The University Record, April 23, 1996

Four faculty will hold named professorships

Ronald D. Holmes, clinical professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases at the Medical School, will hold the David G. Dickinson Collegiate Professorship of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases.

His appointment to the professorship, effective May 1, was approved by the Regents at their April meeting.

The Dickinson Professorship was established in 1990, to be awarded to "a senior faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases who has furthered the care of children with special needs, and who emulated Dr. Dickinson's personal and professional characteristics," said Giles G. Bole, dean of the Medical School.

"Dr. Holmes is highly respected by his colleagues in the field of general pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology. He has worked extensively with children with multiple handicaps with emphasis on their metabolic, nutritional and feeding disorders.

"Dr. Holmes," he continued, "is an outstanding clinical scholar, educator, and physician who has contributed greatly to the general care of infants, children, and adolescents, as well as to pediatric patients with special needs. These characteristics best reflect those of Dr. Dickinson himself."

Stevo Julius, professor of internal medicine and of psychology, also will hold the Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor ship of Hypertension.

His appointment is effective May 1. The endowed professorship was established last November, made possible through a generous gift from the estate of Frederick G.L. Huetwell.

"Dr. Julius is an internationally recognized authority in the field of hypertension," Bole said. "His investigative studies have produced over 220 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. These publications reflect a persist ent inquiry into the role of the nervous system in the pathophysiology of early phases of human hypertension.

"Dr. Julius has outstanding credentials as a teacher, clinician, investigator, and administrator. He has a distinguished record of service to the U-M and to the scientific community at large."

Kenneth Lange, professor of biostatistics, School of Public Health, also will hold the Pharmacia & Upjohn Foundation Research Professorship in Biostatistics.

His appointment to the endowed professorship is made possible by a gift from the Pharmacia & Upjohn Foundation.

"Dr. Lange is one of the world's foremost scholars in statistical genetics," said Noreen M. Clark, dean of the School of Public Health. "He is the fulcrum of a group of colleagues from public health, medicine, and mathematics who are pioneering statistical methods for analysis of data related to gene mapping and genetic determinants of disease. His stature, coupled with the quality of the work of his research partners, places Michigan at the top both nationally and internationally in this crucial, new area of inquiry."

Kevin L. Sedatole will hold the Donald R. Shepherd Assistant Professorship of Music. His appointment to the endowed professorship is effective Sept. 1.

Paul C. Boylan, dean of the School of Music, said, "Dr. Sedatole taught in the public schools of Houston and Austin, Texas (1985­89), extended his experience as a teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Austin (1989­91), and has served on the music faculty of Stephen F. Austin State University since 1991 as principal conductor of its marching band and symphonic band as well as in other instructional capacities. Dr. Sedatole will serve as Director of the Marching Band. He will also teach undergraduate courses in music education."