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Regents roundup

Elevators, fire alarms in Markley to be replaced

Two elevators in Markley Hall will be replaced and the fire alarm system will be upgraded this summer. The elevators were installed when the building was erected in 1959 and require increased maintenance. The $2.5 million project will be funded from University Housing resources. It continues a series of residence hall fire system upgrades.

Administrative appointments

Donald Scavia, director, Michigan Sea Grant, School of Natural Resources and Environment, effective Jan. 1, 2004.

Dennis Lopatin, senior associate dean, School of Dentistry, effective Jan. 1, 2004.

Gloria Hage, interim associate vice president and chief human resource officer, Office of the Associate Vice President for Finance, effective Dec. 8, 2003.

Larry Warren, reappointment with change in title to director and chief executive officer (currently executive director), U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, effective March 12, 2004.

Named professorships

Robert Donia, Helen L. DeRoy Visiting Professor in Honors, LSA, effective Sept. 1, 2003-Dec. 31, 2003.

Joan Durrance, Margaret Mann Collegiate Professor of Information, School of Information, effective Jan. 1, 2004-Dec. 31, 2008.

Jacqueline Francis, William Wilhartz Assistant Professor of the History of Art, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2004-Dec. 31, 2008.

Kun-liang Guan, Halvor N. Christensen Collegiate Professor in the Life Sciences, Life Sciences Institute, effective Nov. 1, 2003-Oct. 31, 2008.

Dirk Obbink, Ludwig Koenen Collegiate Professor of Papyrology, LSA, effective Sept.1, 2003-Aug. 31, 2008.

Edwin Vedejs, Moses Gomberg Collegiate Professor of Chemistry, LSA, effective Jan. 1, 2004-June 30, 2008.


Harold Borkin, professor of architecture in the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, effective Dec. 31, 2003. He joined the University in 1961. He was chair of the doctoral program in architecture from 1978-81 and from 1985-87. He co-founded the Architecture and Planning Research Lab and brought the University to the forefront of architectural programs offering the computer-aided design curricula, regents say.

David Chambers III, the Wade H. McCree Jr. Collegiate Professor of Law and professor of law in the Law School, effective Dec. 31, 2003. Chambers joined U-M in 1969. He placed a particular emphasis on the provision of legal services to the poor and working class. His scholarship includes a book, "Making Fathers Pay: the Enforcement of Child Support," and his recent work included such topics as AIDS and same-sex marriage.

Stephen Easter Jr., professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology in LSA, effective Dec. 31, 2003. He joined the University in 1970. In July 1998, he was awarded the Mathew Alpern Collegiate Professorship in Biology, which he held through June 2003. His research focused on the area of visual neuroscience, and he was recognized internationally for his work.

Robert Fogel, the Lewis E. Wehmeyer and Elaine Prince Wehmeyer Professor in Fungal Taxonomy, professor of biology, and curator of fungi in the Herbarium in LSA, effective Dec. 31, 2003. Fogel joined U-M in 1978. As an expert on hypogeous fungi, he focused on the hypogeous mycoflora of the Great Basin and adjacent Cordilleras in the western United States. He nurtured the growth of one of the world's major fungal herbaria.

Robert Lewis, professor of English language and literature in LSA and executive director and research scientist of the Middle English Dictionary, effective Dec. 31, 2003. Lewis joined U-M in 1982. He was awarded the Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Prize by the British Academy for his work in bringing the dictionary to completion in 2001. He is only the third American to receive the biennial award for English studies since its inception in 1925.

Frank Maple Jr., professor of social work in the School of Social Work, effective Dec. 31, 2003. Maple joined the University in 1963. His main research interests included group and family treatment and interviewing methods for social work. At the W.J. Maxey Boys Training School in Whitmore Lake, Maple developed a combined family therapy and group leader model of treatment that was implemented in the school's residential setting.

William Meyer, professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences at U-M-Flint, effective Dec. 31, 2003. He joined the University in 1970. He taught political theory curriculum in the political science department for more than 30 years. Recently, his interests involved citizenship and civic action. He is a founding member of the college's Master of Liberal Studies in American Culture Program.

Cornelia Porter, associate professor of nursing in the School of Nursing, effective June 20, 2003. She joined U-M in 1986. She was the first African American to serve as associate professor with tenure in the School of Nursing. Porter taught undergraduate and graduate courses on health promotion and risk reduction programs in which she challenged students to think about health disparities within the African American community from clinical and research perspectives.

Albert Yee, professor of materials science and engineering, professor of macromolecular science and engineering, and professor of chemical engineering in the College of Engineering, effective Dec. 31, 2003. He joined the University in 1985. He was the founding director of the Center for Advanced Polymer Engineering Research and served as chairman of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering from 1994-2000. He is known for his research on theory and development of tough polymers.

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