The University Record, September 5, 2000


Fun Run is Sept. 8

Participants in the Fourth Annual Fun Run with President Lee C. Bollinger will hear the starting gun at noon Sept. 8 at the Washington Heights entrance to Nichols Arboretum. Walkers and runners can register for the 5K (3.1 miles) event at the Burnham House beginning at 11 a.m.

Because parking is limited, participants are encouraged to use campus transportation or walk to Burnham House. The Central Campus Recreation Bldg. will make a locker, showers and a towel available to participants for $1.50.

Water, juice and bagels will be available after the run. Many early registrants will receive T-shirts with a logo commemorating the event.

Post your events

Attention campus event sponsors: The Campus Information Centers (CIC) can help publicize your events through listings on the UM*Events Web site. The site logged 3,528 events last year under a new format that makes it easy to find events and enter information on your events once you’re a registered sponsor. The CIC uses this database as its primary source for event information.

To become a sponsor, visit, click on “Sponsor” and follow the instructions.

If you’re a current sponsor but forgot your password, send e-mail to or call (734) 615-8381.

If you have more than 10 events to enter at once, visit for an easy-to-use form for large amounts of data.

Ushers needed

The School of Music’s University Productions office is seeking volunteer ushers for the 2000–01 season productions in the Power Center for the Performing Arts, Mendelssohn Theatre and the Halloween concerts at Hill Auditorium.

Productions this season include two operas, two musicals, a dance concert and five plays.

Ushers help audience members to their seats, distribute playbills and take tickets. Ushers are not paid but are invited to watch the performances. No experience is necessary but volunteers should be at least high school age.

Apply in person at the University Productions office in the Michigan League, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri. beginning Sept. 11 or call (734) 763-5213.

Rackham seeks grant applicants

The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies invites applications for its 2000 Faculty Research Grants and Fellowships program. Faculty members may apply for both a grant and/or a fellowship to be used at the same time, but the total of both awards cannot exceed $15,000.

The primary objective is to assist promising junior faculty in establishing and sustaining an active program of research and scholarship. Consideration also is given to senior faculty who are entering a new line of inquiry.

Applications are due Oct. 13. Guidelines and applications are available in Room 1004, Rackham Bldg., by calling (734) 936-1647, sending e-mail to or by visiting the Web at

HRD offers variety of services

Human Resource Development (HRD) tailors its services based on feedback from managers, academic administrators, supervisors and staff. Listed below are the services offered this year.

  • Organizational consulting services can be used to plan and implement strategic planning initiatives; increase employee retention and commitment; strengthen the ability of your department to deal with rapid changes; foster productive working relationships, communication and teamwork; make improvements in process management, performance management and customer service; facilitate retreats, and discussions of difficult and complex topics; link department goals with the professional development of employees; and search for and implement “best practices” from other units.

  • Customized training services help departments meet their unique professional development needs by having customized HRD courses offered for employees in a chosen location.

  • Open enrollment courses (listed in the Calendar section of the Record) are designed to build employee skills and knowledge and organized to meet ongoing needs in basic and advanced course offerings that vary in length. The courses, rated highly by participants and competitively priced, are taught by instructors who understand the University’s diverse work settings. Individuals can register for courses on the Web at The Professional Development Virtual Calendar can be found on the Web at

    HRD’s 2000–01 Professional Development Catalog was mailed to employees in mid-August. If you did not receive a copy, call (734) 764-7410 or send e-mail to Jillian Hudson,

    Students will ride free

    Rides on all Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) fixed-route buses will be free through Sept. 7 to U-M students who show drivers their MCard. Bus routes and schedule information is available by calling (734) 996-0400.

    Search announced for Business School dean

    Appointment of an advisory committee to search for the next dean of the School of Business Administration was announced last week by Provost Nancy Cantor and President Lee C. Bollinger.

    The committee will be asked to conduct a national search and present an unranked slate of final candidates in late spring 2001.

    The new dean will succeed B. Joseph White, dean for the past 10 years.

    “The School of Business Administration has flourished under the leadership provided by Dean White,” Cantor said. “The search advisory committee will be charged to find a leader who will continue the exciting intellectual and educational activities under way at the School.”

    Members of the committee are:

    Joel B. Slemrod (chair), the Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics, professor of business economics and public policy and of economics; Edward E. Adams, director, Computing Service, Business School; Eugene W. Anderson, associate professor of marketing; Michael D. Kennedy, vice provost for international affairs and director, International Institute; M.P. Narayanan, associate professor of finance;

    Judith S. Olson, professor of computer and information systems, of psychology and of information; Linda C. Salisbury, graduate student research assistant, Business School; Cindy A. Schipani, professor of business law; Brandon L. Schmidt, president, student government, Business School; Richard G. Sloan, professor of accounting; Janet A. Weiss, the Mary C. Bromage Collegiate Professor of Business Administration and professor of organizational behavior and public policy and of public policy; and J. Frank Yates, professor of business administration and of psychology.

    Business School alumni Mary Kay Haben, president, Cheese Division, Kraft Foods Inc., and Sanford R. Robertson, partner, Francisco Partners, Calif., also are on the committee.

    MacCormack presents Walgreen Professorship Lecture

    Sabine MacCormack, professor of classical studies and of history, will lecture at 4:10 p.m. Sept. 8 in honor of her appointment to the Mary Ann and Charles R. Walgreen Professorship for the Study of Human Understanding. MacCormack will speak on “Social Conscience and Social Practice: Poverty and Homelessness in Early Colonial Peru” in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union. A reception will follow on the Union Patio (U-Club in case of rain).

    Soeteber to give Hovey Lecture

    Ellen Soeteber, managing editor of the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, will give the 2000 Graham Hovey Lecture on “Beyond the Front Page: Why Newspapers Are Going Multimedia” at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 at Wallace House Gardens, 620 Oxford Road.

    Soeteber, a 1986–87 Michigan Journalism Fellow and one of the nation’s senior women in news management, pioneered the multimedia approach at the Sun-Sentinel and at her paper’s parent company, the Chicago Tribune Co.

    The 15th annual lecture honors retired Journalism Fellows director Graham Hovey, former foreign correspondent for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Washington correspondent and editorial writer for the New York Times.

    For information, call (734) 998-7666.

    Search committee appointed for SNRE dean

    Appointment of a search advisory committee for the next dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) was announced last week by Provost Nancy Cantor and President Lee C. Bollinger.

    The group has been asked to conduct a national search and present an unranked slate of final candidates in late spring 2001.

    Barry Rabe, professor of environmental politics, was appointed interim dean in July, for an expected 12-month term. Daniel A. Mazmanian, who had been dean since 1996, is the founding dean of a new School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California.

    “The School of Natural Resources and Environment has seen tremendous progress under the leadership provided by Dean Mazmanian,” Cantor said. “The committee will be charged to find a leader who will continue the important new challenges that are key to the growth, energy and educational activities in the School.”

    Committee members are:

    J. David Allan (chair), professor of conservation biology and ecosystem management; Matthew E. Baker, graduate student, resource ecology and management; Steven Brechin, associate professor of environmental sociology; Terry J. Brown, professor of landscape architecture; Thomas N. Gladwin, the Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and director, Corporate Environmental Management Program; Cheryl D. Gregory, SNRE undergraduate student;

    Patricia Myers Kardia, student services associate, SNRE; John R. Knott Jr., professor of English; Marie L. Logan, assistant to the dean; Joan I. Nassauer, professor of landscape architecture; Ivette Perfecto, associate professor of natural resources and environment; and Dorceta E. Taylor, assistant professor of environmental sociology and of Afroamerican and African studies.

    Computing support services announce fall hours

    Some University computing support services will have special hours beginning fall term. Special hours and a list of the new regular fall hours are listed below.

  • (734) 764-HELP. Through Sept. 30: 8 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri. and 1–5 p.m. Sun. Beginning Oct. 1: 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri. and 1–5 p.m. Sun.

  • Accounts Office. 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri.

  • Computer Showcase. Sept. 1–15: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sept. 5–7,10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sept. 8, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sept. 11, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sept. 12–14 and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sept. 15. Fall hours, beginning Sept. 18: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri.

  • Campus computing sites. Hours are unchanged except as listed below. See for current hours at all campus computing sites. Angell Courtyard. Through Sept. 17: 7:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. daily. Beginning Sept. 18: Open 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week.

    School of Education Bldg. 7:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri. and noon-5 p.m. Sat.–Sun.

    Club U-Move debuts

    The U-Move Fitness program will debut Club U-Move this fall, a series of fitness classes geared to middle-school and high school-age teens. Classes, held on weekends or in the evening, include water safety instructor, kickboxing, hip-hop and step aerobics. For information or to sign up, call (734) 764-1342 or stop by Room 1271, Central Campus Recreation Bldg., 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays.

    JAMA editor to speak on preserving integrity of medical journals

    In an age of increased private industry funding for medical studies, how can the journals that publish the results of such studies ensure their objectivity? How should academic scientists who pursue commercial side projects disclose their potential biases when they publish a paper? And how can the public, which is constantly exposed to news reports based on research from research journals, know what to believe?

    An expert on the front lines of this debate, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Catherine DeAngelis, will discuss “Integrity in Scientific Publications: Implications for Research” at 4 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Maternal and Child Health Center Auditorium. Members of the media and the general public are invited to attend.

    DeAngelis has served as the editor of JAMA, one of the nation’s most prestigious medical journals, since early this year. Previously, she was editor in chief of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She holds a professorship in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she has been vice dean for academic affairs and faculty, deputy chair of pediatrics, and founding director of the division of general pediatrics and adolescent medicine. She has authored or edited 10 books and more than 150 studies, commentaries, editorials, chapters and abstracts.

    DeAngelis’ presentation is this year’s Raymond W. Waggoner Lectureship on Ethics and Values in Medicine, named for the late Raymond Waggoner, who died June 27 at age 98. He was chair of the Department of Psychiatry in 1937–70. A noted psychiatrist, medical administrator and government adviser who was one of the first to see mental illness as both an emotional and physical problem, Waggoner maintained a strong interest in medical ethics and values throughout his career. The Department of Psychiatry established the lectureship in his honor in 1995.

    DeAngelis’ talk will be preceded by a brief recognition of Waggoner’s life and career.

    Search launched for IRWG director

    The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is conducting a national search for a director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG).

    Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, IRWG has earned an international reputation for excellence in research and training, and has consistently been funded by programmatic, training and individual research grants.

    Abigail J. Stewart, professor of psychology and of women’s studies, and IRWG director, will step down as director in 2002 to return to teaching and research.

    Information on the position is available from IRWG, 1136 Lane Hall 1290. Nominations and applications should be sent to OVPR, attention Trish Evans, 4080 Fleming Administration Bldg. 1340, or sent via e-mail to

    HUGS program offers information sessions

    The Health System’s HUGS eating/weight management program is offering two free, public information sessions 4:30–5 p.m. Sept. 11 in Room 1H 205, University Hospital, and 11–11:30 a.m. Sept. 12 in Room 2C 224, University Hospital.

    The 10-week HUGS program, coordinated by the Nutrition Counseling Center, helps participants gain confidence and insight into their food selections, eat for energy and health, and think differently about body size, weight, one’s relationship to food and exercise.

    To register for an information session or inquire about the program, call (734) 936-4399.

    Medical School hosts sesquicentennial event

    “The Coming of the Second Revolution in Medical Education” will be the focus of a presentation by Kenneth M. Ludmerer noon–1 p.m. Sept. 15 in Ford Auditorium, University Hospital. Part of the Medical School’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, Ludmerer’s presentation will focus on medical education, the plight of academic health centers, and the problems of managed care and modern-day medical practice.

    Ludmerer is professor of medicine and of history at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of Learning to Heal: The Development of American Medical Education, Genetics and Time to Heal: American Medical Education from the Turn of the Century to the Era of Managed Care.

    Old IFS connection method to be retired

    Macintosh connections to the Institutional File System (IFS) through the IFS Production Server will no longer be available after Sept. 30. Individuals should switch now to “IFS via netatalk,” located in the “umich-IFS” AppleTalk Zones listing in the Macintosh Chooser (under the apple menu). In order to connect to IFS using this new method, the computer must be running Mac OS 8.1 or higher, and new software must be installed. For detailed instructions, see “Using IFS From Your Macintosh Computer [IFS Via Netatalk]” (S4103) on the Web at

    Student parking permit sale is today

    Parking permit sales for juniors, seniors and graduate students will be held from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. today (Sept. 5) at Crisler Arena. A limited number of student permits for perimeter lots are available today only. Students should enter Crisler Arena through the tunnel entrance on the north side of the building.

    The Parking Services office, 508 Thompson St., is open 9 a.m.–3 p.m. today for faculty and staff. Regular office hours (7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) will resume Sept. 6.

    NSF IT director to discuss future of IT

    George Strawn, executive director of the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation (NSF), will discuss “The Information Technology (IT) Revolution: A Vision of the Future” at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Michigan League Ballroom. Sponsored by the Ann Arbor IT Zone, the public program will address NSF’s vision for advanced computing and networking. Douglas E. Van Houweling, president and CEO of the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development, will introduce Strawn.

    Strawn manages NSF’s programs for computer science research and the creation and use of advanced supercomputing and networking facilities, with an annual budget of almost $400 million. Prior to joining NSF, Strawn was a faculty member and chair of the computer science department at Iowa State University.

    The event begins with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at 5 p.m.; Strawn’s presentation starts at 6 p.m. Registration, free to IT Zone members, $15 for non-members and $5 for students, can be done on the Web at, by calling (734) 623-8286 or by sending e-mail to, Cash or check registration may be done at the door at 5 p.m. Sept. 7.

    Experts to debate welfare reform

    The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will host a panel of national experts in social welfare policy to discuss and debate the results of the landmark 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, its impact on the poor in America in the past four years and the future of welfare with the reauthorization in 2001.

    “Welfare Reform Reauthorization 2001: What Have We Learned from the Past Four Years?” will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 7 in Anderson Room D, Michigan Union.

    The panel will be moderated by Law School Dean Jeffrey Lehman. Confirmed panelists include Ford School Dean Rebecca Blank; Ron Haskins, staff director, Subcommittee on Human Resources, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives; Sheldon Danziger, professor of social work and of public policy, and director, Research and Training Center on Poverty, the Underclass and Public Policy; Lawrence Mead, professor of politics, New York University; Mary Corcoran, professor of political science, of public policy, of social work and of women’s studies.

    For information, contact Cali Mortenson, (734) 213-5379 or

    Symposium on Technology and Society is Sept. 8–9

    Leading information industry specialists will participate in the inaugural John Seely Brown Symposium on Technology and Society, hosted by the School of Information with support from the President’s Information Revolution Committee and John Seely Brown, Sept. 8–9 at the Michigan Union. The free event, open to faculty, staff and students, is intended to help the public understand the social ramifications of the information revolution.

    Lawrence Lessig, professor of law at Stanford University, columnist, author and commentator, will speak on “Architecting Innovation” at 3 p.m. Sept. 8. Lessig served as special master to Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson in the U.S. v. Microsoft Corporation trial and specializes in constitutional law, contracts, comparative constitutional law and the law of cyberspace.

    The symposium continues at 9 a.m. Sept. 9 with a panel discussion on the implications of open source software featuring Lessig and U-M professors. Brown, a U-M alumnus who is vice president and chief scientist of Xerox Corp. and director of its Palo Alto Research Center, also will be in attendance. Brown is involved with expanding the role of corporate research to include organizational learning, ethnographies of the workplace and complex adaptive systems. In 1997, he authored Seeing Differently: Insights on Innovation, and his latest book, The Social Life of Information, written with Paul Duguid, is now available.

    For more information, call (734) 763-2285 or visit the Web at

    Energy Fest 2000 is Sept. 13

    Energy Fest 2000, sponsored by the Utilities and Maintenance Services Department and the Center for Sustainability Systems, will take place 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Sept. 13 on the Diag.

    Energy Fest is intended to educate the campus community about the energy conservation measures promoted and used by the University, including building upgrades and the Green Lights Program.

    University departments and outside organizations will share information about how they save energy and offer tips for individual energy efficiency. Displays also will include statistics showing the money saved by programs implemented. Other highlights include a band noon–1 p.m. and several giveaways throughout the program.

    For more information, call Chris Frye, (734) 647-5795.

    IM Sports announces entry deadlines

    The Intramural (IM) Sports Program will accept entries for its broomball, 3-on-3 basketball and soccer programs 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the IM Sports Bldg. Entry fees and game dates are listed below.

  • Broomball, $75 per team. A mandatory managers meeting will be held at 8 p.m. Sept. 13 in Cliff Keen Arena. Beginning Sept. 13, games will be played at 10 p.m. Sun.–Thurs. at Yost Ice Arena.

  • 3-on-3 basketball, $50 per team. The managers meeting will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 in Cliff Keen Arena. Games will be played 5:30–9:30 p.m. Mon.–Thurs. beginning Sept. 14 at the IM Sports Bldg.

  • Soccer, $75 per team. Team managers must attend a mandatory meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 in Cliff Keen Arena. Games will be played 5:30–10:30 p.m. Sun.–Fri. at the Mitchell Fields beginning Sept. 14.

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

    Observatory hosts open houses, lectures

    Take a tour of the newly restored University of Michigan Detroit Observatory 4–6 p.m. Sept. 13 to see the telescopes and artifacts housed in the 1854 building. See an 1857 16-foot refracting telescope and an 1854 meridian circle. You can even pull the rope to rotate the dome. The Observatory is at 1398 E. Ann St. at Observatory St. Suggested donation is $5.

    The monthly lecture series will begin at 3 p.m. Sept. 26 with “Poet Robert Frost’s Ann Arbor Days,” presented by Robert M. Warner, dean emeritus of the School of Information and former U.S. archivist.

    Other programs in the series are:

    Oct. 24, “Women in Astronomy,” Michael Lopresto, chair, Physics Department, Henry Ford Community College, 7 p.m.

    Nov. 14, “Restoring Fair Lane, Home of Henry Ford, Pioneer Preservationist and Interpreter of Our Heritage,” Donn Werling, director, Henry Ford Estate, U-M-Dearborn, 3 p.m.

    Dec. 5, “Ann Arbor’s Forest Hill Cemetery and the 19th-Century Rural, Romantic Cemetery Movement,” Sally Bund, assistant archivist, Bentley Historical Library, 3 p.m.

    For information about the Observatory, call (734) 763-2230 or visit the Web at

    M-Fit offers culinary school, nutrition classes

    M-Fit is offering a series of culinary and healthy eating classes throughout the fall term. The September schedule includes:

    Magnificent Marinades, 6–8 p.m. Sept. 6. Learn from Kathy Goldberg and Lizzie Burt to use easy marinades that will save time and add moisture and flavor to your favorite foods.

    Easy Asian Cuisine, 6–8 p.m. Sept. 13. Christine Liu will share her love and knowledge of Chinese food and culture while preparing four dishes using chicken, shrimp, tofu and vegetables.

    Easy Vegetarian Cooking for Everyday, noon–2 p.m. Sept. 19. Goldberg and Burt will help you learn how to incorporate more meatless meals in your weekly menu. A quick discussion on how to plan a balanced vegetarian diet is included.

    Super Food, 6–8 p.m. Sept. 27. Goldberg, Burt and Suzanne Dixon will talk about how fruits, vegetables and whole grains may help protect you and your family against cancer, heart disease and other degenerative diseases.

    All classes are held at the East Ann Arbor Health Center demonstration kitchen, 4260 Plymouth Road. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Nutrition classes are $20. Culinary classes are $30 per person, $50 for two people, $80 for any series of three classes.

    To register, call Nicole Goyarts, (734) 975-4387 or send e-mail to

    Haines will discuss IT service contracts, pricing

    Michael Haines, principal analyst for the Dataquest Division of Gartner, will discuss “Contracts and Pricing” for information technology service vendors at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Launch Pad, 330 E. Liberty St. Presented by the Ann Arbor IT Zone, the lecture is part of the organization’s Hi-Tech Tuesday Marketing and Sales series. Individuals attending the program will learn how IT service vendors can implement effective contracts and establish profitable pricing levels.

    Haines has worked in office automation and the technology services arena for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Gartner, he worked for Inacom, 3M, Unisys and MISG, an IBM Marketing Associate.

    The program is free for IT Zone members, $25 for non-members and $5 for students. Early registration is advised, but also will be accepted at 5 p.m. Sept. 12. To register, visit the Web at, call (734) 623-8286 or send e-mail with your name, company, address, phone number and session date to

    Plants on sale at Matthaei; Savvy Session is Sept. 10

    Matthaei Botanical Gardens (MBG) will host its 27th Annual Fall Gardeners Sale Sept. 15–17. The sale will feature unusual trees and shrubs, ornamental grasses, hardy mums, spring bulbs, autumn crocus and garden supplies.

    New this year is a free “Savvy Session,” 1–3 p.m. Sept. 10, featuring professional consultation on horticultural topics by the Gardens’ staff and volunteer Michigan Master Gardeners. Topics include mulching, seed collecting, pruning and proper fall garden cleanup.

    The Sept. 15 sale is open only to MBG members, 3–7 p.m. Become a member at the door and get a 10 percent discount on plants. The public sale is 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sept. 16–17.

    Admission is free. The Gardens are located at 1800 Dixboro Road, between Geddes and Plymouth Roads.

    All proceeds from the sale go to the Gardens. For information, call (734) 998-7061 or visit the Web at

    LIR Tuesday Lectures start next week

    “The Second Tuesday Distinguished Lectures” series, sponsored by the Geriatrics Center’s Learning in Retirement (LIR) program begins Sept. 12 with a talk by Samuel J. Eldersveldt, professor emeritus of political science, and Hanes Walton Jr., professor of political science, on “Political Parties in American Society.”

    Other topics in this year’s series are:

    Oct. 10—“Collaborative Law: The Mediation Process, attorney Sally Rutsky.

    Nov. 14—“Transfusion Medicine in Philately,” physician Jacob Shanberge.

    Dec. 12—“American Welfare System in the New Millennium,” Rebecca Blank, dean, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

    Jan. 9, 2001—“Writing Operas: How Did I Get into This!” William Bolcom, the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Music.

    Feb. 13—“Ethnic Humor,” Eric Rabkin, professor of English.

    March 13—“Delaying the Process of Age-related Diseases,” David T. Burke, associate professor of human genetics.

    April 8—“The Challenges of Legislative Lobbying in a Term-limited Environment,” Cynthia Wilbanks, vice president for government relations.

    May 8—“Globalization of the Economy—Marina Whitman, professor of business administration and public policy.

    All lectures start at 10 a.m. in the Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium, 1000 Wall St. The series fee for LIR members is $40 (annual membership is $5). For information, call (734) 998-9353.

    LIR spotlights ‘Hot Political Issues’

    The Geriatrics Center’s Learning in Retirement (LIR) program will present a series of six lectures on “Hot Political Issues” this fall. The fee for the series is $25 for LIR members (annual membership is $5). All lectures start at 10 a.m. and are held in the Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium, 1000 Wall St. For information, call (734) 998-9353.

    Sept. 14—“Do We Still Need Public Schools?” Kathleen Straus, vice president, Michigan State Board of Education.

    Sept. 21—“Federal Monetary Policy,” Edward Gramlich, governor and board member, Federal Reserve System.

    Sept. 27—“A New World Order: Globalization, U.S. and W.T.O.,” Robert Stern, professor emeritus of economics and public policy.

    Oct. 5—“Issues in Health Care,” Richard Lichtenstein, associate professor of public health.

    Oct. 12—“Missiles, Bombs and Security in a Dangerous World,” J. David Singer, professor of political science.

    Oct. 19—“Minority Preferences in Higher Education,” Terrance Sandalow, the Edson R. Sunderland Emeritus Professor of Law.

    Matthaei classes start new week

    Classes ranging from “Fall Hawks” to “Lichens ‘Up North’” will be offered throughout the fall by Matthaei Botanical Gardens beginning next week.

    September classes and their starting dates are:

    “Michigan Mushrooms,” Sept. 12, Joyce Shaffer and Robert Shaffer, curator emeritus of fungi, Herbarium. Study wild mushrooms through slide lectures that concentrate on mushrooms’ natural history, identifying characteristics, and edible and poisonous qualities.

    “Fall Hawks,” Sept. 14, Michael A. Kielb, environmental educator and newspaper writer. Learn about the various kinds of hawks that live or migrate through Michigan during an evening session and Saturday trips.

    “A Reunion of Trees,” Sept. 16, Liz Elling, visitor programs coordinator. This class is based on the book by Stephen A. Spongberg that relates the discovery of exotic plants and their introduction into North American and European landscapes.

    “Pruning Workshop,” Irene McDonnell Cahill, forester and certified arborist. Gain an understanding of the proper techniques for pruning deciduous shrubs and small ornamental and native trees, with an emphasis on naturalistic shaping and thinning, as well as size reduction and rejuvenation when necessary.

    “Natural Landscape Living,” Sept. 21, Matthew C. Heumann, naturalist and natural features consultant. Learn how to maintain a more natural property, develop a site evaluation, develop and build trails, manage habitats and protect wetlands.

    “Plant Propagation,” Sept. 25, Mike Palmer, senior horticultural assistant. This class features easy-to-learn propagation techniques and tips on caring for both indoor and outdoor plants.

    “Wednesday A.M. Hiker, Fall,” Sept. 27, Ellen Elliott Weatherbee, adult education program. Weekly hikes take the inquisitive plant seeker to the more remote habitats of woods and wetlands.

    “Lichens ‘Up North,’” Sept. 28, Barbara Madsen, adjunct assistant professor, Biological Station. Visit the Biological Station in Pellston, 18 miles south of the Mackinac Bridge, and learn about lichens, “symbiotic” organisms composed of algae and fungi.

    For more details on the classes, visit the Web at or call (734) 998-7061. The Gardens are located at 1800 N. Dixboro Road.

    Video artist Doyle coming

    As part of “VideoCulture: Three Decades of Video Art,” the Museum of Art and Media Union are sponsoring a residency by New York-based video artist Chris Doyle. Trained as an architect at Harvard University, Doyle has emerged as a talent in video art, known for projects that focus on the objects of ordinary life, and his ability to transform our perceptions of them. He will present two new video art works while on campus:

  • “What I See When I Look at You,” 9–11 p.m. Sept. 7–11, outside north wall of the Museum of Art. Doyle examines the changing nature of the portrait, combining images of historic portraits from the Museum’s collections with video portraits of people on campus.

    Meet the Artist, 7–9 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Museum of Art Apse. Screenings and discussions begin at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

  • “Some Natural History,” noon–6 p.m. daily, Sept. 9–Oct. 4, Media Union Gallery, North Campus. Doyle’s gallery work focuses on giving added life to the inanimate. This installation uses manmade materials to recreate “nature” on several scales, combining video footage of changing configurations of bricks, put into continuous motion by stop-action animating. An actual brick “landscape” surrounds the video monitors and experiences mutation as student assistants slowly rearrange the bricks.

    Opening Reception/Gallery Talk, 6–9 p.m. Sept. 9, Media Union Gallery. Refreshments will be served.

    The two exhibitions are a contribution to a collaboration that joins the forces of 11 museums, galleries and arts education organizations in metropolitan Detroit to examine video art and its impact on contemporary culture. For more information on the collaboration, visit the Web at To find out more about Doyle, visit the Web at

    Dearborn Art Museum Project offers ‘Old Detroit’ tour

    The U-M-Dearborn Art Museum Project and the volunteer group Fine Arts Associates will offer a tour of “Old Detroit” that departs at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 16 from the Mardigian Library parking lot, Richard Drive west of Evergreen Road, Dearborn. Participants will tour the historic Players Playhouse, the Pewabic Pottery studios, the Fisher Mansion and the Detroit Opera House.

    Lunch at Govinda’s Restaurant in Detroit is included in the fee, which is $25 for Fine Arts Associates, $35 for non-Associates and $10 for Dearborn students who are enrolled in a degree program. Proceeds support art and cultural activities at U-M-Dearborn. Reservations must be made by Sept. 8. For more information, call Ken Gross, (313) 593-5058.

    Bradburn to discuss privacy and research

    Norman M. Bradburn, assistant director of the National Science Foundation’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate, will discuss “Privacy and Research: How Do We Strike the Balance?” at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Social Research and the President’s Information Revolution Commission, the free, public lecture will be followed by commentary, discussion and a reception.

    Formerly senior vice president for research and director of the National Opinion Research Center, Bradburn served as provost of the University of Chicago in 1984–89. His research interests include social psychology, statistics and survey methodology. Past president of the American Association of Public Opinion Research, he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the co-author of four books on survey methodology.