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Regents Roundup

Museum of Art addition and renovation project increased

Regents approved build-out of shelled space in the design of the Alumni Memorial Hall Museum of Art addition and renovation project, along with addition of a loading dock and elevator, increasing the budget from $35.4 million to $41.9 million. The project is slated for completion this fall, and is funded by gifts and resources from the Museum of Art and the Office of the Provost.

Upgrade planned for Vera Baits II

The five-building Vera Baits II complex on North Campus will receive new air conditioning in the common area lounges, along with updated mechanicals, including a new central boiler, heating and ventilation units, water heating system and piping, as part of the Residential Life Initiatives launched in 2004 to revitalize student housing. The $4.6 million project will be funded by University Housing resources and will be completed in summer 2009.

South Quad roof to be replaced, repaired

The regents approved a project to replace the South Quad roof over the eighth floor and perform repairs to doors and stone work in the roof area. Work will be completed this summer on the $1.35 million project funded by University Housing resources.

Electrical service upgrade planned for North Campus

As part of the University's utility master plan to meet future growth on North Campus, a project is planned that will upgrade electrical transformers and increase electrical service capacity. DTE Energy will perform the upgrades at the North Campus Switch Station. The $3.8 million project will be funded by Utility resources and be completed in the fall of 2009.

Faculty appointments and promotions with tenure

Roman Giger, associate professor of cell and developmental biology, Medical School, effective June 1.

Edward Norton, professor of health management and policy, School of Public Health, effective Sept. 1.

Administrative appointments

John Tropman, associate dean for faculty and academic affairs, School of Social Work, effective Sept.1, 2008-Aug. 31, 2009.

Cynthia Wilbanks, special advisor to the president, Office of the President, effective March 1.

Named professorships

Daniel Atkins III, W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information, School of Information, effective Sept. 1, 2008-Aug. 31, 2013.

Gregory Dressler, Collegiate Professor of Pathology Research, Medical School, effective March 1, 2008-Aug. 31, 2013.

Dr. Raymond Hutchinson, change in title to associate dean for regulatory affairs, Medical School, effective March 1.

John Laird, John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering, effective March 1, 2008-Dec. 31, 2012.


James Coward, professor of medicinal chemistry in the School of Pharmacy and professor of chemistry in LSA, effective Dec. 31. He joined U-M in 1987. Coward has an international reputation for his work in the field of medicinal chemistry, utilizing organic chemistry to explore pharmacologically interesting biochemical problems.

Richard Gull, professor of philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences at U-M-Flint, effective Dec. 31. Gull joined the University in 1965. He served twice as the chair of the Department of Philosophy. His teaching and research interests came together in his studies of the philosophy of film and the philosophy of work.

Patricia Redman, librarian in the University Library, effective Dec. 31. She joined U-M in 1991. In the 1990s, she pioneered the Health Web project, a collaborative effort among the libraries within the Committee on Institutional Cooperation to provide health information on a variety of topics.

Barbara Rosen, associate librarian, effective Dec. 31. She joined the University in 1974. Rosen was the sole cataloger of Hebrew and Yiddish language materials for many years. She processed thousands of Hebrew and Yiddish books and periodicals for the library's Judaica collection through the mid-1990s.

Dr. Bertram Schnitzer, professor of pathology in the Medical School, effective Dec. 31. He joined U-M in 1966. Schnitzer is internationally recognized as a leader in the fields of hematology and hematopathology. His research in transmission and scanning electron microscopy led to a cover story in the journal Science.

Linda TerHaar, librarian in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library, effective Jan. 18. She joined the University in 1987. Her ongoing work with the Office of New Student Programs has ensured the library's successful participation in summer orientation sessions. Café Shapiro, under her guidance, has become a successful venue for students to publicly read their works.

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