Faculty members named to distinguished professorships

September 18, 1997
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Faculty members named to distinguished professorships

ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan Regents, at their Sept. 18 meeting, approved several appointments to endowed and titled professorships:

Vikram Nanda, associate professor of finance, will hold the First Chicago NBD Corporation Associate Professorship in Business Administration.

Christian S. Stohler, professor of dentistry, will hold the William R. Mann Professorship of Dentistry.

Arthur F. Messiter Jr., professor of aerospace engineering, will be the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Aerospace Engineering.

Richard H. Pildes, professor of law, also will hold the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Research Professorship of Law.

Earnest P. Young, professor of history, will hold the Richard Hudson Research Professorship of History.

N. Reed Dunnick, professor of radiology, will also hold the Fred Jenner Hodges Professorship of radiology.

Kim Allen Eagle, professor of internal medicine, will be the Albion Walter Hewlett Professor of Internal Medicine.

Prof. Nanda is “a very promising scholar, working in the area of finance, taxes and the stock market,” said B. Joseph White, dean of the School of Business Administration. “He has a very strong list of publications, both in number and in quality of journals. His papers have twice been nominated for the prestigious Smith Breeden prize. He also serves as a reviewer for several of the most prestigious journals in his field. He has a very good teaching record in the School, and is serving on six doctoral dissertation committees.”

Prof. Stohler is “a teacher and researcher in the area of oral and facial pain, temporomandibular disorders, and occlusion,” said William E. Kotowicz, dean of the School of Dentistry. “He is author or co-author of over 56 scientific articles and has contributed a chapter in a textbook. He has served as mentor to several students and visiting faculty and as a member of several thesis or doctoral committees. Dr. Stohler has been appointed associate editor of the Journal of Orofacial Pain. His contributions in patient care, teaching, and research have been outstanding.”

Prof. Messiter has made “significant contributions to the graduate program of the Department through development of new courses,” said Stephen W. Director, dean of the College of Engineering. “He was instrumental in setting up the requirements for M.S. and Ph.D. degree applicants in gas dynamics and has served on many Ph.D. thesis committees both within and outside the Department. His research has focused on several problem areas in aerodynamics, fluid mechanics and boundary layer interaction theory, with outcomes directed to improved prediction methods needed in the aeronautical industry.”

Prof. Pildes “has written widely in the field of constitutional law,” said Jeffrey S. Lehman, dean of the Law School. “He is the co-author in an innovative casebook in ‘The Law of Democracy’ and has published numerous articles on constitutional theory, voting rights, and public policy. He is among the most productive and most well-known scholars on the Law School faculty. In his teaching and his scholarship, he has defined a new field, Democratic Rights, which incorporates material on voting rights and political participation.”

Prof. Young is a historian of Chinese history. “He is currently working on a book on Catholicism in 19th and 20th century China through an examination of an institution—the French Religious Protectorate—that had much to do with politicizing Catholic identity in China,” said Edie N. Goldenberg, dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. “He will use the Hudson appointment to complete his analysis of Chinese sources and to advance the writing of the manuscript.”

Prof. Dunnick is “considered an expert in a broad range of areas, including uroradiology, vascular radiology, and cross-sectional imaging,” said A. Lorris Betz, interim dean of the Medical School. “His curriculum vitae reflects 220 articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as over 50 chapters in books. His expertise in the field of radiology is recognized through his many invited presentations at national conferences and scientific meetings. Dr. Dunnick has strong credentials in all aspects of academic radiology. He is an exceptional clinician, educator, and investigator, who has ably served as chair of the Department of Radiology since 1992.”

Prof. Eagle, said Dean Betz, “has established a productive outcomes research group at the U-M and serves as a research mentor to a variety of students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. His studies in outcomes research in cardiovascular medicine have had an international impact. His research in the evaluation of heart conditions in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery led to his being named as the chair of the American Heart Association’s National Committee to develop guidelines for this purpose. These guidelines have been published in five journals and have changed the way physicians approach heart disease in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery.”


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