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Regents Roundup — September 2016

September 15, 2016

Regents Roundup — September 2016

Topic: Regents

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

Lobby improvements planned for Space Research

The Space Research Laboratory Building will undergo renovation of approximately 500 gross square feet of space as well as construction of a 1,000-gross-square-foot addition to improve the entrance and lobby on the Hayward Street side of the building. The project will add accessibility to that side of the building as well as create a more welcoming entrance and lobby. The project is estimated to cost $2.2 million and be funded by the College of Engineering. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017.

Brighton Health Center project receives final approval

The Board of Regents authorized issuing bids and awarding construction contracts for the Brighton Health Center South project. The $175 million project will construct an approximately 297,000-gross-square-foot facility on university-owned land on Challis Road in Brighton that will house adult and pediatric specialty care, infusion, a comprehensive musculoskeletal center, sleep lab, ambulatory diagnostic and treatment center, radiation oncology, operating rooms, medical procedure unit, pharmacy, radiology and lab services. The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers are funding the project, with construction scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2018.

Hospital pneumatic tube system communication upgrade planned

A $1.2 million project will improve the communications network that supports the pneumatic tube system connecting several buildings on the Medical Campus used to transport patient materials. The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers will fund the project that is scheduled to be completed next summer.

Cooling tower to be replaced at NCRC power house

Building 80 provides electrical power, steam, chilled water and other utilities to most North Campus Research Complex buildings. A $3 million project is planned that will replace the building's north cooling tower that has reached the end of its useful life with a new tower that uses less energy to dissipate the same amount of heat. The Medical School will fund the project that is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017.

Two buildings at NCRC set for demolition

Buildings 40 and 50 at the North Campus Research Complex, both vacant, outdated and with no identified potential university use, will be demolished. The $1.5 million project will be funded by the Medical School and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017.

Ann Arbor campus

Faculty appointments and promotions with tenure

Ana Baylin, transfer of tenure and appointment to associate professor of nutritional sciences, and associate professor of epidemiology, School of Public Health, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

Dr. Matthew R. Corriere, associate professor of surgery, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

Dr. Keith S. Kaye, professor of internal medicine, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

Dr. Erica E. Marsh, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Medical School, interim approval granted effective Aug. 22, 2016.

Khaled A. Mattawa, promotion to professor of English language and literature, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

Briana Mezuk, associate professor of epidemiology, School of Public Health, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Alan V. Smrcka, professor of pharmacology, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

Named professorships

Ravi M. Anupindi, Colonel William G. and Ann C. Svetlich Professor of Operations Research and Management, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2021.

*Michael Awkward, Gayl A. Jones Collegiate Professor of Afroamerican Literature and Culture, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Sara B. Blair, Patricia S. Yaeger Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

*Enoch Brater, Kenneth T. Rowe Collegiate Professor of Dramatic Literature, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

*Roy Clarke, Marcellus L. Wiedenbeck Collegiate Professor of Physics, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Dr. Matthew R. Corriere, Frankel Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Gerald F. Davis, Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration, Ross School, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Gregory E. Dowd, Helen Hornbeck Tanner Collegiate Professor of American Culture and History, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021. 

Sean P. Edwards, James Hayward Endowed Clinical Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

*Katherine L. French, J. Frederick Hoffman Professor of Medieval and Early Modern English History, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Richard D. Gonzalez, Amos N. Tversky Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Statistics, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

*Lee W. Hartmann, Leo Goldberg Collegiate Professor of Astronomy, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

*James R. Hines Jr., Richard A. Musgrave Collegiate Professor of Economics, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

*Judith T. Irvine, Edward Sapir Collegiate Professor of Linguistics Anthropology, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Holly Jarman, John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2019.

*Lloyd D. Johnston, Angus Campbell Collegiate Professor, U-M Office of Research, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Andrew D. Jones, John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2019.

Hyun Min Kang, John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2019.

*Shinobu Kitayama, Robert B. Zajonc Collegiate Professor of Psychology, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

*Kenneth W. Kollman, Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Steven L. Kunkel, correction of title to Endowed Professorship in Pathology Research, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

*Vassilios Lambropoulos, C. P. Cavafy Professor of Modern Greek Studies, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Rebecca A. Lange, Alexander N. Halliday Collegiate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

Richard L. Lewis, John R. Anderson Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Science, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Dr. Jules Lin, Mark B. Orringer, M.D. Research Professor of Thoracic Surgery, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Kyle D. Logue, Douglas A. Kahn Collegiate Professor, Law School, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

*Arthur Lupia, Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Bethany B.Moore, Galen B. Toews, M.D. Collegiate Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Alison R. H. Narayan, William R. Roush Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016.

*Jacques E. Nör, Donald A. Kerr Collegiate Professor of Dentistry, School of Dentistry, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.  

*David S. Potter, Francis W. Kelsey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Roman History, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz, Michael I. Posner Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

*Robert M. Sellers, Charles D. Moody Collegiate Professor of Psychology, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Anna G. Stefanopoulou, William Clay Ford Professor of Manufacturing, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

Rocio Titiunik, James Orin Murfin Professor of Political Science, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021. 

*Valerie J. Traub, Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

James D. Westphal, Donald C. Cook Professor of Business Administration, Ross School, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2021.

*Victor C. Yang, Albert B. Prescott Professor of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016.

Administrative appointments

Dr. Eric R. Fearon, director, U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

Kathryn A. Huss, interim director, U-M Museum of Art, effective Oct. 1, 2016.

Mayuram S. Krishnan, associate dean for global initiatives and executive education, Ross School, effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.

Kallie Bila Michels, interim vice president for global communications and strategic initiatives, Office of the Vice President for Global Communication and Strategic Initiatives, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

*Gunalan Nadarajan, dean, Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022.

*Panos Y. Papalambros, chair, Division of Integrative Systems and Design, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018.

Albert J. Shih, acting chair, Department of Integrative Systems and Design, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016.

Dearborn campus

* Donald J. Bord, interim chair, Department of Health and Human Services, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016.

*William Grosky, chair Department of Computer and Information Science, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2017.

Flint campus

Marcus Paroske, chair, Department of Communication Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.

Christine M. Waters, chair, Department of Art and History, College of Arts and Sciences, effective Sept. 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.

* Reappointments

Retirements

Dr. Ramon Berguer, Frankel Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery and professor of surgery in the Medical School, and professor of biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering and the Medical School, Aug. 31, 2016. Berguer received his medical degree in 1962 from the University of Barcelona, his Ph.D. in 1974 in experimental surgery from the University of Santiago, and a Ph.D. in 1981 in mechanical engineering from the University of Surrey. He joined the U-M faculty in 2004. He also served as the director of the Vascular Mechanics Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. An internationally renowned vascular surgeon and scientist, Berguer specialized in cerebrovascular surgery and contributed a number of original techniques for the reconstruction of vertebral and carotid arteries. Berguer authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and several books, and received many awards, including a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Marseille in 1987.

Dr. Jeffrey B. Halter, professor of internal medicine in the Medical School and research professor in the Institute of Gerontology, June 30, 2016. Halter received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1969. Halter served on the faculty of the University of Washington from 1977-84. He joined the U-M faculty as a professor in 1984. Halter, who worked at both the U-M Health System and the Ann Arbor VA, focused his research interests on the neuroendocrine regulation of metabolism in aging and on diabetes mellitus and the regulation of autonomic nervous system function. He received the Gerontological Society of America's Donald P. Kent Award in 2000 and the American Geriatrics Society's Nascher/Manning Award in 2008.

Nancy Rose Hunt, professor of history in LSA, and professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Medical School, June 30, 2016. Hunt received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 1980 and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992. She joined the U-M faculty in 1997. Hunt is a leading scholar in the fields of African history, gender history, history of medicine and postcolonial studies. Her introduction in the path-breaking volume "Gendered Colonialisms in African History" (1997) charted a bold new direction for histories of gender in Africa. Hunt taught undergraduate and graduate courses in African history and the history of medicine. Highlights of her service record include chairing many search committees, dedicated mentoring of several generations of undergraduate and graduate students, and substantial contributions in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

Swatantra Kumar Kachhal, professor of industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, UM-Dearborn, June 30, 2016. Kachhal received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1964 from M.S. College, his Bachelor of Engineering in 1968 from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in 1971 and a Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of Minnesota. He joined the UM-Dearborn faculty 1973. He served as chair of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from 1985-2009. Kachhal 's teaching and research focused on the fields of health care systems and facilities design. He is nationally recognized for his work in health care engineering. He received a number of awards, including the Michigan Association of Governing Boards for Higher Education's Distinguished Faculty Award in 1984, the UM-Dearborn Alumni Society's Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2004, and the UM-Dearborn's Distinguished Service Award in 2015.

James W. Knight, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, UM­Dearborn, June 30, 2016. Knight received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1969 from Ohio University and a Master of Science degree in 1971 and a Ph.D. in 1977 from The Ohio State University. He joined the UM-Dearborn faculty in 1982. Knight's area of expertise focused on the design and analysis of experiments; experiential and integrative learning methods in engineering education; and human factors and ergonomics. He was a member of a number of professional associations, including the American Statistical Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Knight also made substantial service contributions at the department, college and campus levels as well as served as the faculty adviser of the UM­Deaborn's Alpha Pi Mu honor society for industrial engineering students.

Dr. James A. Knol, Cyrenus G. Darling Sr., M.D. and Cyrenus G. Darling Jr., M.D. Professor of Surgery, and associate professor of surgery in the Medical School, Aug. 31, 2016. Knol received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College in 1970 and his medical degree from U-M in 1974. Knol joined the U-M faculty in 1980. Knol's early research focused on blood flow in acute pancreatitis and blood flow in liver diseases with portal hypertension. He subsequently studied the pharmacodynamics of certain chemotherapeutic agents used in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. This research led to more than 75 peer-reviewed publications, 40 book chapters, multiple presentations, and numerous U.S. and international patents. Knol received a number of awards, including the W.W. Coon Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1989 and 2002, the Silver Scalpel Medical Student Teaching Award in 2006, and the Arnold G. Coran General Surgery Teaching Award in 2015.

Richard L. Lichtenstein, S.J. Axelrod Collegiate Professor of Health Management and Policy and associate professor of health management and policy in the School of Public Health, May 31, 2016. Lichtenstein received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1968 from Cornell University, and a Master of Public Health degree in 1970 and a Ph.D. in 1981 from U-M. He joined the U-M faculty in 1971. Lichtenstein served as the associate dean for academic affairs in SPH from 2004-05. Lichtenstein 's ground-breaking research focused on issues dealing with racial and ethnic disparities in health; barriers to health insurance coverage for low-income children; the effects of discrimination on access to health care; and efforts to increase diversity in the health care workforce. Honors include the Distinguished Alumnus Award (1996), the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award (1998), the Excellence in Teaching Award (2006), the Gene Feingold Diversity Award (2007), and the Distinguished Diversity Leaders Team Award (2011).

Dr. Mack T. Ruffin IV, Dr. Max and Buena Lichter Research Professor of Family Medicine and professor of family medicine in the Medical School, and professor of epidemiology in SPH, Aug. 31, 2016. Ruffin received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1980 from Duke University, his medical degree in 1984 from the Medical College of Virginia, and his Master of Public Health degree in 1989 from the University of Minnesota. He joined the U-M faculty in 1990. Ruffin studied cancer prevention via primary and secondary strategies, chemoprevention and cancer screening. His prominent contributions advanced our understanding of new methods to prevent and detect cervical and colorectal cancers as well as how to integrate these new approaches into community-based primary care practices. Ruffin published more than 200 imminent research articles, book chapters and commentaries. He was involved as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants totaling more than $100 million.

Patrick O. Seitzer, research professor of astronomy in LSA, May 31, 2016. Seitzer received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1974 from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts degree in 1978 and a Ph.D. in 1983 from the University of Virginia. He joined the U-M faculty in 1991. Seitzer studied a wide range of topics, including the kinematics and formation of star clusters, orbital debris, merging galaxies, and charged-coupled device detectors and instrumentation. Using the university's upgraded 0.6- meter Curtis-Schmidt telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, he worked to assess the total amount of debris at the GEO — where most communications satellites are located — then followed up with spectroscopy at the 6.5-meter Magellan telescopes located at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile to characterize the targets by material. The data his team gathered was fed into NASA's public software that modeled the risk to functional satellites from debris such as defunct satellites and spacecraft parts.

Dr. Lourdes Velez, clinical assistant professor of family medicine in the Medical School, Aug. 31, 2016. Velez received her medical degree from the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in 1983. Velez joined the U-M faculty in 1998. Velez is a leader in the practice of family medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative care. Her clinical work focused on a number of conditions, including cognitive disorders, diabetes, stroke and osteoporosis. She published several peer-reviewed articles and authored three book chapters. Velez was actively involved in the training and development of medical school students and residents in both the clinical setting as well as in didactic lectures. She received U-M's Circle Award in 2010 for her work as faculty adviser to the U-M Latin American Native American Medical Association and the Global Reach Medical Student Trips to Cuba in 2006 and Peru in 2007.

Dr. Sara L. Warber, clinical associate professor of family medicine in the Medical School, Oct. 3, 2016. Warber received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1973 from Illinois Wesleyan University and her medical degree in 1993 from Michigan State University. She joined the U-M faculty in 1997. Warber is a national leader in the field of integrative medicine. Her research also explored the health effects of time spent in nature, the use of natural products and whole foods, and the therapeutic relationship. She has published 50 peer-reviewed publications, 21 book chapters and five books. She was co-founder and first secretary of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research and the first treasurer for the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. In 2013-14, she was received a Fulbright Scholarship Award to study the "nature-deficit disorder" at the European Centre for Environment & Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School in Truro, United Kingdom.

Dr. William M. Wilkerson, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine in the Medical School, June 30, 2016. Wilkerson received his medical degree from the University of Colorado in 1976. He joined the U-M faculty in 1992. Wilkerson focuses his work on a number of topics, including tactical emergency medicine with human patient simulators, violence management, domestic violence, airway management techniques, and human patient simulators and medical education. He developed an innovative elective in tactical emergency medicine for the residency program in 1996. For nearly two decades, Wilkerson represented U-M as an expert in tactical emergency medicine, provided medical support to law enforcement agencies, and supervised and trained paramedics in multiple agencies across southeast Michigan. He served as the director of medical student education in the Department of Emergency Medicine from 1995-2004. In recognition of his many achievements, he received the Emergency Medicine Residency Program's Golden Apple Teaching Award in 1995.