The University Record, July 23, 2001

Regents’ Roundup

Editor’s note: The following actions were taken by the Regents at their July meeting.


By Wono Lee, News and Information Services
and Diane Brown, Facilities and Operations

Administrative appointments

Frank J. Cianciola, interim associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, is senior associate vice president for student affairs, effective July 1.

Martha S. Feldman, professor of political science and of public policy, will serve as associate dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, effective Sept. 1.

Irwin J. Goldstein, professor emeritus of biological chemistry, is interim chair of the Department of Biological Chemistry, effective July 1.

Patricia Y. Gurin, professor of psychology and of women’s studies, was reappointed chair of the Department of Psychology, effective July 1.

Marianne Russell Kugler will serve as interim dean of the School of Education and Human Services at the U-M-Flint, effective Aug. 1.

Vahid Lotfi, professor of management sciences and executive director of Information Technology Services at the U-M-Flint, is associate provost, effective July 1.

Philip Pochoda will become director of the U-M Press, effective Aug. 15. He has served as editorial director of the University Press of New England since 1994 and, since 2001, also as associate director and editor in chief.

Richard H. Price, professor of psychology, and of organizational behavior and human resource management, will serve as director of the Program on Organizational Studies.

Steven M. Ralston, associate professor of communication at the U-M-Flint, will serve as chair of the Department of Communication, effective Sept. 1.

Pamela Trotman Reid, professor of education and of psychology, will be director of the Women’s Studies Program, effective Aug. 1.

Malayappan Shridhar, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the U-M-Dearborn, was reappointed chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, effective July 1.

Tobin Siebers, professor of English, will be director of the Program in Comparative Literature, effective Aug. 1.

Gaylyn Studlar, the Rudolf Arnheim Collegiate Professor of Film Studies, and professor of English, of women’s studies and of music, will be director of the Program in Film and Video Studies, effective Aug. 1.

Alan M. Wald, professor of English and of American culture, will be director of the Program in American Culture, effective Aug. 1.

Endowed named professorships

David C. Blair, associate professor of computer and information systems, will hold the Jack D. Sparks-Whirlpool Corp. Research Professorship of Business Administration, effective Sept. 1.

Ilia Dichev, assistant professor of accounting, will hold the Sanford R. Robertson Assistant Professorship of Business Administration, effective Sept. 1.

Thomas J. Kulik, professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, will be the Amnon Rosenthal Collegiate Professor of Pediatric Cardiology, effective Sept. 1.

Lynda J. Oswald, professor of business law, will be the Louis and Myrtle Moskowitz Research Professor of Business and Law, effective Sept. 1.

Patricia L. Robertson, associate professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and of neurology, will hold the David G. Dickinson Collegiate Professorship of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, effective Sept. 1.

Terry E. Robinson, professor of psychology, will be the Elliot S. Valenstein Collegiate Professor of Behavioral Science, effective Sept. 1.

Tyler G. Shumway, assistant professor of finance, will hold the Bank One Corp. Assistant Professorship of Business Administration, effective Sept. 1.

William E. Smoyer, associate professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, will hold the Robert C. Kelsch Collegiate Professorship of Pediatric Nephrology, effective Sept. 1.

Robert J. Taylor, professor of social work, will hold the Sheila Feld Collegiate Professorship of Social Work, effective Sept. 1.

Tenure appointments

Julie E. Boland, a faculty member at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, will be associate professor of linguistics and of psychology, effective Sept. 1.

Tom J. Buresh, a faculty member at Southern California Institute of Architecture, will be professor of architecture, effective Aug. 1.

Caroline Constant, a faculty member at the University of Florida, will be professor of architecture, effective Sept. 1.

Joshua D. Coval, assistant professor of finance, was promoted to associate professor of finance, with tenure, effective Sept. 1.

John DiNardo, a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkley, will be professor of public policy, effective Sept. 1.

Stephen A. Eklund, associate professor of dental public health, with tenure, was promoted to professor of dental public health, with tenure, effective Sept. 1.

Elizabeth R. Gerber, a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego, will be professor of public policy, effective Sept. 1.

Friedhelm Hildebrandt, a faculty member at the University of Freiberg, Germany, will be professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, with tenure, professor of human genetics, without tenure, and the Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor for the Cure and Prevention of Birth Defects, effective Sept. 1.

Daryl Kipke, a faculty member at Arizona State University, will be associate professor of biomedical engineering, effective Sept. 1.

Arthur Lupia, a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego, will be professor of political science, effective Sept. 1.

Mark H. Nornes, assistant professor of film and video, and of Asian languages and cultures, will be associate professor of film and video, and of Asian languages and cultures, both with tenure, effective Sept. 1.

Ashutosh Varshney, a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, will be associate professor of political science, effective Sept. 1.

Meredith Woo-Cumings, a faculty member at Northwestern University, will be professor of political science and Korean studies, effective Sept. 1.

Retirements

The Regents gave the following faculty members the emeritus title: George J. Brewer, professor of human genetics, the Morton S. and Henrietta K. Sellner Professor of Human Genetics, and professor of internal medicine; John G. Cross, professor of economics and senior research scientist in the Mental Health Research Institute; Syed Murtuza, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the U-M-Dearborn; Harold A. Oberman, professor of pathology; James W. Richards, professor of social and administrative science; Norman W. Thompson, professor of surgery and the Henry Ransom King Endowed Professor of Surgery; and Robert A. Weisbuch, professor of English.

Brewer, who joined the faculty in 1965, “has dedicated his professional life to bridging the gap between advances in laboratory research and the problems faced in clinical medicine,” the Regents noted. “In experiments with zinc therapy for sickle cell anemia, he discovered that zinc caused copper deficiency. He and his collaborators turned this unwanted side effect into a new treatment for Wilson’s disease, an inherited defect of copper accumulation and toxicity. Dr. Brewer became an internationally recognized expert on Wilson’s disease and cared for and studied almost 300 patients with this condition. His persistent and rigorous pursuit of a safe and effective therapy for Wilson’s disease led to FDA approval of zinc acetate therapy for Wilson’s disease in 1997.”

Cross, who joined the faculty in 1965, “specialized in microeconomic decision theory. He was a founder of modern theories of the bargaining process and of interdependent decision making in general. His early book, The Economics of Bargaining, is still referenced in the literature. He was also an early proponent of the introduction of psychological theories into economic models. His book, Theory of Adaptive Economic Behavior, was the first to use formal psychological models of adaptive learning to develop models of market behavior of both producers and consumers, which allowed for patterns of behavior other than those dictated by strict rules of rationality.” He served as associate dean for academic appointments and associate dean for budget and administration in LS&A.

Murtuza joined the Dearborn faculty in 1971 and served as acting chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 1981–83. “He was instrumental in establishing the control systems program in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and has taught the entire sequence of graduate and undergraduate courses in the program,” the Regents noted. “He introduced the use of computers in control systems education long before it became a common practice. He has been a longtime consultant to local businesses, including Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Corp. and Sensor Data Technologies. In 1995, he and two co-authors received the Best Paper Award at the American Control Conference for their presentation, ‘DC Servo—Academic and Real.’ ”

Oberman joined the faculty in 1963. “Nationally and internationally known for his contributions in the area of blood banking, Dr. Oberman is also recognized for his excellence in the area of breast pathology. He was an organizing member of the Breast Care Center and was a member of the Breast Cancer Task Force and Advisory Committee for the Michigan Department of Public Health. He has received a number of awards for his work in blood banking and breast pathology. He has served as president of the Michigan Association of Blood Banks and of the Michigan Society of Pathologists and is active in numerous other organizations, including the International Society of Blood Transfusion, the American Association of Pathologists, and the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists.”

Richards, who joined the faculty in 1958, served as assistant dean of the College of Pharmacy 1970–75 and associate dean l975–95. Following a six-month period as interim dean in 1996, he served as dean 1996–98 and again as associate dean 1999–2000. “Prof. Richards was a pioneer in the study of retail pricing of pharmaceuticals,” the Regents said. “His other research and scholarly interests include organizational, management, legal and economic issues related to pharmacy practice and third-party payment, and managed care programs and their impact on access, quality and costs in the delivery of pharmaceutical care. His combined pharmacy and business education and background made him a unique asset to the college’s teaching program.”

Thompson joined the faculty in 1962. “An internationally recognized endocrine surgeon, Dr. Thompson is an honorary member of surgical societies in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Turkey, Australia, Colombia and Mexico. He is a founding member and was president of both the American and the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons and received the meritorious achievement award of the AAES. He served as governor and chair of the International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons and has been president of the Michigan chapter of the American College of Surgeons, the Frederick A. Coller Surgical Society and the Western Surgical Association.”

Weisbuch, who joined the faculty in 1972, served as chair of the Department of English 1987–94, was appointed associate vice president for research and associate dean for faculty programs at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies in 1994, and served as interim dean 1995–96 and then senior adviser to the dean. “He is recognized as a leading critic of 19th-century American literature,” the Regents said. “A charismatic teacher, Prof. Weisbuch communicates an infectious, irresistible enthusiasm in the classroom. As chair of the English Department during a pivotal period in its history, he led the effort to rethink the curriculum and to target new and emerging fields for faculty recruitment. He is now engaged in national leadership as president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.”

Facilities projects

Catherine Street structure

More than 230 parking spaces will be added to the Catherine Street Parking Structure next year when the structure is expanded into the adjoining surface lot (M6) on Ann Street. The expansion will provide 300 new structure spaces in the current 70-space surface lot and will be designed by Walker Parking Consultants. The $6.5 million project will be funded from parking operations revenue and is expected to be completed in fall 2002.

U-M-Dearborn University Mall

Authorization to issue for bids and award construction contracts was approved for the U-M-Dearborn University Mall renovation project. In March, the Regents had approved the design and budget for the $13 million renovation of the main student and visitor complex. Construction is scheduled to begin in August and will last 18 months. The renovations were designed by Neumann Smith & Associates. The state will provide 75 percent of the funding and U-M-Dearborn the remainder.