The University Record, October 2, 2000

Regents’ Roundup

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

By Mary Jo Frank,
Office of the Vice President for Communications,
and Jane R. Elgass

Building projects

The following actions related to facilities projects on the Ann Arbor campus were taken by the Regents:

  • Renovations of the C.C. Little and Pharmacy Buildings. “The College of Pharmacy, which occupies the Pharmacy Building and portions of the C.C. Little Building, will renovate approximately 14,600 gross square feet of space in three areas in the two buildings,” said Robert Kasdin, executive vice president and chief financial officer. “The renovations include converting existing basement storage space in the Pharmacy Building to office space for new and upgraded pharmaceutical programs, including the recruitment of students and the placement of fourth-year students in hospitals and pharmacies. Several existing laboratory rooms in this building, unchanged since 1960, will be renovated to meet contemporary wet laboratory standards and to connect these areas to mechanical and electrical systems that were updated in 1995.

    “In the C.C. Little Building, several laboratory rooms that were completed in 1975 will be renovated for returning faculty members in the College of Pharmacy, Department of Chemistry and Pharmacognosy.”

    The project is estimated to cost $2,430,000. Work is scheduled to begin this fall and take approximately one year to complete.

  • Central Campus Recreation Building (CCRB). “The Division of Kinesiology has expanded its research program and requires additional laboratory space for molecular kinesiology, exercise endocrinology and substrate metabolism in the Central Campus Recreation Building,” Kasdin said. “This project, involving approximately 3,200 gross square feet, will include relocating programs currently located in the lower level of the CCRB to the 300 North Ingalls Building, and converting two dry labs to wet laboratory space in CCRB.”

    Construction on the project, estimated to cost $850,000, will begin this fall, with completion in spring 2001. Ann Arbor Architects Collaborative will design the project.

  • North University Building (NUBS). “The North University Building has been targeted for demolition for a number of years,” Kasdin said. “Partial demolition of the building, removing approximately 16,000 square feet on two floors, is scheduled to begin in October and be completed by the end of the year.

    “The portion of the building being removed includes a vacated rifle range, vacated key office and custodial supplies storage. An end wall with a new exit stair will be built to maintain required egress from the building, and mechanical and electrical supply systems will be reworked as necessary.”

    The estimated cost of the project, including environmental remediation, is $1.1 million.

  • Science Instruction Center Building. “We plan to construct a Science Instruction Center Building on the top of the parking structure at Palmer Drive. It will house instructional space for students and some research space for a variety of science programs, and potentially include program space for the Department of Theatre and Drama,” Kasdin said. “The building, which will be approximately 120,000 gross square feet on four floors, will be supported by a concrete deck on the parking structure that will serve as the foundation for the building.”

    The Regents approved moving forward on the project and will appoint an architect at a later date. The preliminary estimated cost for construction is $36 million, plus $4.8 million for the foundation.

  • Life Sciences Institute Building. The Regents granted authorization to issue the project for bids and award construction contracts.

    “A 236,000-gross-square-foot state-of-the art research laboratory building will be constructed for the Life Sciences Institute,” Kasdin said. “The facility will have six floors, with one underground, and a penthouse for mechanical equipment.

    “The building will house wet research and core laboratories, support spaces, principal investigator offices, interaction spaces, administration offices for the Life Sciences Institute, a combined gallery/lobby space, and a small library.”

    Construction is scheduled for completion in summer 2003.

    The estimate for construction is $62 million, plus soft costs and contingency of $19 million, with an additional cost of $15 million for casework and equipment.

  • Wall Street Research Laboratory Building. “The Wall Street Research Laboratory Building will provide the opportunity to replace outdated research facilities and allow the Medical School to accommodate growing research programs,” Kasdin said.

    “The 50,000 gross square foot building will have a low profile in this transitional area between the community and the more intensive building on the Medical Campus. It will include adaptable laboratory modules, limited animal holding facilities, offices and support spaces.

    “To accommodate the project, approximately 80 parking spaces on Wall Street will be displaced early next spring. While there is a shortage of adequate parking in the Medical Center, the Wall Street area currently has some excess capacity,” Kasdin said. “Independent from this project, a 300-space temporary lot on Fuller Road opened Sept. 25, and the University has an agreement with the City to lease more than 100 spaces associated with the Fuller Pool during the academic year. Both of these projects will provide relief to the parking situation in the Medical Center.”

    The preliminary estimated cost is $20 million, with the Smith Group preparing design documents and specifications.

  • Linear Accelerator Replacement. “The Department of Radiation Oncology at the Hospitals and Health Centers currently operates four linear accelerators that provide radiation treatments for patients with various cancers,” Kasdin said. “Two of the linear accelerators, in service for seven and 14 years, are scheduled for replacement. The accelerators require increasing downtime for repair and maintenance, negatively affecting radiation therapy services for patients.

    “The department’s two other accelerators have been in service for four and 14 years and we anticipate replacing the older accelerator within the next 12–24 months.”

    The estimated cost is $4 million, including $628,000 for renovation of the space. Completion is expected in spring 2001.

    Tenure appointments

    Faculty appointments with tenure approved by the Regents included:

    Thomas E. Carey, U-M distinguished research scientist, will be professor of otorhinolaryngology, effective Aug. 1, 2000.

    Elizabeth R. Cole, from Northeastern University, will be associate professor of women’s studies and of Afroamerican and African studies, effective Sept. 1.

    Mamadou Diouf, of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, will be professor of history and of Afroamerican and African Studies, effective Sept. 1. He was a visiting professor at the U-M in 1999 in the Department of History and Center for Afroamerican and African Studies.

    Lorna Goodison, lecturer in the Department of English, will be associate professor of English and of Afroamerican and African studies, effective Sept. 1.

    Bruce Kleiner, from the University of Utah, will be associate professor of mathematics, effective Sept. 1.

    Richard Lewis, from Ohio State University, will be associate professor of psychology, effective Sept. 1.

    Catherine G. McLaughlin, associate professor of health management and policy, will be professor of health management and policy, effective Sept. 1.

    Christopher Monroe, of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will be associate professor of physics, effective Sept. 1.

    Peter A. Ubel, from the University of Pennsylvania, will be associate professor of internal medicine, effective Aug. 1.

    Endowed and titled professorships

    The Regents appointed eight faculty members to endowed or titled professorships.

    Dionissios N. Assanis, professor of mechanical engineering and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, was appointed the Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Professor of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2000–Aug. 31, 2005.

    “Prof. Assanis is one of the most prominent and active automotive researchers focused on internal combustion engine processes,” said Stephen W. Director, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering. “In 1999, he was appointed Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in recognition of his outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. His distinguished career exemplifies the highest standards in all aspects of academic performance. His teaching, research and mentoring of students will continue to contribute successfully to the excellent reputation of the College and the University.”

    Heather A. Carlson, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, also will be the John Gideon Searle Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, effective Aug. 1, 2000–July 31, 2003.

    “The John Gideon Searle Assistant Professorship was established to recognize a promising scholar at the junior level in any discipline within the College of Pharmacy,” said George L. Kenyon, dean of the College of Pharmacy. “Dr. Carlson received her B.S. magna cum laude in mathematics, chemistry and physics in 1991 from North Central College and went on to Yale University to complete her M.S. and Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1992 and 1997, respectively. Upon graduation, she began a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego.”

    Geoffrey Howard Eley, professor of history, was appointed the Sylvia L. Thrupp Collegiate Professor of Comparative History, effective Sept. 1, 2000–Aug. 31, 2005.

    “In his 20 years at Michigan, Prof. Eley has done more than anyone to open faculty and students to an interdisciplinary terrain between the social sciences and the humanities,” LS&A Dean Shirley Neuman said. “He has been an institution builder—a co-founder and frequent director of the Program in Comparative Studies of Social Transformations, a principal architect of cooperation in the field of German studies, a stalwart of the long effort to create a viable Center for Western European Studies, an active participant in the Program in Film and Video Studies, and a supporter of a variety of initiatives, including the Women’s Studies Program.

    “Even more important,” Neuman added, “has been the intellectual terrain he has worked to clear—from working on the cutting edge of social history in the 1970s, and subsequently emphasizing the contributions of cultural studies to historical scholarship. His influence has been great, lasting through a number of phases of scholarly trends, and he has consistently encouraged diversity and integration of different approaches.”

    Philip D. Gingerich, director and curator, Museum of Paleontology, and professor of geological sciences and of biological sciences, was appointed the Ermine Cowles Case Collegiate Professor of Paleontology, effective Sept. 1, 2000–Aug. 31, 2005.

    “Although focused in the areas of vertebrate paleontology and evolutionary biology, Prof. Gingerich’s work reaches into the fields of geology, biology, paleontology, anthropology and anatomy,” Neuman said. “Leaders in these fields simultaneously recognize the centrality of Prof. Gingerich’s work in their own discipline and the breadth of his impact in all these related areas of the natural sciences. To be active in so many areas of research and scholarship, to sustain productivity over a long interval of time, to receive unanimous recognition, and to remain at the forefront of a vigorous enterprise such as the study of life’s history as revealed in the rock record, is evidence of a contribution few of us could realistically aspire to.”

    Allen S. Lichter, dean of the Medical School and professor of radiation oncology, was appointed the Newman Family Professor of Radiation Oncology, effective Oct. 1, 2000–Sept. 30, 2005.

    “Dr. Lichter is an acknowledged expert in the area of breast cancer,” said Gilbert S. Omenn, executive vice president for medical affairs. “He was an early advocate of the lumpectomy approach to the treatment of breast cancer and conducted one of the trials that found the use of lumpectomy and radiation therapy to be as effective as the traditional treatment of mastectomy. Dr. Lichter is well recognized in the field, as noted by his activities in numerous professional societies and organizations of the speciality. He is the past president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the largest and most active group for oncology membership in the world, and Dr. Lichter is only the second radiation oncologist to be elected to this prestigious post.”

    Nancy E. Reame, professor of nursing, was named the Rhetaugh Graves Dumas Professor of Nursing, effective Sept. 1, 2000–May 31, 2005.

    “Dr. Reame is a senior scholar with a national and international reputation and an ongoing track record of funded research in the important areas of reproductive health, genetics and clinical therapies,” said Ada Sue Hinshaw, dean of the School of Nursing. “Specifically, her research program focuses on reproductive endocrinology, menstrual cycle, menopause, infertility and bioethics of assisted reproduction.

    “Dr. Reame has sustained an unequivocal record of excellence in teaching, a sustained and growing record of scholarly eminence in nursing that advances the frontier of knowledge in reproductive science. She enjoys an outstanding reputation among peers in the United States and abroad, and a reputation for scholarly leadership.”

    Abigail J. Stewart was named to the Agnes Inglis Collegiate Professorship of Psychology and Women’s Studies, effective Sept. 1, 2000–Aug. 31, 2005. She also is professor of psychology and of women’s studies.

    “Prof. Stewart is internationally recognized for her development of a theory of emotional adaptation, based upon developmental models,” Neuman said. “Over the course of her career she has developed highly sophisticated theories of change and continuity in personality development and how major life events affect intra-psychic change.

    “Repeatedly, words such as generous, dedicated, innovative, stimulating and demanding crop up to describe Prof. Stewart’s teaching and mentoring. She truly shines in this area. An overriding trend in her former students, now professors at universities and colleges across the United States, is that they all model their teaching after her. And she has accomplished all this by combining high standards with positive reinforcement as well as judicious criticism with effective strategies for improvement.”

    Gaylyn Studlar was appointed the Rudolf Arnheim Collegiate Professor of Film Studies, effective Sept. 1, 2000–Aug. 31, 2005. She also is professor of English, of women’s studies and of music.

    “Prof. Studlar has established herself as one of the premier film scholars in the United States,” said Neuman and Karen L. Wolff, dean of the School of Music. “She has remained a highly productive and influential scholar while performing her duties as program director these past five years. Referees speak of her imaginative and daring intellectual courage, theoretical sophistication, careful research and unfailing originality. The impact of her work on film studies and gender studies, her national and even international reputation, and her ongoing, robust schedule of scholarly output make her an ideal candidate for a collegiate professorship. She also has established a reputation for her excellence in the classroom, and students rate her highly for her thorough knowledge of the field, clarity of presentation and explanation, enthusiasm, and imaginative quality of her writing assignments.”

    Retirement memoirs

    Ten faculty members were given the emeritus title.

    Those retiring are Yuri Gurevich, professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Ira Konigsberg, professor of English language and literature and of film and video studies; Naomi Lohr, assistant professor of psychology; Gordon M. MacAlpine, professor of astronomy; Gerald A. O’Connor, associate professor of surgery; Daniel H. Ringler, professor of laboratory animal medicine and director of the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine; William R. Solomon, professor of internal medicine; James Stewart-Robinson, professor of Turkish studies; Leroy B. Townsend, the Albert B. Prescott Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and professor of chemistry; and Norman D. Weiner, professor of pharmaceutics.

    Gurevich, who joined the faculty in 1982, “has made significant contributions to computational complexity theory and has become one of the leaders in the effort to develop a theory of average-case complexity,” the Regents said. Recognized internationally for his research in logic and theoretical computer science, Gurevich “also has been instrumental in developing theoretical computer science at the U-M,” the Regents noted, and is responsible for the present structure of the graduate curriculum in this area. He received the University’s Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 1990 and the Faculty Recognition Award in 1995.

    Konigsberg joined the faculty in 1968. The Regents said that as director of the Program in Film and Video Studies in 1989–95, Konigsberg “built the faculty and course structure to make it a national presence.” Beginning as a specialist in the history of the novel, Konigsberg expanded his scholarly interests to include critical theory and world film. Known for a number of his books, Konigsberg wrote Samuel Richardson and the Dramatic Novel (1968), Narrative Technique in the English Novel: Defoe to Austen (1985) and the standard reference work The Complete Film Dictionary (1987, revised 1997). He co-edited The Movies: Texts, Receptions, and Exposures for the University of Michigan Press (1996).

    Lohr, who joined the faculty in 1963, directed the postdoctoral fellowship training in clinical psychobiology in 1981–83, served as associate chair of the clinical area of the Department of Psychology in 1986–91, and was associate director of the Personality Disorders Program in 1987–99. Lohr’s research group was one of the first to uncover the correlation between sexual and other forms of abuse and borderline personality disorder. Lohr has been a “devoted teacher, mentor and clinician,” recognized by faculty and staff for “her wisdom, expertise, longevity and devotion” to her department, students and trainees, the Regents said.

    MacAlpine joined the faculty in 1972. The astronomer “led the effort to better understand the dynamics and chemical composition of the Crab Nebula, which has improved our understanding of the interaction of a supernova remnant with the surrounding medium,” the Regents said. He also led a spectroscopic survey program that discovered a variety of active galaxies and quasars, providing a more comprehensive sample of these objects than had been available. The Regents described MacAlpine as “a highly effective and well-loved teacher, noted for lucid explanations and concern for his students.”

    Prior to joining the faculty in 1958, O’Connor completed his internship and residency at the U-M and practiced at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He has served as the team physician for the Athletic Department since 1964 and as director of MedSport since 1984. Under his leadership, MedSport has grown into an important clinical center with five orthopedists, 18,000 annual outpatient visits, and 67,000 annual physical therapy visits, noted the Regents, who saluted “this distinguished health educator for his dedicated service.”

    Ringler, who joined the faculty in 1969, has served as director of the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine since 1985. Recognized internationally as a leader in the field of laboratory animal science and medicine, Ringler has trained more than 60 postdoctoral veterinary fellows, most of whom are board-certified by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. “He has represented the University many times regarding the use of animals in biomedical research, always giving thoughtful and insightful commentary and bringing distinction upon himself, the University, and the professions of biomedical research and laboratory animal medicine,” the Regents said.

    Solomon joined the faculty in 1963 and served as chief of the Allergy Division in the Department of Internal Medicine in 1983–93. Solomon, described by the Regents as a “distinguished physician, scholar and educator,” has focused his research efforts on the prevalence of bioaerosols and their impact on individuals and respiratory allergy. He “helped develop and implement a study of allergic asthma among inner city youngsters, including its potential for amelioration by practical allergen avoidance measures,” the Regents noted. He also helped develop a network of bioaerosol collection stations in Latin America and helped launch an in-training examination series for fellows in allergy and immunology.

    Stewart-Robinson, who joined the U-M in 1956, directed Asian studies in 1963–65 and served as acting director of the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies in 1982–83. “Professor Stewart-Robinson’s expertise spans the long historical period from the rise of Turkish literature and polity in the 11th and 12th centuries up to the formation of the Turkish Republic in the second decade of the 20th century. He also has taken acute interest in the literary and cultural life of modern Turkey and followed closely recent political developments in that country,” the Regents said. His publications on Ottoman and Turkish language, literature, history and culture demonstrate his unique analytical skills and have become standard references for Turkologists in the West and in Turkey, they noted.

    Townsend, a member of the faculty since 1979, was named the Albert B. Prescott Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in 1986. “A world-renowned scientist, Prof. Townsend has been honored and highly acclaimed for his work in the design and synthesis of heterocyclic compounds as potential agents to treat cancer and infectious diseases. He is a pioneer in the synthesis of several nucleoside antibiotics, including the first in a new class of compounds, C-nucleoside antibiotics,” the Regents said. Townsend has helped develop drugs to treat parasitic and viral diseases, including compounds that are highly active against human cytomegalovirus, which causes retinitis in AIDS patients and pneumonitis in bone marrow transplant patients.

    Weiner, who joined the U-M faculty in 1972, has made significant discoveries regarding hearing losses related to the drug neomycin and other aminoglycosides. His work “led to the development of hearing damage assessment measures that have been instrumental in preventing the recurrence of this type of terrible side effect,” the Regents said. In addition to helping demonstrate that liposomes promote drug absorption across the skin, Weiner is well known for his work on the properties of other topical dosage forms such as emulsions. “His insights concerning emulsions are sought after by pharmaceutical companies, food processing companies and cosmetic manufacturers,” said the Regents, who added, “Prof. Weiner has been a dedicated teacher who has mentored many pharmacy students, graduate students and research fellows.”