, including head of library collections. Shipman supervised and trained librarians for online searching as well as developed and maintained quality standards during a time when the library was emerging as a digital literature resource leader. She played a key role in the implementation of UM-MEDLINE, which provides free access for faculty, students and staff to the premier scholarly database in the biomedical sciences. Shipman also developed the information management skills of thousands of U-M community members and served as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Information and Library Studies. The Medical Library Association recently recognized one of Shipman’s publications with the 2018 Ida and George Eliot Prize.

Gary R. Solon, professor of economics, LSA; and faculty associate, Institute for Social Research’s Survey Research Center, May 31, 2007. Solon received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1975 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1983. He joined the U-M faculty in 1983 and was chair of the Department of Economics from 1999-2003. Solon was an expert in labor economics and applied econometrics. His research focused on the persistence of earnings across time — both within the earnings history of individual workers and across generations within families. Solon was also an outstanding teacher and adviser. He received multiple awards for classroom teaching and was an important mentor to many students.

Levi T. Thompson, Richard E. Balzhiser Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, professor of chemical engineering, professor of mechanical engineering, director of the Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory, and director of the Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in the College of Engineering, Sept. 30, 2018. Thompson received his Bachelor in Chemical Engineering degree in 1981 from the University of Delaware. He received a Master of Science in Engineering degree in 1982, a second Master of Science in Engineering degree in 1986 and a Ph.D. in 1986 from U-M. He joined the U-M faculty in 1988. Thompson is a pre-eminent scholar in the areas of nanostructured catalytic materials and energy storage. He received many awards, including the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. Thompson co-founded T/J Technologies, Inc. and founded Inmatech Inc. Thompson has served on several bodies, including the Chemical Sciences Roundtable of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the Chemical Technology Operating Council of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.