The University Record, January 15, 2001


Crime alert

A robbery and assault occurred at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6 in the Church Street carport. Three subjects came from behind, shoved the victim to the ground and went through his pockets, taking several items. The victim also was struck on the face.

The suspects are described as two white males and one dark-skinned male in their early 20s and more than 6 feet tall, wearing blue “Michigan” baseball caps, blue jeans and dark shoes. The two white males were wearing black leather jackets.

If you have any information, call the Department of Public Safety, (734) 763-1131.

Regents meeting cancelled

The Regents meeting for January has been cancelled.

U-M Press director search launched

Earl Lewis, dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, has appointed a search committee to identify candidates for the director of the U-M Press. The committee is chaired by Rackham Senior Associate Dean Kerry Larson. Other committee members are Steven Brechin, associate professor of natural resources; William Gosling, director, University Library; Domna Stanton, professor of romance languages and literature; Abigail Stewart, director, Insititute for Research on Women and Gender, the Agnes Inglis Collegiate Professor of Psychology, professor of women’s studies and research scientist, Center for the Education of Women; Thomas Trautmann, director, Institute for the Humanities and professor of anthropology and of history; Hanes Walton Jr., professor of political science; John Merlin Williams, director, Web resources, Central Development; and Herbert Winful, professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

Lewis has asked the committee to identify individuals who have successfully managed and directed a diverse labor force and have some familiarity with the workings of a large research university. Candidates should have a proven track record as leaders in the field of publishing and a demonstrated ability to lead a press in new scholarly directors.

The search committee welcomes suggestions of candidates for the position. They should be directed to Larson, Room 1006, Rackham Bldg. 1070, or

Biological Station office moves

The Biological Station office has moved to Room 729, Dennison Bldg., 1090.

Rackham board nominations sought

Earl Lewis, dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, is soliciting nominations for the Rackham Executive Board. Members serve three-year terms and should be tenured faculty who are active in graduate education. Nominations must be received by Feb. 16 and should be referred to Homer Rose, assistant dean for academic programs, graduate school administration, Graduate School,

UROP Symposium schedules programs

The eighth annual Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program’s (UROP) Martin Luther King Jr. Research Symposium features a series of lectures exploring how King’s philosophy can be applied in research. Concurrent sessions will take place 6:30–8 p.m. Jan. 17:

Social sciences: James A. Chaffers, professor of architecture, will lecture on the challenge of justice. Chaffers is a member of the committee that will select the design of the King Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Natural science and humanities: Donele Wilkins, executive director of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, and Marianetta Porter, associate professor of art, will speak on community activism in Detroit in support of environmental justice.

Engineering and women in science: Jennifer Lyle, project coordinator, Nuestro Futuro Project, will address “The Detroit Initiative Project: Bridging the Technology Gap.”

Biomedical sciences: Charles R. Neal Jr., lecturer in pediatrics and communicable diseases and research investigator, Mental Health Research Institute, will speak on “The Importance of Diversity in the Medical Field: Know Your History, Know Yourself.”

Junior-Senior Program and research scholars: Elizabeth A. Allen, associate professor of nursing, will talk about her experiences as an African American nurse in the Vietnam War.

Lecture locations are to be announced. Check the Web at

Meetings focus on travel, business expense policy changes

The Accounts Payable and Travel offices are hosting several meetings to review changes in the travel and business expense policies and the procedures section of the Standard Practice Guide (SPG). The new Trip Number Program also will be discussed. Locations, times and dates are as follows:

  • Suite 18, Wolverine Tower: 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Jan. 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 8:30–10:30 a.m. Feb. 21 and 1:30–3:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

  • Medical Science Bldg. I: 8:30–10:30 a.m. Jan. 31, Room 6319 and 1:30–3:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Room 5330.

  • Lurie Engineering Bldg.: 8–10 a.m. Feb. 7 and 1:30–3:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Johnson Room.

  • Flint: 9–11 a.m. Feb. 14, Happenings Room, Harding Mott University Center.

  • Dearborn: 2–4 p.m. Feb. 15, Lecture Hall B, School of Management.

    For more information, call (734) 615-5518.

    Summer Festival holds Winter Warm-Up

    The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is holding a Winter Warm-Up benefit event featuring Maureen McGovern and John Pizzarelli in concert with the John Pizzarelli Trio and the Big Band Swing Orchestra. McGovern and Pizzarelli will present a unique interpretation of the American song book at 8 p.m. March 22 at the Michigan Theater. Announcement of the 2001 Ann Arbor Summer Festival Power Center season will be made at the concert.

    An hors d’oeuvre party will be held before the concert in the theater lobby. The theme of the evening, “The Pleasure of Your Company,” is taken from the title of McGovern’s recent album, “The Pleasure of His Company.”

    Benefit tickets, which include the party and the best available concert tickets, are $150 per person or $250 per couple. They are available through the Ann Arbor Summer Festival office at (734) 647-2278. Concert tickets only may be purchased by calling the Michigan Union ticket office at (734) 763-8587. Tickets are $30–$60 and go on sale Jan. 29 at the Michigan Union ticket office and all TicketMaster locations.

    For more information on the concert or the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, call (734) 647-2278 or visit

    Visiting Writers Series events slated

    The Visiting Writers Series is hosting the following free, public events in January:

  • At 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Mongane Wally Serote will give a poetry reading in Rackham Amphitheater. Serote is a poet, novelist and member of the South African Parliament.

  • The Hopwood Underclassmen Awards ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in Rackham Auditorium. Sponsored by the Hopwood Awards Program, it will feature a poetry reading by C.K. Williams.

  • Alumni Miles Harvey and Michael Paterniti will read from their work at 5 p.m. Jan. 25 in Rackham Amphitheater. Harvey’s most recent work is The Island of Lost Maps. Paterniti won the 1998 National Magazine Award for his article “Driving Mr. Albert,” which was first published in Harper’s Magazine and which provided the basis for his book of the same title.

    The Jan. 17 and Jan. 25 programs are sponsored by the Department of English and the Office of the Provost. For more information, call Ian Reed Twiss, (734) 615-3710.

    Collage Concert scheduled

    The annual Collage Concert will be held at 8:15 p.m. Jan. 19 at Hill Auditorium. The event showcases major ensembles at the School of Music interspersed with solos. It will be the last Collage Concert for H. Robert Reynolds, director of bands since 1976, who is retiring at the end of this year.

    This year’s program includes performances by the University Symphony Orchestra, the Musical Theatre Department and the Symphony Band. Admission requires a free ticket. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jerry Blackstone, co-director of choirs, at (734) 763-6172 or

    New faculty to discuss research

    Three new women faculty members will share their research with the community noon–1:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Lane Hall Seminar Room, Room 2239, Lane Hall. The panelists will be Nadine Hubbs, assistant professor of music and of women’s studies; Hannah Rosen, assistant professor of American culture; and Emily Lawsin, lecturer in American culture.

    The program is co-sponsored by the Center for the Education of Women (CEW), the Women’s Studies Program and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. For more information, call CEW, (734) 998-7080.

    Humanities Institute offers brown-bag lectures

    The Institute for the Humanities is offering the following brown-bag lectures in January:

  • Jan. 16—“The Troubling Sounds of Commerce: Yemeni Folk-Poets and the Audiocassette Frontier,” presented by W. Flagg Miller. Flagg Miller examines what happened when Yemen’s oral poetry tradition began to be recorded on cassettes.

  • Jan. 23—“Eugenio Barba and Professional Identity: A Transcultural Approach to Acting,” presented by Seth Baumrin. Baumrin, who studied at the Odin Teatret, an international school of theater anthropology, will discuss principles of acting that are common to all cultures.

  • Jan. 30—“Pattern and Texture in Language and Fiber: Two Friends in Metsovo,” presented by Chris Triola and Chris Crockett. Triola, a fiber artist, and Crockett, a librarian at Community High School, will show slides and report on their trip to the Greek village of Metsovo, which is renowned for its weaving and embroidery.

    All lectures take place at noon in Room 1524, Rackham Bldg.

    Lecture on affirmative action set

    Mary Pattillo-McCoy of Northwestern University will lecture on “Persistent Racial Disadvantage and the Case for Affirmative Action” 4–5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in West Study Hall, Rackham Bldg.

    Hers will be the first talk in the free, public winter series of “Narratives & Numbers: Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in the Study of Gender and the Life Course,” which will focus on race, gender and politics.

    The series is sponsored by the Graduate School’s Interdisciplinary Seminars Program, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Institute for Social Research, in collaboration with the Women’s Studies Program and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies.

    For more information, call (734) 764-9537.

    Eye Center offers glaucoma screening

    Kellogg Eye Center is conducting free glaucoma and blood pressure screenings 1–4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Eye Center is observance of National Glaucoma Awareness Month and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Participants will be given information about follow-up care and risk factors. People most at risk for glaucoma are those over 40, those with a family history of glaucoma and African Americans.

    Parking for the screening is free. For more information, call (734) 763-1415 or visit the Web at

    Conflict-of-interest sessions slated

    The Research Responsibility Program sessions on conflict of interest are being presented in January by Elaine L. Brock and Steven A. Goldstein. Sessions are 5–7 p.m. Jan. 24 and Jan. 29 in the West Conference Room, fourth floor, Rackham Bldg.

    Brock is associate director, Division of Research Development and Administration. Goldstein is the Ruppenthal Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering. The Research Responsibility Program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and is a series of information and discussion sessions on responsibility in the conduct and administration of research. The full schedule is online at

    Sessions are free and open to all faculty, students and staff. For more information about the program, contact OVPR, (734) 763-1289 or

    CEW hosts workshop on career change

    The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) and the Association for Women in Computing are offering a workshop on “Career Change: Making the Move to Information Technology” 7–8:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at CEW, 330 E. Liberty St. Panelists will discuss their experiences as women entering the information technology field. Presenters will be Shelly Doran, general partner at IP Net, and Ellen Bauerle, systems analyst at Advantage Computing Systems. Call (734) 998-7080 to RSVP.

    CEW hosts workshop for undergraduates

    The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) is holding “Let’s Look Forward: A Workshop for Undergraduate Women” 1–5:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at CEW, 330 E. Liberty St. The event will include presentations, experiential exercises and small-group discussions for women in their junior and senior years of college.

    Facilitators for the event, co-sponsored by Career Planning and Placement, will be Sarah Ely and Doreen Murasky, CEW senior counselors, and Sharon Vaughters, associate director, Career Planning and Placement.

    Call (734) 998-7080 to RSVP.

    Middle Eastern Film Festival set

    The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) will be screening the following films as part of its Middle Eastern Film Festival: The English Sheikh and the Yemeni Gentleman, 8 p.m. Jan. 26, Room 1636, Social Work Bldg., no charge; The Closed Doors, 2 p.m. Jan. 27, Michigan Theater, theater admission prices apply, presentation by Walter Ambrust of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University to follow; and Bent Familia, 2 p.m. Jan. 28, Michigan Theater, theater admission prices apply.

    For more information, contact CMENAS at (734) 764-0350 or or the Michigan Theater, (734) 668-8397.

    CREES lecture series announced

    The Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) is planning a lecture series on “Health and Social Policy Issues in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.” The lectures are as follows: “Health Development Meets the End of State Socialism: Culture and Politics in Russia’s Healing” by Michele Rivkin-Fish, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Kentucky, 4 p.m. Jan. 24; “Policy and Strategy of the Health Financing Reform in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina” by Boris Hrabac, associate professor of medicine at Mostar University, noon Feb. 7; “Self-Help, Health and Social Policy in Hungary: Trend Analysis of a Society in Transition” by Arpad Barath, associate professor of sociology and social policy at the University of Pecs, Hungary, 4 p.m. Feb. 13; and “Selected Environmental Investigations in the Industrial Region of Upper Silesia, Poland” by Jadwiga Gzyl, head, Environmental Risk Analyses Department, Institute for the Ecology of Industrial Areas, Kotowice, Poland, noon Feb. 21.

    The series is sponsored by CREES in conjunction with the School of Public Health, the School of Social Work, the Medical School, the Department of Anthropology, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. All lectures will take place in Room 1636, Social Work Bldg. For more information, contact CREES at (734) 764-0351 or

    Hi-Tech Tuesday programs scheduled

    The Ann Arbor IT Zone is offering three of its “Hi-Tech Tuesday” programs in January. On Jan. 16, Sean A. Hickey, chief operating officer of PWB Inc.-Integrated Marketing Communications, presents “The Hazardous Half-Dozen: How to Avoid Common Mistakes in B-to-B Marketing Communications.” On Jan. 23, Mark T. Nelson, shareholder and member of the board of directors of Butzel Long, discusses “Protecting the Company’s Intellectual Assets.” On Jan. 30, Alex Mansour, area manager for Nuance Communications, addresses “Learning to Speak to Your Customers.”

    Programs begin at 5:30 p.m. at the IT Zone Launch Pad, 330 E. Liberty St. They are free for IT Zone members, $25 for nonmembers and $5 for students. Registration is requested prior to the program date. Seating is limited. Register online at For more information, call (734) 623-8286.

    Public jogging times offered

    The Indoor Track Building is offering public jogging times through April 12. Building hours are 6 a.m.–1 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 7–10 p.m. Mon.–Thurs. and 7 a.m.–1 p.m. Sat. and Sun. A monthly calendar indicating any deviation from these hours will be posted. Membership fees for the season are $60 for faculty/staff, $30 for students and $80 for the general public. The drop-in fee is $5 per session. For more information, call (734) 763-5088 or visit