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Memoir

James H. Sherman
Regents' Proceedings 323

James H. Sherman, Ph.D., associate professor of physiology, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 2000, after a long and productive career as a teacher and researcher.

A native of Detroit, Professor Sherman received his B.S. degree from the University of Michigan in 1957 and his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in 1963. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan as an instructor in physiology in 1964 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1966 and associate professor in 1971. From 1972-77, he served as assistant director of the Office of Allied Health Education in the Department of Postgraduate Medicine.

Professor Sherman has made major contributions as an educator within the Medical School. For many years, he directed and taught "Introductory Human Physiology," a course taken by a variety of undergraduates. He taught muscle, respiratory, and gastrointestinal physiology to both medical and graduate students and, from 1999-2000, served as director of the first year medical physiology course.

Professor Sherman served on many committees involved in planning and administering the preclinical medical curriculum and was well known for his efforts in helping graduate students to become good teachers. His research focused on amino acid transport and he served on a number of thesis committees and fostered the hypothesis-testing approach to research in a generation of Ph.D. students.

Professor Sherman is co-author with Drs. A. Vander and D. Luciano of the widely-used textbook, Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function, which has evolved through eight editions over thirty years and is one of the most widely used texts in its field.

The Regents now salute this distinguished health science educator for his dedicated service by naming James H. Sherman associate professor emeritus of physiology.