Concrete to replace brick tunnel
Older sections of the underground utility tunnel made of brick will be replaced with a concrete tunnel following project approval from the regents. Many utilities are piped through the tunnel system, portions of which are more than 70 years old and connect buildings on the Central and Medical campuses. This project, estimated to cost $4.15 million from utility resources, will replace the tunnel in the Central Campus area. The engineering firm of Fishbeck, Thomson, Carr and Huber will design the project. Construction is scheduled to be completed in spring 2008.
Updates approved for Med School lab space
The regents approved a project to renovate approximately 2,000 gross square feet of laboratory space in the Medical School's Animal Research Facility to meet contemporary lab standards. The renovations also will update the plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems and add an emergency generator. A grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Medical School resources will fund the estimated $1.34 million project budget. Construction is scheduled to be completed in fall 2007.
Briarwood radiology to expand
The Briarwood Radiology clinic will add another digital imaging room to increase radiological capacity by 50 percent to meet growing demand. Approximately 1,600 gross square feet of existing space will be reconfigured for the new room and equipment. The Hospitals and Health Centers will fund the $1.3 million project budget; the architectural firm of SSOE will design the project. Construction is scheduled to be completed next spring.
East Medical Campus street to be named
A new entrance to the East Medical Campus has been opened that connects with a drive around the north side of the campus exiting onto Earhart Road. In keeping with University practice of naming campus streets in honor of former regents, the regents approved naming the new road Kiefer Drive in honor of Hermann Kiefer, a regent from 1889 to 1902. A licensed physician and surgeon, Kiefer was influential in developing the Medical School. Kiefer opened a medical practice in Detroit and was known as the dean of Detroit physicians. The Hermann Kiefer Hospital in Detroit was named in his honor.
Two major building projects approved for bids, awards
The regents authorized staff to issue the C.S. Mott Children's & Women's Hospitals replacement project and the Eye Center expansion project for bids and award construction contracts, provided the bids are within the approved budgets. The hospital project will create a new 1.1 million-gross-square-foot building with a nine-floor clinic facility and a 12-floor inpatient area. Construction is scheduled to be completed in spring 2011.
A new eight-floor facility will be added at the Eye Center to house the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and the William K. and Delores S. Brehm Center for Type I Diabetes Research and Analysis, as well as clinics, surgery suites, research areas and faculty offices. Construction is scheduled to be completed in winter 2010.
Faculty promotions with tenure
Cheong-Hee Chang, professor of microbiology and immunology, Medical School, effective Jan. 1, 2007.
June Manning Thomas, professor of urban planning, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, effective Sept. 1, 2007.
Correction to faculty appointment information for Howard Markel from the Oct. 23 Regents Roundup: Dr. Howard Markel, George E. Wantz, M.D. Professor in the History of Medicine, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2005, through Aug. 31, 2011.
Donna Algase, reappointed Josephine Sana Collegiate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, effective Nov. 1, 2006, through Oct. 31, 2011.
Charles Cain, reappointed Richard A. Auhll Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2007, through Dec. 31, 2011.
Paul N. Courant, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, effective Sept. 1, 2006, through May 31, 2011.
Joel Howell, reappointed Victor Vaughan Collegiate Professor in the History of Medicine, Medical School, effective Sept. 22, 2006, through Aug. 31, 2011.
Marc Lippman, reappointed John G. Searle Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School, effective Jan. 8, 2006, through Aug. 31, 2012.
Trevor Mudge, reappointed Bredt Family Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2007, through Dec. 31, 2011.
Gabriel Nuñez, reappointed Paul de Kruif Professor of Academic Pathology, Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2006, through Aug. 31, 2011 (also professor of pathology, with tenure.)
Mark Orringer, reappointed John Alexander Distinguished Professor of Thoracic Surgery, Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2006, through Aug. 31, 2011.
Mark Pearlman, reappointed S. Jan Behrman Collegiate Professor of Reproductive Medicine, Medical School, effective July 1, 2006, through Aug. 31, 2011.
Alexandra Mina Stern, Zina Pitcher Collegiate Professor in the History of Medicine, Medical School, effective Nov. 17.
Brian Dowling, assistant vice president for development, Office of the Vice President for Development, effective Dec. 11.
Shari Fox, assistant vice president for development, Office of the Vice President for Development, effective Dec. 4.
Roderick Little, chair, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, effective Jan. 1, 2007, through Dec. 31, 2009.
Galen Toews, interim associate dean for research, Medical School, effective Oct. 23, 2006, through Oct. 22, 2008.
Karen Strandholm, associate dean, School of Management, effective Sept. 1, 2006, through Aug. 31, 2009.
Sanford Bledsoe Jr., research associate professor in the Kresge Hearing Research Institute, Medical School, effective July 31. He joined U-M in 1981 and has been involved in the development of multichannel stimulating and recording silicon neural probes, in collaboration with the College of Engineering. His work played a major role in the technology transfer and commercialization of these probes, which are now in use worldwide in the neurophysiology community.
Janice Brady, assistant professor of nursing in the School of Health Professions and Studies at U-M-Flint, effective May 31. She joined U-M as a staff nurse in 1982 and as an instructor in 1986 at the School of Nursing. She joined U-M-Flint in 1986. From 1987-95, Brady served as clinical study coordinator in the Department of Neurology for a study of early Parkinson's disease that was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Allen Lichter, former dean of the Medical School, Newman Family Professor of Radiation Oncology and professor of radiation oncology, effective Sept. 25. He joined U-M in 1984. Recognized internationally as a leader in his field, his research focused on using new diagnostic tools to better define the doses of radiation given to cancer patients while sparing normal, healthy tissue. The outcome of his research became the
Jo Ann Sokkar, senior associate librarian in the Kresge Business Administration Library at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective July 14. She joined the University in 1971. She has supported the teaching and research efforts of the faculty, staff and students of the business school and the University. The quality of her reference work has been acknowledged in the preface of doctoral dissertations and faculty publications.