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Regents roundup

Academic center approved

U-M student-athletes will have a new place to study and explore potential careers with the approval of the Academic Success Center. The new 40,000-square-foot building, which will be south of the Marie Hartwig Building on State Street, will include a 50-student classroom, tutorial meeting rooms, a career development area and a computer lab. Jickling Lyman Powell Associates of Troy will design the project. The $12 million project budget will be funded by gifts to the Athletic Department.

Hospital expanding operating rooms

Surgical facilities at the University Hospital will expand from 27 to 29 operating rooms next spring. The project, which will be designed by Albert Kahn Associates, will include multi-phased renovation of 12,200 square feet on Level I that also will expand the pre-operative area, post-anesthesia care unit, family waiting and consult areas, instrument processing, and equipment storage. The estimated project cost is $7.5 million, including $2.645 million for furnishings and moveable equipment, and will be funded from resources of the Hospitals and Health Centers.

In a separate action, the regents granted approval for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department to consolidate its operations from five locations, including Level I of the hospital, to the Burlington Building on East Eisenhower Parkway. The project, which includes renovations to additional leased space in Burlington, is estimated to cost $2.263 million, including $1.2 million for moveable equipment and furnishings. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the fall.

Design approved for LSA renovations

A new air conditioning system in the LSA Building will be installed during a building-wide renovation project. Three new classrooms also will be created during the renovations. The building, constructed in 1948, houses the core administrative functions of the college. The project, slated to begin this summer, primarily will address infrastructure and systems upgrades, including fire detection and fire suppression, along with improved accessibility throughout the building. Last week, the regents approved the schematic design as well as a $1 million increase to the project budget from the original $25 million. State of Michigan capital outlay funds will provide $15 million, while LSA provides $2 million and central administration $9 million. Occupants will be relocated to nearby buildings during the 18-month construction period.

New electrical substation approved

A new electrical substation necessary to meet the increased demand from new buildings being constructed on the Medical Campus will be built between the North Ingalls Building and the Glen Avenue Parking Structure. The estimated project cost is $17 million, which will be funded by Hospitals and Health Centers and Utility resources. Construction is scheduled to be completed in fall 2005.

Cyclotron project moves ahead

The regents approved the schematic design for the Medical School's cyclotron relocation and addition project that originally was approved in October. A 7,000-square-foot addition to Medical Science I will be built below ground to house the cyclotron and radio-chemistry laboratories. The project is expected to be completed in two years.

Tenure appointments

Peter Arvan, professor of internal medicine, effective July 1, 2003, and William K. and Delores S. Brehm Professor of Type 1 Diabetes Research, effective July 1, 2003-June 30, 2008, Medical School.

William Smith, professor of biological chemistry, and chair, Department of Biological Chemistry, effective May 1, 2003, and Minor J. Coon Collegiate Professor of Biological Chemistry, effective May 1, 2003-April 30, 2008, Medical School.

Armin Troesch, professor of naval architecture and marine engineering, College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2003-June 30, 2008 (also chair, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering).

Administrative appointments

Bridget McCormack, associate dean for clinical affairs, Law School, effective April 1, 2003-March 31, 2005.

Steven Moore Whiting, associate dean for graduate studies, School of Music, effective July 1, 2003-June 30, 2006.

Larry Gruppen, chair, Department of Medical Education, effective April 1, 2003 and Josiah Macy Jr. Professor of Medical Education, effective April 1, 2003-March 31, 2008.

Gregory Tewksbury, treasurer, Office of Financial Analysis, effective April 1, 2003.

Named professorships

Frans Dieleman, The Netherlands Visiting Professor of Urban Planning, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, effective Jan. 1, 2003-May 31, 2003.

Dr. Fred Morady, McKay Professor of Cardiovascular Disease, Medical School, effective April 1, 2003-March 31, 2008.

Retirements

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

Charles Jones, associate professor of sociology; William Lockwood, professor of English; A. Rees Midgley Jr., professor of pathology; Peter Pronko, research assistant; and Claude Summers, professor of English language and literature.

Jones joined the U-M-Flint faculty in 1991. Early in his career, he was among a few individuals who formed an association for undergraduate social work educators. In 2002, The Baccalaureate Program Director groups had more than 500 in attendance at their annual meeting. He also is a founder of the National Association of Black Social Workers. His efforts have been consistently student-centered and marked by high standards and demands for superior performance. Jones has served as chair of the Department of Social Work, special assistant to the provost, and interim dean of the School of Education and Human Services. His retirement was effective Dec. 31, 2002.

Lockwood joined U-M-Flint in 1969. He was instrumental in the development of courses in British classics, British landscapes, and western American literary landscapes. He was responsible for the department's graduate course in American poetry, and he established and directed the U-M-Flint Visiting Writers Series, which brought leading figures in American and British poetry to Flint. Lockwood chaired the U-M-Flint Faculty Assembly and was secretary, vice president, and president of the Flint chapter of the American Association of University Professors. His retirement was effective Dec. 31, 2002.

Midgley joined U-M in 1963. His research interests led to the development of the Reproductive Endocrinology Program in the Department of Pathology. He was named director of this program in 1968 and, when it transferred to the Center for Human Growth and Development in 1980, he was appointed director of the center. He has more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has been invited to present his work at national and international conferences. He has served on many University committees, including the Cancer Research and Cancer Center Planning committees. His retirement was effective Dec. 31, 2002.

Pronko joined the University in 1992. He has pursued an interdisciplinary approach in his research in physics and materials. He made seminal contributions in the study of the response of materials to ultrafast laser pulses in solids, which led to new insights into plasma formation and ion dynamics. Pronko's accomplishments have led to his international reputation in the application of laser and ion beams to technology and engineering. He also has been involved in technology transfer and commercialization of new discoveries emanating from research at the University. His retirement was effective Dec. 31, 2002.

Summers joined U-M-Dearborn in 1977. He has published extensively in Renaissance and modern English literature. He authored highly regarded monographs on E.M. Forster and Christopher Isherwood, and co-authored a study of Ben Jonson in the Twayne English Authors Series. He also is a widely recognized pioneer in gay studies. He wrote "Gay Fictions" and "Studies in a Male Homosexual Literary Tradition," among other works, and edited "The Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage." In 1986, he received the Distinguished Faculty Research Award. His retirement was effective Dec. 31, 2002.

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