The University Record, September 23, 1998

Regents' Roundup

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

Appointments to professorships

Faculty members named to endowed and titled professorships included:

Thomas R. Crow will hold the Theodore Roosevelt Professorship in Ecosystem Management; Nicholas F. Delbanco, professor of English, will be the Robert Frost Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature; Samuel R. Gross, professor of law, will be the Thomas G. and Mabel Long Professor of Law; Catharine A. MacKinnon, professor of law, will be the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law;

William Ian Miller, professor of law, will hold the Thomas G. Long Professorship of Law; Matthew O'Donnell, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and professor of biomedical engineering, will be the Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Professor of Engineering; Rudy J. Richardson, professor of toxicology and associate professor of neurotoxicology, will hold the Dow Professorship of Toxicology; and William G. Rosenberg, professor of history, will be the Alfred G. Meyer Collegiate Professor of History.

Crow currently is leading "a program of research in landscape ecology to develop knowledge and technology for managing natural resources for diverse human needs," said Daniel A. Mazmanian, dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment. "The emphasis of his approach is on integrating multiple temporal and spatial scales as well as social, physical and biological perspectives. He sees such a comprehensive attack on the issues as the essence of ecosystem management. Dr. Crow has been active in giving seminars and invited lectures on topics related to ecosystem management and has served on the Society of American Foresters' Task Force on Biological Diversity. He has worked with graduate students from a number of universities in the north central region."

Delbanco is the author of 17 books, "including many well received travel books and several distinguished novels, including Sherbrookes, Stillness, and most recently, Old Scores," noted the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LS&A) in its recommendation. "He has also co-edited the papers of Bernard Malamud and written extensively on the art of writing. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Foundation Fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship, and locally, the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award (1996) and the Michigan Humanities Award (1997). He has judged many national writing contests, and most recently he served as chair of the Fiction Panel for the National Book Awards (1997)."

Gross teaches evidence, criminal procedure, and courses on the use of the social sciences in law. "His published work focuses on the death penalty, eyewitness identification, the use of expert witnesses, and the relationship between pre-trial and trial verdicts," said Jeffrey S. Lehman, dean of the Law School. "His legal career before becoming an academic reflects his enduring interest in public service. Prof. Gross worked as an attorney with the United Farm Workers Union in California and the Wounded Knee Legal Defense/Offense Committee in Nebraska and South Dakota. He was a criminal defense attorney in San Francisco for several years. As a cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Jury Project in Oakland, Calif., he litigated a series of test cases on jury selection in capital trials and worked on the issue of racial discrimination in the use of the death penalty."

MacKinnon's fields of concentration include constitutional law, especially sex equality and speech, and political theory. "She is the foremost American scholar of feminist legal theory," Lehman said. "Her influential book, Sexual Harassment of Working Women, defined the cause of action for sexual harassment as employment discrimination. She has written extensively on political theory and legal matters affecting women in such works as Feminism Unmodified, Toward a Feminist's Theory of the State, and Only Words. In addition to her scholarly work, Prof. MacKinnon has participated extensively in national and international path-breaking litigation, including most recently a lawsuit brought by survivors of the war in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina."

Miller teaches "property law and a popular course in blood feuds," Lehman said. "He is the author of several articles and books on Saga Iceland. His description of the blood feud can be found in Bloodtaking and Peacemaking: Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland. His most recent work, including Humiliation and the award-winning The Anatomy of Disgust, studies the emotions that arise under circumstances of social and moral failure. Before joining the U-M faculty, Prof. Miller taught medieval English literature at Wesleyan University and was an associate professor of law at the University of Houston. He has been a visiting professor at Yale, the University of Chicago and the University of Bergen."

O'Donnell was "instrumental in the planning of the College of Engineering's recently established Department of Biomedical Engineering," said Stephen W. Director, dean of the College of Engineering. "Prof. O'Donnell's research activities have evolved from diagnostic medical imaging to other uses of imaging in biomedicine. His work has focused on new imaging modalities such as elasticity imaging, and new applications such as catheter-based and needle-based imaging systems guiding therapy. Prof. O'Donnell served as a postdoctoral fellow and then as senior research associate and research instructor at Washington University from 1978 to 1980 when he joined the General Electric Company where he led a number of projects in biomedical electronics."

Richardson has published "over 30 peer reviewed articles in the best journals in his field, as well as a very large number of other scholarly works," said Noreen M. Clark, dean of the School of Public Health. "He is widely recognized and exceedingly well regarded for his contributions to the science of toxicology, as reflected in his very large number of presentations at national and international meetings. He has directed the toxicology program in the department of environmental and industrial health since 1994, and has excelled in his mentorship of both students and his more junior colleagues. Through his work, he has earned a distinguished reputation not only in the academic arena, but also in industry. "

Rosenberg, the author or co-author of three major monographs as well as five edited books, is "an internationally respected leader in the study of Russian history and in the analysis of the dynamics of revolutions, having reframed the interpretation of the 1917 Russian Revolution," said the LS&A recommendation. "He is also a major voice in the historical profession, and served as vice president of the American Historical Association during a time of important challenges. Former chair of the Department of History, Prof. Rosenberg is recognized at the U-M as a dynamic colleague and a catalyst for various kinds of cross-generational and cross-border exchanges, including most recently an international project on archives and the structuring of knowledge."


Administrative appointments

Administrative appointments approved included:

Paul C. Boylan, professor and dean of the School of Music, was reappointed vice provost for the arts, effective July 1, 1998-June 30, 2000.

Carolyn O. Frost, professor of information, was reappointed associate dean of the School of Information, effective Sept. 1, 1998-Sept. 30, 2000.

Ada Sue Hinshaw, professor of nursing, was reappointed dean of the School of Nursing, effective July 1, 1999-June 30, 2004.

Steven L. Kunkel, professor of pathology, was reappointed associate dean for interdisciplinary programs and initiatives at the Graduate School, effective Sept. 1, 1998-Aug. 31, 1999.

Jeffrey S. Lehman, professor of law and public policy, was reappointed dean of the Law School, effective July 1, 1999-June 30, 2004.

Gary M. Olson, professor of psychology and of information, was reappointed associate dean of the School of Information, effective Oct. 1, 1998-Sept. 30, 2002.

Valener L. Perry was reappointed assistant dean for student services of the College of Pharmacy, effective Sept. 1, 1998-Aug. 31, 2003.

Theodore L. Spencer was reappointed director of undergraduate admissions, effective Aug. 1.

Kerry C. Larson, associate professor of English, will be senior associate dean for academic programs and initiatives at the Graduate School, effective Sept. 1, 1998-Aug. 31, 2002.

John C. Lee, professor of nuclear engineering and of radiological sciences, will be interim director of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project, effective Aug. 1.

Henry O. Meares, instructor and director of academic programs at the School of Education, will be assistant dean of the School of Education, effective Aug. 1, 1998-July 31, 2000.

Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar, the Jean and Charles R. Walgreen Jr. Professor of Reading and Literacy and professor of education, will be associate dean of the School of Education, effective Aug. 1, 1998-Aug. 31, 2000.

Paul R. Pintrich, professor of education, will be associate dean of the School of Education, effective Sept. 1, 1998-Aug. 31, 2000.

Bruce A. Watkins, associate professor of kinesiology, will be interim director of the Division of Kinesiology, effective Sept. 1-Dec. 31.

Wendy Scott Keeney, LS&A associate director for development, will be interim assistant dean for development and external relations, effective Sept. 1.

Robert A. Wolfe, professor of biostatistics, will be acting chair of the Department of Biostatistics, effective Sept. 1, 1998-May 31, 1999.

Teresa Graham Brett will be associate dean of students, Division of Student Affairs, effective Oct. 1.

Mildred C. Tirado will be associate dean of students, Division of Student Affairs, effective Oct. 1.


Tenure appointments

Tenured faculty appointments that were approved included:

Kathleen R. Cho, from Johns Hopkins University, will be associate professor of pathology, effective Sept. 1.

Aradhna Krishna, from Columbia University, will be associate professor of marketing, effective Sept. 1.

Douglas C. Noll, from the University of Pittsburgh, will be associate professor of biomedical engineering, effective Sept. 1.

Jeremy M.G. Taylor, from the University of California, Los Angeles, will be professor of biostatistics, effective Aug. 1.

Richmond H. Thomason, from the University of Pittsburgh, will be professor of linguistics, professor of philosophy and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, effective Jan. 1, 1999.

Beverly D. Ulrich, from Indiana University, will be professor of kinesiology and director of the Division of Kinesiology, effective Jan. 1, 1999.

Lucy A. Waskell, from the University of California, San Francisco, will be professor of anesthesiology, effective Sept. 1.


Emeritus faculty

Six faculty members were given the emeritus title:

Ramon R. Joseph, professor of internal medicine; Henry L. Kanar, professor of dentistry; Brien R. Lang, professor of dentistry; Murray H. Miller, professor of electrical and computer engineering; Marlin P. Ristenbatt, research scientist; Jurgen B. Schnermann, professor of physiology.

Joseph, who joined the U-M in 1962, was assistant dean of the Medical School and director of the Department of Internal Medicine at Wayne County General Hospital in 1973-84. "An outstanding clinician, lecturer and teacher, Dr. Joseph introduced fiberoptic endoscopy at Wayne County General Hospital soon after the development of this technology, and he was a skilled endoscopist," the Regents noted. "He trained many fellows and actively participated in the teaching of hundreds of medical students and residents. As an administrator, Dr. Joseph guided the Department of Medicine and the medical staff of Wayne county General Hospital through the difficult transition of developing a medical practice plan and eventually ending their affiliation with the U-M."

Kanar, who joined the U-M in 1964, has been "a strong participant in the department's pre-doctoral, graduate and postgraduate teaching and clinic activity, and has served as consultant to the School of Dentistry's General Practice Residency Program at University Hospitals. He has served on numerous committees, both within the School of Dentistry and at the Institute for the Study of Mental Retardation and Related Disabilities and was a member of the University's Senate Advisory review committee and the University Library Council. He has been a member and officer in local, state, and national professional societies and has served both on the editorial board and as associate editor of the journal, Special Care in Dentistry."

Lang, who joined the U-M in 1965, "has distinguished himself nationally and internationally as a scholar, research, and teacher," the Regents noted. "He has served as consultant to numerous organizations and as both examiner and president of the American Board of Prosthodontics. He has been a reviewer for the International Journal of Prosthodontics, a member of the editorial committee of the Journal of Implant Dentistry, and a member and vice chair of the editorial council for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. His publication record includes more than 71 journal articles and 10 chapters in textbooks. His main research interests have been in the area of complete denture prosthodontics."

Miller joined the U-M in 1959 at the Ann Arbor campus and went to the Dearborn campus in 1971. "He served as acting chair of the U-M-Dearborn Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1976-77 and as chair in 1977-84. He also served three terms as a member of the college's executive committee. As an educator, he developed and updated instructional laboratories in digital logic, electronics, controls, robotics, and microprocessors. He was also the faculty adviser for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers student branch and Fairlane Power House renovation. He was one of the founders of Conductron Corp., KMS Industies, and Vicom Inc."

Ristenbatt, research scientist in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, joined the U-M in 1960. "His research interests include intelligent transportation systems, digital communications systems, position location techniques, microwave and fiberoptic communication systems, spread spectrum communications, coherent detection, and local area networks," the Regents noted. "He has published over 75 articles and technical reports. He taught numerous courses over a period of many years, including two senior level courses which he developed, 'Digital Communication Systems and Signals' and 'Microwave and Fiber Optic Communication Systems.'"

Schnermann, who joined the U-M in 1968, is "an internationally recognized kidney physiologist who has contributed extensively to the understanding of the renal mechanisms of tubuloglomerular feedback and the function of the juxtaglomenilar apparatus. Recently, he has played a lead role in utilizing transgenic and knockout mice to study renal physiology. He has been recognized by the American Physiological Society and the American Heart Association for his research and served on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including the American Journal of Physiology. He has played an important role in the teaching of renal physiology to medical and graduate students at the U-M."


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