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Regents to meet Dec. 12
The Board of Regents will hold its monthly meeting at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Regents Room of the Fleming Administration Building. Public comments will be held at 4 p.m. Individuals with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and need assistance should contact the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University in advance at (734) 764-3883. For TTY services, call (734) 647-1388.

Research Responsibility Program
Brenda Gillespie, associate director of the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (CSCR) and assistant professor of biostatistics; and Edward Rothman, director of the CSCR and professor of statistics will co-present “Responsible Data Management, Analysis and Presentation,” 5–7 p.m. Dec. 9 in East Hall, Room 4448. The presentation, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, is part of the Research Responsibility Program—a series of information and discussion sessions on responsibility in the conduct and administration of research. For more information, call (734) 647-9085 or e-mail research.responsibility@umich.edu.

Lecture: History of U-M museums
Thomas Moore, professor emeritus of biology and curator of zoology, will deliver the lecture, “Creation of the University’s Museums: Ornithologist J.B. Steere’s 1870 Worldwide Expedition,” at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann. Moore will trace the evolution of museums on campus and chronicle Steere’s expeditions around the world. Steere’s collections, featuring more than 20,000 biological, geological and cultural specimens gathered between 1870–75, formed the basis for the University’s first natural history museum constructed in 1881. For more information, call (734) 763-2230 or e-mail kwight@umich.edu.


Retirees Association meetings
The speaker for the Dec. 12 meeting of the U-M Retirees Association (UMRA) will be Paul W. McCracken. McCracken served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Richard Nixon and has held many other economic posts in public and private organizations. The meeting will begin at 3:15 p.m. in Suite 18 of the Wolverine Tower. Light refreshments will be served.

The Jan. 9 UMRA meeting will feature the presentation, “You Worry about Heart Disease, But the Real problem is Depression.” Speakers will be Reg Williams, professor of nursing, and Bonnie Hagerty, associate professor of nursing. For more information, call (734) 747-9220.


Herzog celebration Dec. 15
A Celebration of A. Regula Herzog as Scientist, Friend and Colleague will be 1–3 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Michigan League’s Hussey Room. A reception will follow in the Vandenberg Room and concourse. Herzog, who died July 28, was a senior research scientist in the Institute for Social Research and the Institute of Gerontology. The program will feature talks by a number of Herzog’s colleagues about her role as a mentor of young investigators, her influence on survey research of older populations and her innovative contributions to the field of gerontology, including research emphasizing the productive aspects of aging.
For more information, call (734) 764-9262 or e-mail lindapet@umich.edu.


Final Record of 2002 Dec. 16
The final University Record of 2002 will be published Dec. 16. The deadline for all briefings and calendar items for events Dec. 16–Jan. 12 is 5 p.m. Dec. 10 to urecord@
umich.edu
or by fax to (734) 764-7084. The first issue of 2003 will be published Jan. 13.


Grants for aging, geriatrics research
The Geriatrics Center and the Institute of Gerontology announce the availability of funds to support pilot/feasibility research in the biology of aging and in geriatrics. Funding for pilot project grants is provided by the National Institute on Aging via the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in Aging Research and by a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation. 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.
Support is available for faculty members at a rank of assistant professor or below, or faculty members at any rank who propose collaboration between two laboratories, one of which has not carried out previous research in aging. Individual awards are for one year and will not exceed $35,000. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 10. For more information or to obtain an application, call (734) 936 8198 or e-mail kearl@umich.edu.


SSWB is site for Toys for Tots
For the sixth year in a row, the School of Social Work (SSW) is a drop-off site for Toys for Tots through Dec. 18. Participants wishing to donate are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the SSW Building, Room 2834, or place it in the drop-off box in the hallway. All toys will remain in Washtenaw County. Last year, U-M donated 160 toys to the program. Donors also may give cash. For more information, e-mail mquigley@umich.edu or call (734) 936-1964.


Peering into the Earth
Wendy Panero, research fellow in geological sciences, will deliver the lecture, “Peering into the Earth: From Earthquakes to Diamonds,” from 10:30–11:30 a.m. Dec. 21 in the Dennison Building, Room 170. Part of the Saturday Morning Physics series, Panero’s talk will focus on using earthquakes, meteorites, computer models and laboratory experiements to detemine the state of the interior of Earth and why it has plate tectonics, while other planets do not.
For more information, call (734) 764-4437.


U-M–Dearborn graduation speakers
Michael Porter, vice president of corporate communications at DTE Energy, and Christine Meyers, publisher of CORP! magazine, will give commencement speeches at U-M–Dearborn Dec. 21. Porter will speak at a morning ceremony for graduates of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Management, and Meyers will speak at an afternoon ceremony for graduates of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and School of Education.

Kelsey Museum seeks volunteers
The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology is recruiting volunteers to serve as docents in 2003. Classes will be from 12:30–2:30 p.m. Mondays from January through mid-May. The Kelsey Museum houses a permanent collection of 100,000 artifacts from the ancient and early medieval cultures of Egypt, the Middle East, Greece and Italy. For more information, call (734) 647-4167.


Roth named commencement speaker
Philosophy and English student Jacob E. Roth has been chosen as the speaker for the University’s Winter Commencement Dec. 15. Roth, of West Bloomfield, will receive bachelor of arts degrees in both of his majors at the ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. at Crisler Arena. About 2,000 students from the Ann Arbor campus are expected to receive
degrees. Roth’s courseload has concentrated on 19th century American literature and Platonic philosophy. Outside of the classroom, Roth has been active on the communications and budget priorities committees of the Michigan Student Assembly. He also has participated in community service projects in Detroit, West Bloomfield and Kincaid, W.Va. (Alternate Spring Break 2002).

After graduation, Roth will travel to Israel, where he has been accepted into a program to study ancient Hebrew texts in sceptic thought and philosophy.


Prostate cancer funds available
The Comprehensive Cancer Center is soliciting applications for funds available from the Prostate SPORE grant. Support of up to $25,000 is available for a six-month period beginning Feb. 1 for projects attempting to understand the mechanisms involved in prostate cancer development or to find a prostate cancer cure. The Prostate SPORE grant is particularly seeking innovative or high-risk ideas in translational research. The application deadline is Jan. 13. For more information, call (734) 998-6761 or e-mail jsmiller@umich.edu.


Operator Service adds VRS
A Voice Recognition System (VRS) to augment U-M telephone Operator Service is now in service. During non-business hours, the VRS “electronic operator” will provide information. Callers are asked to speak the name of the person they are trying to reach in a clear voice. The VRS responds with the telephone number and gives the caller the option of being transferred directly to that number. Problems with mispronounced or missing names should be reported to (734) 647-5477.

After-hours emergency calls will continue to be answered by the Department of Public Safety. The hospital switchboard is open 24 hours a day for Medical Campus and hospital calls, and the Campus Information Center has general information about campus events, times, addresses and maps. For more information about Operator Services, including hours of operation, visit http://www.itcom.itd.umich.edu/operators. Telephone numbers for faculty, staff and students can be found at http://directory.umich.edu.


Intramural Sports entries due Jan. 7
The Department of Recreational Sports will accept entries for four intramural sports programs Jan. 7 at the Intramural Sports Building, 606 E. Hoover. Entries for team racquetball, inner tube water polo and basketball will be taken from 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Entries for winter term ice hockey begin at 11 a.m. and must be received by 4:30 p.m. There is an entry fee for all four sports, and each will have a mandatory manager’s meeting either Jan. 7 or Jan. 8.
For more information, call (734) 763-3562.


Degas and the Dance preview
The Center for European Studies (CES) will host a second free lecture and slide show previewing “Degas and the Dance,” an exhibit currently showing at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The CES presentation is noon–1 p.m. Dec. 9 in the School of Social Work Building, Room 1636. For more information, call (734) 615-7317.

 

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