Regents approve appointments to endowed and titled professorships

June 16, 2000
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ANN ARBOR—Faculty appointments to endowed and titled professorships, approved by the University of Michigan Regentsat their June 15-16 meeting, included:

Richard Crawford, the Glenn McGeoch Collegiate Professor of Music and professor of music, will hold the Hans T. David Distinguished University Professorship of Musicology, effective Sept. 1.

Marion A. Guck, professor of music (music theory), was named to the Louise Cuyler Collegiate Professorship of Music, effective Sept. 1.

Rachel Kaplan, professor of natural resources and professor of psychology, will hold the Samuel Trask Dana Professorship of Environment and Behavior, effective Sept. 1.

Pramod P. Khargonekar, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, will hold the Claude E. Shannon Professorship of Engineering Science, effective Sept. 1.

Ronald J. Mann, professor of law, will hold the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Research Professorship of Law, effective July 1.

Homer A. Neal, interim president emeritus, vice president emeritus for research, the Samuel A. Goudsmit Professor of Physics, and professor of physics, will hold the Samuel A. Goudsmit Distinguished University Professorship of Physics, effective Sept. 1.

Martin S. Pernick, professor of history, will hold the Richard Hudson Research Professorship of History, effective Sept. 1.

John A. Witter, professor of forestry, will hold the George Willis Pack Professorship of Forest Entomology, effective Sept. 1.

“Prof. Crawford is a highly-acclaimed scholar of American music whose reputation in his discipline is unsurpassed by that of any living scholar,” Provost Nancy Cantor said. “He is known as a scholar with a genius for seeing the ‘big picture’ and for striking at the essential heart of meaning. Despite a demanding program of scholarly research and publication, Prof. Crawford has maintained a distinguished record of departmental, college and university service. He has been equally diligent in service to his profession. He has occupied numerous key positions in the American Musicological Society and is, in fact, the first Americanist to have been elected president of the Society.”

“Prof. Guck is a prolific writer, with many articles and book chapters published by the university presses of Cambridge, Cornell, and Oxford, and in the most important journals including Perspectives of New Music and the Journal of Musicology,” said Paul C. Boylan, dean of the School of Music. “She has presented papers at the Library of Congress, University of California-Berkeley, University of Virginia, Columbia University, the British Musicological Societies Biennial Conference, the American Musicological Society, and on many occasions for the Society for Music Theory.”

“Prof. Kaplan, known nationally and internationally for her innovative research on the benefits of nature experiences, has published widely on environmental preference, public participation, nature benefits, and related topics,” said Daniel A. Mazmanian, dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment. “Prof. Kaplan is also known as an outstanding teacher and mentor. Her former students not only appreciate her high standards and unflagging support; they value her advice so highly that they continue to seek it years after completing their degrees. New faculty in the School of Natural Resources and Environment also recognize and appreciate her honesty and helpfulness; many have requested that she serve as their faculty mentor.”

“Prof. Khargonekar is the recipient of several awards including a Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1985, departmental Teaching Excellence Award in 1992, and a Research Excellence Award in 1994 from the College of Engineering,” said Stephen W. Director, dean of the College of Engineering. “In 1955 he was appointed associate chair of the department and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; in 1997 he assumed the chairmanship of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Prof. Khargonekar has numerous refereed journal publications and has presented several invited papers and lectures. He has taught a variety of courses, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, in systems and control.”

“Prof. Mann’s current research focuses on letters of credit and on policies for payment systems used in electronic commerce,” said Jeffrey S. Lehman, dean of the Law School. “He also recently published a textbook, ‘Cases, Materials, and Problems on Payment Systems and Other Financial Transactions.’ He teaches various courses related to real estate transactions, commercial transactions and intellectual property. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated first in his class and was managing editor of the Texas Law Review. After law school he clerked for Justice Lewis F. Powell of the U.S. Supreme Court and was an assistant to the solicitor general of the United States.”

“Prof. Neal’s area of specialization is experimental high energy physics,” Provost Cantor said. “Seeing unique opportunities evolving with the construction of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva, he convinced his Michigan colleagues to join the international effort in Europe, with the result that Michigan is now the leading U.S. institution on this program involving some 150 universities and laboratories from more than 30 countries. Due to Prof. Neal’s influence, vision and administrative skills, Michigan’s position in the program is such that key detector components are being designed and built here in Ann Arbor. Despite an unusually heavy load of administrative duties, he has nevertheless taken time to mentor graduate students and is a fervent advocate of strong undergraduate involvement in research.”

“Prof. Pernick studies the history of value issues in medicine and the relation between medicine and mass culture,” said Shirley Neuman, dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. “He has written ‘A Calculus of Suffering,’ on professional and cultural attitudes towards pain and anesthesia in the 19th century America, and ‘The Black Stork,’ on the forgotten history of eugenic euthanasia in American medicine and motion pictures. He plans to use the Hudson Professorship to write a new book, titled ‘When Are You Dead?’ on the uncertainty surrounding the definition of death spanning the 1740s fear of premature burial to current debates over brain death.”

“Prof. Witter is well-known nationally and internationally for his research work on the population dynamics and impacts of lepidopterous defoliators, such as the gypsy moth, spruce budworm, and forest tent caterpillar, as well as his extensive studies on the effects of multiple disturbances in urban and rural forests. He is also an outstanding teacher and mentor who is well-known for his great enthusiasm, rapport with students, and ability to make learning fun. He has a keen interest in helping students reach their full potentials and enrich their lives through learning. His formal teaching has concentrated primarily on undergraduates. He is very interested in making research results on forestry and insects available and understandable, both for the public and for professional land managers.”

Contact: Wono Lee Phone: (734) 764-7260 E-mail: wonol@umich.edu

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