The University Record, February 12, 2001


Regents meet this week

The Regents will meet this week beginning at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 in the G.M. Conference Room, Lurie Engineering Building. Agenda items include a report on U-M-Flint’s enrollment market analysis and a presentation on residence hall planning and construction. Public comments will be heard at 4 p.m. The meeting will resume at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 16 in the Regents’ Room, Fleming Administration Bldg.

Record won’t publish on Feb. 26

Due to the term break, there will be no Record published on Feb. 26. Calendar listings and Briefings in the Feb. 19 issue will cover Feb. 19–March 7. The display advertising deadline for the Feb. 19 issue is 5 p.m. Feb. 12, and the deadline for Briefings, Calendar listings, Applause and Studies Seek Subjects is 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

NASA video features U-M project

The Propulsive Small Expendable Deployer System (ProSEDS) project, developed by a U-M engineering team composed of staff engineers and students, will be featured in the next video in the NASA “Connect” education series. Set to air Feb. 15 in classrooms nationwide, the video shows “Connect” co-hosts Van Hughes and Jennifer Pulley with the Icarus satellite built by the U-M team.

Also appearing are ProSEDS principal investigator Brian Gilchrist, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, and Jane Ohlweiler, who was a student manager on the project. Student Dave Morris, who co-authored a test plan for the Icarus satellite, contributed to the script for the video.

The video explains how the ProSEDS system generates thrust without the use of propellants. It was produced by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Human rights activist to speak about U.N. anti-racism conference

In celebration of Black History Month, the Association of Black Professionals, Administrators, Faculty and Staff presents human rights attorney and activist Roger Wareham noon–1:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Room 411, West Hall. Wareham’s talk will focus on the upcoming United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, planned for August.

The program is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Renoir Gaither at (734) 764-7462 or, or visit the Web at

Kac to discuss ‘transgenic art’

Artist and writer Eduardo Kac will give a free, public lecture on “Telepresence, Biotelematics, Transgenic Art” at 5 p.m. Feb. 16 in Room 1800, Chemistry Bldg.

Kac is concerned with the aesthetic and social aspects of interaction. He uses electronic and traditional media as well as biological processes to create hybrid art forms. His most recent works have involved the genetic manipulation of bacteria and of a white rabbit to produce living, luminous creatures he calls “transgenic art.”

His talk will be followed by a panel discussion involving Kac; Elizabeth Petty, associate professor of internal medicine and of human genetics; and Jennifer Robertson, professor of anthropology and of women’s studies.

This event is supported by the School of Art and Design’s Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Visitors Series, the Life Sciences Values and Society Program and the Arts of Citizenship program.

Bollinger approves amendments to Student Code of Conduct

Eighteen amendments to the Student Code of Conduct have been accepted by President Lee Bollinger in accordance with a process approved by the Board of Regents in 1999.

The new process was intended to give students and student organizations a stronger voice in proposing amendments to the Code. The amendments came from a wide range of proposals made by the Michigan Student Assembly and the Civil Liberties Board. The Student Relations Advisory Committee, following a comprehensive review including input from students and other members of the campus community, forwarded its recommendations to the President, and his responses to the proposals were announced Feb. 8.

The changes to the Code will take effect July 1, 2001. Among them is renaming the Code to the “Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities.” A complete list of all the changes is posted to the Web site of the Office of Student Conflict Resolution,

CREES sponsors showing of Russian TV documentary

The Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) is sponsoring a showing of the Tartarstan Television documentary, The Apanaevs Under Stalin, at 4 p.m. Feb. 16 in Room 1636, School of Social Work Bldg. Shown for the first time in the United States, the film will be introduced by Helen M. Faller, Ph.D. candidate in anthropology.

Exhibition feature architect’s watercolors

“Urbe,” an exhibition of watercolor sketches by Fernando Lara, is on display through March 2 at the Institute for the Humanities, Rooms 1512–1524, Rackham Bldg. Lara, an architect from Brazil, is currently a fellow at the institute. The exhibition contains about 20 watercolors from his recent travels to Prague, Venice and London. For more information, contact Mary Price, (734) 936-3519 or, or visit the Web at

UMS presents dance company, choirs, symphony, guitarist

The University Musical Society (UMS) will present the following in February:

Dairakudakan, leader of the Japanese Butoh—or avant-garde—dance movement, will perform Akaji Maro’s Kai In No Uma (Sea Dappled Horse) at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Power Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $36, $32, $24 and $16. Kate Remen-Wait, UMS dance education specialist, will present “Humor and the Grotesque: Inhabiting the Far Reaches of the Butoh Continuum” at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Hussey Room, Michigan League.

The Swedish Radio Choir and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra will perform Verdi’s “Mazoni” Requiem at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at Hill Auditorium. Soloists joining the ensemble will be soprano Marina Mescheriakova, mezzo-soprano Nadja Michael, tenor Marco Berti and bass-baritone John Relyea. Tickets are $46, $36, $26 and $14. Naomi Andre, assistant professor of music, will give a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Henderson Room, Michigan League.

The Swedish Radio Choir and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, with Eric Ericson conducting, will perform works by Ligeti, Richard Strauss, Lidholm and Schnittke at 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 E. Stadium Blvd. Tickets are $25.

Cuban guitarist Manuel Barrueco will perform pieces by Bach, Chick Corea, Villa-Lobos and Rodrigo at 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at Rackham Auditorium. Tickets are $36, $32, $28 and $22.

For more information or to order tickets, call the UMS box office, (734) 764-2538, or visit the Web at Outside the 734 area code, call (800) 221-1229.

Comic Opera Guild presents El Capitan

The Comic Opera Guild presents the new version of John Phillip Sousa’s El Capitan Feb. 22–25 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. The operetta is a parody of the Spanish occupation of Peru. It was a hit on the New York stage in 1896 and was one of the first major American musicals. The Comic Opera Guild obtained performing rights to the newly realized version of the show that opened in 1996 in Washington, D.C.

Show times are 8 p.m. Feb. 22–23, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 24 and 2 p.m. Feb. 25. Tickets are $17 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $7 for children. They are available by calling (734) 763-8587 and at the door on the day of performances. For more information, call (734) 973-3264.

Indiana University’s Sporns to speak

The Center for the Study of Complex Systems presents Olaf Sporns of Indiana University’s Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory lecturing on “Networks in the Cortex and Cognition” at 4 p.m. Feb. 15 in Room 231, West Hall. His talk is part of the Center’s winter seminar series. For more information, call (734) 763-3301 or visit the Web at

Sign up for IM sports events

The Department of Intramural (IM) Sports is accepting entries for the relays meet until 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Also, entries for volleyball, broomball and the mini-soccer session will be accepted 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the IM Sports Bldg. (IMSB).

Entry fees and activity times and dates are:

Relays meet: The cost is $25 per team. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Track Bldg.

Broomball: The cost is $75 per team. The program is for co-rec, sorority and independent women’s teams only. A mandatory manager’s meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in Cliff Keen Arena. Games begin March 5 and will be played beginning at 8 p.m. Sun.–Thurs. at Yost Ice Arena.

Mini-soccer: The cost is $75 per team. A mandatory manager’s meeting will be held at 8 p.m. Feb. 21 in Cliff Keen Arena. Games begin March 6 and will be played 12:30–10:30 p.m. Sundays and 5:30–11:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Sports Coliseum.

Volleyball: The cost is $75 per team. A mandatory manager’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 in Cliff Keen Arena. Matches begin March 5 and will be played 12:30–9:30 p.m. Sundays and 5:30–9:30 p.m. Mon.–Thurs. at the IMSB.

For more information, call (734) 763-3562.

IRWG seeking nominations for media awards competition

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) is accepting submissions for its 2001 Media Award for Excellence in Coverage of Women and Gender. Entries will be accepted for print and electronic media. Up to two prizes, each with a $1,200 honorarium, will be awarded. The deadline for submissions is March 12.

Entries should cover neglected, underrepresented issues of concern to women; appreciate and emphasize the gender aspects of an issue or event; challenge gender-based stereotypes; bring a fresh, feminist perspective to familiar stories; or offer excellent coverage of academic research on gender. Print submissions should be at least 1,500 words. Only stories that were printed or aired in 2000 are eligible.

Nominees should send photocopies, tear sheets or videotapes to: Media Awards Selection Committee, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, U-M, 1136 Lane Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290. For more information, call (734) 764-9537.

Samonte to lecture on Cuban education

The International Institute, the Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies and the Philippine Study Group present Quirico Samonte, professor of education at Eastern Michigan University, lecturing on “Some Reflections on Cuba’s Achievement in Public Education: Prospect and Dilemma for Other Developing Countries” 4–6 p.m. Feb. 21 in Room 1636, School of Social Work Bldg.

Samonte, who holds a Ph.D. in comparative education from the U-M, is the former director of the Consortium of American Universities in Central America. A question-and-answer session will follow his speech. For more information on this free, public lecture, call (734) 665-7827, (734) 764-5261 or (734) 763-7386.

Exhibit Museum has new dino T-shirt

The Museum Store at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History has a new dinosaur T-shirt for sale that features an image of the Tyrannosaurus rex. Prices are $16 for adult sizes and $13 for youth sizes. The Museum Store is open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m. Saturday and noon–4:45 p.m. Sunday. To order T-shirts, contact Kelly Sullivan, (734) 647-1371 (voice), (734) 647-2767 (fax) or Shipping and handling fees will apply.

U-M to host Sphinx Honors Concert

The Honors Concert of the 2001 Texaco-Sphinx Competition will be held at noon Feb. 23 in Hill Auditorium. The performance will feature three Junior Division finalists accompanied by the Sphinx Symphony, an orchestra composed of Black and Latino professional musicians from around the country.

The Sphinx Competition showcases the nation’s top young Black and Latino string players. It is open to those under 27 and will award more than $90,000 in prize money this year. It is presented in collaboration with the University, the University Musical Society and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, among others.

For more information, contact Sphinx Competition founder Aaron Dworkin, (313) 336-9809 or

Cancer Center benefit volunteers needed

The Comprehensive Cancer Center needs volunteers to help with its Spring to Life benefit to be held April 1 at Washtenaw Community College. Help also is needed to distribute Spring to Life posters during the month of March and to help prepare for the benefit during the week of March 25. For more information, contact Janine at (734) 615-0665 or

Library rolls out Citrix Service

The University Library’s Citrix Service is available for public use. It provides library patrons with access to selected Library-licensed CD-ROM and non-Web electronic sources from most campus-network Macintosh and Windows computers that have Citrix software installed. For more information, visit

Dearborn Child Development Center to host kindergarten open house

The Early Learning and Child Development Center at the U-M-Dearborn will hold a kindergarten open house 5–6 p.m. Feb. 20. The Center is accepting applications for fall 2001 kindergarten for children who will be 5 by Dec. 1. The Center offers full- and half-day kindergarten programs Sept.–June. For more information, call (313) 593-5424.

Program in Society and Medicine accepting entries for writing awards

The Program in Society and Medicine is accepting submissions for its annual awards for student writing in bioethics and medical humanities. The Paul de Kruif Award is given to a pre-clinical student, while the Alice Hamilton Award will honor a clinical student. Winners will receive a certificate and $250 at the Honors Convocation in the spring. The deadline for entries is March 26. For instructions, visit the Web at For more information, call (734) 615-8620 or send e-mail to

MAIS office moves

Michigan Administrative Information Systems (MAIS) has moved to Room 2019, Administrative Services Building, 1009 Greene St. 1432.

IT Zone announces February programs

The IT Zone is presenting the following Hi-Tech Tuesday programs in February:

Feb. 13: Chris Diehl, solutions director for Gartner, will speak on “Where Do Those Numbers Come From? The Firm Behind the Numbers.”

Feb. 20: J. Michael Huget, Butzel Long shareholder, will address “Understanding Copyright Creation and Ownership in a Technology Context.”

Feb. 27: A panel of media representatives including Mary Morgan of The Ann Arbor News, Tom Walsh of the Detroit Free Press, Matt Roush of Crain Tech and Mike Brennan of Michigan Tech News will discuss the emergence of new media covering high-tech.

Programs begin at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (734) 623-8286 or visit the Web at

AATA RideShare introduces Guaranteed Ride Home

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority’s (AATA) RideShare is offering a new program for carpool and vanpool participants called Guaranteed Ride Home. Registered participants can receive reimbursement of up to $20 toward the cost of a cab or rental car to get home when an emergency arises.

To be eligible, commuters must be registered with the RideShare program and register their carpool or vanpool for Guaranteed Ride Home benefits. Reimbursement will be made up to once every three months. AATA also offers a free matching service for commuters seeking carpool or vanpool partners. Application forms for both programs may be obtained by calling (877) 971-7665 or can be completed on the RideShare page at the AATA’s Web site,

RRP offers sessions on lab animal protections

The Research Responsibility Program (RRP) sessions on “Protections for Animal Subjects” will be presented in February by Howard G. Rush, associate professor of laboratory animal medicine and interim director, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine. Sessions will take place 5–7 p.m. Feb. 15 in the East Conference Room, Rackham Bldg., and 5–7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the West Conference Room, Rackham Bldg. The full RRP schedule is on the Web at

Visual Sciences and Ophthalmology receives $110,000 grant from RPB

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences recently received a $110,000 grant from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB). The grant will support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases. The research will be conducted by Paul R. Lichter, chair of the department.

To date, RPB has awarded grants totaling $2,394,000 to the University. It is the leading voluntary organization supporting eye research.

Web site aids small businesses

The School of Art and Design, with funding from Ameritech, has developed a Web site to provide design information and assistance to Michigan small businesses. Companies can submit the design of a logo or package, for example, and get a free online evaluation from other small businesses, U-M design faculty and professional designers. For more information, visit the Web at or contact Jack Williamson, or Rhonda DeMasson,