The University Record, December 18, 2000

10 faculty granted emeritus status

By Jane R. Elgass

Ten faculty members were granted emeritus status by the Regents at their December meeting, effective Dec. 31 unless otherwise noted.


Richard C. Adelman

Richard C. Adelman, senior research scientist and professor of biological chemistry, joined the U-M in 1982 as professor of biological chemistry and senior research scientist, and served as director of the Institute of Gerontology until 1997.

Adelman’s interdisciplinary research interests in gerontology span the biological sciences, social sciences and humanities, the Regents noted, “reflecting the scholarly diversity of the Institute during his directorship. His major contribution to research on the biology of aging is the discovery that alterations in the hormonal regulation of hepatic enzyme activity in rats provide a molecular basis for the impaired adaptive capabilities and accompany increasing age.” Adelman’s recent research has focused on how aging shapes the social impact and meaning of diseases in newspaper coverage.

Adelman received funding for 30 continuous years as principal investigator on individual grants from a broad spectrum of public and private agencies. “However,” the Regents added, “his greatest achievement may be the outstanding multidisciplinary collection of scholars recruited to the Institute of Gerontology under his leadership.”

Richard D. Alexander

Richard D. Alexander, the Theodore H. Hubbell Distinguished University Professor of Evolutionary Biology, professor of biology and curator of insects, Museum of Zoology, joined the U-M in 1957. He also was the Donald Ward Tinkle Professor of Evolutionary Biology in 1984–89.

Alexander, whose research has centered on acoustical communication, sexual behavior, speciation and life history analysis of singing insects, “distinguished himself early in his career by using sound communication as a basis for understanding evolutionary patterns within crickets,” the Regents said. “In recent years, he has devoted considerable effort to the analysis of the evolutionary basis of human behavior.

“His human studies have been designed to test whether the most difficult questions that can be formulated are approachable from an evolutionary perspective,” the Regents added. He also has studied the social behavior of naked mole rats and horses, and, with his graduate students, studied speciation in the 17-year and 13-year cicadas, and the evolution of insect mating behavior.

Alexander is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and, among other honors, was the Henry Russel Lecturer in 1989.

Bruce E. Bradley

Bruce E. Bradley, associate professor of dentistry, retired Nov. 16. He joined the U-M in 1974 and also was assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology in 1982–89.

“Dr. Bradley provided both didactic and clinical instruction at the predoctoral, graduate and postgraduate levels, as well as supervision of outpatient general anesthesia by oral surgery residents in 1981–99,” the Regents noted.

He was a member of the academic review board and human subjects committee at the School of Dentistry and also was active in organized dentistry, serving on several committees of the National Board of Dental Hygiene Examiners. He was a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, Society for Neuroscience and the American Dental Society.

J. Latham Claflin

J. Latham Claflin, professor of microbiology and immunology, joined the U-M in 1975. In 1979, he was named head of the immunology section in the (renamed) Department of Microbiology and Immunology, holding that post until 1992.

“As the head of the immunology section, Prof. Claflin led the efforts to recruit and nurture a strong group of basic immunologists within the Department,” the Regents said. “He was responsible for bringing the crucial hybridoma technology to the U-M and directed the Hybridoma Facility for its first seven years.”

Claflin was a mentor to eight doctoral and four postdoctoral fellows, “and was a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher of fundamental immunology to both graduate and medical students,” the Regents added.

His research has included several areas of antibody structure and function, and B lymphocyte differentiation. He was among the first to describe and characterize the unique determinants (idiotypes) that were present on antibodies of different individuals and of different species.

Emily L. Cloyd

Emily L. Cloyd, associate professor of English language and literature, joined the U-M in 1967.

Cloyd’s doctoral dissertation was on James Burnett, an important figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, and she published a biography on him in 1972. She also was interested in The Rolliad, a multiply-authored collection of jibes, fictions, poems, satires and libels that occupied the attention of the leisurely class in London at the end of the 18th century.

“Prof. Cloyd thoroughly immersed herself in the culture of the 18th century and she employed multi-media and innovative computer programs to help students appreciate the art and architecture of the era,” the Regents said. “Her innovative use of new technology has been supported by the Information Technology Division, the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, and LS&A.”

Cloyd is the co-founder of the local chapter of the Association for Women in Computing and was the first woman granted tenure in the Department of English.

Linda M. Goad

Linda M. Goad, research scientist at the Center for Great Lakes and Aquatic Sciences and adjunct professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment, joined the U-M in 1974.

Goad’s research focuses on the cell biology of microscopic algae, particularly cyanobacteria and diatoms, and she is the author of more than 70 articles, primarily dealing with the application of the tools of cell biology to aquatic biology.

“Through her experiences at the Great Lakes Research Division,” the Regents said, “Dr. Goad gained a keen appreciation of the importance of field studies in understanding human impacts on aquatic ecosystems, particularly large and complex systems such as the North American Great Lakes. In keeping with this conviction, she served as marine superintendent of Michigan’s research fleet for 15 years.

“As such,” they added, “she almost single-handedly initiated and pursued an outreach program that explained to thousands of Michigan citizens the U-M’s role in Great Lakes research. Her comprehensive program included in-service training for primary and secondary teachers and direct experience for teachers, students and interested citizens aboard the Laurentian.”

Thomas F. Lyons

Thomas F. Lyons, professor of business administration, joined U-M-Dearborn in 1978.

“As a faculty member and administrator,” the Regents said, “Prof. Lyons played a pivotal role in the growth and development of the School of Management. He served as chair of the Department of Human Resource Management and Marketing, associate dean of the School of Management, and director of graduate studies in the School. He will long be remembered by hundreds of his students, to whom he was always an intellectual inspiration.”

His scholarly publications appeared in a number of journals and his honors include receipt of the American Psychological Association’s James Cattel Award for Research Excellence.

He also was a consultant to industry and health care systems for more than 30 years, with special expertise on employee turnover, medical care assessment, performance-evaluation and buyer-supplier relationships.

Thomas N. Tentler

Thomas N. Tentler, professor of history, joined the U-M in 1963.

“For more than 35 years, Prof. Tentler enriched the University’s intellectual life as a scholar, teacher and colleague,” the Regents said. “A leader in medieval and early modern European studies, he earned a reputation as one of a handful of American and European historians who have turned the history of religion into a field renowned for methodological innovations and for new ways of thinking about the relationship of culture and social practice. This work has influenced thinking across the discipline and beyond.

“The roster of noted historians Prof. Tentler has trained is only one indication of his pedagogical achievements,” the Regents added. “Even more impressive is his record of undergraduate teaching. He had the gift of paying attention to students’ ideas and enticing them to a higher intellectual plane, and he always seemed to be available when they needed him.”

Birgitta J. Vance

Birgitta J. Vance, professor of Spanish, U-M-Flint, joined the U-M in 1968. While she specialized in 20th-century Spanish prose, she taught contemporary Latin American literature and all levels of Spanish language. “Her creation of a translation course involving French, German and Spanish to English translations contributed to the enrichment of the foreign languages curricula,” the Regents noted. “She also initiated the highly successful international study program in Costa Rica.”

Vance’s research centered on Spanish and Spanish American women writers, the Spanish Civil War, and contemporary Spanish literature and literary translations. “Her research efforts,” the Regents added, “resulted in many productive contributions to her field, including a book on the Spanish Civil War and numerous articles and literary translations.”

Among her honors are a Faculty Achievement Award and a grant from the Spanish government for study in Acala de Henares.

Helen Weingarten

Helen R. Weingarten, associate professor of social work, joined the U-M in 1981. Her research focused on conflict management and positive life events that lead to transformation. She was a visiting professor at Hebrew University and was co-director (1986–89) and director (1989–91) of the Interdisciplinary Program in Conflict Management Alternatives.

“Prof. Weingarten was widely sought for her expertise in the area of conflict resolution,” the Regents noted. “A paper she wrote applying an interpersonal model of conflict resolution that she had co-developed to international conflict was selected by the LS&A dean as one of only three papers delivered to the Dalai Lama in private session when he visited the University in 1994. Her work on divorce among the elderly was not only published in scholarly journals, but also was covered by ‘20/20’ and CNN.”