The University Record, July 19, 1999

Regents’ Roundup

Editor’s Note: The following are some of the actions taken by the Regents at their July meeting. Additional actions will be reported in the Aug. 16 issue.

By Wono Lee
News and Information Services

University of Michigan Regents, at their July 15 meeting, approved the proposed FY 1999-2000 General Fund operating budget and student tuition and fee rates for the Ann Arbor campus. For links to tuition and fee tables, click here.

LS&A Building renovation project approved

Renovation of the LS&A Building was approved.

The project will involve total renovation of approximately 126,000 gross square feet, said Robert Kasdin, executive vice president. “Most of the net area within the building, constructed in 1948, will continue to house the core functions of the College of LS&A administration, as well as provide space to some of the College’s academic and support functions.”

The state will fund $16.5 million and the University will fund the balance of the estimated $25 million project.

The Regents also appointed the firm of SHG Inc. for the project’s design.

Tenure appointments approved

Hyman Bass, of Columbia University, will be professor of mathematics, effective Sept. 1.

Iain D. Boyd, of Cornell University, will be professor of aerospace engineering, effective Sept. 1.

Sergey Fomin, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be associate professor of mathematics, effective Sept. 1.

Judith Temkin Irvine, of Brandeis University, will be professor of anthropology, effective Jan. 1, 2000.

Richard M. Laine, associate professor of materials science and engineering, with tenure, and associate professor of chemistry, without tenure, will become professor of materials science and engineering, with tenure, and associate professor of chemistry, without tenure, effective Sept. 1.

James A. Levinsohn, associate professor of economics and public policy, with tenure, and associate professor of public policy, without tenure, will become professor of economics and public policy, with tenure, and professor of public policy, with tenure, effective Sept. 1.

Peggy McCracken, of the University of Illinois, Chicago, will be associate professor of French, effective Sept. 1.

Laurel Lindhout Northouse, of Wayne State University, will be professor of nursing, effective Sept. 1.

Omar M. Yaghi, of Arizona State University, will be professor of chemistry, effective Sept. 1.

David T. Young, of Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas, will be professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, effective Sept. 1.

Administrative appointments approved

Virginia B. Gordan was reappointed assistant dean for international programs at the Law School, effective Sept. 1, 1999–Aug. 30, 2002.

Sharon C. Herbert, professor of classical archaeology and Greek, was reappointed chair of the Department of Classical Studies, effective Sept. 1, 1999-Aug. 31, 2001. She also is director of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

Steven L. Kunkel, professor of pathology and the Pathology Research Endowed Professor, was reappointed associate dean for interdisciplinary programs and initiatives at the Graduate School , effective Sept. 1, 1999–Aug. 31, 2000.

Ctirad Uher, professor of physics, was reappointed chair of the Department of Physics, effective Sept. 1, 1999–Aug. 31, 2004.

James C. Bean, professor of industrial and operations engineering and the Ford Motor Company Co-Director of the Joel D. Tauber Manufacturing Institute, will be associate dean for graduate education at the College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 1999–Aug. 31, 2004.

R. Ward Bissell, professor of history of art, will serve as chair of the Department of the History of Art, effective Aug. 1, 1999–July 31, 2002.

James S. Diana, professor of natural resources, will be associate dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment, effective Nov. 1, 1999-June 30, 2002.

John C. Lee, professor of nuclear engineering and interim director of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project, will be chair of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, effective Sept. 1, 1999–Aug. 31, 2004.

Gerald R. Smith, professor of zoology and professor of geology and mineralogy, will be director of the Herbarium, effective July 1, 1999–June 30, 2002. He also is director of the Museum of Zoology.

Gary Solon, professor of economics, will be chair of the Department of Economics, effective June 1, 1999║July 31, 2002.

Michael J. Welsh, professor of anatomy and cell biology, will be acting chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, effective Sept. 1, 1999–Aug. 31, 2000.

Susan J. Ashford, associate dean of the School of Business Administration, will become senior associate dean, effective July 1, 1999–June 30, 2004. She is the Michael and Susan Jandernoa Professor of Business Administration and professor of human resources management and organizational behavior.

Frank J. Cianciola, associate dean of students in the Office of Vice President for Student Affairs, will become associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, effective Aug. 1.

Marjorie Horton, will be LS&A assistant dean for undergraduate education, effective Sept. 1, 1999–Aug. 31, 2004.

Michael D. Kennedy, associate professor of sociology and director of the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies, will be vice provost for international affairs and director of the International Institute, effective July 1.

Med Sci buildings renovation project OKd

Renovation of space in the Medical Science Buildings 1 and 2 for the Bioinformatics Program was approved.

“In an effort to support the rapid expansion of the Medical School’s bioinformatics research and education, the Bioinformatics Program intends to recruit and support a critical mass of investigators,” said Robert Kasdin, executive vice president.

“These investigators will focus on defining the intellectual constructs of this emerging discipline, developing the next generation of bioinformatics tools, expanding the range of biological applications that can benefit from the fruits of the genome sequencing projects, and educating the next generation of bioinformatics scholars. This program will be a catalyst of cooperative interactions in bioinformatics between the biomedical and computational sciences.”

The renovation will modify approximately 2,200 square feet of existing space in the two buildings for the core computation facility and a part of the total research space requirements of this new program.

The project is estimated to cost $750,000.