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Regents roundup

Editor's note: The following actions were taken by members of the regents at their January meeting.


Radiation Oncology research to move
Research faculty and staff from the Department of Radiation Oncology will be relocated this spring to the Argus I Building at 519 W. William. Approximately 9,000 square feet of leased space at Argus I will be renovated in order to accommodate additional offices and dry laboratory rooms. The $1.4 million project will be funded by the department's discretionary fund and is scheduled to be completed in the spring.

Gift to fund scholarship
The Alexander Kirsons Electrical Engineering Scholarship Fund will be created thanks to an estate gift. Kirsons, who died in April, left the bulk of his estate to the University, including approximately $75,000 cash, personal property and a private residence in Dexter. The residence has been appraised at $176,000 and will be for sale after the contents are sold at auction.


Maris A. Vinovskis, professor of history in LSA and the A.M. and H.P. Bentley Professor of History, was named the Henry Russel Lecturer for 2004. The lectureship is the highest honor the University bestows on a senior member of its faculty. Vinovskis also is a senior research scientist in the Center for Political Studies, ISR, and professor of public policy in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.


Tenure appointments
Ken Resnicow
, professor of health behavior and health education, School of Public Health, effective Jan. 1.
Barry George Rabe, professor of public policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, effective Sept. 1, 2001.


Administrative appointments
Jerry A. May
, vice president for development, effective Feb. 1, 2003.
Marilyn P. Woolfolk, assistant dean for student services, School of Dentistry, effective Oct.1, 2002.
George D. Wendt, vice chancellor for institutional advancement, U-M—Flint, effective Jan. 6, 2003.


Three faculty members were given the emeritus title. Those retiring are:
Dennis F. Ellis, professor of business economics; Tom Hickey, professor of health behavior and health education, and Arunajallam Nadasen, professor of physics.

• Ellis joined the U-M—Flint faculty in 1977. His research interests are in the fields of mathematical economics and economic forecasting. He has had many publications on these topics in national journals. U-M—Flint has awarded him the Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Faculty Achievement Award for Distinguished Service and the prestigious David M. French Professorship Award. "Prof. Ellis has made major contributions to his field and to the School of Management," the regents said. His retirement is effective Dec. 31, 2002.

• Hickey joined the University in 1976. He directed the health gerontology program within the School of Public Health. His research addressed the problems of chronic impairment in the elderly; he tested a low-intensity exercise intervention designed to help older people maintain basic functional abilities and delay the need for long-term care. His findings were made into videos for professional practitioners. "Prof. Hickey has long been an active advocate for research and education in aging and public health," the regents said. His retirement is effective Dec. 31, 2002.

• Nadasen joined U-M—Dearborn in 1982. His research in nuclear physics has been conducted at the cyclotron at Indiana University and at the heavy-ion facility at Michigan State University. For 20 years his research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. He has collaborated with other physicists in Michigan and other states, as well as with many undergraduate students. "Under his guidance, Prof. Nadasen's students were exposed to all aspects of physics research," the regents said. His retirement is effective Dec. 31, 2002.


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