The University Record, November 19, 1996

Seven faculty members receive emeritus title in November

Seven University of Michigan faculty members were given the emeritus title by the Board of Regents at their November meeting.

Those retiring are Sallie R. Churchill, professor of social work; D. Roger Glass, research scientist, Department of Aerospace Engineering; Kauko K. Makinen, professor of dentistry; Helen F. Meranda, senior associate librarian, Taubman Library; June E. Osborn, professor of epidemiology and professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases; Hansjoerg Schelle, professor of German; and Charles Shipman Jr., professor of dentistry.

Churchill, who joined the faculty in 1964, "has contributed enormously in the area of group work, specifically with children and adolescents, adoption, and the counseling of minors," the Regents said. "She was a pioneer in the field of child abuse and neglect. Her commitment to children has been unfailing, as demonstrated by her academic and research activities and extensive volunteer work. Prof. Churchill has also been one of the school's most beloved teachers---encouraging, inspiring, and supporting the students who have known her as a teacher, researcher, clinician and humanitarian."

Glass, who joined the staff in 1946, "has made significant research and design contributions in many areas," the Regents noted. "Early research involved theoretical calculations of the performance of supersonic ramjets as possible propulsion systems for interceptors of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Later, he was involved in numerous research projects in the area of combustion. Other areas of research included hypersonic wind tunnel design and testing, high altitude sampling techniques, the study of aerodynamic drag of automotive vehicles, and investigation of the dispersion of exhaust stack gases from large buildings."

Makinen, who joined the faculty in 1984, is "a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society, the Biochemical Society of London, the American Institute of Nutrition, and the New York Academy of Science. He has served as a member or held office in a number of professional societies, including the Organization for European Caries Research, the International Association for Dental Research, and the Finnish Dental Society. Prof. Makinen has contributed to the scientific literature through professional journals, as well as through chapters in several textbooks. For over 20 years, his major research focus has been on the effect of xylitol (a sugar alcohol) on dental caries."

Meranda, who joined the staff in 1951, "has been a circulation librarian, a serials librarian and a reference librarian. At retirement, with the rank of senior associate librarian, she had been for several years the collection development officer at Taubman Library and also bore responsibility for the management of the Rare Book Room and its collections---her first love," the Regents said. "She was involved in and contributed to the increasing automation of library procedures, in particular the introduction of the MEDLARS system in the 1960s, which was the beginning of the electronic era in health sciences libraries."

Osborn, who joined the faculty in 1984, served as dean of the School of Public Health in 1984-93. "Dr. Osborn's leadership of the School was marked by a period of overall growth and by progress in improving the School's diversity through the recruitment of more women and minorities into the student body and faculty. She has achieved international prominence for her activities during the AIDS epidemic. She served as chair of the U.S. National Commission on AIDS (1989-93) and served on the Global Commission on AIDS of the World Health Organization. She also has been an adviser in the areas of virology, infectious diseases and vaccines, health care, public health, and public policy for a number of government agencies."

Schelle joined the faculty in 1967 and his research focused on 18th-century German literature and culture, particularly on the work of the important writer, Wieland. "Having published a dissertation on the 20th-century writer Ernst Junger, Prof. Schelle turned his hand to editing important scholarly volumes on Wieland and eventually to the preparation of a comprehensive bibliography on Wieland. Prof. Schelle was active in several scholarly organizations, including the Lessing Society and the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies," the Regents said.

Shipman, who joined the faculty in 1968, is "a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Sigma Xi, and Beta Beta Beta honor societies. Dr. Shipman has served on numerous Dental School, Medical School and University-wide committees, and served on the Michigan Department of Public Health Ad Hoc Advisory Group on HIV-Infected Health Care Workers. Dr. Shipman has also been a member or officer in a number of professional societies, including the American Society for Microbiology, the Tissue Culture Association, the Society for General Microbiology, the Inter-American Society for Chemotherapy, and the American Society for Virology. Dr. Shipman has mentored postdoctoral students throughout his career."