The University Record, January 25, 1999

Regents' Roundup

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

Administrative appointments OK’d

The following administrative appointments were approved:

Steven A. Goldstein, assistant dean for research and graduate studies at the Medical School, will serve as interim associate dean for research and graduate studies, effective Jan. 1. He also is professor of surgery, the Henry Ruppenthal Family Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering, professor of biomedical engineering, and professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics.

Henry D. Baier, interim associate vice president for business operations, will serve as associate vice president for facilities and operations, effective Jan. 22.


$16 million in gifts accepted

The Regents accepted $16,465,012 in gifts received during December. The total included $10,711,994 from individuals, $2,038,500 from corporations, $2,444,664 from foundations, and $1,269,854 from associations and others.


Five named emeritus

Five faculty members were given the emeritus title. Patricia M. Aldridge, assistant librarian, English Language Institute; Bruce M. Hill, professor of statistics; Barbara B. Murray, associate professor of business economics and finance at U-M-Dearborn; Ronald H. Olsen, professor of microbiology and immunology; and Edward M. Schwartz, associate professor of psychology in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases.


Patricia M. Aldridge

Aldridge joined the Linguistics/ELI Library in 1983. “This library, which specializes in holdings in linguistics and English as a second language, contains more than 4,000 volumes, in addition to a number of specialized collections and 45 serials,” the Regents noted. “Ms. Aldridge’s specialized knowledge of these holdings has made her an important local, regional, and state consultant. Throughout her tenure at the University, she maintained a strong link with the journal Language Learning to the benefit of all parties. She played a key role in the creation of the first edition of the ITA Annotated Bibliography. More recently she has been heavily involved in supporting the English as a Second Language Program for migrant farm workers.”


Bruce M. Hill

Hill, who joined the faculty in 1960, “has conducted research in a number of different areas, including Bayesian nonparametric statistics, the probabilistic theory of urn processes, modeling of long-tailed distributions such as the Zipf-Pareto law, inference about the tail of a distribution, variance components models in a random effects model, decision theory, and the likelihood principle. The article in which he proposed what is now called the Hill tail-index estimator is widely cited, and his estimator is applied in a variety of substantive areas dealing with extreme values.”


Barbara B. Murray

Murray, who joined the Dearborn faculty in 1978, “helped to develop the economics and financial institutions curriculum,” the Regents said. “Because of her professional activities in industry, she was able to bring to the classroom practical experience, especially in banking. This enriched her students’ classroom experience and made the courses meaningful to them. Within the School of Management, Murray served terms as chair of the Department of Economics and Finance and as director of graduate programs. She was also actively involved in business and industry and served on the board of various regional professional associations.”


Ronald H. Olsen

Olsen joined the faculty in 1965. “His research has included studies of low temperature effects on cellular growth; evolution and epidemiology of antibiotic resistance; isolation and characterization of bacteria which degrade environmental compounds and their synthetic analogues; and biochemical genetics of metal working fluid microorganisms. His many seminal contributions to his field have been documented in numerous scientific journal articles, book chapters and monographs. He was a mentor for doctoral students and teacher of undergraduate, graduate, medical, dental and pharmacy students.”


Edward M. Schwartz

Schwartz joined the faculty in 1966. “His early research focused on problems of children adopted in infancy. His work led to one of the earliest research studies and publications in this area, and provided some of the impetus for opening up adoption records to adoptees and for studying the long-term impact of the adoption process on adoptees. For the past 30 years, Schwartz has followed patients with neurometabolic disorders and, in the process, has contributed to identifying cognitive/learning and behavioral patterns and risks in these populations of children with phenylketonuria, galactosemia and maple syrup urine disease.”