The University Record, April 23, 2001


This is last weekly issue of Record

This is the last weekly issue of the Record for the academic year. The Record will publish every other week May 7–July 23 and once in August, Aug. 13. The display advertising deadline is 5 p.m. the Monday prior to the publishing date, and the deadline for Applause items, Briefings, Calendar listings and Studies Seek Subjects is 5 p.m. the Tuesday before the publishing date.

Dissertation awards ceremony set

The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the Society of Fellows, and Bell & Howell Information and Learning present this year’s Distinguished Dissertation Awards ceremony 2–4 p.m. April 26 in Rackham Assembly Hall. The awards are given for the most exceptional scholarly works produced by doctoral students who completed their theses in 2000.

This year’s nominees include: Maria Mercedes Castillo-Uzcanga, natural resources and environment; Kurt Michael DeGoede, mechanical engineering; Thomas Guglielmo, history; Edward Hinchman, philosophy; Dennis Shawn Keeler, mathematics; Daniel Allan Michele, physiology; Karen Parker, psychology; Jeremy Taylor, classical studies; and Greta Lynn Uehling, anthropology.

There will be a reception following the ceremony. For more information, contact Amy Renehan, (734) 647-7548.

Matthaei spring sale is May 5–6

Matthaei Botanical Gardens will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale and Marketplace 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. May 5–6. A members-only presale will be held 3–7 p.m. May 4.

Matthaei horticulturalists Judy Dluzen and Adrienne O’Brien will speak 7–9 p.m. April 26 on how plants available at the sale can be put to use. The cost of the program is $10, free for Matthaei members. Sale Savvy Sessions will be held 1–3 p.m. April 29. A comprehensive list of plants offered will be available, as well as expert garden advice from Matthaei staff and volunteer master gardeners.

The sale is sponsored by the Friends of Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Proceeds go to the Gardens. For more information, call (734) 998-7061.

ITCom service to be discontinued

The Network Two national dial-in service offered to the U-M community through IT Communications (ITCom) will soon be discontinued. Network Two has filed for bankruptcy protection and is expected to cease operations of the network by mid-May.

University community members who have been using this service will need to switch to one of the other national dial-in services available through ITCom or choose another Internet service provider for access outside of Michigan. For more information about other services, visit the Web at

Moses Gunn Conference is May 1

The Department of Surgery is hosting the 13th annual Moses Gunn Research Conference beginning at 7:45 a.m. May 1 at the Towsley Center. Timothy R. Billiar, the George Vance Foster Professor of Surgery and chair, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, will deliver the keynote address, “Injury as an Illness,” at 3:30 p.m. in Dow Auditorium.

The conference will showcase the research of faculty, fellows, staff and students in the Department of Surgery. It will include 18 presentations and 43 posters, and three awards will be given. For more information, call (734) 936-7995.

Symposium to honor Stark

The School of Education will host a symposium tribute to Joan Stark, retiring professor of education, 4–5:30 p.m. April 25 in East Hall, Rackham Bldg. During her career, Stark was the first woman dean of the School of Education, was director of the National Center for Research to Improve Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, was editor of the Review of Higher Education, and won awards from every professional higher education association.

Symposium speakers will include Ann Austin, associate professor, Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education (HALE) Program, Michigan State University; Lisa R. Lattuca, assistant professor of higher education, Department of Leadership, Foundations and Counseling Psychology, Loyola University; and Patrick Terenzini, professor and senior scientist at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, Pennsylvania State University. For more information, call (734) 647-1638.

Register for IM spring sports

The Intramural Sports (IM) Program will accept entries for spring term softball, sand volleyball, 3-on-3 basketball and roller hockey May 3 during mandatory managers’ meetings at the IM Sports Bldg. Meetings are at 5 p.m. for softball, 6:30 p.m. for volleyball, 7:30 p.m. for basketball and 8 p.m. for roller hockey. Per-team entry fees are $55 for softball, $40 for volleyball, $20 for basketball and $45 for roller hockey.

Softball begins May 6; basketball, volleyball and hockey begin May 8. Games will be played Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Elbel Fields. Softball also will be played on Sundays. For more information, call (734) 763-3562.

Nathanielsz to speak on campus

The inaugural speaker in the Reproductive Sciences Program Colloquia on Environment and Reproduction will be Peter W. Nathanielsz, the James Law Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Nathanielsz will address “Life in the Womb: The Origin of Health and Disease” 8–9 a.m. May 3 in the Maternal and Child Health Care Center Auditorium as part of Grand Rounds in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He will conduct a research seminar on “The Roles of the Fetus and Mother in Labor and Delivery: Lessons from Comparative Physiology” 12:10–1 p.m. May 3 in the Reproductive Sciences Conference Room, North Ingalls Bldg.

The colloquia are co-sponsored by the departments of Cell and Developmental Biology, Biochemistry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Physiology; the schools of Nursing and Public Health; LS&A; and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Reproductive Sciences Program joins department as division

The Reproductive Sciences Program (RSP) has joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as a division. RSP, a multi-disciplinary, multidepartmental unit, originated in 1968 as the Reproductive Endocrinology Program, with a narrow focus on hormonal regulation. Over the years, RSP’s emphasis broadened to its current theme of reproductive sciences.

The closer association of the RSP to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will strengthen the Department’s research and training efforts by bringing an influx of faculty with a variety of skills and expertise from across the University. For more information, visit the Web at

Sparling Dance Company offers previews of Gluck’s Orfeo and Euridice

The Peter Sparling Dance Company will present an open rehearsal of Orfeo and Euridice 1–3 p.m. April 28 at the Dance Gallery Studio, 111 Third St. The dance troupe will present a “performance preview” of the work at 8 p.m. May 19 at the Michigan Theater. The latter event will include an orchestra, a choir and lead singers from the School of Music.

The Orfeo Project, which began in 1999, will culminate in November, when the University Musical Society will present the opera Orfeo and Euridice, featuring contralto Ewa Podles, sopranos Lisa Saffer and Isabel Bayrak-darian, the Sparling Dance Company, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Cantata Singers.

For more information on these free, public programs, call (734) 747-8885.

Veltman to give public lecture in conjunction with conference

The inaugural conference of the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics, titled “2001: A Spacetime Odyssey,” will be held May 21–25 on the U-M campus. The event will bring together astronomers, cosmologists, particle physicists and mathematicians to share their perspectives on the 21st-century view of spacetime.

In conjunction with the event, 1999 Nobel laureate Martinus Veltman, John D. MacArthur Professor Emeritus of Physics, will deliver a free, public lecture at 8 p.m. May 24 in Room 1800, Chemistry Bldg. The conference’s scientific program will take place in Room 340, West Hall.

The conference registration fee is $300 if paid on or before April 30. After that, it is $350. For more information, call (734) 763-9698 or visit the Web at

CSCAR offering workshops

The Center for Statistical Consultations and Research (CSCAR) is holding several workshops in early May. They include: “Applied Structural Equational Modeling,” 9 a.m.–5 p.m. May 1–3; “Multivariate Techniques,” 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. May 8 (categorical variables) and 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. May 9 (data reduction); “Fundamentals of PCI Geomatics Software,” 9 a.m.–5 p.m. May 10; and “Generalized Linear Models,” 9 a.m.–4 p.m. May 15–16.

For more information, visit the Web at For payment and registration information, call (734) 764-7828.

Exhibit Museum to host family event

The Exhibit Museum of Natural History is presenting “Double Helix2,” a community discovery fun day May 6 in two locations.

Participants can touch real DNA, find out how DNA is important to the study of natural history, meet researchers, hear a story and enter a bookmark contest 12:30–3:30 p.m. May 6 at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History. This event is co-sponsored by the Exhibit Museum and the Ann Arbor District Library.

At the Museum of Art 1–4 p.m. May 6, activities will include create-a-critter, registering your genes, baby-face lab and build a tree. This event is co-sponsored by the Museum of Art and the Hands-On Museum.

This program is offered with the support of the Life Sciences, Values and Society Program. For more information, call Kira Berman, (734) 647-8574, or Pam Reister, (734) 615-6247.

Nursing History Society program set

The Nursing History Society will hold another program in the Josephine Sana Oral History Series 6–7:30 p.m. May 7 in Room 1334, School of Nursing. Violet H. Barkauskas, associate professor of nursing, will interview Linda Daniel, associate professor emerita of nursing.

There will be a potluck 5–6 p.m. Bring a dish to pass and table service. For more information, call Linda Strodtman, (734) 434-0266.

Grubbs to deliver Bachmann Lecture

Robert H. Grubbs, the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, will deliver the 40th Werner E. Bachmann Memorial Lecture at 4:15 p.m. May 1 in Room 1800, Willard H. Dow Laboratory. He will address “The Development of Catalysts for Olefin Metathesis.”

Grubbs researches the design, synthesis and mechanistic study of complexes that catalyze useful organic transformations.

The free, public Bachmann Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry. The lectureship honors Werner E. Bachmann, an influential chemist and U-M professor 1925–51. For more information, call (734) 647-9278.

Teaching, learning focus of series

The use of technology for teaching and learning will be the focus of the fourth annual “Enriching Scholarship 2001” May 7–11. The weeklong series will include more than 70 free seminars that explore collaborative learning, digital media and graphics, information management, library resources, online teaching, and Web technologies.

Wilbert J. McKeachie, professor emeritus of psychology, will deliver the keynote presentation, “What Is Good Teaching,” at 9 a.m. May 7 in Room 1200, Chemistry Bldg.

The conference is sponsored by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, Faculty Exploratory, IT Education Services, Knowledge Navigation Center, Language Resource Center, Learning Resource Center, Media Union, Science Learning Center, Teaching and Technology Collaborative and University Library. For more information or to register, call (734) 763-1539, send e-mail to or visit the Web at

Berkowitz Gallery presenting annual all-media competition

The U-M-Dearborn’s Alfred Berkowitz Gallery is presenting the fifth in a series of annual, all-media competitions open to artists, 18 and older, living and working in Michigan May 11–June 24. The theme of the 2001 competition, “Animal/Vegetable/Mineral: A Focus on Our Environment,” recognizes the Environmental Interpretive Center opening this spring on the Dearborn campus.

A public reception and awards presentation will be held 5:30–7:30 p.m. May 11. The Berkowitz Gallery is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri. For more information, call (313) 593-5058.

Information access and process in South Asia will be topic May 4

A free, one-day conference, “Information Access, Information Process: Research on South Asia,” will be held 9 a.m.–5 p.m. May 4 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League. The relationships between information repositories and methods of researching will be discussed.

The event is sponsored by the University Library, Center for South Asian Studies, International Institute, Office of the Vice President for Research, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, Institute for the Humanities, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. For more information, contact Mary Rader, (734) 936-2344 or