The University Record, September 25, 2000

Briefings

Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt to speak Oct. 5

In the midst of a growing political controversy over the best way to reduce the undercount of minorities in the 2000 Census, U.S. Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt visits Ann Arbor Oct. 5 to discuss how to disentangle politics and the science of census-taking.

Prewitt will speak on “Political Questions/Scientific Answers” at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 in Rackham Auditorium. His free, public talk is sponsored by the Institute for Social Research and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Before joining the U.S. Census Bureau in 1998, Prewitt served as president of the Social Science Research Council, senior vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation, and director of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. A political scientist, he is the author or co-author of 12 books and more than 50 articles and book chapters.

Prewitt will be introduced by Barbara Everitt Bryant, a research scientist at the Business School and the director of the 1990 U.S. Census. His talk will be followed by a panel discussion and an opportunity for public questions and comment. Among the scheduled panelists are Margo Anderson, professor of American history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and co-author of Who Counts? The Politics of Census-Taking in Contemporary America; Vincent Hutchings, assistant professor of political science and faculty associate, Center for Political Studies; Robert Tieter, president of Market Opinion Research, a Detroit consumer research firm, who coordinated political polling strategies for Richard Nixon and Gerald R. Ford; and John Kingdon, professor emeritus of political science and the author of an award-winning book on the behavior of interest groups in setting political agendas.

For more information, call (734) 764-8364.

Film series, panel discussion commemorate Lane Hall opening

As part of the Lane Hall Opening Celebration, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and the Program in Film and Video Studies will present a film series titled “Moving Gender.” All films will be shown Sundays in October and part of November in the Michigan Theatre, 603 E. Liberty St.

The Object of My Affection will kick off the free series at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Wendy Wasserstein, American playwright and Pulitzer Prize-winner, wrote the film’s screenplay and will answer questions after the screening.

The Women’s Studies Program and the Institute will sponsor a free, public panel discussion on women’s health research 3–5 p.m. Oct. 3 in the East Conference Room, Rackham Bldg. The panel on “What’s Hot, and What Should Be, in Women’s Health Research” will feature Carol Boyd, associate professor of nursing and associate research scientist, Substance Abuse Research Center; Timothy R.B. Johnson, the Bates Professor of the Diseases of Women and Children, chair and professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, professor of women’s studies and research scientist, Center for Human Growth Development; and Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, professor of psychology. Carolyn Sampselle, professor of nursing and interim director, Division of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Program, associate professor of women’s studies and of obstetrics and gynecology, will serve as the panel chair.

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

M-Fit hosts 5K charity run

M-Fit will host its Fourth Annual 5K Run at 8 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. All proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association. Call (734) 998-8700 or send e-mail to terrells@umich.edu for more information.

Marie Curie exhibition comes to Media Union Oct. 9

A traveling exhibition highlighting two-time Nobel laureate Marie Curie, her research in radioactivity, and the contributions of other women scientists who built on her work will be on display Oct. 9–Nov. 3 at the Media Union. The Media Union will be the exhibition’s only Michigan stop.

Part of month-long events in October celebrating Women’s History Month, “The Legacy of Marie Curie: 100 Years of Scientific Innovation” will appeal to people of all ages with little or no science background. The free, interactive display includes a computer-based Jeopardy®-type game, a light box for viewing x-rays and other diagnostic images, a working Geiger counter to measure radioactivity of everyday items, and pieces of original laboratory equipment used by Curie in her work. Objects and processes commonly used today that have resulted from the discovery of radioactivity also are emphasized in the exhibition.

The Curie celebration was planned by the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, the Department of Physics, the Women in Engineering Office, and the Women in Science and Engineering Program. For more information, call the Women in Engineering Office, (734) 647-7012, or visit the Web at www.ners.engin.umich.edu/specialevent/curie.

The “Legacy of Marie Curie” exhibition was organized by the J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University, as part of the Women in Discovery Project.

Ford School announces U.S., Japan trade conference

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Department of Economic’s Japan Economy Program will host a conference, “Issues and Options for the Multilateral, Regional and Bilateral Trade Policies of the United States and Japan,” Oct. 5–6 in Room 0750, Executive Residence, Business School.

Shinichi Kitajima, minister for economic affairs from the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., will deliver the keynote address at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Specialists from the United States and Japan will present papers.

The conference is funded by the Center for Japanese Studies, the Mitsui Life Center of the School of Business Administration, the Japan Foundation and the Center for Global Partnership. For more information, send e-mail to Robert M. Stern, rmstern@umich.edu.

Public Health hosts Community Service-Learning Fair

The School of Public Health (SPH) will sponsor the 7th Annual Community Service-Learning Fair at 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at the School, 109 S. Observatory. The fair is an open house for more than 40 community-based organizations throughout Michigan.

Students attending or interested in schools and faculty in the health profession are invited to participate. A keynote address will be delivered by U-M alumnus Chris Allen, president and chief executive officer of Family Road Care Centers, at 3 p.m. in the Auditorium, Henry Vaughn Bldg. The fair will follow the talk on the third floor.

The fair is held at the school to commemorate the accomplishments of the late Albert H. Wheeler, a SPH alumnus who was the first African American to hold a tenured faculty position at the University and the only African American mayor of Ann Arbor.

For more information, contact Nita Springer, (734) 763-9234 or nita@umich.edu. or Renee Bayer, (734) 936-0932 or rbayer@umich.edu or visit the Web at www.sph.umich.edu/cbph/comday2.html.

Tanner Lecture is Oct. 6

Partha Dasgupta, economics, University of Cambridge, will deliver the Department of Philosophy’s Tanner Lecture on Human Values, “Valuing Goods and Evaluating Policies: Welfare Economics and the Natural Environment,” at 4 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Rackham Amphitheater.

The Symposium on the Tanner Lecture will begin at 9:15 a.m. Oct. 7 in the Vandenberg Room, Michigan League. Discussants include Dasgupta; T.N. Srinvasan, the Samuel C. Parks Jr. Professor of Economics, Yale University; Debra Satz, associate professor of philosophy, Stanford University; and Jeremy Waldron, the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law, Columbia University Law School.

For more information, call (734) 764-6285.

Arts of Citizenship, Key Office move

The Arts of Citizenship Program has moved to 232C West Hall 1092. The phone number, (734) 615-0609, and fax number, (734) 615-0617, remain the same.

The Key Office will move to Room 1103, 525 Church St. (Church Street Parking Structure), Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. No interruption of customer service will occur during the move. Key issuing will continue this week at the North University Bldg. (NUBS) and will begin at the Church St. location Oct. 2. The phone, (734) 764-3481, and fax, (734) 647-4761, numbers remain the same. Business hours continue to be 7:30 a.m.–noon and 12:30–3:45 p.m. Mon.–Fri. Customers for key drop-off and pick-up may park for up to 15 minutes in front of the Church St. office. A map showing the old and new locations can be found on the Web at www.plantops.umich.edu/utility/central_shops/Key_Office.html.

Warner lecture rescheduled for Sept. 26

The U-M Detroit Observatory is sponsoring a lecture on “Poet Robert Frost’s Ann Arbor Days” by Robert Warner, dean emeritus of the School of Information and Library Studies and former archivist of the United States, at 3 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Observatory. Originally scheduled for Sept. 19, the presentation is part of the Observatory’s monthly lecture series. For more information, call (734) 763-2230, send e-mail to DetroitObservatory@umich.edu or visit the Web at www.DetroitObservatory.umich.edu.

Retirees Health Fair set for Oct. 4

The Retirees Health Fair, an annual Open Enrollment event, is scheduled for 2–4 p.m., with a presentation at 2:15 p.m., Oct. 4 in the Morris Lawrence Bldg., Washtenaw Community College. Representatives of the University’s health plans will present informational displays and answer questions. A Care Choices representative will be available to answer questions about the company’s decision to no longer offer the Care Choices U-M Group Senior Plan.

All U-M retirees are invited to attend. Refreshments will be available. Attendees can park in Huron River Drive Lot E.

Join the Business and Finance Diversity Choir

Like to sing? Then join the Business and Finance Diversity Choir. Formal musical training is not required.

Weekly rehearsals will be held 3:30–4:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Oct. 3 in the Student Theater Arts Complex, 1201 Kipke Dr. The choir will perform at the Business and Finance Martin Luther King Jr. Day convocation on Jan. 15. Choir members should attend as many rehearsals as possible. Robert Kasdin, executive vice president and chief financial officer, has approved release time for Business and Finance staff, subject to approval by individual departments.

For more information or to sign up, contact Paige Prieskorn, (734) 763-9379 or ppriesko@umich.edu.

Women of Color video project debuts Oct. 5

“Through My Lens,” a video produced by the Women of Color in the Academy Project, will be shown at noon Oct. 5 in the Rackham Amphitheater and Assembly Hall. The video features commentary by women of color faculty on such themes as campus climate, isolation or lack of community, balancing career and family, and recruitment/retention issues. Following the video, a panel of faculty and graduate students will share their perspectives and guide a discussion.

The event is sponsored by the Center for the Education of Women and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required by Oct. 2. To register, send e-mail to chrisyk@umich.edu or call (734) 647-2640.

League offers Lifestyle Enrichment Workshops

The Michigan League is offering a series of Lifestyle Enrichment Workshops through October and November in Conference Room 4, Michigan League. Selections include “How to Get Published,” “Handwriting Analysis,” “Beginning Knitting,” “ABCs of Astrological Chart Reading,” “Oshibana, Art of Preserving,” “Tell Fortunes with Numerology,” “Watercolor Monotype Printmaking” and “Tarot Card Reading.”

Space is limited, so early registration is advised. Registration forms are available at the first floor and Underground information racks, Michigan League; the Central Campus Information Center, Michigan Union; and the North Campus Information Center, Pierpont Commons. Register in person 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri. at the Michigan League Sales and Scheduling Office or by mail to the Michigan League Programming Office, 911 N. University 1265. Each workshop is $15. Make checks payable to the University of Michigan; do not send cash.

Check the Record Calendar for workshop start dates. For information, call (734) 763-4652.

New Life Sciences Orchestra seeks musicians

The Life Sciences Orchestra (LSO), a newly formed symphonic orchestra for all members of the University’s life sciences community, seeks players of all orchestral instruments. The orchestra was founded to accommodate musically inclined life sciences members with busy schedules.

The LSO will be led by a School of Music graduate student in conducting. Rehearsals will be held 7–9:30 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month, beginning Oct. 15 at the School of Music’s Rehearsal Hall. Two performances will be given each year. An organizational meeting will be conducted at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 in the McIntosh Theatre, School of Music.

The LSO is sponsored by Gifts of Art. For more information or to join the LSO, send e-mail to orchestra@umich.edu or visit the Web at www.umich.edu/~borodin/lso/index.html. Please include in the message your instrument and where you work or study.

Piano marathon to benefit MTNA chapter

The student chapter of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) will present its second annual Piano Marathon 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Cady Room, Stearns Bldg. U-M pianists will play the piano for 12 continuous hours. Donations will be taken at the door for the public event. All profits will assist students going to the MTNA National Convention in March 2001 in Washington, D.C.

For more information, call Rachel Ruth Snyder, (734) 615-3726.

Panel will discuss cancer therapies

“A Cancer Patient’s Guide to Complementary Therapies,” a free community program sponsored by the Cancer Center, will be held 7–8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Livonia West Holiday Inn (on Six Mile Road east of I-275). A panel of U-M specialists will give tips on evaluating a complementary therapy, finding a reputable practitioner, discovering the best sources of reliable information, and knowing what herbs and supplements to avoid when undergoing cancer treatments.

Registration is encouraged. To register, call (800) 742-2300, category 7870.

Pierpont Commons offers Uncommon Courses

The Pierpont Commons Arts and Programming Office is offering a wide selection of “Uncommon Courses,” starting Oct. 1. Courses range from “Scottish Dance” and “Sabor Latino, Latin Dance” to “Sign Language” and “Massage.” Pre-registration is required. Most courses are $40; “Massage for Couples” is $65. Call (734) 647-6838 for more information.

IM Sports offers track and field, tennis and cross country

The Intramural (IM) Sports Program is offering a track and field meet, tennis tournament and cross country run. Entry deadlines, fees and game times are listed below.

  • Track and field, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3, IM Sports Bldg., $5 per individual, $25 per team. The meet will take place beginning at 3:45 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Varsity Track (Ferry Field).

  • Tennis, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5, IM Sports Bldg., $5 for singles, $9 for doubles. The tournament will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 7 and at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 at the Varsity Tennis Center.

  • Cross country run, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 for teams and individuals at the IM Sports Bldg. or 8 a.m. Oct. 7 for individuals at Mitchell Fields, $5 for individuals, $25 for teams. The race will be conducted starting at 9 a.m. Oct. 7 adjacent to Softball Field #1 at Mitchell Fields. The 5K/3.1-mile race course is on flat terrain. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to participate.

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

    LACS presents Turits, Campuzano

    Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) will present lectures by Richard Turits, Princeton University, 8–10 p.m. Sept. 26 and Luisa Campuzano, Universidad de la Habana, Cuba, noon–1 p.m. Sept. 28 in Room 2609, Social Work Bldg. Part of the Caribbean Studies Evening Seminar Series: Ethnicity and Migration in the Caribbean, Turits’ presentation will focus on the 1937 Haitian massacre in the Dominican Republic. Turits interprets the massacre as an assault by the national state on an ethnically complex and transcultural frontier created by ethnic Dominians and ethnic Haitians.

    Campuzano’s talk, “Narradoras y Crisis en los 90 en Cuba,” will focus on the women’s literary movement in Cuba. Campuzano has written several books on Latin and Latin literatures, most recently Mujeres latinoamericanas del siglo XX: historia y cultura.

    For more information, call (734) 763-0553.

    Science Research Club to meet Oct. 3

    The Science Research Club will meet for the Museum of Paleontology-sponsored Ermine Cowles Case Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m. Oct. 3 in Rackham Auditorium. Andrew H. Knoll, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, will speak on “Viewing the Cambrian Explosion from Below: New Windows on Terminal Proterozoic Biology.” For more information, call (734) 761-4320 or (734) 763-5678.

    Free depression screenings, program offered Oct. 5

    To mark National Depression Screening Day, the Department of Psychiatry and the Michigan Depression Center will sponsor free, confidential depression screenings 2–6 p.m. Oct. 5 in Room 3897, Reception E, Taubman Center. Mental health professionals from Counseling and Psychological Services and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program will present a video about the signs and symptoms of depression and also offer a free screening 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Koessler Room, Michigan League.

    One out of every five adults may experience depression at some point in their lives. Common symptoms of depression include feelings of sadness; loss of pleasure in usual activities; feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness; changes in sleep and appetite; loss of energy; restlessness; and thoughts of death or suicide. Manic-depression also includes feelings of euphoria and/or agitation.

    Depression is one of the most treatable of illnesses, with most sufferers showing improvement in as little as eight weeks. Attendees at the Department of Psychiatry’s screenings may hear a presentation on depression and manic-depression, complete a written screening test and talk one-on-one with a mental health professional from the Michigan Depression Center. Individuals who appear to need further evaluation will be given referrals to local treatment services. Those who attend the Counseling and Psychological Services and FASAP program will complete an anonymous written screening test for depression and have the opportunity to discuss the results with a mental health professional.

    Even if you do not have depression and are just going through a couple of bad days, you are invited to come to the programs and learn about the services available on campus. You may learn something that will help you, a friend or a colleague in the future.

    For more information, call (734) 764-9196.

    Dearborn presents German film series

    German comedies are the focus of a film series at the U-M-Dearborn this fall. Sponsored by the Dearborn College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, and the Department of Humanities, the films will explore how comedies have been used to draw attention to social conditions in the former East Germany, post-unification Germany and contemporary Austria.

    Free, public films, in German with English subtitles, are shown at 7 p.m. Fridays in Room 138, Science Bldg., and introduced by Jacqueline Vansant, associate professor of German, U-M-Dearborn, and other specialists. Selections include:

  • Sept. 29, Anton the Magician (1978), directed by Gunter Reisch. In this comedy from the former East Germany, the protagonist Anton Grubske, a car mechanic and modern-day Robin Hood, avoids being captured and sent to a POW camp in 1945.

  • Oct. 20, We Can Do It Differently, Too (1993), directed by Detlev Buck. This post-unification film is a view of two brothers from the West trying to claim their inheritance in the East.

  • Oct. 27, Migratory Birds—One Way to Inari (1997), directed by Peter Lichtefeld. In this comedy of errors, Hannes Weber, truck driver for a German beer company, travels to Inari in northern Finland to capitalize on his hobby of memorizing European train schedules.

  • Nov. 17, Muller’s Office (1986), directed by Niki List. In this Austrian musical comedy, Max Muller, an underemployed private detective, must comb the underworld in search of his secretary’s disappeared fiancée.

    For more information, call Vansant, (313) 593-5153.

    McFarlane will discuss treatment of mental illness

    William McFarlane, chief of psychiatry, Maine Medical Center, will discuss “Including Families in the Treatment of Mental Illness” 7–9 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Morris Lawrence Bldg., Washtenaw Community College.

    Sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Washtenaw County Health Organization, the free, public talk will focus on providing services for families of people with serious mental illness. McFarlane will discuss his work with families and how independent functioning can be significantly increased when family members are involved. For information, call (734) 764-6879 or (734) 764-9196.

    Workshop offered on China Academic Journal databases

    The Asia Library, Center for Chinese Studies and the China Data Center will sponsor a free, public workshop on China Academic Journal databases 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Oct. 2 in Room 1636, Social Work Bldg. Presented by Tsinghua Tongfang Optical Disc Co. Ltd., the program will introduce online China Academic Journal services and other Chinese academic information resources.

    Since 1994, more than 6,600 periodicals have been collected for the databases, with 5,000 titles in full text. Information is available on Chinese science and technology, education, humanity, politics, economics, law, religion, social science, military, medicine, agriculture, and more.

    The workshop is one in a series to be held at Harvard and Yale universities, the University of California, Berkeley, and the U-M. For more information, contact Chen Xiaofei, (734) 764-0406 or xfc@umich.edu.

    Davis to discuss travels of ‘Leo Africanus’

    Historian and author Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto, will deliver the annual Marc and Constance Jacobson Lecture at 5 p.m. Oct. 5 in Rackham Amphitheater. She will talk about the travels of a 16th-century Muslim diplomat and scholar who wrote an early and comprehensive description of Africa. Sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities, Davis’ talk, “Rethinking Cultural Mixture: The Travels of ‘Leo Africanus,’” will focus on how people move between different worlds, with particular emphasis on the travels of a Moroccan-educated explorer, “Leo Africanus,” who wrote The History and Description of Africa.

    Davis will explore the topic further in a symposium with Anton Shammas, professor of Middle East literature and interim director, Program in Comparative Literature; Michael Bonner, director, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, and associate professor of Islamic history and of history; Diane Owen Hughes, associate professor of history; and Rudi Paul Lindner, professor of history, at 3 p.m. Oct. 6 in the W. Conference Room, Rackham Bldg.

    Davis has published widely on the cultural history of 16th-century France and early modern Europe, with particular emphasis on the lives of peasants, women and artisans. Among her books are Society and Culture in Early Modern France, The Return of Martin Guerre, and Women on the Margins: Three 17th Century Lives.

    For information, call the Institute, (734) 936-3518, or visit www.lsa.umich.edu/humin.

    Work out with U-Move Fitness

    On each Saturday that there is no scheduled home football game, U-Move Fitness will offer a Co-ed Cardio Challenge class at the discounted per-class rate of $4. Classes meet 11 a.m.–noon in Room 3275, Central Campus Recreation Bldg (CCRB). To register, call (734) 764-1342 or stop by the U-Move office, 1271 CCRB, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Nominations sought for honorary degrees

    The President’s Office is soliciting nominations for honorary degree recipients. Nominees may be eminent scholars, scientists, artists or professionals who have advanced their fields in important ways. They may be individuals outside of academe who have made particularly distinguished contributions to society in such areas as public service, business, religion, government or the arts.

    A letter setting forth the rationale for the nomination is required. Letters should be submitted to the Honorary Degree Committee, c/o Earl Lewis, chair; Room 1006 Rackham 1070. Nominations are accepted at any time and held for review at the committee’s next meeting. The deadline for consideration at the committee’s fall meeting is Oct. 16. For more information, visit the Web at www.rackham.umich.edu.

    TIAA-CREF presents live cable broadcast for U-M

    TIAA-CREF, in cooperation with the University, will present a one-hour, live, question-and-answer program titled “Developing Financial Strategies with TIAA-CREF” 7–8 p.m. Oct. 11 on UMTV Channel 22 on MediaOne in Ann Arbor.

    Bernadette Davis, TIAA-CREF senior individual consultant, and Scott J. Budde, director and equity analyst, CREF Global Research, will answer questions on investment and financial strategies. Questions may be sent in advance and during the broadcast to tiaa-cref-live@umich.edu. Call in questions during the program to (734) 615-0446.

    “Developing Financial Strategies with TIAA-CREF” will be rebroadcast throughout the month of October. For broadcast dates and times, visit the Web at www.itd.umich.edu/umtv.

    ‘Connoisseurship and Collecting’ on display at Dearborn’s Berkowitz Gallery

    “Connoisseurship and Collecting,” an exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints and related objects, will be on display through Nov. 12 at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, Mardigian Library, U-M-Dearborn.

    The exhibition is presented by the Michigan Oriental Art Society (MOAS) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the group’s founding.

    Other exhibition-related events include an Oct. 14 symposium and an Oct. 15 guided tour with Roger Keyes, director of the Center for the Study of Japanese Prints.

    The special hours for the exhibition are 1–6 p.m. Tues., Wed. and Fri., 1–8 p.m. Thurs., and noon–5 p.m. Sat. and Sun. For more information, call (313) 593-5058.

    Brannon to discuss business success

    Kelyn Brannon, chief financial officer, Fort Point Partners, San Francisco, will share her thoughts on “Keeping Your Business Model Evergreen” at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 in Hale Auditorium, Business School. Sponsored by the Ann Arbor IT Zone, Brannon’s lecture will examine whether revenue growth at any cost can succeed in a post-April Wall Street environment; if a new enterprise can regroup and strive for higher standards after initially settling on mediocrity; and whether media coverage or cash flow is better for a business.

    Brannon has worked in Ernst & Young’s European mergers and acquisitions arm, served as chief financial officer for amazon.com International and was director of finance for Sun Microsystems. Trained as an accountant, she has extensive experience in financial planning and analysis.

    Registration for the program, free to IT Zone members, $15 for non-members and $5 for students, should be done on the Web at www.annarboritzone.org, by sending e-mail to mail@annarboritzone.org or by calling (734) 623-8286.

    University offers meningitis vaccine clinics for students

    The University is making a proactive effort to offer vaccinations against meningococcal meningitis to students this fall, as recommended by federal guidelines.

    “Though we see no cause for concern about meningococcal meningitis at the U-M at this time, and the University does not specifically recommend that students be vaccinated against the disease, we hope these clinics will make it easier for students to seek information or vaccination if they choose,” says University Health Service (UHS) Interim Director Robert Winfield.

    UHS, in conjunction with Michigan Visiting Nurses, will offer five clinics at various campus locations during October. A notification letter was sent to parents of all incoming students, indicating that students or their parents can pre-register and pre-pay via phone or the Internet for the $75 vaccination.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommend that incoming college students be educated about meningococcal meningitis and the benefits of vaccination. The recommendation is based on recent isolated outbreaks of the disease on college campuses, where residence hall living can make transmission easier.

    Meningococcal meningitis is a potentially fatal infection unless treated with antibiotics and other therapies in a timely fashion. Its early symptoms often mimic the flu, so Winfield emphasizes that it is important for students to seek medical care if two or more of these symptoms occur together: high fever, rash, nausea or vomiting, severe headache, neck stiffness, lethargy and sensitivity to light. Both the UHS and the University Hospital emergency room are prepared to help students with such symptoms.

    The single-dose vaccine protects against the four types of the meningococcus bacteria that cause 70–80 percent of the meningococcal meningitis disease in the United States. It does not protect against the viral form of the disease, which has similar symptoms but is far less serious. No cases of meningococcal disease have occurred on campus since 1995.

    Clinics will be held:

  • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Oct. 2, Vandenburg Room, Michigan League.

  • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Oct. 5, lobby, Bursley Residence Hall.

  • 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Oct. 9, Anderson Rooms A,B,C and D, Michigan Union.

  • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Oct. 11, South Lounge, Mary Markley Residence Hall.

  • 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Oct. 13, Room 2000, Chemistry Bldg.

    No appointment is necessary. To pre-register, students or parents should contact Michigan Visiting Nurses, (888) 547-7295 (toll-free) or info@umvn.com. Students under age 18 must bring a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian. More information is available from the UHS meningitis hotline, (734) 615-5800, or on the Web at www.uhs.umich.edu/uhs/whatsup/meningitis.html.

    Planner’s Office seeks early campus drawings

    The Planner’s Office would like to locate any drawings showing early campus plans or buildings. The office is primarily interested in items from 1837 to 1920, but later plans are welcome, too. Plans were executed by Alexander Jackson Davis, Ammi B. Young, Henry Ives Cobb, Emil Lorch, the Olmsted Brothers and others, though many plans may not be dated or have an architect’s name on them.

    If you have any old plans or drawings in your office that you think reflect the University’s early days, contact Julie Truettner, (734) 615-3797 or jmtruett@umich.edu. The Planner’s Office would like to view and possibly photograph the items.

    Hospitals, Health Centers named a ‘Top 25’ childhood cancer aftercare center

    The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers has been named one of the United States’ “Top 25” aftercare centers for childhood cancer survivors by Nancy Keene, author of Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Your Future.

    Keene surveyed more than 100 major children’s hospitals across the nation to find out which ones provided comprehensive services to children, teens and adults who are survivors of childhood cancer. The criteria for the “Top 25” list included having a clinic specifically for childhood cancer survivors; employing a clinic coordinator, usually a nurse practitioner with special interest and skills in treating survivors; having on-staff physicians and nurse practitioners who are educated and experienced in treating the special needs of childhood cancer survivors; and referring survivors to specialists (endocrinologists, cardiologists, etc.) who are experienced in dealing with survivors’ special needs.

    Keene’s publisher, Patient-Centered Guides, prints advocate-generated, post-diagnosis information for recently diagnosed individuals and their families.

    Mardigian Library houses Holocaust survivors archive

    The Voice Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral Histories Archive is housed at the Mardigian Library at U-M-Dearborn. The archive contains more than 150 interviews with survivors conducted by Sidney Bolkosky, the William Stirton Professor of History at Dearborn.

    The collection comprises nearly 330 hours of audiotapes and 60 hours of video that are being transcribed and made available to the public. The Web site— http://holocaust.umd.umich.edu—has 11 interviews online.

    For information, contact curator Jamie L. Wraight, jwraight@umd or (313) 593-5561.

    Diversity CD is available

    The 20-track Diversity CD, featuring songs by ethnically and socially diverse musical groups with ties to the U-M-Dearborn campus community, is available to the public. Members of the student body, staff, faculty and alumni were invited to contribute to the CD, which includes sounds of jazz, pop, folk, historical, rock, blues, spoken word, World Beat, rap and heavy metal.

    The CD was recorded by David Daniele, media assistant, Mardigian Library, and Greg Taylor, media engineer, Mardigian Library. Daniele launched the project after he received a campus Diversity Challenge Grant to fund two digital recorders for producing CDs.

    A related Web site, http://diversity.umd.umich.edu, offers a history of the project, samples of musical tracks and biographies of artists appearing on the CD. For information on where to obtain the $10.60 CD, visit the Web site or call (313) 593-5445.

    Faber Poetry Library available on Web

    The Digital Library Production Service has made the Faber Poetry Library available on the Web at http://ets.umdl.umich.edu/f/faber.

    According to Chadwyck-Healey, the Poetry Library’s publisher, the Library “provides access to the works of the most influential poets of the 20th century. Students and scholars can now search the full text of more than 4,000 poems by more than 40 British, Irish and post-colonial poets.” Works by T.S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath are included.

    Comments regarding the Poetry Library should be sent via e-mail to umdl-help@umich.edu.