The University Record, February 18, 2002

Regents’ Roundup

Editor’s Note: The following actions were taken by the regents at their February meeting

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

U-M to purchase property

The regents authorized the acquisition of property at 712 Oakland Avenue for approximately $1.2 million subject to an environmental assessment. The

property, which is adjacent to the University’s Law Quadrangle, contains a 7,700-square-foot apartment building and 12 paved parking spaces. The renters in the eight two-bedroom and one one-bedroom apartments will be allowed to complete their leases, the latest ending in August. The building will be utilized for relocation space for academic programs in the short term. The property has an appraised market value of $1.4 million. A tentative closing date of Feb. 28 is scheduled. Land procurement funds will be used to purchase the property.

Renovations approved for Taubman Health Center

Level B1 in the Taubman Health Center will be renovated following the relocation of the Medical Information Services (MIS) from Taubman to the North Campus Administrative Complex in April. Approximately 11,600 square feet will be reconfigured and renovated to permit a limited on-site presence for MIS functions, office space for the hospital dentistry program and faculty office space for the Department of Radiology. The project is estimated to cost $2.6 million and will be funded from the hospital and Health Centers’ capital fund. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2003.

Power Plant tunnel chambers to be replaced

Three underground chambers that connect the utility pipes in the tunnels with the Central Power Plant (CPP) will be replaced next winter. The deteriorated chambers are adjacent to the CPP and contain valves, meters and other equipment to provide steam, hot water and compressed air to the Medical Campus. The project also will include preparation for the installation of an additional steam line to supply the new Biomedical Science Research Building.

Cummins and Barnard Inc., will design the project. The construction schedule will be coordinated with the city, Michigan Department of Transportation and the current Huron Avenue lane closure. The $900,000 budget will be funded from the Utilities Department reserve for major repairs.

Gifts received

The regents, at their Feb. 14 meeting, formally accepted a total of $19,279,189 in gifts received by the University during January of this year.

The total included $12,580,692 from individuals, $1,857,227 from corporations, $3,602,655 from foundations, and $1,238,615 from associations and others.

Faculty appointments approved

Faculty appointments, with tenure, approved by the regents at their Feb. 14 meeting include:

Anne Carson, a faculty member at McGill University, will be professor of classical studies, professor of comparative literature, and professor of English, effective Sept. 1, 2002.

Rahul J. Mehrotra, principal of the Bombay Collaborative, a conservation architecture and urban design practice, will be associate professor of architecture, effective Jan. 1, 2003.

Administrative appointments approved

Administrative appointments approved by the regents at their Feb. 14 meeting included:

Srinika D. Jayaratne, professor of social work, was reappointed as associate dean of the School of Social Work, effective July 1–Dec. 31, 2002.

Brian A. Hazlett, professor of zoology, will be interim director of the Biological Station, effective March 1–Dec. 31, 2002.

David P. Mindell, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and associate curator of the Museum of Zoology, will be interim director of the Museum of Zoology, effective July 1, 2002–June 30, 2003.

Stella W. Pang, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, will serve as associate dean for graduate education of the College of Engineering, effective Feb. 1, 2002–Jan. 31, 2007.

Peter A. Railton, professor of philosophy and the James B. and Grace J. Nelson Professor of Philosophy, will serve as chair of the Department of Philosophy, effective July 1, 2002–June 30, 2006.

Sonya O. Rose, professor of history, of sociology and of women’s studies, will be chair of the Department of History, effective July 1, 2002–June 30, 2005.

Thomas E. Weisskopf, professor of economics, will serve as director of the Residential College, effective July 1, 2002–June 30, 2005.

Trevor D. Wooley, professor of mathematics, will be chair of the Department of Mathematics, effective July 1, 2002–June 30, 2005.

Judith A. Nowack, assistant vice president for research, will be associate vice president for research, effective Feb. 14, 2002.

James E. Penner-Hahn, professor of chemistry, will serve as chair of the Biophysics Research Division, effective Sept. 1, 2002–Aug. 31, 2005.

Cynthia H. Wilbanks, vice president for government relations, also will serve as interim vice president for development, effective Feb. 1, 2002.

Endowed professorships named

Appointments to titled professorships approved by the regents at their Feb. 14 meeting include:

Roderick J.A. Little, professor of biostatistics and professor of statistics, will hold the Richard D. Remington Collegiate Professorship of Biostatistics, effective March 1, 2002;

Thomas W. Wakefield, professor of surgery, will hold the S. Martin Lindenauer Collegiate Professorship of Vascular Surgery, effective March 1, 2002.

Little is “in every way an outstanding faculty member, leader and colleague who demonstrates excellence in all aspects of research, teaching and service,” said Noreen M. Clark, dean of the School of Public Health. “Throughout his career, he has been extraordinarily productive and has a well-established national and international reputation. He has made outstanding and influential contributions to the theory and applications of statistics. As a founder of the missing data field, his work has made a fundamental impact on statistical analysis and practice in handling missing data. He has more than 150 publications, and his book ‘Statistical Analysis with Missing Data’ (joint with Don Rubin) is the standard text in the field.”

Wakefield is “an accomplished vascular surgeon and successful investigator whose research is focused on protamine-heparin interactions and inflammatory processes associated with venous thrombosis,” said Allen S. Lichter, dean of the Medical School. “His bibliography reflects over 100 peer-reviewed publications and over 50 chapters in books. He is highly regarded as a teacher at this institution, as well as nationally, as noted by the numerous invitations to present his work at national and international venues. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Vascular Surgery and Vascular Ultrasound Today. He has served as director of the Noninvasive Diagnostic Vascular Unit since 1995.”

Thirteen receive emeritus status

Thirteen faculty members were given the emeritus title by the regents at their Feb. 14 meeting.

Those retiring are Eric M. Aupperle, research scientist; William C. Birdsall, associate professor of social work; Susan Boehm, associate professor of nursing; John B. Burch, curator of mollusks, professor of zoology and of natural resources; Roy C. Cowen Jr., professor of German; Armand A. Lauffer, professor of social work; John D. Marquardt, associate professor of accounting at the U-M—Flint;

James B. Martin, associate professor of health management and policy; Carolyn M. Mawby, associate professor of music at the U-M—Flint; Samuel J. Meisels, professor of education and research scientist; Nola J. Pender, professor of nursing; John R. Wiseman, professor of chemistry; Wen-Jei Yang, professor of mechanical engineering and professor of biomedical engineering.

Aupperle joined the U-M faculty in 1963 as an assistant research engineer and as a lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “In 1969, he joined Merit Computer Network as project leader to oversee the technical implementation of a computer network linking the academic computer systems of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University,” the regents noted. “This network, now known as MichNet, has evolved ever since and, today, is the most extensive and advanced Internet infrastructure in Michigan. Mr. Aupperle was appointed director of Merit in 1974 and president in 1988, a position he held until July 2001.”

Birdsall joined the U-M faculty in 1973. “His major interests were in policy analysis and program evaluation. He has done extensive work around policies regarding prevention and treatment of women’s drug abuse, social security and welfare programs, and measuring poverty and inequality. He has evaluated programs regarding mental health client outcome studies, evaluation design, benefit cost analyses, survey research and validation of microsimulation models. He has been a principal investigator on several major projects, including the Detroit Area Study and USHHS-SSA research grants, and has authored or co-authored a number of book chapters, journal articles and other publications.”

Boehm, who joined the U-M faculty in 1974, was “nationally renowned for her teaching and research in the area of medical surgical nursing with a specific focus on patient adherence to treatment as prescribed in chronic illness and has a number of publications,” the regents said. “She taught at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral level and, in 1991, was named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor for her high commitment and competence in teaching in the undergraduate program. She held a number of administrative positions in the School of Nursing, including director of the Nursing Health Services Administration Program, associate dean for administration, and associate dean for student affairs.”

Burch, who joined the U-M faculty in 1962, served as chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 1979–81. “His research focuses on freshwater mollusks and infectious diseases, and he has more than 180 publications. His special contributions have been in cytotaxonomy and evolution of snails, cell and tissue culture of mollusks, and snails as vectors of disease. An internationally- known scholar, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Freshwater Mollusks Conservation Society and special recognition from the Science Society of Thailand, Malacological Society of the Philippines, and Korean Society of Malacology, as well as adjunct appointments in Canada, China, India, Australia, Cuba and elsewhere.”

Cowen, who joined the U-M faculty in 1960, has been “a popular and demanding teacher whose repertory includes numerous courses on German literature from the 18th to the 20th century. He has accumulated a distinguished record of service. In 1979–85, he served as department chair, and in 1986–2001, he was the editor of Michigan Germanic Studies. In 1985, the government of the Federal Republic of Germany awarded him the Senior Officers Cross for his overall professional achievement. As a scholar, he has attained a high level of national and international visibility.”

Lauffer joined the U-M faculty in 1973. “His research interests were in fund-raising and resource allocation in the nonprofit sector; community self-help; the Jewish ethic in Jewish communal services; and ethnic identity as a source of social activism,” the regents said. “These have taken him to both Israel and Russia, where he worked with colleagues on the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and at the Brookdale Institute on evaluating the relationships among volunteerism, community and reemergence of Jewish identity in the former Soviet Union.”

Marquardt, who joined the U-M–Flint faculty in 1980, was “active in developing the Certified Internal Auditor Examination for the Institute of Internal Auditors. His research has focused on the educational and examination programs of professional groups, notably the Institute of Internal Auditors’ C.I.A. programs. He also studied the auditing of an organization’s training function and the attitudes conveyed by internal auditors, which include analysis of the cost/benefit relationship of training activities and the productive ways to improve that relationship.”

Martin joined the U-M faculty in 1974. “Early in his career, his research focused on cost containment, improving operational efficiencies and increasing the use of information systems in health care organizations. He and his colleagues used large-scale computer simulation models to predict the operation of health care organizations when various operating characteristics were changed. The objectives of these models included controlling variance in census levels, balancing the demand for hospital beds and operating room capacity, and predicting the need for acute care beds in a single hospital or a region.”

Mawby, who joined the U-M–Flint faculty in 1974, established a choral music program at U-M–Flint which was recognized for its excellence statewide. She taught all core music history courses and directed the University Chorale and Chamber Singers. Her contributions to the community are a model for art educators in higher education. In 1983, she founded and directed the enormously successful Junior and Senior Summer Academies of Music, choral music day camps for promising young musicians.”

Meisels joined the U-M faculty in 1980. “His research interests include assessments in early childhood programs and elementary schools, and policy issues in the implementation of early intervention programs,” the regents said. “Through his extensive research and publications he has had a national impact on early childhood assessments and instructional reform. His ‘Work Sampling System’ is widely used as a tool for student assessment, professional development and instructional reform.”

Pender, who joined the U-M faculty in 1990, “served as director of the University’s Child and Adolescent Health Behavior Center in 1991–2000 and as associate dean for academic affairs and associate dean for research in the School of Nursing in 1994–98. After assisting the dean in restructuring the school and streamlining the Office of Academic Affairs, she stepped down as associate dean for academic affairs but retained the title of associate dean for research. She has been the motivating force behind the growth and development of the Grants and Research Office.”

Wiseman, who joined the U-M faculty in 1966, is “an internationally-respected teacher, scientist, and scholar. His research focused on an insightful and unique recognition that a well-accepted and long-standing proposal, known as Bredt’s rule, was, in fact, incorrect. The structural basis for Bredt’s rule was that double bonds could not exist at the bridgehead of bicyclic systems and this seemed evident from the simple examination of models and the practical experience that no molecule having such architectural elements had been prepared.”

Yang, who joined the U-M faculty in 1961, was “a pioneer in flow visualization and microscopic description of transport phenomena, from biological to high-technology systems,” the regents said. “He also made original and high-impact contributions to fluid flow and heat transfer of rotating machineries. His research efforts in bioheat and mass transfer include original visualization of transport phenomena in plants and hyperthermia, pulmonary, and cardiovascular biomechanics. He has also made original contributions to the dynamics of nucleate boiling and droplet evaporation.”