Regents Roundup — October 2021


The following items also were approved Oct. 21 at the Board of Regents meeting:

Regents approve switching station upgrade to increase campus power reliability

A $4.4 million project will upgrade the 65-year-old Chemistry Building and Willard H. Dow Laboratory East Campus Switching Station, which plays an integral part for the U-M power distribution system. This project will renovate approximately 1,700 gross square feet of space to replace the existing switchgear with new equipment that incorporates the latest technology and safety features, as well as increase reliability for the campus. Parking near the site of the project will not be affected. The cost of the project will be funded by utility resources, and construction is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2023.

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments with tenure

Steven E. Harte, associate professor of anesthesiology, with tenure, and associate professor of internal medicine, without tenure, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2021.

Named professorships

Jaimo Ahn, Harold W. and Helen L. Gehring Research Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2026.

Ajjai Shivaram Alva, Maisel Research Professor of Translational/Clinical Oncology, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2026.

*James R. Barber, Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2026.

*Steven L. Ceccio, Vincent T. and Gloria M. Gorguze Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering, effective March 1, 2022, through Feb. 28, 2027.

Eileen A. Crawford, Harold W. and Helen L. Gehring Early Career Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2026.

Kurt D. Hankenson, Henry Ruppenthal Family Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2026.

Sarah T. Hawley, Maisel Research Professor of Cancer Control and Population Science, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2026.

Gen Li, John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, effective Oct. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2024.

Cindy Lueng, John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health, Oct. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2024.

Costas A. Lyssiotis, Maisel Research Professor of Oncology, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2026.

Martha Matuszak, Laurie Snow Research Professor, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2026.

James J. Moon, J.G. Searle Professor, College of Pharmacy, for a five-year renewable term, effective Sept. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2026.

Todd Morgan, Jack Lapides, M.D. Research Professor, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2026.

Tycel Phillips, Maria Reinhardt DeCesare Research Professor of Blood Cancers and Bone Marrow Transplantation, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2026.

Administrative appointments

*Michael S. Barr, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, effective Aug. 1, 2022, through July 31, 2027.

*Jonathan Massey, dean, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2027.

*Elizabeth B. Moje, dean, School of Education, effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2027.

*Jonathan T. Overpeck, Samuel A. Graham Dean, School for Environment and Sustainability, effective Sept. 1, 2022, through June 30, 2027.

Debra F. Weinstein, executive vice dean for academic affairs, Medical School, effective Nov. 15, 2021.

Yafeng Yin, interim chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Dec. 1, 2021, through Nov. 30, 2022.

Charles T. Yingling, associate dean for professional practice, School of Nursing, effective Oct. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2024.

Other transactions

Sumita Chakraborty, Helen Zell Visiting Professor of Creative Writing, LSA, effective Oct. 1, 2021, through May 31, 2022.

Emma E. Cook, Toyota Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies, LSA, effective Aug. 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023.

Flint campus

Douglas Knerr, acting dean, College of Arts and Sciences, effective Jan. 1, 2022, through June 30, 2022.

Shelby Newport, vice provost for academic affairs, Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective Nov. 1, 2021.



Darryl G. Baird,professor of art in the College of Arts and Sciences, UM-Flint, Dec. 31, 2019. Baird received his M.F.A. from the University of North Texas in 1998. He joined UM-Flint in 1998 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 2004 and to professor in 2014. Baird was hired to start new areas in photography and graphic design. His experience was tapped to create a full spectrum of photographic instruction, including antiquarian 19th century printing and contemporary digital practice. Baird designed computer and darkroom facilities in the planned WSW Building. Multiple book publishers included his digital artwork as examples of the new medium, including a portfolio of work in a “Digital Masters” section on an Adobe Photoshop 5.0 software install disk. Baird also conducted study-abroad trips to England. With funding from a Rackham Faculty Grant, he pursued a sabbatical project on the River Wye in Wales and England focused on the Picturesque period. The outcome was a published paper and an invitation to speak at a conference designed to showcase work of photographic researchers at the University of Plymouth, England. Baird was department chair for five years and oversaw the creation of a new degree program in visual communication.

Edward L. Bove, professor of cardiac surgery and of pediatrics in the Medical School, Oct. 31, 2021. Bove received his M.D. from Albany Medical College in 1972. He completed his general surgery and thoracic surgery residencies at U-M. After completing a congenital cardiac surgery fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, Bove joined U-M as an associate professor in 1985. He was promoted to professor in 1988. Bove played an integral role in the establishment of the Department of Cardiac Surgery in 2011 and served as the first chair of the department. He is recognized as a pioneer in the care of the single ventricle patient, specifically hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The clinical fellowship Bove built in congenital cardiac surgery at U-M is arguably the premier one in the country. He was the chair of the subcommittee at the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, which resulted in the recognition of congenital cardiac surgery as a boarded subspecialty. He was also active academically with more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, 56 book chapters, 80 scientific presentations and more than 330 invited lectures across the globe. He served on the American Board of Thoracic Surgery’s Board of Directors and was president of the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society.

Richard H. Cohan, professor of radiology in Michigan Medicine’s Division of Abdominal Radiology and the Medical School, Oct. 31, 2021. Cohan received his B.A. in biochemistry from Harvard College in 1975 and his M.D. from New York University in 1979. He completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at New York University and a fellowship in abdominal imaging and interventional radiology at Duke University. He was an assistant professor at Duke University until 1990 and then spent two years at Eastern Virginia Medical Center as a chair and residency training program director. He joined U-M as an associate professor in 1992 and was promoted to professor in 1997. Cohan spent his academic career as an abdominal imager. He authored or co-authored 191 papers and three textbooks. A paper he wrote received an award for best “cutting edge” research at an annual meeting of the Society of Abdominal Radiology. Cohan was named best teacher or mentor by radiology residents in 1987, 1994, 2003 and 2017. At U-M, he served as radiology residency training director from 1992-2004, associate chair of education from 1998-2017, associate radiology residency training program director from 2004-21 and section head of the gastrointestinal radiology service from 2018-21.

Helen Fox, lecturer IV in the Residential College of LSA and the Sweetland Center for Writing, May 31, 2013. Fox received her B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964 and her M.Ed. in 1988 and Ed.D. in 1991 from the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts. Fox began working at U-M as a writing instructor in the English Composition Board (now Sweetland Center for Writing). In 1993, she was hired at the Residential College to teach International Grassroots Development in addition to her other work. Fox was promoted to lecturer IV in 2006. That year, she became program head of the Social Theory and Practice Concentration in the RC and directed it through 2012. Fox’s leadership in the RC Social Science program contributed to important curricular innovations. Fox also played a central role in creating and leading the RC’s Peace and Social Justice minor. Her academic books include, “Listening to the World: Cultural Issues in Academic Writing,” “When Race Breaks Out: Conversations on Race and Racism in College Classrooms,” “Their Highest Vocation: Social Justice and the Millennial Generation” and “Fractured: Race and Racism in “Post-Racial” American Life.”

Ronald W. Holz, professor of pharmacology in the Medical School, June 30, 2021. Holz received his B.A. in 1966 from Swarthmore College, and his Ph.D. in 1970 and his M.D. in 1972 from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He joined U-M as an assistant professor in 1977. He was promoted to associate professor in 1980 and to professor in 1985. Holz began his research career by exploring the possibility of manipulating different aspects of the sympathetic nerve terminal via pharmacology, and the role of endocrine secretion in autonomic function. Over four decades, his research group made a number of important insights into the biochemistry and biophysics of the secretory process concerned with the mechanisms underlying catecholamine release using the adrenomedullary chromaffin cell as the model system. More recently, his research became increasingly active in optical studies of exocytosis and endocytosis utilizing Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence microscopy. Holz maintained an NIH-funded research program at U-M for more than 40 years. He has published more than 134 articles, reviews and book chapters. He has won numerous accolades, including the Sloan Foundation Fellowship, an Established Investigatorship Award from the American Heart Association, and the Sir Bernard Katz Award for Excellence in Research on Exocytosis and Endocytosis.

Carol Kauffman, professor of internal medicine in Michigan Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases and the Medical School, Nov. 1, 2021. Kauffman received her M.D. from the Medical School in 1969. She completed an internal medicine internship and residency at U-M. Kauffman then attended the University of Cincinnati for a fellowship in infectious diseases. From 1973-77, she was an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati. She also was a research associate at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and chief of the Infectious Disease Section at the Cincinnati VA. U-M recruited Kauffman back in 1977. She was appointed chief of infectious diseases for the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System and as an assistant professor. She was promoted to associate professor in 1978 and to professor in 1981. She was the assistant chief of medical service at the Ann Arbor VA from 1978-83, and was interim chief for five months in 2014. She received the Veterans Affairs Society of Practitioners of Infectious Diseases Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Kauffman was the assistant dean for student affairs for the Medical School from 1986-91. In 2021, she received the Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Department of Internal Medicine. She has more than 360 peer-reviewed publications. 

William I. Miller,Thomas G. Long Professor of Law and professor of law in the Law School, July 31, 2021. Miller received his B.A. in 1969 from the University of Wisconsin. He received his M.Phil. in 1973, his Ph.D. in 1975 and his J.D. in 1980 from Yale University. Before joining the Law School faculty, Miller taught medieval English literature at Wesleyan University and was an associate professor of law at the University of Houston. He has been a visiting professor at Yale, Harvard, the University of Chicago, the University of Tel Aviv and the University of Bergen. In 2008, he was the Carnegie Centenary Trust Professor at the University of St. Andrews, where he is also an honorary professor of history. He joined U-M as a professor in 1985. Miller taught property law and a popular course titled Bloodfeuds. His research centers on saga Iceland, which provided the sources for his “Bloodtaking and Peacemaking: Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland.” In his most recent work, including “Humiliation: and other essays on Honor, Social Discomfort, and Violence” and the award-winning “The Anatomy of Disgust,” Miller studies emotions and select vices and virtues.

Malgorzata (Malgosia) Myc, archivist in the Bentley Historical Library, May 3, 2021. Myc received her M.A. from the Wroclaw University in 1978. She served as a librarian at The Ossolinski National Institute, as an assistant archivist at the Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Polish Academy of Sciences, as an archivist and consultant at the Medical Library and Archives, Nathan Cummings Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, as a research assistant at the POLIS Research Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and as an archives assistant at Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She joined U-M in 1997 as a reference assistant at the Bentley Historical Library. She was promoted to assistant archivist in 2003, to associate archivist in 2012 and to archivist in 2017. She served as director for reference and academic programs from 2016-21. Myc transformed the Bentley Historical Library reference services through the adoption of Aeon, an automated request and workflow management software. She was instrumental in hosting a national symposium in 2016 on the use of Aeon and has led a Bentley business intelligence committee since 2016. In addition, Myc contributed as a leader to the work of the Society of American Archivists’ Reference, Access, and Outreach Section.

Jennifer Myers,lecturer IV in the Residential College of LSA, May 31, 2021. Myers earned her B.A. in psychology in 1975 from the University of Maryland-College Park and her M.A. in 1987 and her Ph.D. in 1992 in developmental psychology from U-M. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship and teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Myers joined U-M in 1996 as a lecturer in psychology. She taught in the Developmental Psychology Program for almost 20 years, including the courses Social Development, Lifespan Development and the Advanced Research Laboratory in Developmental Psychology. Myers consistently earned high ratings from her students. Her affiliation with the Residential College began in 1998. She has taught courses in the RC Social Theory & Practice Program and the First Year Seminar Program, worked as an academic adviser, and served as director of Academic Services and associate director of the RC. In recognition of her exceptional work advising undergraduate students as well as her advising leadership in the RC, she was honored with the LSA Excellence in Departmental Advising Award in 2019.

Martin W. Walsh, lecturer IV in the Residential College of LSA, May 31, 2021. Walsh received his B.A. in 1968 from Fordham University, his M.A. in 1969 from the University of Virginia, and his Ph.D. in 1974 from Cambridge University. He was a lektor in Anglistik at the Universität Gieꞵen from 1974-77 and joined the Residential College faculty in 1977. He was head of the RC’s drama concentration from the mid-1980s until his retirement, serving as an adjunct professor in the Department of Theatre and Drama and teaching in the Florence and Rome summer programs. At the RC, he served as an academic adviser and contributor to the First Year Seminar program. Walsh has consistently combined practical theater work and published research with his extensive teaching in drama. Walsh participated in numerous local performance projects and was a frequent actor and assistant director for “Shakespeare in the Arb.” From 1980-93, he was chief dramaturge and lead actor for the Brecht Company in residence at the RC. In addition, Walsh directed several shows and headed an early drama group called “The Harlotry Players.” He published some 75 articles and is co-editor of the bilingual “Everyman” and “Mary of Nemmegen.”


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