The University Record, March 25, 1997


Note: Regents' Roundup appears as a semi-regular feature in The Record.

Editor's Note: The following actions were taken by the Regents at their March meeting.

$10.3 million in gifts accepted
At their March meeting, the Regents accepted $10,358,090 in gifts received during February.

The total included $6,109,497 from individuals, $1,884,559 from corporations, $1,638,056 from foundations, and $725,978 from associations and others.


Two tenure appointments approved
Faculty appointments, with tenure, approved by the Regents included:

Jose-Marie Griffiths, University chief information officer and executive director of the Information Technology Division, will also serve as professor of information, with tenure, at the School of Information, effective April 1.

Alexander Knysh, assistant professor of Islamic studies, will be professor of Islamic studies, with tenure, effective Sept. 1.


Three administrative appointments approved
Administrative appointments approved by the Regents included:

Sharon C. Herbert, professor of classical archaeology and Greek, will serve as director of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology for five years beginning July 1. She also is chair of the Department of Classical Studies and research scientist at the Kelsey Museum.

Joseph P. Marino, professor of chemistry, LS&A and professor of medicinal chemistry in the College of Pharmacy, will change his administrative appointment. He now serves as LS&A associate dean for research, computing, and facilities, but will become chair of the Department of Chemistry for a five-year term, effective July 1.

Daniel B. Hinshaw, associate professor of surgery, will serve as assistant dean (for Veterans Affairs) in the Medical School, effective March 1.


Killeen will be associate vice president for research, effective April 1
Timothy L. Killeen, professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, will served as associate vice president for research for a three-year term beginning April l.

"Prof. Killeen's stature as a distinguished scholar, his keen understanding of research issues in engineering and atmospheric sciences, and his excellent record as an academic administrator make him an outstanding candidate for the position of associate vice president for research," said Frederick C. Neidhardt, acting vice president for research.

Killeen came to the U-M in 1978 as a postdoctoral scholar, joining the faculty in 1979. He was appointed as director of the Space Physics Research Laboratory in 1993.

His most recent research focuses on polar-cap thermospheric dynamics using ground-based optical observatories in Greenland and the Yukon. He has served as the principal investigator on numerous research projects sponsored primarily by NASA and the National Science Foundation.

Killeen received his Ph.D. degree in physics and atomic and molecular physics from the University College London.


Co-general counsels appointed
The Regents approved the appointment of interim co-general counsels, effective March 15.

Elizabeth M. Barry, director of academic human resources, and Daniel H. Sharphorn, assistant general counsel, will share the responsibility of overseeing the University's legal affairs.


Two faculty given emeritus title
Two faculty members were given the emeritus title by the Regents.

Those retiring are William W. Coon, professor of surgery, and Ralph F. Knopf, professor of internal medicine.

Coon, who joined the faculty in 1956, "has distinguished himself as a nationally recognized authority in clotting disorders of blood and thromboembolism," the Regents said. "His research efforts were seminal in establishing clinical standards for anticoagulation of thrombotic venous disorders. He is also a recognized authority on the management of hematologic diseases with splenectomy.

"During his illustrious career, Dr. Coon was a member of many professional societies and served for 10 years as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Surgical Research."

Knopf, who joined the faculty in 1962, "has been a superb clinician and teacher, who is widely recognized for his extensive knowledge of endocrinology and his teaching efforts," the Regents noted. "He has provided endocrinology care to patients in the high risk pregnancy clinic, has served as co-director for the endocrine diagnostic laboratory, and was the endocrine sequence coordinator for sophomore medical students.

"His outstanding commitment and efforts as a clinician have provided excellent care to large numbers of patients with diabetes and other endocrine diseases."


Taubman Renovation project approved
Renovation of areas within the B1 level of the Taubman Health Center Building to create offices for the Emergency Medicine Service was approved.

"Increased academic research and off-site clinical activities require additional office and support space for the Service," said Chandler W. Matthews, interim executive vice president.

"The Service has experienced a significant growth since 1992. In addition to the University Hospital, faculty have grown to cover emergency departments in Hurley Medical Center and Foote Hospital.

"In total, faculty numbers have increased from 12 in 1992 to 42 in 1997 while the residency program will expand in 1997 from 36 to 40 residents."

The project is estimated to cost $765,800.