The University Record, December 10, 2001


Regents will meet Dec. 13

The U-M Board of Regents is scheduled to hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Regents’ Room, Fleming Administration Bldg. The public comments period will be at 4 p.m.

Individuals with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and need assistance should contact the Regents’ office in advance.

For more information, call (734) 764-3883 or write to the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University, Fleming Administration Bldg., U-M, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. For TTY services, call (734) 647-1388.

Auto execs will speak at U-M-Dearborn commencement Dec. 22

George R. Perry, president and chief operating officer of Yazaki North America, and Tarik S. Daoud, owner of Al Long Ford Inc. and Shamrock Ford-Lincoln Mercury, will give commencement speeches at U-M-Dearborn on Dec. 22.

Perry will speak at a morning ceremony for graduates of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences and School of Management. Daoud will speak at an afternoon ceremony for graduates of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, and School of Education.

Sign up now for fitness in January

Want to get a jumpstart on your New Year’s resolution? Registrations for Winter 2002

U-Move Fitness classes are being accepted. Register 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. in Room 1271, Central Campus Recreation Bldg.

For more information, call (734) 764-1342.

Family Housing will offer winter English classes

Registration is under way for winter semester English classes for the families of international students, faculty and staff, offered by the Family Housing Language Program. Native speakers of English also are needed as volunteer conversation or classroom partners.

For more information, call (734) 763-1440 or send e-mail to

Gifts from the Clements

Books on different aspects of American history are available from the rich collections of the Clements Library. Recent works include The Events of My Life: An Autobiographical Sketch by John Marshall, The Captain from Nantucket and the Mutiny on the Bounty by Walter Hayes (available boxed and signed), and Frontier Metropolis: Picturing Early Detroit, 1701–1838 by Brian Leigh Dunnigan.

For more information on these or other Clements publications, call the Library at (734) 764-2347 or see the descriptions of all publications available at

Diabetes health care seminar today

The U-M Health System’s Medical Management Center for Managed Care and CVS/Pharmacy will present a free Diabetes Health Care seminar 5–9 p.m. today (Dec. 10) at the Holiday Inn North Campus on Plymouth Rd. Among the speakers will be William Herman, professor of internal medicine and of epidemiology, and Robert Lash, clinical associate professor of internal medicine.

People with diabetes and their family members or other caregivers will be able to talk with diabetes experts from the Health System. New treatments, diabetes research results and blood sugar monitoring approaches will be discussed. Registered dieticians will give personal diet consultations and there will be raffles for several prizes.

For more information, contact Rosemary Schuett, (734) 332-2578 or

U-M-Flint will explore mysterious Cuba

University Outreach at U-M-Flint is taking reservations for a trip to Cuba Feb. 24–March 3. The University was issued a special license by the U.S. Department of Treasury and is able to offer individuals who want to engage in cultural diversity the opportunity to join this exclusive group of travelers to experience a country that has been historically off limits to Americans.

The cost of the trip is $2,175 per person for double occupancy or $2,375 per person for single occupancy. Group size for the tour is limited and reservations are required.

For more information, contact University Outreach at (810) 767-7184 or (810) 767-9662.

IM Sports accepting entries for inner tube water polo

The Intramural (IM) Sports Program will take entries for 2002 inner tube water polo 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the IM Sports Bldg. (IMSB). Games will begin Jan. 10 and will be played at the IMSB pool 5:30–10:30 p.m. Sun.–Thurs.

An entry fee of $50 per team will be charged. A mandatory manager’s meeting will be conducted at 8 p.m. Jan. 9 in the IMSB pool bleachers. For additional information, call (734) 763-3562.

Nowak to present Rainich Lectures

Martin Nowak, head of the Theoretical Biology Program Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University, will deliver the 2001 G.Y. Rainich Lectures in the Department of Mathematics. “Computational and Evolutionary Aspects of Language” will be 4:10–5 p.m. Dec. 10 in Room 1360, East Hall; “Chromosomal Instability of Human Cancers” will be 4:10–5 p.m. Dec. 11 in Room 1360, East Hall; and “Virus Dynamics” will be 3:10–4 p.m. Dec. 12 in Room B844, East Hall. Abstracts are available on the Math Department Web site,

A reception for Nowak will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Mathematics Department Atrium.

The Rainich Lectures were established in 1983 by a gift from Raymond Wilder, professor emeritus of mathematics, and his wife Una, to honor Yuri Rainich, professor of mathematics 1926–1956.

For more information, call (734) 647-4462.

LACS calls for newsletter submissions

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) office will launch its new newsletter in winter 2002. The newsletter will feature news and events at the University that are relevant to Latin America and the Caribbean. It also will highlight the activities of the LACS office and showcase the work of LACS faculty and students.

Faculty, associates, students and alumni are encouraged to submit articles and information on events related to LACS to be included in the upcoming newsletter.

Send submissions by Dec. 30 via e-mail, with “Newsletter Submission” in the subject of your message, to Elizabeth Martins, c/o Juan Iturralde at

Nominations sought for 2002 Research Scientist awards

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) encourages nominations for outstanding research scientist colleagues to receive one of three awards, to be given in fall 2002: The Research Scientist Recognition Award, the Research Scientist Achievement Award and the Distinguished Research Scientist Award. The deadline for nominations is March 28.

For more information, call OVPR at (734) 763-6048, or visit the Web at

Clements Library exhibits Detroit 300

The Clements Library’s exhibition, “Detroit’s 300 Years: Four Landmarks in the Collections of the Clements Library,” has been extended through Feb. 15. It features historical source material from the collections relating to four important events in the early history of the city: Pontiac’s War of 1763, the transfer of the post from British to U.S. control in 1783–96, William Hull’s disastrous military campaign in the summer of 1812 and the development of the 19th century city.

“Detroit’s 300 Years” is on display in the Main Room, Clements Library, which is open weekdays from 1–4:45 pm. The Library will be closed to the public from Dec. 21–Jan. 4.

For more information, call (734) 764-2347.

Educational Opportunity offering brown bag video series

Programs for Educational Opportunity is sponsoring “Documentary Videos By and About Women of the Middle East,” a video series from Women Make Movies Inc.

Hidden Faces will show noon–1:15 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Dean’s Conference Room, School of Education Bldg. It follows the life of a young Muslim woman living in Paris to her family home in Egypt, examining the complex frictions between modernity and tradition.

The Veiled Hope: Women of Palestine will show noon–1:15 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Dean’s Conference Room, School of Education Bldg. It explores personal and political challenges facing Palestinian women through a series of portraits.

For more information, call (734) 647-1638.

Immedia 2002 deadline is Dec. 15

The Ann Arbor electronic artist coalition, entity, invites submissions to Immedia 2002, its annual exhibition of digital and electronic art. Works created with or in response to digital and electronic media are welcome, including but not limited to: installation, music, performance, dance, video and animation, interactive graphics, flat work, and web design. Small grants are available.

Groups or individuals who would like to perform at the event, give short lectures, present or hold workshops on digital arts-related mediums should indicate interest on the submission form.

For information on the submission process, visit the Web at or send e-mail to

Revisioning the Great Lakes exhibition will open Dec. 14

The Media Union Gallery will host a multimedia exhibit of 13 visions inspired by the Great Lakes Region, “Revisioning the Great Lakes.” “Revisioning” illustrates, celebrates, educates and honors a pertinent collection of environmental, social, political, aesthetic and historic dynamics.

Each of the pieces in “Revisioning” grew out of a collaborative effort led by Joe Trumpey, assistant professor of art, and Sadashi Inuzuka, associate professor of art. The participants spent three months studying the Great Lakes Region, attending lectures and visiting various ecosystems of the area.

Contributing artists include Kira Campbell, Gerit Grimm, Sadashi Inuzuka, Beili Liu, Jessie Macgonigal, Colin Matthes, Gerry Moll, Jessica Philbin, Paul Schaap, Philip Stead, Matthew Tailford, Joseph Trumpey and Oliver Uberti.

The exhibit will run Dec. 14–Jan. 7. An opening reception will be held 7–9 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Gallery.

For more information, call (734) 764-5319.

U-M-Dearborn School of Ed wins largest ever award

The School of Education at U-M-Dearborn has received two federal grants, totaling $3.1 million, to prepare a new generation of future educators with improved skills, knowledge and confidence in integrating information technology into the teaching and learning process.

Both grants, the largest ones in the School’s history, are funded through the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to use Technology (PT3) grant program of the Department of Education.

The first grant, for $925,000, comes from federal funding awarded to Michigan Teachers’ Technology Education Network (MiTTEN). The second grant is for $2.2 million and the School will benefit from this grant, along with 15 other teacher preparation institutions in Michigan, as part of the Consortium for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching with Technology (COATT).

Museum of Art exhibitions

“People and Places: The Baker Gift of 20th Century Photography” is open through Feb. 10 at the Museum of Art. These ground-breaking photographs are on view for the first time, donated to the Museum by the Baker Foundation in 2000. Significant works include the Museum’s first holdings of the journal Camera Work.

“A Matter of Degree: Abstraction in 20th Century Art” is open through Jan. 27. The works in this exhibition, drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, span the entire 20th century and present the viewer with a meaningful overview of the many degrees of “abstraction.” Composed of nearly 50 works, the exhibition focuses on three subjects of representation: objects, landscapes and figures.

“Japanese Fishermen’s Coats from Awaji Island” is on display through Jan. 6.

“Japanese Costume and Ceramics, Past and Present” is open through late February. It is designed to provide both visual and historical contexts for the “Japanese Fishermen’s Coats from Awaji Island” exhibition, and offers a view of costume history and textile collecting. It explores the broad question of how traditional crafts have been transformed in modern times.

For more information, call (734) 764-0395.

Palms named director of ITCom

Andy Palms recently was named director of Information Technology Communications (ITCom) for Information Technology Central Services (ITCS).

In this role, Palms oversees the operation of ITCom, which provides telephone services to students, faculty and staff at the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses; and computer, data network, and video services to the Ann Arbor campus. Palms has held a variety of positions within ITCS and the Information Technology Division (ITD) for the past 17 years, including consultant; manager, User Services LAN Group; manager, Campus Computing Sites; Product Area Manager; and director, Product Development, ITCom; among others.

Palms’ immediate plans for ITCom include the continuation of the enhancements to the campus backbone network and the introduction of wireless network technology to the campus.