The University Record, May 7, 2001


Regents to meet May 17–18

The Board of Regents will hold its May meeting at 1:30 p.m. May 17 at the U-M-Dearborn’s Professional Education Center. The agenda will include a campus tour, faculty appointments and status changes, financial items, and building projects.

Public comments will begin at 3:30 p.m. Those wishing to make comments may sign up by calling (734) 763-5553, sending e-mail to or visiting the Web at

The meeting will continue at 9:30 a.m. May 18 in the Regents’ Room, Fleming Administration Bldg.

Reimbursement account participants can use toll-free fax number

The Benefits Office and SHPS Inc. have established a toll-free fax number for reimbursement account participants, (877) 270-3922. This enables employees to send reimbursement claims without departments having to pay the long-distance costs. For more information, visit the Web at

Gas line to be relocated

Beginning this week (May 7), workers on the Palmer Drive project will begin relocating the gas main that feeds the Central Power Plant. The relocation is scheduled to be completed by May 18. Moving the gas main will require closing the sidewalk at the site and the intermittent closing of lanes on southbound Washtenaw Avenue near the project. For more information, call (734) 936-8277.

Benefits end in spring, summer for staff with close-ended funding

Staff with close-ended funding must take action to ensure continuation of their benefits during the summer. Health, dental and life insurance benefits will end unless appropriate action is taken.

Staff with close-ended funding are eligible to continue their benefits during the spring and summer terms, although University contributions cease during this time. Staff with an eligible confirmed fall appointment must pay 100 percent of premiums during the spring and summer terms to continue benefits. Staff members without a fall appointment must pay 102 percent of premiums to continue health and dental benefits, as provided by federal COBRA legislation. COBRA-eligible staff will receive notification from the Benefits Office at their last known address.

For more information, call (734) 763-1214, send e-mail to or visit the Web at

UMS to present award to Marceau

The University Musical Society (UMS) will present world-renowned mime Marcel Marceau with the UMS Distinguished Artist Award at the Ford Honors Program at 6 p.m. May 12 in Hill Auditorium. The Ford Honors Program is made possible by the Ford Motor Co. Fund. The program will feature a performance by Marceau and a tribute to his legacy.

Tickets are $60, $50, $35, $20 and $15. For more information or to order tickets, call (734) 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229, or visit the Web at

LSVSP office moving

Due to the closure of the Rackham Bldg. for renovation, the office of the Life Sciences, Values and Society Program (LSVSP) is moving May 10 to the Buhr Bldg. The phone number will remain the same, (734) 647-4571.

Brazelton to deliver keynote speech

Renowned pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton will deliver the 25th anniversary Fraiberg Colloquium keynote address at 4 p.m. May 20 in the Power Center for the Performing Arts. Brazelton, who has been called the “Baby Boomers’ Dr. Spock,” will discuss alliances between parents and child care providers.

The free, public talk is part of the annual conference of the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health, which is being held May 20–22 on campus. For more information on the conference, contact Conference Management Services, or (734) 764-4276, or visit the Web at

Adrian group seeks vanpool riders

A group from the Adrian area is attempting to create a new University vanpool and is seeking riders from the Tecumseh, Clinton and Saline areas. All vanpoolers ride free until September; the University pays transportation and parking costs. Interested parties should contact Teresa Smith, (734) 647-4952.

Library seeks users’ input

University Library is evaluating systems that could replace MIRLYN and is seeking input from users. To participate, complete the brief online survey at

Hepatitis Awareness Night set

The Health System will hold a Hepatitis Awareness Night 6:30–8:30 p.m. May 8 in Room 100, Ypsilanti High School, 2095 Packard Road. Participants will learn who is at risk for hepatitis and how to determine whether they have the disease. They also will receive an update on the latest treatments and information on support groups.

Anna Lok, professor of internal medicine; Robert Fontana, assistant professor of internal medicine; and research associates Amy Randall-Ray and Pam Richtmyer, support group coordinators, will speak.

For more information on this free, public event, call (734) 615-0158.

Schull to deliver Neel Lecture

Jack Schull, professor emeritus, Human Genetics Center, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, will deliver the inaugural James V. Neel Lecture at 2 p.m. May 22 in Dow Auditorium, Towsley Center. He will speak on “James V. Neel, Genetics and the University of Michigan: The Early Years.”

The lecture will be preceded by a poster presentation session at 1 p.m. in the Towsley lobby. A reception will follow Schull’s talk.

Faculty Women’s Club elects officers

The Faculty Women’s Club recently elected its board for 2001–02: Sarah Nooden, president; Kathe Wunderlich, vice president; Jean Gosling, secretary; Elizabeth Ong, secretary; Susan Burke, membership; Sheryl Manning, newcomers activity; Ruth Markovitz, program; Ieva Rasmussen, communications; Mary Burney, sections; Rita Carpenter, social; Virginia Stein, liaison; Elaine Fisher, bylaws; and Bonnie Ackley, golden members.

This fall, the club will begin its 80th year as an active organization. Its purpose is to promote friendship among women throughout the University community. For more information, call Rasmussen, (734) 971-1041.

Arboretum hosts Mother’s Day walk

Nichols Arboretum will hold a free, docent-guided Mother’s Day wildflower walk at 2 p.m. May 13, beginning at Reader Center. Tours generally last 1 1/2 hours. For more information, call (734) 998-9541.

Retirees Association to meet

Bernadette Davis of the Detroit TIAA/CREF office will address the Retirees Association at 3:15 p.m. May 10 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. The meeting will be the group’s last gathering for this academic year. Davis will discuss retiree investment options available within the TIAA/CREF family of funds.

Light refreshments will be served, and parking is free. For more information, call (734) 764-9291.

Session to explore parent-teen conflict

The Family Care Resources Program and the Center for the Education of Women are co-sponsoring “Growing Pains: Negotiating Parent-Teen Conflict” noon–1:30 p.m. in the Michigan Room, Michigan League. The presenter will be Claire Tinkerhess, mediation specialist. She will explore individual conflict styles, evaluate the effectiveness of these styles and explore new approaches to conflict resolution. The program will be the last in the Work/Life/Family series until fall. For more information, call (734) 936-8677.

Observatory open in May, June

The Detroit Observatory will offer docent-guided tours 11 a.m.–2 p.m. May 23, 3–5 p.m. June 13 and 11 a.m.–2 p.m. June 26. A $5 donation is suggested. The tours offer a glimpse back to the mid-19th century, when the observatory provided accurate time for the Great Lakes region, determined the longitude of Ann Arbor and Detroit for the U.S. Lake Survey, and aided in the discovery of 21 minor planets and a comet.

The observatory will be closed to the public during July and August. For more information, call (734) 763-2230.

Life Sciences Orchestra to perform

The Life Sciences Orchestra (LSO), composed of faculty, staff and students involved in medicine and the life sciences, will give a free, public concert at 8 p.m. May 23 in Hill Auditorium. The ensemble, led by Mitchell Williams, will perform works by Rossini, Shostakovich and Mozart with guest artist Louis Nagel, associate professor of music (piano).

The LSO was founded by staff and students from the Health System and is sponsored by the Gifts of Art program. For more information, call (734) 936-2787 or visit the Web at

Forum to explore online doctors’ orders

The FORUM on Health Policy, Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Center Information Technology are sponsoring the forum “Doctors’ Orders Via Computer: New Possibilities; New Challenges” noon–3 p.m. May 11 in the Ford Amphitheater, University Hospital. The free, public event will explore the ethical, professional and technical questions raised by computerized doctors’ orders.

David Bates, chair of general medicine and associate professor, Harvard Medical School, and Thomas Massaro, chief of staff and associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Virginia Medical School, will deliver keynote addresses. Charles Watts, U-M chief of clinical affairs, clinical associate professor of internal medicine and assistant dean for clinical affairs, will moderate. A panel composed of University and Ford Motor Co. representatives then will discuss online doctors’ orders.

Sponsors of the FORUM on Health Policy include the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan and the Greater Detroit Area Health Council. For more information on past FORUM events, visit the Web at

Register for IM tennis tournament

Entry forms for the Intramural (IM) Sports Program’s spring tennis tournament must be turned in by 2 p.m. May 17 at the IM Sports Bldg. The entry fee is $5 for singles and $9 for doubles. The tournament will take place beginning at 9 a.m. May 19–20. For more information, call (734) 763-3562.

Benefit for Mott Hospital slated

The annual rock ’n’ roll party to benefit C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, with the theme “M*A*S*H Bash,” will be held 6:30–11:30 p.m. May 18 in the Grand Ballroom, Weber’s Inn, 3050 Jackson Road. Tickets are $25 and include dinner, door prizes, contests and live ’50s music performed by Steve King and the Dittilies. There also will be a silent auction and a cash bar.

Proceeds from this year’s benefit will go to the Trail’s Edge Camp for ventilator-dependent children and Mott’s new Pediatric Hemodialysis Unit. For more information, call (734) 936-9134 or send e-mail to

Family Housing to hold yard sales

North Campus Family Housing units on McIntyre Drive between Plymouth and Hubbard roads will hold yard sales 9 a.m.–noon May 12. Rain date is 1–4 p.m. May 13.

North Campus Family Housing units also will hold a multi-family yard sale at Cram Circle Parking Lot #NW21 between Plymouth and Hubbard roads 9 a.m.–noon May 19. Rain date is 1–4 p.m. May 20.

For more information, call (734) 764-9998.

M-Fit offers adult exercise program

M-Fit is offering an exercise program at the Ice Cube Fitness Center, 2121 Oak Valley Drive, for adults who believe they would benefit from personalized attention in their fitness regimens. The program will combine cardiovascular conditioning, resistance training and flexibility in a safe and supervised environment.

Sessions are available by appointment, two or three times per week. The cost is $175 for 16 sessions or $200 for 24 sessions.

The Fitness Center is open 5:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., 5:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (734) 998-8700.

Gallery exhibiting work of Fletcher

The work of photographer Carole Anne Fletcher, coordinator, National Oceans Sciences Bowl, Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research, is on display through June 1 in the Pierpont Commons Gallery. Fletcher photographed lilies in the garden of a friend in Elizabethtown, Ky. For more information, call (734) 647-6838.

Senior Housing Awareness Week events scheduled May 12–20

U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers will be the featured guest during the third annual Senior Housing Awareness Week May 12–20. Rivers will lead a discussion of housing issues affecting seniors during a brown-bag lunch 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. May 14 at the Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road.

Other activities include open houses at 19 senior housing communities throughout Washtenaw County, a workshop titled “Protecting Your Economic Future” 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. May 16 and a panel discussion on assisted living 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. May 18. The workshop and panel discussion also will be held at the Turner Center.

All events are free. To register and for open house schedules, call the Housing Bureau for Seniors, (734) 998-9339. Senior Housing Awareness Week is sponsored by the Housing Bureau for Seniors and several senior housing communities.

Festival of New Works scheduled

The Festival of New Works, a developmental theater for new plays, musicals and screenplays, will present the following four works at the Trueblood Theatre, Frieze Bldg., during the 2001 season:

  • Broadway Joe, screenplay by Gabriel Burnstein, directed by Daniel T. Green, 8 p.m. May 11–12.

  • Jingles in a Broken Tongue by Leslie Lee, directed by Darryl V. Jones, 8 p.m. May 18–19.

  • Love Songs, music and lyrics by Steven Cagan, book by Libbe S. HaLevy, directed by John Neville Andrews, 8 p.m. June 1–2.

  • Divided by Mel Shapiro, directed by Seth Gordon, 8 p.m. June 15–16.

    As part of the event, Leslie Lee will receive the Arthur Miller Award for Dramatic Writing May 18 for his body of work and for Jingles in a Broken Tongue. This year’s festival also will feature Zelda Fichandler, founder of the Arena Theatre in Washington, D.C., who will speak June 15.

    The Festival is presented by the Office of the Provost, LS&A, the departments of English and of Theatre and Drama, and the Program in Film and Video Studies. For more information, call (734) 763-4087.

    New Hope Outreach Clinic opens

    The Geriatrics Center and New Hope Baptist Church announce the opening of New Hope Outreach Clinic, 229 Chapin Road. The facility offers services dedicated to meeting the medical needs and respecting the cultural sensitivities of older African Americans and their families. A grand opening celebration will be held 4–6 p.m. June 5.

    The clinic is open 8:30 a.m.–noon Monday and 1:30–5:30 p.m. Friday. Appointments may be made by calling the Turner Geriatric Clinic, (734) 764-6831, or by calling the New Hope Clinic during business hours, (734) 998-6085. For more information, call (734) 647-8447.

    Klein drawings on display at museum

    “Karen Anne Klein: Drawings from the Collection” will be on display May 18–Sept. 30 in the Rotunda lobby of the Exhibit Museum of Natural History. Klein creates whimsical but accurate images of animals and plants, based on Museum specimens.

    The public is invited to the opening of the exhibition 7–9 p.m. May 18. Klein will give informal gallery talks. The Museum’s annual Members’ Night and Behind the Scenes Tour will take place the same evening.

    For more information, call (734) 764-0478 or (734) 763-6085 (recorded message), or visit the Web at

    Laird to address Software Council

    John Laird, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and associate chair, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will address the Ann Arbor Software Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 10 in Room 18, Wolverine Tower. Laird’s presentation, “An Overview of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Michigan,” will include a discussion of programs that involve interaction among faculty, students and the local software industry.

    The cost is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers and $5 for students. For more information, call (734) 214-0101.

    Art therapy is meeting topic

    Art therapist Shannon Scott will address the topic “Experience Art Therapy” at the Breast Cancer Monthly Support Group meeting 7–8:30 p.m. May 23 at the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Space for this free meeting is limited. For more information or to register, call (734) 764-3115.

    Housing Program offers ESL classes

    The Family Housing Language Program is offering spring and summer sessions of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes on North Campus for the families of international faculty, staff and students. There are classes for adults and for children. The program also provides cultural orientation, field trips and social activities. Classes are open to both residents and nonresidents of Family Housing. For information on class schedules and costs, call (734) 764-8463.

    Outdoor Adventures offers trips, eqipment rentals for spring, summer

    Outdoor Adventures, located in the North Campus Recreation Bldg., is offering a variety of trips and equipment rentals for spring and summer. The programs and rental facility are open to faculty, staff, students, guests and the public. Hours through Aug. 17 are noon–5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 8 a.m.–noon Friday. For more information, call (734) 764-3967 or (734) 763-0050, or visit the Web at

    Matthaei offers May programs

    The Matthaei Botanical Gardens Adult Education Program is offering several classes that begin in May. Topics, instructors, times, dates and costs for each are as follows:

  • “Old West Side Landscapes” by Scott Kunst, landscape historian and Old West Side resident. Section 1 meets 2–3:30 p.m. May 12; Section 2 meets 4–5:30 p.m. May 12. The fee is $13.50 for Matthaei members, $15 for nonmembers.

  • “Bats: Myth and Reality” by Allen Kurta, professor of biology at Eastern Michigan University and author of Mammals of the Great Lakes Region. Class meets 7–8:30 p.m. May 31. The fee is $13.50 for members, $15 for nonmembers.

  • “Sedges, Sedges, Sedges” by Anton Reznicek, lecturer in biology and curator, Herbarium. Class meets 7–9 p.m. May 31 and June 7 and 9 a.m.–1 p.m. June 2 and 9. The fee is $108 for members, $120 for nonmembers.

    Registration is required for the classes. To register, call (734) 998-7061 or send a fax to (734) 998-6205, if paying with Visa or MasterCard. If paying by check, make payable to “MBG Adult Ed” and mail or hand-deliver to Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. For more information, visit the Web at

    MedSport opening Livonia branch

    The Health System’s MedSport sports medicine service is opening a branch location at the Livonia Health Center, 20321 Farmington Road. MedSport also has clinics at the Brighton Health Center and the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. For more information about MedSport, call (734) 998-7405 or visit the Web at

    Rasmussen agrees to serve as LS&A associate dean

    LS&A Dean Shirley Neuman recently announced that Paul Rasmussen, professor of chemistry, has agreed to serve as associate dean for research and graduate studies July 1, 2001–June 30, 2004. Rasmussen has been with the University for more than 30 years and served as LS&A associate dean for research and facilities 1975–82.