The University Record, September 24, 2001

Regents’ Roundup

Editor’s note: The following actions were taken by the Regents at their September meeting. Additional actions will be reported in the Oct. 1 issue.

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

Canton Health Center expansion

Several services will be added at the Canton Health Center next year after the Regents approved leasing and developing an additional 10,000 square feet. An infusion center, physical therapy, ophthalmology and optical shop services will be added in the fall of 2002 to the primary care and specialty services currently being provided in the 40,000-square-foot Center at Saltz and Canton Center roads.

The project, estimated to cost slightly more than

$2 million, also will provide a separate entrance for the new services. Funding will be provided from the Hospitals and Health Centers’ capital fund. The Center opened in June 2000, and site visits increased from 34,500 to 53,000 in the first year.

Engineering plaza named

The plaza in front of the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Building will be designated the Irwin Chase Plaza in recognition of Irwin Chase, a 1906 marine engineering graduate. Chase’s son, Rear Admiral Irwin Chase Jr., gave a gift of $534,398 in honor of his father. The elder Chase was a distinguished naval architect and marine engineer, who became well known as the designer and mass builder of the Patrol-Torpedo Boat, commonly called the PT Boat.

The College of Engineering will hold a naming dedication Oct. 11 at the Plaza.

Upgrades at North Campus Administrative Complex

Two projects were approved for the Hospitals and Health Centers’ North Campus Administrative Complex (NCAC). A dedicated call center will be expanded to service incoming telephone calls for three departments—Internal Medicine, Radiology and Pediatrics. The call center at the NCAC currently services the Obstetrics and Gynecology departments. The project will renovate and furnish space to create a 4,200-square-foot call center and is estimated to cost $752,000.

The NCAC’s heating and cooling system will be upgraded during the next year at an estimated cost of $2 million. The facility originally was designed for a highly intensive computer environment, which would radiate heat from the equipment. The Complex houses various administrative functions for the Hospitals and Health Centers.

Faculty approved with tenure

Faculty appointments, with tenure, approved by the Regents at their Sept. 20–21 meeting included:

Charles C. Bright, lecturer in history at the U-M Residential College, will be professor of history and professor in the Residential College, effective Sept. 1. He also serves as interim director of the Residential College.

John D. Kalbfleisch, a faculty member at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, will be professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics, effective Jan. 1, 2002.

Jeffrey C. Long, from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, will be professor of human genetics, effective Sept. 21.

Catherine Lord, a faculty member at the University of Chicago, will be professor of psychology, effective Sept. 1.

Nicholas W. Lukacs, senior associate research scientist at the U-M Department of Pathology, will be associate professor of pathology, effective Sept. 1.

Frederick J. Morrison, a faculty member at Loyola University, will be professor of psychology at the U-M, effective Sept. 1.

Amir Mortazawi, a faculty member at North Carolina State University, will be associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, effective Sept. 1.

W. Russell Neuman, a faculty member at the Annenberg School of Communication, will be professor of communication studies, effective Sept. 1.

Myron P. Gutmann, director of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, also will serve as professor of history, effective Sept. 1.

Administrative appointments approved

Administrative appointments approved by the Regents at their Sept. 20–21 meeting included:

James S. Jackson was reappointed as director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, effective Sept. 1. Jackson is the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, professor of psychology, professor of health behavior and health education, and director and senior research scientist of the Research Center for Group Dynamics.

Gautam Kaul, the John C. and Sally S. Morley Professor of Finance and professor of finance, was reappointed as associate dean of the School of Business Administration, effective Sept. 1.

Roderick J.A. Little, professor of biostatistics and professor of statistics, was reappointed as chair of the Department of Biostatistics, effective Sept. 1.

Gerald R. Smith, professor of zoology, professor of geology and mineralogy, curator of fishes, director of Herbarium, and curator of lower vertebrates, Museum of Paleontology, was reappointed as director of the Museum of Zoology, effective July 1, 2001.

Sherril A. Smith, the Catherine B. Heller Collegiate Professor of Art and professor of art, was reappointed as associate dean for graduate studies of the School of Art and Design, effective July 1, 2001.

Paul A. Taheri, associate professor of surgery, will serve as assistant dean for academic business development of the Medical School, effective Sept. 21.

Lisa A. Tedesco, professor of dentistry and vice president and secretary of the University, will also serve as interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, effective Sept. 6. (Her new appointment was announced Sept. 6.)

Bruce W. Frier, professor of classics and the Henry King Ransom Professor of Law and professor of law, will serve as interim chair of the Department of Classical Studies, effective Sept. 1.

Hospitals and Health Centers expand

Four additional construction projects for the Hospitals and Health Centers were approved by the Regents—expansion and renovation of the Cancer and Geriatric Center Infusion Pharmacy, expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), replacement of the ethylene-oxide sterilizers, and replacement of the Mott Children’s Hospital chilled water and condenser water pumps. All of the projects will be funded from the Hospitals and Health Centers’ capital fund.

The Cancer and Geriatric Center Infusion Pharmacy will be expanded and renovated during a three-phased project. Infusion services are an essential component of the treatment plan provided to patients diagnosed with cancer. The number of infusions delivered by the Pharmacy has increased more than 28 percent over the past two years and is expected to continue to grow. The project, which will impact 3,200 square feet, will reconfigure 1,900 square feet of existing retail pharmacy area, renovate an existing conference room for infusion services, and relocate patient treatment areas. The project budget is $1.2 million.

An application will be submitted for a Certificate of Need with the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services to designate three new beds to the NICU. Opened in 1990, the Unit always has operated at or near its 37-bed capacity. Two of the additional bed areas already are in place, while the third will be added in the current triage area.

Three new ethylene-oxide sterilizers will provide increased performance, capacity and reliability by sterilizing medical instruments and devices that cannot withstand the heat of standard steam sterilizers. The new machines, which replace two old sterilizers, will occupy a single room that has been renovated to provide the newest technology in microprocessor-controlled monitoring and alarming systems to ensure a safe environment for staff and visitors. The project is estimated to cost $1.6 million.

Improved air conditioning will occur in Mott Children’s Hospital and the Taubman Health Center after the chilled water and condenser water pumps are replaced during the next year. The project, estimated to cost $980,000, will provide expanded cooling capacity as well as a larger water supply and return piping.