The University Record, November 20, 2000


Traffic-free pedestrian crossing set up at Catherine/Glen intersection

The traffic signals at the Catherine-Glen intersection have been changed to establish a traffic-free pedestrian crossing period. When the “Walk” sign is lit for pedestrians, all vehicle traffic in each direction has a red light. Previously, both the “Walk” sign and the vehicle green light were lit at the same time.

Next Record is Dec. 4

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next Record will be published Dec. 4. Campus crime statistics for the month of October (Police Beat) will be published in the Dec. 4 issue. Briefings, Calendar items and Studies must be received by 5 p.m. Nov. 28 for the Dec. 4 issue. Please send material via e-mail to urecord@ or by fax to (734) 764-7084.

Holiday closing information will be included in the Dec. 11 issue. Submit holiday hours of operation by 5 p.m. Dec. 5 for inclusion in the Dec. 11 issue.

Washtenaw traffic flow to change

Southbound traffic on Washtenaw Ave. from Zina Pitcher Place to the pedestrian bridge by the Central Campus Recreational Bldg. will be routed onto the northbound side of the street Nov. 27–Dec. 10. One lane each of two-way traffic will occupy the lanes closest to Palmer Field for two weeks while underground utility work takes place under the southbound lanes. The sidewalk on the west side of Washtenaw Ave. also will be closed during this time.

As construction at the Palmer Drive site continues, additional vehicle traffic changes are required. Palmer Drive will close to all non-construction traffic Nov. 20. Access to the loading docks for the area buildings during the remainder of the construction projects will be available from Huron St. on the west side of the Central Power Plant. Directional signs will be posted.

December brings early payday

The December monthly payroll will be distributed Dec. 22. The last bi-weekly payroll will be distributed Dec. 29, per the normal bi-weekly pay schedule.

Traffic flow changes for Fletcher

Traffic entering and exiting the Fletcher Parking Structure has been affected by the summer closing of the east Palmer Drive entrance. All vehicle traffic into and exiting the structure is restricted to the Fletcher St. entrance. As a result, significant vehicle back-ups occur, particularly during the morning and evening rush hours, as well as during special events.

To improve conditions for exiting traffic, effective today (Nov. 20), all traffic exiting 4–6 p.m. will be required to turn right onto Fletcher St. Left turns out of the structure will be strictly prohibited during these times. The purpose of this change is to reduce the delays that result when drivers attempt to cross traffic during peak exiting hours.

In addition, an external traffic study has been commissioned to identify better, long-term solutions to the traffic flow conditions at the Fletcher Structure.

Register events for MLK Symposium

The theme of the 2001 Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Symposium will be “Commitment and Renewal.” A keynote lecture by actor/humanitarian James Edward Olmos is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 15 in Hill Auditorium. Also part of the symposium, Manning Marable will speak on “Race, Society and the Digital Divide” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Michigan League Ballroom.

Symposium event sponsors may register their events on the Web at Events registered by Dec. 1 will appear in print media and on the Web. Information received after that time will appear only on the Web site.

Send in Power Award nominations

Time is drawing close for nominations for the 17th Annual Sarah Goddard Power Award. The award honors and recognizes individuals at the University who have contributed to the betterment of women through distinguished leadership, scholarship or other activities related to their professional lives.

Named after the late Sarah Goddard Power, the award honors Power’s work to actively support women during her tenure as Regent. U-M faculty, including instructors, lecturers, primary researchers, librarians, curators and senior administrative staff, are eligible for the award. Nominations will be accepted from faculty, staff and students. The award will be bestowed at a Feb. 14 ceremony, which the winner(s) must attend.

For more information, contact Sally Grace, (734) 764-5188 or The nomination form also is available on the Web at

Pluralism Project on display through Dec. 17

“The Pluralism Project at the University of Michigan-Dearborn,” an exhibition on display through Dec. 17 at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, U-M-Dearborn, will highlight work done by faculty and students to document world religions in the Detroit area. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Harvard Pluralism Project, a national program that is mapping religious centers across the country.

Dearborn students and faculty have produced a written and photographic guide to world religions in the Detroit area. More than 50 photographs document religious practices among those who have immigrated to the area since 1965.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Diana L. Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies and director of the Pluralism Project, Harvard University, will discuss “A New Religious Landscape” at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 in Lecture Hall B, School of Management Building.

The exhibition, sponsored by the Arts of Citizenship Program, will be part of the Detroit 300 celebration in 2001. The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery is located on the third floor of the Mardigian Library, Dearborn. Call (313) 593-5058 for more information.

Mail Service will be closed Nov. 23–24

The U-M Mail Service will be closed Nov. 23–24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The U.S. Postal Service will be open Nov. 24, but will not be providing service to U-M buildings.

On Dec. 6, University Mail Service will not have afternoon pick-up or delivery. U.S. Postal Service operations will not be affected.

Check the Dec. 11 Record for a complete listing of holiday season mail information. For more information, visit the Web at www. or call (734) 764-9227.

Whistle-blowing forum is Dec. 5

The U-M Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, with the Academic Women’s Caucus, is hosting a free, public forum on “Whistle-blowing, Arbitration, Mediation” at noon, Dec. 5 in the Pond Room, Michigan Union.

Those attending may have lunch from the U-Club buffet ($8–$10). Reservations are required; call Wilfred Kaplan, (734) 662-0119, or send e-mail to by Dec. 4.

Speakers will be Jeffrey Herron, attorney, on whistleblower laws, and Theodore St. Antoine, professor emeritus of law and immediate past president, National Academy of Arbiters, on arbitration. The moderator will be Zena Zumeta, attorney and mediator, Collaborative Workplace and Mediation Training & Consultation Institute, on mediation.

RC presents Peer Gynt

The Residential College (RC) Drama Concentration will perform Peer Gynt at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 in the RC Auditorium. Written in 1867, Ibsen’s Peer Gynt has had universal appeal. The play is the epic story of a man who spends his life running from who he truly is.

The RC production is the culmination of a full term’s analysis and planning. Fourteen actors will play more than 40 roles, becoming trolls, apes, madmen, threadballs and withered leaves. Three actors play Peer at different points in his life. The play takes the audience to the mountains of Norway, an underground troll kingdom, the sands of Morocco, the Sphinx, an insane asylum in Cairo, a shipwreck in a stormy ocean and back to Norway. A new musical score, drawing from Edvard Grieg’s original suite, video design and elaborate costumes add to the performances.

Admission is free. For more information, call (734) 647-4354 or send e-mail to

Gold to discuss Colorado River restoration in Grand Canyon

Barry Gold, head of the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, will discuss the “Glen Canyon Adaptive Management Program: A Model of Successful Adaptive Management” noon–1:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Room 1046, Dana Bldg. Sponsored by the Ecosystem Management Initiative in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, Gold’s talk will focus on an effort aimed at restoring a free-flowing Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

For more information, send e-mail to

Cancer Center schedules electronic information workshops

Authoritative Web sites offering information for cancer patients and families will be reviewed at “Premier Sites for Cancer Information” 6–7 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Bldg. CancerNet, CancerCare and the American Cancer Society Web sites will be explored, and tips will be given on how to search for clinical trials on the Internet.

Participants in the Cancer Center’s “Nutrition Information: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” workshop, held 6–7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Bldg., will learn to distinguish Internet sites that include sound nutrition information based on scientific research from those that do not.

Medical databases available on the Internet, such as the Health Reference Center and Medline, will be covered at “Databases at Your Fingertips” 6–7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Bldg.

The free workshops are sponsored by the Cancer Center’s Patient Education Resource Center. For more information and registration, call (734) 615-4012 or send e-mail to

Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents The Sorcerer

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society will present The Sorcerer at 8 p.m. Nov. 30–Dec. 2 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 2–3 in the Mendelssohn Theatre. The Sorcerer tells the story of a handsome, popular bridegroom who hires a sorcerer to administer a love potion on an entire village, resulting in a chaotic situation.

Tickets, $14, $16 and $7 for students, may be purchased by calling the Michigan League Ticket Office, (734) 764-0450, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri. Groups of 15 or more (Thurs. and Sun. only) will receive a 15 percent discount. Senior citizens and children are eligible for a $1 per ticket discount.

For more information, visit the Web at or call (734) 647-8436.

Geriatrics Center, Institute of Gerontology announce pilot grant

The Geriatrics Center and the Institute of Gerontology have funds available to support pilot/feasibility research in the biology of aging and geriatrics.

Funding for the grants is provided by the National Institute on Aging via the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, directed by Jeffrey Halter; the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in Aging Research, directed by John Faulkner; and the John A. Hartford Foundation. The Center’s Research Development Cores, led by Richard Miller, professor of pathology and senior research scientist, Institute of Gerontology, has organized the grant competition.

Proposals may involve biomedical science, health services research, clinical physiology and pathophysiology; behavioral and social science research; or investigations into the basic biology of aging. The Pepper Center has a particular interest in studies that propose to develop interventions, or intervention-related methods, for improving the health and independence of elderly people. The Shock Center is interested in proposals that address fundamental questions in cell and molecular biology of aging.

Support is available for faculty members at the assistant professor level or below; faculty members at any rank who propose a collaboration between two laboratories, one of which has not carried out research in aging; or faculty members at any rank whose proposal directly relates to geriatric intervention research.

Individual awards—five to seven anticipated this year—are for one year and will not exceed $33,000. Successful applicants also are eligible for resources provided by the Research Resource Cores available within the Shock and Pepper Center programs.

For more information and an application, contact Karen Earl, (734) 936-8198, fax (734) 647-9749 or Applications must be received by Feb. 7; applicants will be contacted by May 31, with funding available by July 1.

Web site offers ‘quick’ U-M facts

The Bentley Historical Library has mounted a Web site titled “Quick Facts About the University of Michigan.” While the site may not be “one-stop shopping” for a historical overview of the U-M, is a good place to start.

From the chronological history of the University and the history of its seal to Bowl appearances by the football team, notable faculty and alumni, and the history of the Winged Helmet, the site offers a plethora of additional opportunities for finding quick facts within and outside the University. Suggestions for further readings also are included.

Topics include “University of Michigan History”; “Presidents,” including biographies and writings of former U-M presidents; “Buildings and Campus Artwork” with a historical tour of the campus; “The History of Diversity at U-M,” with a side trip into examples of early diversity in the health sciences; “Notable Faculty and Alumni”; and “Athletics.”

“Quick Facts” is the result of collaboration between Bentley librarians Karen Jania and Kathy Marquis and a student from the School of Information.

Matthaei’s holiday sale coming up

The Matthaei Botanical Garden’s Gift Shop will hold a holiday sale Nov. 24–Dec. 1. All plants and merchandise will be 10 percent off. Members of the Botanical Gardens will receive a 20 percent discount during the sale. Poinsettias will be available.

The Gift Shop is open 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Mon.–Sun. For more information, visit the Web at

New database is available

The University community now can access netLibrary books on the Web at NetLibrary is a collection of electronic books. The Ann Arbor campus will have access through Mirlyn to 260 books purchased by University Library; 5,000 books purchased but not yet catalogued; and 4,000 books from a private collection. The checkout time for netLibrary e-books is six hours, and books may be accessed only after establishing a netLibrary password.

AATA announces Thanksgiving hours

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) will not operate regular fixed-route bus service, A-Ride Paratransit or Senior Taxi (formerly Good as Gold) on Nov. 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular services will resume Nov. 24.

Passengers may use AATA’s Holiday Ride shared-ride taxi service Nov. 23 for $2 a person. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities with an AATA Senior or ADA ID card may ride for $1. The Holiday Ride taxi service only operates within Ann Arbor city limits. To schedule a Holiday Ride, call (734) 663-3888. For bus route and schedule information, call (734) 996-0400 or visit the Web at

Bowl tour information available

Information related to the University’s participation in a post-season bowl game is on the Web at and

Comic Andy Dick to perform Nov. 30

University Activities Center’s Laughtrack will present comic Andy Dick and his “Circus of Freaks” at 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at Michigan Theatre. Dick has appeared on the situation comedies News Radio and The Ben Stiller Show. Dick combines physical comedy and self-effacing slapstick, exploring social taboos and his own exhibitionism.

Tickets, $20 and $15 for students with ID plus a service charge when applicable, are available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, (734) 763-8587, and TicketMaster outlets, (248) 645-6666 or The ticket prices include a $1 donation to the renovation of the Michigan Theatre.

Davies to read from his work

Author Peter Ho Davies will read from his work on Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. in Rackham Amphitheater. The free, public reading is sponsored by the Department of English and the Office of the Provost.

Born to Welsh and Chinese parents in England, Davies teaches in the University’s M.F.A. program in creative writing. He has published two collections of stories, both to critical acclaim. The first, The Ugliest House in the World, won him the Silver PEN Award and the Oregon Book Award for Fiction. The second, Equal Love, has been called “quietly dazzling, full of humour and humanity and the impossible compromises of love,” and was published in February by Houghton Mifflin.

Ring in the season with Messiah

The University Musical Society (UMS) Choral Union, under the direction of Thomas Sheets, and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will perform Handel’s Messiah at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 in Hill Auditorium. An annual tradition, the UMS Choral Union has sung this work every year since 1879, marking the beginning of the holiday season.

Tickets, $20, $18, $14 and $12, are available by calling (734) 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229; visiting the Web at; or stopping by the UMS Box Office, Power Center, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri. and 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Sat.

Technology in auto industry focus of program

The Ann Arbor IT Zone is sponsoring “Gearing Up: Technology Accelerates in the Auto Industry” at 5 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Michigan League Ballroom. Collaborative engineering, eSupply and eConsumer efforts among the “Big Three,” new consumer marketing methods and much more will be discussed by a panel of industry experts. Speakers include Kenneth R. Baker, president and CEO, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan; Jeff Liedel, manager, Consumer Facing eCommerce, ConsumerConnect Division of Ford Motor Co.; and Kevin Vasconi, chief technical officer, Covisint, the Internet business-to-business venture between Ford Motor Co., General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Renault and Nissan.

The program is free to IT Zone members, $15 for non-members and $5 for students. Register on the Web at, send e-mail to or call (734) 623-8286.

Sign up for IM basketball, wrestling

The Intramural (IM) Sports Program is accepting entries for its basketball and wrestling tournaments. Entry deadlines, fees and game dates are as follows.

  • Basketball, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Nov. 27–29, IM Sports Bldg., $35 per team. Team managers must attend a meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 in Cliff Keen Arena. The tournament will be played beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 and at 1 p.m. Dec. 3.

  • Wrestling, 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30, IM Sports Bldg., $5 per person or $35 per team. The tournament will be conducted Dec. 5–7 at the Sports Coliseum. Weigh-ins for the tournament will be held 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Dec. 4.

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

    Exhibit Museum hosts Dinosaur Discovery Day

    Check out new exhibitions, try hands-on activities and learn what’s new in dinosaur science at “Dinosaur Discovery Day” 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History. Highlights include a new dinosaur exhibition featuring a touchable cast of Allosaurus fragilis, the new home of the Museum’s T. rex skull, a dinosaur fact-or-fiction quiz, the opportunity to build a lifelike dinosaur skeleton out of recycled packing materials, short new films about dinosaurs, a dinosaur dig and the chance to create an illustrated timeline of dinosaur existence.

    The free, public Dinosaur Discovery Day is sponsored by the State Street Area Association. Thirty-minute tours of the dinosaur exhibitions, limited to the first 15 people who sign up, will be offered at 2 p.m. Dec. 3, 9 and 10.

    The Exhibit Museum is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat. and noon–5 p.m. Sun. For more information, call (734) 764-0478 or (734) 763-6085 (recorded message), or visit the Web at

    Predoctoral positions offered in gender and mental health studies

    The Gender and Mental Health Training Program at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender is accepting applications for two predoctoral training positions that will begin winter 2001. The program aims to train scholars who will work together with faculty across the University, in the departments of Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology; the Medical School; and the schools of Nursing, Social Work and Public Health to conduct interdisciplinary research on gender and mental health. All students admitted to the Ph.D. programs of participating departments are eligible to apply.

    Applications are due Dec. 1. Inquiries may be directed to Susan Nolen-Hoeksema,

    ‘Death and Its Enemies’ conference is Dec. 1–2

    Sponsored by the Life Sciences, Values and Society Program (LSVSP) and the Project on Death in America, the conference “Death and Its Enemies” will be held Dec. 1–2 in Rackham Amphitheater. The free, public conference, organized by Robert Burt, visiting professor of law from Yale University, will explore the implications of the extension of longevity. President Lee C. Bollinger will introduce the conference, followed by leading figures from the U-M, Yale, Harvard, Cornell and Columbia, and representatives from the Project on Death in America. Pre-registration is required; visit the Web at http:/, send e-mail (put “dying registration” in the subject line) to or call (734) 647-4571.

    To join the LSVSP mailing list, highlighting upcoming events, send e-mail to and put “Mailing List” in the subject line. Please indicate your title, and whether you are a student, faculty or staff member. The program is currently organizing an event that will involve artistic interpretations of scientific advances in genetics. If you might be interested in serving as a resource, send e-mail to

    ‘Casting Shadows’ opens Dec. 2 at Museum of Art

    ‘Casting Shadows: Photographs by Edward West,” an exhibition highlighting the daily lives of Black South Africans during the dismantling of apartheid, will be on display

    Dec. 2–Jan. 28 in the Museum of Art’s 20th Century Gallery. As the exhibition’s title suggests, shadow is used as a metaphor for the shifting visibility of the Black population during this period of political and cultural change.

    West, associate professor of art, photographed the country’s communities of color in townships, squatter camps and other locations. Shot with high speed film and digitally printed on drawing paper, the images reveal the subtle power of everyday activities to illuminate a moment in the culture’s transformation. This body of work has been shown extensively in South Africa, but the Museum of Art exhibition marks its American debut.

    For more information, call (734) 764-0395 or visit the Web at The Museum is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Thurs. and noon–5 p.m. Sun.

    Organogenesis announces pre-, postdoctoral fellowship competition

    The Center for Organogenesis at the Medical School welcomes applications for two postdoctoral and two pre-doctoral fellowships from qualified applicants who wish to undertake a research project in the field of organogenesis. Research should focus on organ development, organ/tissue maintenance and replacement, or abnormal organ growth.

    One of the postdoctoral fellowships is non-traditional, and will provide one year of support, while the other postdoctoral and both pre-doctoral fellowships will run for two years. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and their project must cross interdisciplinary lines and must fit within the goals of the Center.

    Applications, due Jan. 19, may be obtained from Rebecca Pintar, (734) 936-2499 or For more information, contact Deborah Gumucio, (734) 647-0172 or