The University Record, March 5, 2001


Benefits Office announces reimbursement account deadlines

Health care and dependent care reimbursement account participants can still file claims and receive reimbursement for eligible expenses incurred in 2000. Claims for 2000 received in the Benefits Office by March 31 will be reimbursed on a pretax basis, and 2000 claims received April 1–Aug. 31 will be reimbursed on an after-tax basis.

Any balances remaining in 2000 accounts as of Sept. 1 will be forfeited, in accordance with IRS regulations.

The Benefits Office encourages reimbursement account participants to submit 2000 expenses by March 16 to allow sufficient time to correct documentation, if necessary. Benefits representatives can review documentation and answer questions prior to the submission of claims.

Claims forms are available on the Web at or from any Benefits Office. For more information, call: Central Campus, (734) 763-1214; Medical Campus, (734) 764-6584; Flint, (810) 766-6845; or Dearborn, (313) 593-5192.

Rackham renovation under way

The Rackham Bldg. is undergoing major renovation. Phase I, involving $4 million in work to the exterior, is under way. Phase II, which will include $25 million–$30 million in renovations to the interior, will require that the building be closed for 18 months, beginning May 1.

All Rackham offices will be relocated during Phase II. Graduate student services offices, including Admissions, Fellowships and Recruitment, and the Office of Academic Records and Dissertations, will move to 413 E. Huron St., as will the Michigan Quarterly Review and the Michigan Society of Fellows. The Dean’s offices will move to the Argus Bldg., 535 W. William St. The offices’ phone numbers will not change.

The following units currently housed in the Rackham Bldg. also will move. Call them for the new locations: Comparative Studies in Society and History, (734) 647-2100; Institute for the Humanities, (734) 936-3518; Life Sciences, Values, and Society Program, (734) 647-4571; and Center for Statistical Consultation and Research, (734) 764-7828.

Kammen to deliver Alcoa Lecture

Daniel M. Kammen, associate professor of energy and society and director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley, will deliver the Alcoa Distinguished Lecture on Science, the Professions and Global Diversity at 7:30 p.m. March 12 in Rackham Amphitheater. Kammen will speak on “Working Across Cultures in International Development: Building Sustainable Renewable Energy Markets.”

The free, public lecture is presented by the International Institute and the Center for International Business with support from the Alcoa Foundation.

CAPS offers programs during Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is sponsoring Eating Disorders Awareness Week March 12–17, with the theme “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Rewriting the Fairy Tale.” The event includes workshops, presentations and screenings on eating issues for faculty, staff and students. For more information, call (734) 764-8312 or visit the Web at

Grafton to address retirees

Steve Grafton, director of the Alumni Association, will speak at the next meeting of the Retirees Association, which will be held at 3:15 p.m. March 8 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. He will discuss changes he has instituted at the association and answer questions. For more information, call (734) 764-9291.

Intervenors’ arguments dismissed

On Feb. 26, Judge Patrick Duggan of the federal court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit issued a follow-up opinion dismissing the intervenors’ arguments in the LS&A admissions lawsuit. The opinion does nothing to effect the earlier ruling upholding the University’s policy. The intervenors had argued that the University was justified in using race as a factor in admissions to remedy the present effects of past discrimination.

The ruling says the intervenors failed to show that remedying past discrimination was not the University’s actual purpose.

“In this court’s opinion, defendant-intervenors have failed to present any evidence that the discrimination alleged by them, or the continuing effects of such discrimination, was the real justification for the LSA’s program.”

Duggan also indicated that even if the University had had a remedial motivation, the evidence of discrimination the intervenors presented was too remote in time to have justified the current admissions policy.

Liz Barry, associate vice president and deputy general counsel, noted that both the University and the intervenors were fighting to save the current policy, and “together we have won that fight.”

Duggan issued a judgment Dec. 13 upholding the University’s use of affirmative action in admissions. He found then that the admissions process used in 1995–98 was unconstitutional but that the current process, in place since 1999, is legal.

Gilman to deliver Russel lecture, Curran to receive Russel Award

Sid Gilman, the William J. Herdman Professor of Neurology and chair of the Department of Neurology, will deliver the 2001 Henry Russel lecture at 4 p.m. March 13 in Rackham Amphitheater. This lectureship is the highest honor the University gives to a senior faculty member.

Gilman was selected for raising the Department of Neurology’s national standing by recruiting outstanding faculty and acquiring new research and training funds. He also was recognized for his own neurology research and for his status as an international leader in the field of neuro-imaging.

Lisa M. Curran, assistant professor of ecology and environmental biology and of biology, will receive the University’s 2001 Russel Award prior to Gilman’s lecture. The award is given annually to young faculty members for scholarly achievement and promise.

Curran’s primary areas of scholarship involve the ecology of plant-animal interactions, climate influences on plant population dynamics, and the political economy and sustainability of tropical forest use. She has had major studies published in Ecological Monographs and the Journal of Natural History.

Dance company offers classes, lecture

The Department of Dance, in conjunction with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, presents Coreoarte Danza Contemporanea in a lecture demonstration performance at 4:15 p.m. March 12 in the Betty Pease Studio Theater, Dance Bldg. The company also will offer master classes in dance technique 12:45–2:15 p.m. and 2:30–4 p.m. the same day. All events are free and open to the public. For information, call (734) 763-5460.

Research award nominations sought

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is seeking nominations for the Research Scientist Recognition Award, the Research Scientist Achievement Award and the Distinguished Research Scientist Award. The deadline for nominations is March 29. For more information or for nomination guidelines, call (734) 763-1289 or visit the Web at

Law School hosting conference

National leaders from legal, policy, technical and business domains will meet March 7–9 in Room 100, Hutchins Hall at the Law School to discuss “Law, Policy and the Convergence of Telecommunications and Computing Technologies” in a free, public conference. The event will define a policy agenda for addressing the issues spawned by technological innovation.

The conference will begin with a presentation by Joel Klein, assistant attorney general in the Clinton Justice Department who was responsible for the Microsoft prosecution. Other participants include Hank Barry, chief executive officer of Napster; Jennifer Granholm, Michigan’s attorney general; Steven Gorosh, former executive vice president, general counsel and founder of NorthPoint Communications, a pioneer in providing digital subscriber line (DSL) service; and Richard D. Snyder, CEO and co-founder of Ardesta LLC in Ann Arbor and former president of Gateway Inc.

Co-sponsoring the conference are the Law School, the College of Engineering, the School of Information, the School of Business Administration, the Ford School of Public Policy and the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review, with support from the Park Foundation.

For information, visit the Web,

Conference on Holocaust scheduled

Hillel is presenting the 22nd annual Conference on the Holocaust March 12–21. With the theme “Consequences of Intolerance and Hatred,” the event will emphasize the universal lessons of the Holocaust in programs that are not traditionally associated with it.

Cornel West, Harvard University professor of religion and of Afro-American studies, will speak at 7 p.m. March 12 in Rackham Auditorium. His visit is co-sponsored by the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies.

Paragraph 175, a documentary built around personal stories of homosexual men and lesbians who were persecuted by the Nazis, will be shown at 8 p.m. March 14 in Auditorium C, Angell Hall. The film is co-sponsored by Ahava: The Jewish LesBiGay, Transgender and Friends Collective.

Jerry Silverman will present a concert/lecture, co-sponsored by the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, titled “The Undying Flame: Ballads and Songs of the Holocaust” at 8 p.m. March 20 at Hillel.

All events are free. For more information and a complete schedule, call (734) 769-0500.

Visiting professor to give talk

The Women’s Studies Program presents Magdalena J. Zaborowska, visiting associate professor of American culture, speaking on “The Best View Is from the Top: Autobiographical Snapshots, Engendered Communist Monuments and (Post) Totalitarian Feminisms” noon–1:30 p.m. March 12 in Room 2239, Lane Hall. Her talk is part of the “Gendered Worlds: Women’s Lives in Transnational Perspective” series. For more information, call (734) 647-0774 or visit the Web at

New guidelines developed for dissertation committee chairs

The Rackham Executive Board has developed new guidelines regarding the eligibility of research scientists to serve as sole chairs of dissertation committees. Senior research scientists and associate senior research scientists may qualify through a new process. Other research scientist classifications are no longer eligible. Research scientists in any classification may serve as co-chairs of dissertation committees. Copies of the policy may be obtained through the office of Dean Earl Lewis.

RC Players present two shows

The Residential College (RC) Players are presenting Neil Simon’s The Star-Spangled Girl March 9–10 and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream March 30–31. Performances are at 8 p.m. in East Quad Auditorium. Tickets are $3 for The Star-Spangled Girl, and $5 general admission and $3 for students for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Visiting Writers Series presents four readings in March

The Department of English and the Office of the Provost are presenting four readings in March as part of the Visiting Writers Series.

Linda Gregerson will read from her poetry at 5 p.m. March 8 in Rackham Amphitheater. Her most recent book of poems, The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep, addresses disease and mortality.

Russell Banks will lecture at 5 p.m. March 19 in Rackham Auditorium and read from his fiction at 7:30 p.m. March 20 in Rackham Amphitheater. Banks has written 12 books of fiction, two of which were adapted into Academy Award-nominated screenplays for feature films: The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction.

Chase Twichell of Warren Wilson College will read from her poetry at 5 p.m. March 22 in Rackham Amphitheater. Her most recent work, The Snow Watcher, focuses on answering the question, “What makes us human rather than animal?”

Les Murray will read from his poetry at 5 p.m. March 29 in Rackham Amphitheater. Murray’s Fredy Neptune: A Novel in Verse and Subhuman Redneck Poems were published in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Cederman to lecture on war

Lars-Erik Cederman of Harvard University’s John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies will speak on “From Sandpiles to Interstate War: Modeling Self-Organized Criticality in World Politics” at 4 p.m. March 8 in the Eldersveld Room, East Hall. His presentation is part of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems’ winter series. For more information, call (734) 763-3301.

Alumni Association seeking nominations for service award

The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its Distinguished Alumni Service Award. The honor is presented annually to

U-M graduates who have distinguished themselves “by reason of services performed on behalf of the University or in connection with its organized alumni activities.” The deadline for nominations is March 30. For a nomination form and criteria, contact Phyllis Taylor, (734) 763-9752 or

Kent State professor to speak

Carl Moore, professor emeritus at Kent State University, will speak on “Facilitating Change in the New West” noon–1:30 p.m. March 9 in Room 1040, Dana Bldg. His talk is sponsored by the Ecosystem Management Initiative. For more information, call (734) 615-6431 or send e-mail to

CIC receives Packard Foundation grant

The School of Information’s Community Information Corps (CIC) has received a two-year, $206,600 grant from the Packard Foundation. The funding will expand the CIC fellows program to five fellows and provide each with a salary supplement of $5,000 a year for five years upon graduation.

The grant also will allow the CIC to place students in public-interest summer internships and provide them with $2,500 supplements. Potential internships include online political advocacy and program development.

For information on the CIC or School of Information, call (734) 763-2285 or visit the Web at

Hochschild to give talk

Jennifer Hochschild of Princeton University will give a talk on “The Rise (?) of Conservative Racial Nationalism Among Young African Americans” 4–5:30 p.m. March 8 in the East Conference Room, Rackham Bldg. Her free, public lecture is part of the Winter Series sponsored by the Rackham Interdisciplinary Seminars of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, 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.

Faley to lecture on tech transfer

Timothy L. Faley, director of Technology Transfer and Commercialization, will speak on “Technology Transfer: How Do We Do That in the Environmental Sector?” 2–3:30 p.m. March 9 in Room 1500, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Bldg.

The presentation is part of the Environmental Science, Engineering and Policy in the 21st Century lecture series. Financial support is provided by the Institute for Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Technology; the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; the Michigan Geosciences Initiative; the Women in Engineering Office; the Civil and Environmental Engineering Friends Association; the National Center for Integrated Bioremediation Research and Development; Camp Dresser & McKee Inc.; Limno-Tech Inc.; and Montgomery Watson.

Kwong to speak about artwork

Eva Kwong, who teaches ceramics at Kent State University, will lecture on developments leading to the creation of her work, Bacteria, Diatoms and Cells, at 7 p.m. March 6 in the Multipurpose Room, Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Kwong’s work will be on display March 9–April 6 at the Residential College Art Gallery. The opening reception will be 4–6 p.m. March 9. For information on the free, public lecture and reception, call (734) 936-1998.

Health System hosts anti-smoking event, seeks poster contest entries

The Health System is celebrating its second anniversary as a smoke-free institution with a poster contest for youngsters and a community event.

Children can compete for gift certificates and T-shirts by submitting anti-smoking posters for the contest. Entries are due by March 9, and the winners will be announced March 31. Send entries to Tobacco Consultation Service, 300 N. Ingalls, 7NI7D11, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

On March 31, the Health System is holding a “Kick Butt” event, part of a national drive organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Beginning at 9 a.m. in front of the Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Bldg., participants will collect, separate and weigh cigarette butts and trash from the Health System campus. Health System staff also will talk about the dangers of smoking. Lunch, T-shirts and trash bags will be provided. To register for the free event, call the Tobacco Consultation Service, (734) 936-5988, by March 19.

Nominate faculty for Diversity Service Award

The Office of the Provost is seeking nominations for the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, which recognizes faculty who have helped to develop a more culturally and ethnically diverse campus community. Nominees must be full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty on the Ann Arbor campus.

Five awards are given annually and include a $5,000 stipend. The nomination deadline is March 12. Forms are available in Room 3084, Fleming Bldg., or by calling (734) 764-3982.

FACES leader to lecture on toxic waste

Lobbyist Christina Leano, director of the Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solutions (FACES), is presenting “Toxic Legacies: A Lecture and Documentary Regarding Toxic Waste Left by U.S. Military Bases in Foreign Countries” at 7 p.m. March 14 in the Henderson Room, Michigan League. The program is in commemoration of Crizel Jane Valencia, 6, who died Feb. 25, 2000, of acute myelocytic leukemia. She is among those whose illnesses have been linked to contaminants at former U.S. military bases in the Philippines.

The Michigan League Programming Office, Division of Student Affairs and Philippine Study Group are co-sponsoring the event. For information, call (734) 763-4652, send e-mail to or visit the Web at

Hart to deliver Williams Lecture

Barbara J. Hart, legal director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and associate director of the Battered Women’s Justice Project, will deliver the inaugural Tamara Williams Memorial Lecture, titled “Working Together to End Dating and Domestic Violence,” at 7 p.m. March 12 in Room 1324, East Hall Auditorium. The event commemorates Williams, a U-M senior who was killed by her boyfriend on Sept. 23, 1997.

Hart was a leader in efforts to implement the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. Her talk is sponsored by the School of Social Work, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, University Housing and the Interdisciplinary Research Program on Violence Across the Life Span.

Nursing History Society hosts program

The Nursing History Society is holding a potluck and program 5–7:30 p.m. today (March 5) in Room 1334, School of Nursing. The potluck will be 5–6 p.m. Bring a dish to pass and table service. The program begins at 6 p.m. Janet Tarolli, research assistant, Center for the Health Sciences, will interview Dorothy Hoard Doss.

The free, public event is part of the Josephine Sana Oral History series. For more information, call Linda Stradtman, (734) 434-0266.

Consultant to discuss how to foster economic independence in children

The Center for the Education of Women and the Family Care Resources Program present Meri Dembrow, owner of Enterprise Consulting, speaking on “Fostering Economic Independence: Teaching Our Daughters (and Sons) About Money” noon–1:30 p.m. March 13 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League. The free, public program is geared toward parents of children ages 5–19. For more information, call (734) 998-7080.

Medstart Conference scheduled

The ninth annual Medstart Conference, with the theme “Education: Enriching Minds, Opening Doors, Paving the Path to a Brighter Future,” will take place 8 a.m.–4 p.m. March 17 in Hutchins Hall. The event aims to raise awareness about issues affecting children’s welfare.

Alex Kotlowitz, journalist and award-winning author of There Are No Children Here, will deliver the keynote address at 9 a.m. Jean White-Ginder, AIDS activist and mother of Ryan White, will speak on her son’s legacy at 3 p.m.

Fees are $22 pre-registration and $27 on-site registration for adults, $12 pre-registration and $17 on-site registration for students. The pre-registration deadline is March 6.

The conference is sponsored by the Medical School, the School of Nursing, the School of Public Health, Mott Children’s Hospital, Rackham Student Government and the Michigan Student Assembly. For information, call (734) 214-3867, send an e-mail to medstart or visit the Web at

Visiting professor to give lecture

Fumiko Umezawa, visiting professor in the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), will speak on “Women Climbing Mount Fuji: Why Not?” noon–1 p.m. March 8 in Room 1636, School of Social Work Bldg. She will discuss developments and changes in the practice of nyonin kinzei (excluding women from sacred spaces) at Mount Fuji and how the dynamics of various groups associated with the cult of Mount Fuji account for them.

The free, public event is part of the CJS Noon Lecture Series and is supported by funds from the Department of Education’s Title VI program. For more information, visit the Web at

College of Engineering seeks nominations for service awards

The College of Engineering is seeking nominations for its Excellence in Staff Service Award program. All full- and part-time regular, non-faculty employees in the College of Engineering are eligible. Nominations will be accepted for individual staff members or staff work groups of two or more, as well as teams who have taken on time-limited tasks.

The deadline for nominations is March 16. Forms and guidelines are available on the Web at Nomination packets should be sent to CoE Excellence in Staff Service Awards Selection Committee, c/o Jamie Rutledge, Room 2437, LEC 2102. For information, call (734) 647-7060.

Saturday physics lectures scheduled

The spring series of the popular Saturday Morning Physics lectures begins March 10 with “Death of a Universe,” to be presented by Fred Adams, associate professor of physics. Adams will tell the life story of our universe, from its inception at the big bang to the distant future. On March 17, Leonard Sander, professor of physics, will address “Where Did All Those Fractals Come From?” A fractal is an object in which a small piece, magnified, looks the same as the entire object.

The lectures present topics in easy-to-understand terms and are illustrated with multimedia technology and demonstrations. The talks are held 10:30–11:30 a.m. in Room 170, Dennison Hall. For more information, call (734) 764-4437.

Blank to deliver Kauper Lecture

Rebecca Blank, dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Henry Carter Adams Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, will deliver the 18th annual Kauper Lecture on the topic “What Have We Learned from Welfare Reform?” at 4 p.m. March 11 in Room 120, Law School. A question-and-answer session and reception will follow. Her talk is sponsored by the Lutheran Campus Ministry.

Dance marathon to raise funds for Mott, Beaumont hospitals

Students will hold Dance Marathon 2001 10 a.m. March 10–4 p.m. March 11 at the Indoor Track Bldg. to raise money for children’s rehabilitation at C.S. Mott and William Beaumont hospitals. For more information or to make a donation, call (734) 615-1525 or visit the Web at

South U program will be focus March 9

The School of Art and Design, South University Area Association and Ann Arbor Commission on Art in Public Places will host a public forum at 7 p.m. March 9 on the South University Transformation Project, an initiative designed to demonstrate how urban art and design can transform an anonymous urban space into a neighborhood asset.

The forum will be held at the Ann Arbor Public Library and will include an exhibition created by the Ann Arbor Street Fair.