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Regents Roundup

The following actions were taken by the Board of Regents at its February meeting.

Sprinklers to be installed at Barbour, Newberry

As part of the Residential Life Initiative, new fire suppression systems and upgraded fire alarm systems will be installed this summer at the Betsy Barbour House and the Helen Newberry Residence. Together, the two halls provide housing for approximately 240 students each year. University Housing resources and investment proceeds will fund the $1.45 million project budget.

Children's Center to be renovated

The Children's Center in the School of Nursing Building will be renovated this summer to improve classroom environment, research spaces and administrative and playground areas. Additional space will be created for a new infant care area. Investment proceeds will be used to fund the $975,000 project.

Two HHC infrastructure projects approved

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit at the Medical Professional Building will be replaced and the University Hospital's chilled water system will be expanded following project approval by the regents.

The HVAC unit has fulfilled its useful life and will be replaced with a larger unit to meet the needs of the building. DiClemente Siegel Design will design the project and the Hospitals and Health Centers (HHC) will fund the $1.1 million project budget.

Chilled water in the hospital is used to cool many critical areas, including computer machine rooms and equipment rooms for magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography scanners. Due to recent and anticipated load growth, the system's capacity will need to be doubled in order to meet demand. Integrated Design Solutions will design the project. HHC will fund the $2.5 million project. Both projects are expected to be completed in Spring 2008.

New roofs approved for recreation buildings

The roofs of the Intramural Sports Building (IM) and the Central Campus Recreation Building (CCRB) will be replaced this summer. Each roof has reached the end of its useful life. Investment proceeds will be used to fund the project budgets— $1.25 million for the IM Building and $1.3 million for the CCRB.

Administrative appointments

Katherine Gottschalk, reappointed assistant dean for financial aid, Law School, effective March 1, 2007-Aug. 31, 2009.

Susan Marie Guindi, reappointed assistant dean for career services, Law School, effective March 1, 2007-Aug. 31, 2009.

Martin Philbert, reappointed senior associate dean for research, School of Public Health, effective Jan.1, 2007-Dec. 31, 2009.

Jefferson Porter, associate vice president for development, Office of the Vice President for Development, effective Feb. 1.

Susan Ashford, associate dean for leadership programming and the executive MBA program, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Feb. 1, 2007-June 30, 2010.

Paul Courant, university librarian and dean of libraries, effective March 1, 2007-Feb. 29, 2012.

James Holloway, associate dean for undergraduate education, College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2007-June 30, 2012.

Pamela Smock, associate vice president for research-social sciences and humanities, Office of the Vice President for Research, effective Feb. 1, 2007-Jan. 31, 2010. See story page 7. See Smock appointed associate vice president for research>

Named professorships

The following are Arthur F. Thurnau Professors, effective July 1: Peter Chen, professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Anne Curzan, associate professor of English language and literature, and associate professor of education; David Gerdes, associate professor of physics; James Holloway, professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences; Carla O'Connor, associate professor of education; and Andrew Shryock, associate professor of anthropology. See Regents approve Thurnau professors>.

Carolyn M. Sampselle, reappointed Carolyne K. Davis Collegiate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, effective Jan. 1, 2007-Dec. 31, 2011.


John Constant, associate professor of music history in the Department of Humanities, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL) at U-M-Dearborn, effective Dec. 31, 2006. Constant joined the University in 1977. His research has focused on polychoral practices of Rafino d'Assisi and other Italian artists, and he has also studied the music of Mozart and Beethoven.

Neil Flax, associate professor of comparative literature and German, Department of Humanities, CASL at U-M-Dearborn, effective Dec. 31, 2006. He joined the University in 1977. His research focused on the Paris art critics of the 19th and early 20th centuries. He published on Goethe and other European romanticists in such journals as "Comparative Literature."

Dr. Ziad Kronfol, associate professor of psychiatry in the Medical School, effective Dec. 31, 2006. He had a research fellowship at U-M from 1979-82 and then moved to the University of Iowa. He returned to U-M in 1986 as an associate professor. He is a pioneer in the field, having established a psychoimmunology laboratory in 1986 and serving as director of psychoimmunology until his retirement.

Dr. Haskell Newman, clinical professor of surgery in the Medical School, effective Dec. 31, 2006. He joined U-M in 1971 as an assistant professor in otorhinolaryngology until 1975. He then trained in plastic surgery at U-M and the University of Toronto. He rejoined U-M as assistant professor in plastic surgery in 1977. Newman gained a national reputation for his expertise in the areas including pediatric plastic surgery and cleft lip and palate surgery.

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