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Regents Roundup

Editor's Note: This feature is updated monthly following the Boards of Regents meetings.

The regents will meet on the following dates between Nov. 2002 and Dec. 2003: Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 15 at U-M–Dearborn, June 19, July 17, Sept. 18, Oct. 16 at U-M–Flint, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.

The following actions were taken by the regents at their December meeting.

Medical Procedures to upgrade equipment
New digital imaging technology and upgraded cardiac catheterization equipment will be installed in the University Hospital's Medical Procedures Unit to assist patients in the gastroenterology, heart failure and cardiac transplant programs. The new equipment is expected to cost $1.7 million, while renovations to the procedure and support rooms are budgeted at $700,000. The project is scheduled to be completed next winter.

Michigan Stadium field to be replaced
The Michigan football team will play on a new artificial surface in Michigan Stadium next fall after the regents approved replacing the unstable Prescription Athletic Turf. The replacement project will include removal of the existing surface and soil, which has been modified twice in its 12-year service; construction of a drainage system connecting with the existing system; and replacement of the field. The project is not to exceed $850,000, which will be funded by the athletic department.

Tenured appointments
Denise A. Figlewicz, associate professor of neurology, Medical School, effective Jan. 1, 2003.

Howard R. Petty, professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, Medical School, effective Jan. 1, 2003.

Michel Wedel, professor of marketing, Business School, effective Jan. 1, 2003.

Santiago Colas, associate professor of comparative literature, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2002.

Administrative appointmments
J. David Allan, interim associate dean, School of Natural Resources and Environment, effective Jan. 1­June 30, 2003.

Michael J. Imperiale, interim chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical School, effective Jan. 1, 2003.

Cathleen M. Connell, associate dean for academic affairs, School of Public Health, effective Feb. 1­June 30, 2003.

George W. Furnas, associate dean for academic strategy, School of Information, effective Sept. 1, 2002­Aug. 31, 2004.

William E. Kotowicz, dean, School of Dentistry, effective Jan. 1­Aug. 31, 2003.

Glenna L. Schweitzer, assistant provost, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective Jan. 1, 2003.

Frederic Svoboda, interim chair, Department of English, Flint campus, effective Jan. 1­May 31, 2003.

Endowed named professorships
Kevork B. Bardakjian, Marie Manoogian Professor of Armenian Languages and Literatures, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2001.

Dr. N. Reed Dunnick, Fred Jenner Hodges Professor of Radiology, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2002­Aug. 31, 2007.

Dr. Kim Allen Eagle, Albion Walter Hewlett Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2002­Aug. 31, 2007.

Maria E. Gough, William Wilhartz Assistant Professor of the History of Art, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2002­Aug. 31, 2005.

Dr. John F. Greden, Rachel Upjohn Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, Medical School, effective July 18, 2002­July 17, 2007.

Dr. Julian T. Hoff, Richard C. Schneider Professor of Neurosurgery, Medical School, effective Nov. 20, 2002­Nov. 19, 2007.

Dino Kritsiotis, L. Bates Lea Visiting Professor of Law, Law School, effective Jan. 1­April 30, 2003.

Ronald J. Mann, Louis and Myrtle Moskowitz Research Professor of Business and Law, Law School, effective Jan. 1­June 30, 2003.

Dr. Peter A. Ward, Godfrey D. Stobbe Professor of Pathology, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2002­Aug. 31, 2007.

Nine faculty members were given the emeritus title. Those retiring are:

Mary E. Cox, professor of physics and engineering in the College of Arts and Sciences at the Flint campus, effective Dec. 31. She joined the University in 1966. In 1968, she received a grant from the U.S. Navy to develop theory and practical devices associated with holographic microscopy. Both the American and Soviet space programs have employed the types of holographic microscopy she developed. The complexity and breadth of her research utilized her talents and knowledge in optics, materials, engineering and analysis.

S. Roland Drayson, professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences in the College of Engineering, effective Dec. 31. He joined the University in 1965. The line-by-line method of calculating atmospheric transmittance developed by Drayson is used today as a standard in the field. He has chaired more than a dozen doctoral committees and is well known for his tireless service as an undergraduate advisor. He played an active role in the Engineering Curriculum 2000 program and served on the college's curriculum committee.

Dr. Inta J. Ertel, professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases in the Medical School, effective Dec. 31. She joined U-M in 1962. From 1966­77, she was a faculty member of Ohio State University, and she returned to U-M in 1977. She established herself as a skilled clinician, teacher and advisor. She established a new continuity clinic in child care and began a program to provide continuity training experiences in primary care to residents in off-site community pediatric practices. She has made extensive contributions to health care management at the U-M Medical Center.

Theodore V. Fischer, associate professor of cell and developmental biology in the Medical School, effective Aug. 31. He joined the University in 1967. He has been a highly valued member of the teaching teams for medical and dental gross anatomy courses. His research has included extensive investigations into placental and ovarian development and structure. He served for seven years as director of the Anatomical Donations Program.

Janice M. Jenkins, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and professor of biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering, effective Dec. 31. She joined the University in 1980. She has made important contributions to automated arrhythmia analysis using advanced signal processing and computer techniques. She was the first female faculty member in the electrical engineering and computer science department. She is known for her support of women and minorities in science and engineering.

John P. Langmore, professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology in LSA and research scientist in the Biophysics Research Division, effective Dec. 31. He joined U-M in 1979. He is known for his insightful courses on the biological applications of physical chemistry and electron microscopy and for offering the first course in the new field of genomics. While chair of the Biophysics Research Division from 1989­95, he led the maturation of the biophysics graduate program. The division significantly expanded its research in structural biology under his leadership.

Robert D. Pehlke, professor of metallurgical engineering in the College of Engineering, effective Dec. 31. He joined U-M in 1960. His early work clarified several of the critical reactions between liquid steel and gaseous elements and contributed important insights into steel making. He was a pioneer in the computer modeling of metal casting processes. He is known for his outstanding experimental research in liquid metal processing and is an internationally recognized expert in the continuous casting of steel.

Eugene M. Pijanowski, professor of art in the School of Art and Design (SoAD), effective Dec. 31. He joined the University as a visiting lecturer in 1978. He served as associate dean for undergraduate education in SoAD from 1985­99. He initiated many innovative programs, including the symposium on career pathways to provide students with a look at life after graduation. He is a highly respected artist whose work has appeared in many books and publications and is included in many major collections, including the National Museum of American Art in the Smithsonian Institution.


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