Seven faculty members have received one of the University of Michigan's top honors as Distinguished University Professors.

The Board of Regents approved the appointments on Thursday. They are effective Sept. 1.

Recently appointed DUPs are invited to give an inaugural lecture that highlights their work at the university. The lecture is typically delivered during the first or second full year of their appointments.

The recipients are:

• Gordon L. Amidon, William I. Higuchi Distinguished University Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He also is the Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Professor of Pharmacy and professor of pharmaceutical sciences, College of Pharmacy.

• Charles L. Brooks III, Cyrus Levinthal Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and Biophysics. He also is the Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Chemistry, professor of chemistry and professor of biophysics, LSA.

• John M. Carethers, C. Richard Boland Distinguished University Professor of Internal Medicine and Human Genetics. He also is the John G. Searle Professor of Internal Medicine, chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, and professor of internal medicine and of human genetics, Medical School.

• Mark D. Hunter, Earl E. Werner Distinguished University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He also is professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, LSA; and professor of natural resources and environment, School of Natural Resources and Environment.

• Martin E. Katz, Gwendolyn Koldofsky Distinguished University Professor of Music. He also is the Earl V. Moore Collegiate Professor of Music, and professor of music, School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

• Sidonie A. Smith, Lorna G. Goddison Distinguished University Professor of English and Women's Studies. She also is the Mary Fair Croushore Professor, director of the Institute for the Humanities, and professor of English language and literature and of women's studies, LSA.

• Ralph T. Yang, John B. Fenn Distinguished University Professor of Engineering. He also is the Dwight F. Benton Professor of Chemical Engineering, and professor of chemical engineering, College of Engineering.

Distinguished University Professorships, established in 1947, recognize senior faculty with exceptional scholarly or creative achievements, national and international reputations for academic excellence and superior records of teaching, mentoring and service. Each professorship bears a name determined by the appointive professor in consultation with his or her dean.