The University Record, October 31, 1994

Regents grant four faculty emeritus status

Four faculty members were given the emeritus title by the Regents at their October meeting. They are:

Lyubica Dabich, associate professor of internal medicine>

Prof. Dabich joined the faculty in 1966. “The main thrust of Dr. Dabich’s work has been the diagnosis and treatment of adult patients with leukemia or lymphoma,” the Regents said. “She was principal investigator for a number of studies that were carried out in the Southwest Oncology Group by a consortium of university medical schools. Dr. Dabich also was involved in studies of progressive systemic sclerosis, and her work has contributed to our knowledge of the natural history, patho-physiology, and treatment of this disorder.”

After receiving her M.D. degree from McGill University in 1960, she did her internship and residency training at the U-M and was an Elsa U. Pardee Fellow in Hematology at the Simpson Memorial Institute in 1964–65 and a research associate in 1965–66.

Allan G. Feldt, professor of urban planning

Prof. Feldt, who joined the faculty in 1971, “has served as chair of the Program in Urban and Regional Planning and as director of the Program in Urban, Technological, and Environmental Planning,” the Regents said.

“In 1983, he was awarded the Sol King Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 1989 he was honored by the Urban Planning Alumni Society with its highest award—the Award of Professional Distinction—given for leadership and achievements in the planning profession.

“Throughout his career, Prof. Feldt also has been a leader in interactive gaming. The Detroit Area Growth Game, later renamed the Metropolitan Area Growth Game, is one of a series of games he developed.”

John J. Gannon, professor of public health engineering and research scientist

Prof. Gannon, who joined the faculty in 1952 and also has been research scientist in the Institute of Environmental and Industrial Health since 1974, is “a well-known scholar in the field of public health engineering,” the Regents said. “His academic achievements include the establishment of the water quality program in the School of Public Health and the Water Resources Management Program in the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

“Prof. Gannon is nationally and internationally known for his research on water pollution and water quality management, and he has published over 50 papers and numerous reports for government and international agencies.”

Robert B. Zajonc, the Charles Horton Cooley Distinguished University Professor of Social Sciences and

research scientist

Prof. Zajonc is regarded as “one of the premier psychologists in the world; there are textbooks that include more references to his work than to that of any other psychologist,” the Regents said. “He has contributed to many areas of psychology, but his most original and important research shows that ‘mere familiarity’ with an object is sufficient to cause one to have a more positive attitude toward it; family size and birth order within the family have very systematic effects on intelligence; and emotional appraisal of an object and cognitive appraisal of an object are essentially independent processes.”

Zajonc has been associated with the Research Center for Group Dynamics since 1954. He was named to the Cooley Distinguished University Professorship in 1983 and director of the Institute for Social Research in 1989.