The University Record, July 1, 2002

Regents’ Roundup

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

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

Coleman receives two appointments

Regents approved faculty appointments for President-Elect Mary Sue Coleman but have yet to finalize her contract with the University.

Coleman has been appointed professor of biological chemistry, with tenure, in the Medical School, and professor of chemistry, with tenure, in LS&A.

Board Chair Laurence Deitch says final details of her presidential contract are still being worked out and will be approved during a special phone session of the board or wait until the July 18 meeting.

Coleman arrives on campus Aug. 1.

Hospital psych program to move

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program of the Hospitals and Health Centers will move this winter to leased space at 2101 Commonwealth, off Plymouth Road. In addition to offices and rooms for consultation, testing, interviews and conferences, the new location also will include space for educational and clinical research activities, as well as accessible parking. The project will cost $3.9 million, including $1.8 million for furnishings and equipment. The vacated space in the Taubman Health Center will be used to support the continued growth in specialty ambulatory clinics and to address clinical faculty office needs.

Kitchen in President’s House to be renovated

The kitchen and pantry at the President’s House will be renovated to provide sufficient refrigeration, cooking equipment and appropriate food preparation areas for meeting catering requirements when hosting larger-scale functions. New cabinetry, flooring, appliances and fire protection equipment will be installed as part of the $235,000 project. Funding will be provided from the president’s discretionary funds.

A parcel of Radrick Farms to be sold

A small, irregularly shaped parcel of land at Radrick Farms will be sold to neighboring Matthaei Farms. The 2.46 acres is not suitable for development due to its steep grades. It is valued at $25,000.

Gifts received

The regents, at their June 20 meeting, formally accepted a total of $14,773,203 in gifts received by the University during May of this year.

The total included $10,155,141 from individuals, $1,729,391 from corporations, $1,927,664 from foundations and $961,007 from associations and others.

Faculty appointments

Faculty appointments, with tenure, approved by the regents include:

Letha Chadiha, a faculty member at Washington University, will be associate professor of social work, effective Sept. 1.

Diane Larsen-Freeman, director of the English Language Institute, also will serve as professor of education, effective May 1.

David P. Wood Jr., a faculty member at Wayne State University, will be professor of urology, effective July 1.

Administrative appointments

Administrative appointments approved by the regents at their June meeting are:

Paula Allen-Meares, professor of social work and the Norma Radin Collegiate Professor of Social Work, was reappointed as dean of the School of Social Work, effective July 1, 2003–June 30, 2008.

Frederick R. Amrine, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, associate professor of Germanic languages, was reappointed as interim chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, effective July

1–31. He also serves as chair of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature.

Michael M. Bernitsas, professor of naval architecture and marine engineering, was reappointed as chair of the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, effective July 1, 2002–June 30, 2003.

Gary D. Herrin, professor of industrial and operations engineering, was reappointed as assistant dean of the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2002–June 30, 2007.

Sherman A. James, the John P. Kirscht Collegiate Professor of Public Health, professor of epidemiology, and professor of health behavior and health education, was reappointed as chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, effective July 1, 2002–June 30, 2005.

George L. Kenyon, the Tom D. Rowe Collegiate Professor of Pharmacy and professor of pharmaceutical chemistry, was reappointed as dean of the College of Pharmacy, effective Sept. 1, 2003–Aug. 31, 2008.

Elizabeth L. Sears, professor of history of art, was reappointed interim chair of the Department of the History of Art, effective July 1–Aug. 31.

Gary R. Solon, professor of economics, was reappointed chair of the Department of Economics, effective July 1, 2002–June 30, 2003.

Peggy Burns, assistant dean for communications and marketing of LS&A, also will serve as LS&A interim assistant dean for development and external relations and as U-M interim associate vice president for development, effective June 1, 2002–June 30, 2003.

Eran Pichersky, professor of biology, who served as interim chair of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology will become chair of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, effective June 1, 2002–Aug. 31, 2003.

Donald S. Lopez Jr., the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, the Carl W. Belser Collegiate Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan studies, professor of Buddhist and Tibetan studies and chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, will serve as associate dean for academic affairs of LS&A, effective June 1, 2002–June 30, 2003.

Izak Duenyas, professor of operations management and the John Psarouthakis Research Professor of Manufacturing Management, will be associate dean of the School of Business Administration, effective July 1, 2002–June 30, 2004.

Luis O. Gomez, the Charles O. Hucker Professor of Buddhist Studies, professor of Asian languages and cultures, and professor of psychology and religious studies, will serve as acting chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, effective Aug. 1, 2002–June 30, 2003.

Daniel Herwitz, a faculty member at the University of Natal at Durban, South Africa, will be the Mary Fair Croushore Professor and director of the Institute for the Humanities, effective Aug. 1, 2002–July 31, 2007.

Graham I. Mercer, program director at the School of Business Administration, will serve as assistant dean of the School of Business Administration, effective July 1, 2002–June 30, 2004.

Raymond R. Reilly, professor of business administration, will be associate dean in executive education of the School of Business Administration, effective July 1, 2002–June 30, 2004.

Faculty professorships

Faculty appointments to endowed and titled professorships approved by the regents are as follows:

Susan E. Alcock, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of classical archaeology and classics, will hold the John H. D’Arms Collegiate Professorship in Classical Archaeology and Classics, effective Sept. 1.

Richard W. Bailey, professor of English, will hold the Fred Newton Scott Collegiate Professorship of English, effective Sept. 1.

John P. Hayes, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, will hold the Claude E. Shannon Professorship of Engineering Science, effective Sept. 1.

Ralph T. Yang, professor of chemical engineering, will hold the Dwight F. Benton Professorship of Chemical Engineering, effective Sept. 1.

Alcock’s scholarly dossier centers largely on a long series of books and articles that explore the landscape of Greece in its classical period and under the Romans, said Shirley Neuman, dean of LS&A. “Michigan has one of the premier programs in classical art and archaeology worldwide and its faculty is noted for its strength in theoretical approaches to the subject. None, however, are more renowned than Prof. Alcock who is one of the most influential innovators in the field. However, her contributions during her decade on our faculty are not easily separable into discrete boxes; her scholarly research carries over into her teaching with unusual force, and even her service can be seen as an extension of her larger concept of mission.”

Bailey is “one of the leading scholars of the English language in the world,” Neuman said. “His scholarly and intellectual interests range through lexicography, stylistics, linguistic computing, dialectology, composition and literacy studies, and English as an international language. He enjoys a truly international reputation that extends across Europe and Asia as well as the United States. He has written three books, 11 edited collections, two bibliographies, over 100 articles and over 50 reviews. Over the course of his career his publications have been influential in all of his fields of interest. One of the best teachers in the Department of English, Prof. Bailey has taught modern English and the history of the English language to countless generations of undergraduates with great success.”

Hayes has been engaged in teaching and research in the areas of digital system design, computer architecture and reliability, VLSI circuits and quantum computing, said Stephen W. Director, dean of the College of Engineering. “He is the author of seven books and 200 refereed papers, has managed externally funded research projects at Michigan valued at several million dollars and has received numerous honors for his teaching, research and service, including the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 1999. He was the founding director of the College of Engineering’s Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory and currently serves as chair of the computer science and engineering graduate program.”

Yang’s areas of expertise are in adsorption, catalysis and carbon, Director said. “He has written and published two well-known books and over 300 refereed journal articles. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and has received several prestigious awards in recognition of his contributions to chemical engineering. His distinguished career exemplifies the highest standards in all aspects of academic performance. Following appointments in industry and national laboratories and service as a program director at the National Science Foundation, Dr. Yang joined the faculty of the State University of New York at Buffalo, serving as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering there from 1989 until 1995, when he moved to U-M as professor and chair of chemical engineering.”


Eight faculty members were given the emeritus title:

Those retiring are L. Ross Chambers, the Marvin Felheim Distinguished University Professor of French and Comparative Literature, and professor of French and comparative literature; Hemalata Dandekar, professor of urban planning; Lawrence L. Lohr Jr., professor of chemistry; Jean L. Loup, librarian; James E. Martin, associate professor of environmental health sciences; Peter G. Meier, professor of environmental health sciences; Wen-hsueh “Dolores” Yang, associate librarian; M. Nina Yochum, associate professor of education.

Chambers, who joined the faculty in 1975, is “an internationally recognized authority in the fields of French literature, comparative literature, literary criticism and literary theory,” the regents noted.

“He authored 11 books and numerous articles on 19th and 20th century French writers and on a variety of approaches to literature, including the ideological dimensions of poetic discourse and narrative and narrative theory, with emphasis on narrative oppositionality. His most recent work has dealt with AIDS diaries, the poetics of digression and digressivity and the rhetoric of witness writing.”

Dandekar joined the faculty in 1980. “During her tenure, she taught courses in planning techniques and theories, urban and regional theory, research methods, cities and international development, and national and international issues in urban development. She also presented research seminars and classes on Third World development issues, housing and physical infrastructure in the Third World, and vernacular architecture and research methods in vernacular architecture. The diverse body of Prof. Dandekar’s research projects and published work, which span 20 years, ranges from Michigan barns to migration strategies in India to quantitative methods and evaluations.”

Lohr joined the faculty in 1968. “His research has focused on the application of quantum theory to chemical reaction mechanisms,” the regents noted.

“He was among the first to use ab initio techniques to compute potential energy surfaces of chemical reaction pathways for complex reacting species, and he has used ab initio quantum mechanical approaches to calculate subtle and fundamental chemical properties of molecules that have resulted in a generalization of the traditional concept of electronegativity. In conjunction with Finnish co-workers, he developed a relativistically invariant formulation of quantum chemistry that has provided greatly improved descriptions of heavy atoms.”

Loup, who joined the U-M in 1971, “served in a wide variety of roles during her tenure at the University Library, from head of the processing section in technical services to special collections librarian. She split her most recent efforts between cataloging rare books and assisting in planning special events. During her tenure, Loup served as reference librarian in the Graduate Library, head of the Science Library, head of Documents Center, acting head of the Public Health Library, assistant to the dean, and head of the Department of Communications, Public Relations and Grant Writing. She also served as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Information. Both in the library and elsewhere on campus, she excelled at leadership roles.”

Martin, who joined the faculty in 1981, “played leading roles in the teaching of all aspects of radiological health and environmental risk assessment within the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, and he brought a powerful environmental health practitioner’s perspective to this difficult area. Based on his research and teaching, Prof. Martin published 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals, four book chapters and two books on radiation protection. During his career in the government sector, he directed environmental studies for nuclear weapons and nuclear facilities, developed radiation protection standards for uranium fuel cycle facilities and radioactive wastes, and developed federal radiation guidance for medical X-rays.”

Meier joined the faculty in 1970. “During his tenure, he took a special interest in teaching,” the regents said. “He contributed across the range of the environmental health field, especially as it relates to water quality and ecology. His research spanned the fields of aquatic toxicology, entomology and ecology, and focused on the impacts of pollution on the aquatic environment and its potential implications on human health. His studies included the biogenic transport of sedimented contaminants into the water column, habitat and ecological assessments from hazardous discharges, biomonitoring and aquatic toxicity bioassays that used both solid and suspended phase testing, and bacterial and algal interactions related to nutrient recycling.”

Yang joined the University Library in 1969. “For her first assignment she served as an original descriptive cataloger for monographs in all subject areas. Next she served as the cataloging coordinator of the monograph cataloging section, where she drafted policies that were instrumental in establishing the library’s cataloging and processing standards. She also served as a cataloger in the monograph cataloging unit and in the newly formed special formats cataloging unit, where she concentrated on the cataloging of nonprint materials. Ms. Yang most recently served as a member of the special projects collections cataloging team and as the library’s resident expert in the cataloging of nonprint materials.”

Yochum joined the faculty in 1986. “During her tenure, she taught the core literacy course in the elementary certification program and the advanced literacy course for language arts majors. Her course activities were designed to engage students in the application and integration of key themes and knowledge across courses and the field experience. While pursuing her interests in reading and literacy, she has collaborated and consulted with numerous schools and school districts, made numerous presentations at national and international conferences, and generated an extensive publications list that includes papers in the Journal of Reading Behavior and Reading Research and Instruction.”