The University Record, April 16, 2001


Last weekly Record is April 23

The April 23 issue of the Record will be the last weekly one of the academic year. The Record will publish biweekly May 7–July 23 and once in August, Aug. 13. The display advertising deadline for the April 23 issue is 5 p.m. today (April 16), and the deadline for Applause items, Briefings, Calendar listings and Studies Seek Subjects is 5 p.m. April 17.

University Senate, Senate Assembly to meet today in Rackham Building

The full faculty University Senate will meet at 3:15 p.m. today (April 16) in Rackham Amphitheater. The Senate Assembly meeting will follow at 3:30 p.m. in Rackham Amphitheater. The University Senate agenda includes the election of a secretary.

Gil Omenn, executive vice president for medical affairs and professor of molecular medicine and genetics, of human genetics, and of public health, will speak at 3:35 p.m. The Senate Assembly agenda also includes discussions of the faculty appeals procedure and grade change policies.

Soper named University controller

Cheryl Soper has been named controller and director of financial operations, effective April 30. Soper will be responsible for the University’s consolidated financial statements and the integrity of all underlying accounting records, fund accounting, indirect cost negotiation, contract administration, student billing and loans, sponsored research billing/reporting, payroll, investment and bank reconciliation, tax planning, and compliance.

Soper currently is a senior manager with the Detroit office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has extensive higher education auditing and financial reporting experience, and has managed the U-M’s audit for the last two years. Soper also has directed audits at Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University and several smaller colleges and universities. She graduated with honors in accounting from the School of Business Administration.

CEW to award scholarships, fellowships

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) will award 33 scholarships and fellowships to outstanding U-M women students at the annual CEW Scholarship and Fellowship Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. April 18 in Rackham Amphitheater. Sallie S. Findlay, president of Pembroke Associates of Maryland, will be the keynote speaker for the free, public event. Cassandra Scott, a 1998 Lucile B. Conger Alumnae Scholar, also will speak.

Established in 1970, the CEW Scholarship Program for returning women students recognizes more than 30 women each year on the basis of goals and commitment, academic record and promise, strength of motivation, and need.

Awards are funded by the Margaret Dow Towsley Scholarship Fund and donations from friends of CEW. Additional named scholarships and fellowships to be awarded include: the American Association of University Women scholarships, the Gail Allen Scholarship, the Lucile B. Conger Alumnae scholarships, the Molly H. Dobson Scholarship, the Jane Gibson Likert Scholarship, the Dorothy Gies McGuigan Scholarship, the Sarah Winans Newman Scholarship, the Aline Underhill Orten Scholarship, the Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship, the Helen Huff Shell Scholarship and the Irma M. Wyman Scholarship. For more information, call (734) 998-7080.

Michigan Radio raises $571,107

Michigan Radio raised a record $571,107 in a seven-day on-air fund drive early this month. The previous spring drive record was $449,355, raised in April 2000. Listeners pledged more than $405,000 on-air and nearly $111,000 by mail. Businesses provided $56,000 in incentives to encourage new listeners to join Michigan Radio. Some contributions will be matched by employers, providing additional funds.

Michigan Radio includes WUOM (91.7 FM/Ann Arbor), WFUM (91.1 FM/Flint) and WVGR (104.1 FM/Grand Rapids).

AAUP annual meeting is April 24

The annual meeting of the U-M (Ann Arbor) chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will be at noon April 24 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League. After election of chapter officers and executive committee members, collective bargaining will be discussed. Jack Nightingale of the AAUP’s national staff will review the national picture of collective bargaining, and Marc Cogan of Wayne State University will comment on how it has worked at his institution.

Lunch may be purchased at the Michigan League cafeteria and brought into the room. Coffee will be available at this free, public event.

Blum to deliver MacArthur Lecture

Joel D. Blum, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Geological Sciences and chair and professor of geological sciences, will deliver the inaugural John D. MacArthur Professorship in Geological Sciences Lecture on “Environmental Science: Research at Disciplinary Boundaries” at 4:10 p.m. April 23 in Rackham Amphitheater. Blum will explore how scientists tackle complex multi-disciplinary problems, using examples from his research on the effects of acid rain on forest ecosystems and the pathways for human exposure to toxic metals.

This free, public event is presented by LS&A. For more information, call (734) 998-6244.

Genetically modified foods topic of talk

The Program on Science, Technology and Society’s winter speaker series is presenting Brian Wynne of the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Lancaster University, addressing “Scientific Uncertainty and Genetically Modified Foods: The Politics of Public Understanding in Europe and the United States” at 4 p.m. April 23 in Room 1644, Social Work Bldg.

The event is co-sponsored by the Life Sciences, Values and Society Program. For more information, visit the Web at

Free throat cancer screenings offered

The Department of Otolaryngology and the Comprehensive Cancer Center are offering free throat cancer screenings and smoking-cessation counseling 9 a.m.–1 p.m. May 5 in the Taubman Center. Exams will take less than 45 minutes, and complimentary parking vouchers and round-trip AATA bus passes will be provided. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Cancer AnswerLine, (800) 865-1125.

Nabel to lecture on viruses, disease

Gary Nabel, the Henry Sewall Professor of Medicine, professor of internal medicine and of biological chemistry, and director of the Vaccine Research Center, National Institutes of Health, will deliver the annual Alpha Omega Alpha Lecture at noon today (April 16) in Ford Auditorium, University Hospital. His free, public talk will be on “Viruses and Human Disease.”

Math and Science Scholars program accepting applications

The Michigan Math and Science Scholars program is accepting applications for high school students to attend its summer “math camp,” which consists of two, two-week sessions, June 24–July 7 and July 8–21. Tuition for commuters is $700 for two weeks or $1,400 for all four weeks. Students who stay in a residence hall on campus will pay $1,225 for two weeks or $2,450 for four weeks. Financial aid is available.

Sponsored by LS&A and administered by the Department of Mathematics, the Michigan Math and Science Scholars program is a collaboration among seven academic departments. Additional funding is provided by the American Mathematical Society, the Ann Arbor chapter of the American Chemical Society and contributions from U-M mathematics alumni.

For more information or an application form, visit the Web at; write to Michigan Math and Science Scholars, Department of Mathematics, U-M, 2082 East Hall, 525 E. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1109; or contact Annie Dowling, (734) 615-3439 or

Wilson to deliver Farrand Lecture

Jeffrey A. Wilson, visiting assistant curator, Museum of Paleontology, and visiting assistant professor of geological sciences, will deliver the first William R. Farrand Public Lecture at 3 p.m. April 22 in Rackham Amphitheater. In his lecture, titled “India’s Cretaceous Dinosaurs,” Wilson will discuss his recent dinosaur fossil-hunting expedition to India.

A free, public event, the Farrand Lecture is sponsored by the Exhibit Museum of Natural History. For more information about the Museum, call (734) 764-0478 or visit the Web at

Young Choreographers Concert set

The Department of Dance will hold its annual Young Choreographers Dance Concert at 8 p.m. April 23 in the Betty Pease Studio Theatre, Dance Bldg. The event will showcase the works of U-M student choreographers.

Admission is free, and seating is limited. For more information, call (734) 763-5460.

Register for Dearborn art class

The Art Museum Project at the U-M-Dearborn is offering a 10–week non-credit class in watercolor painting 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. beginning May 8 in the art studio on the Dearborn campus. The course will be taught by artist and instructor Electra Stamelos of Livonia.

The class is open to the public and designed for adult students at intermediate and advanced ability levels. For more information or to register, call Kenneth R. Gross, (313) 593-5058.

RC Drama Concentration schedules performances

The Residential College (RC) Drama Concentration will perform Jack Cade’s Rebellion from Henry VI, Part 2 at noon April 19 in the North Courtyard, East Quadrangle. The free performance will be directed by Martin Walsh, lecturer in drama.

The Drama Concentration’s play production seminar will culminate in performances of The Threepenny Opera at 8 p.m. April 20–21 in the Residential College Auditorium, East Quadrangle. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for the general public, and will be available at the door. For more information, call (734) 763-0176.

Department of Dance presents ‘In 3D’

The Department of Dance will present “In 3D,” a concert featuring the works of first-year graduate students Mary Farris, Beth Wielinski and Michael Woodberry-Means, at 8 p.m. April 20 in the Betty Pease Studio Theatre, Dance Bldg.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, call (734) 763-5460.

Nature Conservancy officer to speak

Deborah B. Jensen, vice president of the Conservation Science Division of The Nature Conservancy, will address the challenges of landscape-scale conservation 4–5:30 p.m. April 19 in Room 2024, Dana Bldg. This free, public event is sponsored by the Ecosystem Management Initiative.

Panels to discuss elections practices

The Department of Communication Studies and the Office of the Vice President for Research are hosting two panel discussions on “Election Practice in the United States: Current Practice and Prospects for Reform” 9–11:30 a.m. April 20 in the Vandenberg Room, Michigan League. Panelists are Vicki Ervin, director of elections, Multnomah County, Ore.; Chris Thomas, Michigan director of elections; Penelope Bonsall, director, Office of Election Administration, Federal Election Commission; and Craig Donsanto, director, Election Crimes Branch, U.S. Department of Justice.

Coffee with Faculty event scheduled

The Alumni Association is presenting an installment of its biannual Coffee with Faculty program 10 a.m.–noon at the Museum of Art. Director James Steward will discuss how the Museum is working to create an environment in which art can thrive and serve both the campus and the public. Coffee with Faculty now is open to the entire University community, not just Alumni Association members. To register, visit the Web at and click on Coffee with Faculty Humanities Colloquium.

UMS presents Berlioz’ Requiem, premiere of theatrical production

The University Musical Society (UMS) will present Hector Berlioz’ Requiem at 4 p.m. April 22 in Hill Auditorium. Thomas Sheets will conduct such performers as the UMS Choral Union, the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra and the School of Music Symphony Band. They will be joined by tenor Stanford Olsen. Tickets are $22, $18, $16 and $10.

UMS will close its season with the world premiere of the Ping Chong-Benjamin Bagby theatrical production Edda: Viking Tales of Revenge, Lust and Family at 8 p.m. April 25–26 in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets are $40 and $25.

For more information or to order tickets, call (734) 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229, or visit the Web at