The University Record, December 18, 2000


Last Record ‘til Jan. 8

This is the last issue of the Record for 2000. The first issue of the new year will be published Jan. 8. The deadline for Briefings, Calendar listings, Applause and Studies Seek Subjects is 5 p.m. Jan. 2. The Jan. 8 issue will carry the Martin Luther King Jr. Day events calendar, supplied by the Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives. Information may be sent to 412 Maynard 1399, via e-mail to or via fax to (734) 764-7084.

Outdoor adventures beckon

The Outdoor Adventures Program has a host of clinics and activities planned for January and February. Fees range from $10 for a clinic to $110 for a weekend adventure Jan. 12–15 at the Biological Station near Pellston.

Offerings include:

  • Biological Station Weekend, Jan. 12–15 & 26–28

  • Snowshoeing Clinic, Jan. 17

  • Cross Country Skiing Clinic, Jan. 24

  • Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Day Trip, Jan. 27

  • Winter Triathlon, Jan. 28

  • Winter Camping Clinic, Jan. 31

  • Winter Camping Weekend, Feb. 2–4

  • Luge and Ice Skating, Feb. 4 and 18

  • Road Trip Planning, Feb. 7

  • Ice Climbing Weekend, Feb. 9–11

  • Winter Day Hike, Feb. 17

  • Wilderness Medicine, Feb. 21

    For more information or to register, call the Outdoor Adventures Rental Center, (734) 764-3967.

    CRLT’s orientation for GSIs is Jan. 3

    The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) is holding an orientation for graduate student teaching instructors (GSIs) 8:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Jan. 3 in the Ballroom, Michigan League. An opening plenary session features welcoming comments from Graduate School Dean Earl Lewis and CRLT director Constance Cook. Other activities include workshops on problem-solving skills, leading discussions and clarifying expectations. CRLT’s theater troupe will engage participants in an interactive scenario about classroom dynamics, and a wrap-up discussion with a panel of experienced GSIs from multiple disciplines will conclude the program. All participants will receive copies of the GSI Handbook, along with helpful resource materials for their teaching.

    Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call (734) 936-0648 or visit the Web,

    Pound House seeks student volunteers

    The Pound House Children’s Center is currently accepting student volunteers to assist in the child care program during winter term for children ages 2-1/2 through 5 years. Students may work for academic credit (Psychology 305 and 404), as volunteers or under the Work-Study program. Volunteers are asked to be available six hours per week and attend a one-hour weekly training session.

    For more information or to arrange an interview, call (734) 998-8440.

    Family Housing offers English classes

    The Family Housing Language Program is offering English classes for families of international students, faculty and staff. Registration for winter 2001 is under way for children’s, teens’ and adult classes. Native speakers of English are needed as volunteer conversation or classroom partners. For more information, call (734) 763-1440 or send e-mail to

    Kellogg Eye Center ranks 8th in Ophthalmology Times survey

    The Kellogg Eye Center recently was ranked eighth best overall among ophthalmology programs in the country by Ophthalmology Times, based on an annual peer survey of program chairs and directors of residency programs across the United States. The Center also ranked ninth in the category of best research programs. This is the fifth year that the publication has ranked ophthalmology programs.

    Daellenbach named director of Ford Library and Museum

    Archivist of the United States, John W. Carlin, has chosen Dennis Daellenbach to be director of the Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum. The Library, located on North Campus, and the Museum, located in Grand Rapids, together house more than 21 million pages of official and personal papers, 326,000 photographs, and 8,000 presidential gifts. These primary sources document Ford’s tenure as congressman, vice president and president.

    Daellenbach has worked in the Presidential Library system of the National Archives for 28 years, serving at the Eisenhower, Ford, and Reagan libraries.

    ‘Creativity’ lectures begin Jan. 4

    The Learning in Retirement (LIR) program of the Geriatrics Center will host a weekly lecture series on creativity beginning Jan. 4. Held in the Kellogg Eye Center auditorium, the lectures are open to everyone 55 years of age and older. The charge for the series is $25 per person, and annual LIR dues are $5.

    Walter DiMantova will discuss “Mozart’s Shadow and Everyday Genius” on Jan. 4, and Ron Westrum will speak Jan. 11 on “Creativity, Invention and the Sidewinder.” For other speakers in the series, or more information about the program, call (734) 998-9353.

    Health Systems Procurement notes holiday hours

    Health Systems Procurement will be open 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Dec. 26–29.

    Sign up for IM team sports

    The Department of Intramural (IM) Sports is accepting entries for its ice hockey tournament 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Jan. 4, and for its basketball, team racquetball and inner tube water polo tournaments 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the IM Sports Bldg (IMSB). Entry fees and game dates are listed below.

  • Ice Hockey, $405 per team. Team managers must attend a meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 4 in Cliff Keen Arena. Games will be played 10 p.m.–1 a.m. Sun.–Thurs. starting Jan. 7 in Yost Ice Arena.

  • Basketball, $75 per team. Team managers must attend a meeting at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Jan. 10 in Cliff Keen Arena. Games will be played 12:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m. Sundays and 5:30–11:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri. starting Jan. 11 at the IMSB and at the Sports Coliseum.

  • Team Racquetball, $45 per team. Team managers must attend a meeting at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 10 in Cliff Keen Arena. Games will be played 6–10 p.m. starting Jan. 11 at the IMSB.

  • Inner Tube Water Polo, $50 per team. Team managers must attend a meeting at 8 p.m. Jan. 10 in the IMSB Pool Bleachers. Games will be played 5:30–10:30 p.m. Mon.–Thurs. starting Jan. 11 at the IMSB Pool.

    For more information contact the IMSB at (734) 763-3562.

    Program in Bioinformatics announces funding for collaborative research

    The Program in Bioinformatics has announced that funds are available to support collaborative research in bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is concerned with the complex interactions that link the numerous hierarchical levels of organization from DNA sequences to the integrated behavior of the intact organism in its environment. The following thematic areas are included:

  • Measurement of molecular components (especially using high throughput technologies).

  • Automated feature extraction.

  • Systemic modeling and prediction.

  • Management of evolving databases.

    Proposals that deal with the development of widely applicable methods and global approaches are particularly encouraged. Collaboration is essential and preferably will involve investigators in different disciplines or sub-disciplines.

    Eligible investigators include regular instructional and research-track faculty, along with employees of Pfizer, Inc. who are collaborating with a University investigator. Collaborations among different units are encouraged.

    Awards of up to $75,000 will be made for a one-year period.

    Applications are due March 16. Applications and detailed instructions may be obtained from the Web,, or from Michelle Shukait, or (734) 615-5510.

    ‘Healing Garden’ quilts on display at Cancer Center during December

    The Healing Arts Program at the Cancer Center is presenting an exhibition titled “Healing Garden” during December. Made possible by the Smithsonian Institution, the exhibition consists of 25 quilts that depict common and exotic plants from which chemotherapeutic drugs derive.

    The idea for the exhibition came from a northern Virginia geologist, Walter Parham, whose wife Lenore Ann, an avid quilter, died of ovarian cancer in 1997. Thinking that people would perceive chemotherapy as less intrusive if they saw the beauty of the sources of the drugs involved, Parham shared the results of his botanical research with his wife’s quilting group, who created the interpretive quilts. The quilts show the relationship between nature and chemotherapy and also help provide a more patient-friendly atmosphere.

    The exhibit is touring the United States under the auspices of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare. The quilts are on display 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri. in the Survivors Art Gallery at the Cancer Center. The public is welcome. For more information, call (734) 615-4012 or visit the Web,

    UMHHC’s COO Office now in Med Inn

    The Office of the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the U-M Hospitals and Health Care Centers has moved to the Med Inn Building. The new mailing address is 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, C201 Med Inn Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0825. The telephone, (734) 647-5374, and fax, (734) 615-4349, remain the same.

    ‘In Search of Buddhism’ on display in Hatcher Library

    “In Search of Buddhism” will be on display in the North Lobby, Hatcher Library, through Jan. 31. The exhibition offers a look at various approaches to the study of Buddhism, from the perspectives of language and textual studies, philosophy, art history, architecture, religious ritual and historical geography, and shows how Buddhism has been explored, defined and redefined with the help of these different approaches. The exhibition also highlights the range of support systems available for the study of Buddhism at the U-M.