The University Record, January 8, 2001


Journalists discuss race, public policy

A panel discussion on “Covering Race Then and Now: The Press and Public Policy” begins at 1 p.m. today (Jan. 8) in Rackham Amphitheater. It will feature New York Times editors Gerald Boyd and Soma Golden Behr and reporters from the team that put together the celebrated “Living with Race” series. Also on the program are syndicated columnist Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune and civil rights-era race reporters David Halberstam, author of Walking with the Wind; Paul Delaney, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Media at Howard University; Gene Roberts, former managing editor of the New York Times and currently a faculty member at the University of Maryland; John Seigenthaler, former editor at USA Today and founder of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University; and Roger Wilkins, professor of history and American culture at George Mason University and former assistant attorney general for the United States. Wilkins also is a member of the school board of the District of Columbia.

The program is sponsored by Dialogues on Diversity and the Michigan Journalism Fellows Program and is partially funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Federal tax tables change for 2001

Federal withholding tax tables have changed slightly for 2001. New rates can be viewed on the University’s payroll home page, Click the box marked “Tax Calculation Help.”

The amount of each federal exemption increases from $2,800 per year to $2,900. The base for Social Security withholding increases from $76,200 to $80,400. The rate remains at 6.2 percent, allowing a maximum withholding of $4,984.80, up from $4,724.40 in 2000.

Employees who want to change the number of exemptions they claim must submit new W-4 forms 10 days before a pay date for the change to be effective that date. Students who claimed exempt in 2000 should review their status and submit new W-4 forms. Exempt status expires automatically Feb. 15 if a new W-4 is not submitted.

W-4 forms are available by phone at (734) 764-8253; on the Web at the address above; at the Payroll Office, G395 Wolverine Tower-Low Rise Bldg.; at Hospital Payroll, 300 North Ingalls Bldg.; and from any Human Resource Service Center.

Workplace Awards nominations sought

The Office of Human Resources and Affirmative Action (HR/AA) is seeking nominations for the Workplace 2001 Staff Recognition Awards. Staff, faculty and students can nominate U-M staff members for the following honors: the Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes a staff member who has provided distinguished service to the University and the community; the Exemplary Team Award, which honors a group of staff members who have functioned as an exemplary team; and the Outstanding Leadership Award, given to a staff member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, vision and initiative.

Each individual award carries a monetary prize of $800. Winners of the team award share $2,500. One award is presented in each category. Any staff member employed for at least two years is eligible to be nominated. A committee including representatives from faculty, office staff, professional/administrative, service/maintenance and trades will choose the winners, as well as three finalists in each category. Nomination information has been mailed to faculty and staff and also is available from HR/AA, Workplace 2001 Awards Committee, 4005 Wolverine Tower. Nominations are due March 5.

Research grants available

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Graduate School are offering faculty and students grants for 2001 through the Research Partnership Program. The Spring/Summer Research Grants Program will award at least 30 grants to faculty to enable them to hire doctoral students to assist in research and projects. The Distinguished Faculty and Graduate Student Seminars Program will provide up to 10 awards to groups of faculty, students or graduate programs proposing innovative seminars and colloquia.

The deadline for applications is March 2. For more information on the spring/summer grants, call (734) 764-4400. For more information on the Seminars Program awards, call (734) 763-6048.

Retirees group to hold social hour

The Retirees Association (UMRA) will hold its January social hour at 3:15 p.m. Jan. 11 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. Provost Nancy Cantor has postponed her visit to UMRA. The meeting’s focus will be on meeting new people and discussing aspects of retirement.

Guests are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For information, call (734) 747-9220.

Book club aimed at children, parents

The Center for Afroamerican and African Studies and the South Africa Initiatives Office are offering a new reading program for children and their parents. Called the Umoja (you-moe-ja) Book Club, the first meeting will be held 6–8 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Initiatives Office in West Hall.

U-M faculty and students will provide a supportive environment 6–8 p.m. one Friday each month, during which children ages 7 and older can explore Africa through books and other documents. A small fee is required.

For more information, call (734) 764-5518.

Observatory announces January events

The Detroit Observatory is holding the following events in January:

  • An open house is scheduled 3–5 p.m. Jan. 10 and noon–2 p.m. Jan. 25. The public can tour the restored observatory and view the telescopes, artifacts and exhibits housed in the structure, built in 1854. Suggested donation is $5.

  • Brian Dunnigan, curator of the Clements Library, will present a free lecture on “Frontier Metropolis: Picturing Early Detroit 1701–1838” at 3 p.m. Jan. 16. Detroit will celebrate its 300th anniversary in July. The first 150 years of the city’s history occurred before photography was invented, so the early images of Detroit are those drawn by artists and cartographers.

    The Detroit Observatory is at 1398 E. Ann St. For more information, call (734) 763-2230 or visit

    Turner offers therapy group

    Turner Geriatric Clinic is offering “New Ways to Feel Good,” a therapy group for persons 60 and older who are experiencing depression or anxiety. The group will meet at 2 p.m. for 10 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 24, at the clinic, located in the Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Bldg.

    Emphasis is on cognitive therapy techniques, and interested individuals will be interviewed by group leaders before the first session.

    For more information, call Janet Fogler or Sally Edwards, (734) 764-2556.

    Science Library allows unlimited renewals

    The Science Library now is allowing unlimited renewals of checked-out books, as long as they have not been requested by another patron. Formerly, materials could be checked out only three times. For more information on the policy change, call the Science Library circulation desk, (734) 764-3442.

    Memory improvement course scheduled

    A three-session memory improvement course will be held 2–4 p.m. Jan. 10, 17 and 24 at Turner Senior Resource Center, Suite C, 2401 Plymouth Road. Classes will include information on how memory works, how memory changes with age, factors that can cause changes in memory and techniques for improving memory.

    Course fee is $35, which includes purchase of the book Improving Your Memory: How to Remember What You Are Starting to Forget.

    Pre-registration is required. For more information, call Janet Fogler or Lynn Stern, (734) 764-2556.

    Hypertension topic of presentation

    Turner Geriatric Clinic Peer Volunteers is sponsoring “Hypertension: Managing Your Blood Pressure” 1–3 p.m. Jan. 17 at Kellogg Auditorium, 1000 Wall St. Speaker is Mark A. Supiano, associate professor of internal medicine and director, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center.

    There will be a question-and-answer period. The public is welcome, and reservations are not required. Parking and hearing devices will be available. For more information, call (734) 764-2556.

    Winter term dance lessons slated

    Michigan Union Arts & Programs is offering dance lessons for the winter term.

    Latin dance lessons will be held 8–9:15 p.m. on alternating Monday nights, beginning tonight (Jan. 8), at the U Club. Instructor is Suzanne Zelink. Cost is $2 per person.

    Hip-hop lessons will be held 8–9:15 p.m. on alternating Mondays, beginning Jan. 15, at the U Club. Instructor is Veronica Chapp. Cost is $2 per person.

    Swing dance lessons will be held on Wednesday nights at the Union Ballroom, with East Coast style alternating weekly with Lindy. The first East Coast lessons are Jan. 10, while Lindy instruction begins Jan. 17. Times are as follows: 7:30 p.m., beginner; 8:30 p.m., intermediate; 9:30 p.m., practice with DJ. The instructors are Kate Murphy, Kevin Hall, Sarah Baldwin and Larry Lavanway. Music is provided by DJ Del Villareal. Cost is $3 per person.

    For more information, call (734) 763-3202.

    Center to hold annual Nobel Symposia

    The Center for the Study of Complex Systems will hold its fifth annual Nobel Symposia 4–6 p.m. Jan. 11 and 25 in Room 340, West Hall. Speakers will discuss the work, impact and personalities of the year 2000 Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, peace and economics. Each presenter will give a 30-minute talk geared to a general audience.

    Jan. 11 speakers include: Richard Hume, professor of biology and director, Neuroscience Program, on physiology or medicine prize winners Arvid Carlsson, Paul Greengard and Eric Kandel; Henry Em, assistant professor of Asian languages and cultures, on Peace Prize winner Kim Dae Jung; and Robert Willis, professor of economics and senior research scientist, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, on economics prize winners James J. Heckman and Daniel L. McFadden.

    Jan. 25 speakers are: Jasprit Singh, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, on physics laureates Zhores I. Alferov and Herbert Kroemer; Yi-Tsi Feuerwerker, professor emerita of Chinese language and literature, on literature prize winner Gao Xingjian; and M. David Curtis, professor of chemistry and of macromolecular science and engineering, on chemistry prize winners Alan J. Heeger, Alan G. MacDiarmid and Hideki Shirakawa.

    For more information, call (734) 763-3301.

    M-Fit sets cooking classes schedule

    M-Fit announces the following culinary school cooking classes and educational seminars for spring 2001:

    January: 6–8 p.m. Jan. 10, “Comfort Cuisine,” presented by the M-Fit culinary team; 6–8 p.m. Jan. 17, “Building Better Sandwiches,” presented by the M-Fit culinary team; and 6–8 p.m. Jan. 24, “Winter Soups to Warm Your Heart and Soul,” presented by Janene Centurione of Great Harvest Bread Co. with the M-Fit culinary team.

    February: noon–2:30 p.m. Feb. 4, the “Grand Finale and 10th Annual Taste of Health!” at the Morris J. Lawrence Bldg., Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive; noon–2 p.m. Feb. 13, “Valentine’s Day Menu for the Ones You Love,” presented by the M-Fit culinary team; 6–7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, “It’s Soy Good,” presented by Holly Noble, registered dietitian; and 6–8 p.m. Feb. 28, “Get Into the Game!” presented by Rebecca Miller of Busch’s Market Meal Solutions program.

    March: 6–8 p.m. March 14, “The Joy of Soy,” presented by the M-Fit culinary team; 6–8 p.m. March 21, “Oodles of Noodles!” presented by the M-Fit culinary team; and 6–8 p.m. March 28, “Going Solo—Cooking for One (or Two),” presented by the M-Fit culinary team.

    April: 6–8 p.m. April 4, “Warm Up to Cajun Cuisine,” presented by Peggy De Parry of Busch’s Markets; 6–8 p.m. April 11, “Glorious Grains!” presented by the M-Fit culinary team; and 6–8 p.m. April 25, “To Tell the Truth (about Weight Loss Plans and Fad Diets),” presented by Catherine M. Fitzgerald.

    May: 6–8 p.m. May 9, “Sharpen Up Your Knife Skills,” presented by the M-Fit culinary team, hands-on class limited to 15 people; 6–8 p.m. May 16, “Magnificent Marinades,” presented by the M-Fit culinary team; and 6–8 p.m. May 23, “In the Herb Garden,” presented by the M-Fit culinary team with Peter Stark, Renaissance Acres Organic Herb Farm.

    All classes are held at the East Ann Arbor Health Center Demonstration Kitchen, 4260 Plymouth Road, unless otherwise noted. Fees are $30 for an individual culinary class, $50 two-person fee, $80 for any three classes and $20 for nutrition education classes. Pre-registration is required.

    Register online at, by e-mail to; or call Nicole Goyarts, (734) 975-4387, ext. 236, and register by phone with a credit card or send a check payable to the University of Michigan to: Nicole Goyarts, M-Fit Community Health Promotion, 2850 S. Industrial Drive, Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-7100.

    Pane to deliver chemistry lecture

    U-M alumnus Gregg A. Pane will deliver the second lecture in the Michael Giacalone Jr. & Marcia Giacalone Chemistry Lecture Series 4 p.m. today (Jan. 8) in the Bibliographic Room, Frances Willson Thompson Library, on the Flint campus. His talk will be “From Buick City to the Beltway: Common Sense Chaos Management.” A reception will follow.

    Pane is chief policy and planning officer for the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, D.C. He received his bachelor’s degree from U-M-Flint and his M.D. from the Medical School.

    Multicultural Health program moves

    The Program for Multicultural Health has moved to 2600 Green Road, Suite 150, Ann Arbor, MI 48015 from its offices in Domino’s Farms.

    January poetry slams scheduled

    The U-Club Poetry Slam is hosting two slams in January at the U-Club in the Michigan Union. The Jan. 11 slam features Jeff Kass, who teaches English at Pioneer High School and is director of creative writing at The Neutral Zone. He is the founder and director of the Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam and the youth spoken-word magazine No Comment. The Jan. 25 slam features Will Copeland, aka Ill Wizzard, and alumnus Joe Reilly, aka Spirit Boy. Copeland is an emcee, poet, spoken-word artist, orator, monk and philosopher. Reilly, who is Cherokee, is a singer and songwriter who performs with an acoustic guitar.

    Doors open at 8:30 p.m., pre-slam open mic starts around 9 p.m., the slam begins at 9:30 p.m., and featured poets perform after the slam. The slam is limited to the first 10 students, faculty members or staff who sign up. These poets compete for a cash prize. The best poets during the regular season will be invited to compete in the Grand Slam Invitational on March 22. The top four poets will fight for a spot on the U-M slam team to compete in the first college unions Poetry Slam Invitational April 14–15 in Ann Arbor, hosted by U-M.

    For more information, contact Robb Q. Thibault, (734) 763-3202 or, or visit

    UMS shows feature musical groups

    Upcoming University Musical Society (UMS) events include:

  • The Moses Hogan Singers perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 E. Stadium Blvd. The program will feature works written by Hogan, as well as spirituals arranged by him. Tickets are $25; $10 Student Rush tickets may be purchased 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Power Center Box Office. Rush tickets also may be available at the door for 50 percent of the published price.

  • The Vermeer Quartet performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 at Rackham Auditorium as part of the Chamber Arts series. The quartet, in its 31st year, will perform works by Haydn, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn. Inna Naroditskaya, a lecturer at Northwestern University, will give a free lecture at 7 p.m. at Rackham Assembly Hall. Tickets are $30, $26, $20 and $14; $10 Student Rush tickets may be purchased 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Power Center Box Office. Subject to availability, Rush tickets may be purchased at the door for 50 percent of the published price.

  • The Mingus Big Band makes its UMS debut at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at Hill Auditorium as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day events. The ensemble will focus on the political works of bassist Charles Mingus and feature jazz singer Kevin Mahogany. Michael Jewett, host of WEMU’s “Afternoon Jazz,” will interview Sue Mingus at 6 p.m. in the Hussey Room, Michigan League. Admission to the interview is free. Concert tickets are $32, $30, $24 and $20; $10 Student Rush tickets may be purchased 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Power Center Box Office. Subject to availability, Rush tickets also may be purchased at the door for 50 percent of the published price.

    Introductory aikido class offered

    An aikido demonstration and introductory class will be held at 5 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Wrestling Room, Intramural Bldg. Participants are asked to wear loose workout clothing with long pants and long sleeves.

    Classes meet 5–6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, call Karen Clark, U-M aikido instructor, (734) 668-0464.

    Dearborn School of Management enters partnership with Hantz

    The U-M-Dearborn School of Management has entered into a partnership with Hantz Financial Services. The agreement, signed in November, provides for student internships at Hantz and possible job opportunities for U-M graduates. U-M and Hantz also will collaborate on non-credit student courses such as personal finance.

    The School of Management will place Hantz executives on some academic advisory boards and work with Hantz to develop educational programs. The agreement also calls for collaboration on research projects, faculty consultation for Hantz professionals and for Hantz employees to support lectures and seminars at the school.

    Housing Bureau elects officers

    Diane Brown, information officer, Facilities and Operations, has been elected chair, and Don Perigo, who recently retired as a U-M mediator, has been elected secretary of the Housing Bureau for Seniors. The Housing Bureau helps older adults find appropriate and affordable housing in Washtenaw County.

    Biography database now available

    The Library’s subscription to “The Biography Resource Center” is now available to the U-M community. The center is a database of information that includes about 250,000 biographies from Gale Group sources and nearly 1 million from The Complete Marquis Who’s Who. Searches may be based on personal facts such as birth and death years or combined criteria that create a custom search path.

    “The Biography Resource Center” can be accessed from the GaleNet page at

    U-M-Dearborn to collaborate with Spain’s University of Oviedo

    U-M-Dearborn students and faculty will be able to study, work and do research in Spain through an agreement with the University of Oviedo. B. Adenso Diaz Fernandez, vice dean for international relations, signed an agreement on behalf of the University of Oviedo during a November visit to U-M-Dearborn. Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little will travel to Spain in March to sign it.

    The agreement encourages student exchanges between U-M-Dearborn and the Spanish university. Dearborn students will be able to work for Spanish companies or for U.S. companies doing business in Spain, and Dearborn’s School of Management will work to place Spanish students in internships in southeast Michigan. Both universities hope to expand the program to include joint faculty research.