GSI teaching orientation Jan. 3
The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) will host the
Winter 2003 Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Teaching Orientation from
8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Jan. 3 on the second floor of the Michigan League.
The program includes an overview of U-M resources for teaching and learning,
an interactive theater presentation and workshops. The workshops are designed
to help participants prepare for the first days of teaching, develop pedagogical
skills, and network with GSIs, graduate student mentors and CRLT instructional
consultants. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information,
call (734) 763-2396 or visit http://www.crlt.umich.edu.
Life Sciences Orchestra concert Jan. 12
The U-M Life Sciences Orchestra, made up of faculty, staff and students
from the University’s medical and science community, will begin
its third season at 2 p.m. Jan. 12 with a free concert at Pioneer High
School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd.
The group, founded as part of the U-M Health System’s Gifts of Art
program, will perform selections from Mozart’s ballet music for
“Idomeno,” the Polovetsian Dances from “Prince Igor”
by Alexander Borodin, the Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens, and Suite
from “The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky. The concert will be
introduced by Dr. Lazar Greenfield, interim executive vice president for
medical affairs, and will be led by director Laura Jackson, a doctoral
student in the School of Music’s conducting program.
For more information, call (734) 936-2787 or visit http://www.umich.edu/~lsorch.
RRP conflict of interest program Jan. 13
The Research Responsibility Program (RRP) will present “Conflict
of Interest” 5–7 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Towsley Center cafeteria
(Room G1320). The presentation will be co-presented by Steven Goldstein,
Ruppenthal Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering and associate
dean for research and graduate studies, Medical School; and Elaine Brock,
associate director of the Division of Research Development and Administration
and director of the Medical School Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate
RRP, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, is a
series of information and discussion sessions on responsibility in the
conduct and administration of research. The presentation will be repeated
Jan. 27 at the same time and location.
For more information, call (734) 647-9085 or visit http://www.responsibility.research.umich.edu.
DPS offers holiday safety tips
The hectic holiday season can be a time when faculty, staff and students
become vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. The Department of
Public Safety offers the following safety tips for the holidays:
• Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of the car or visible
through home windows
• Park the car or walk only in well-lighted areas
• Do not leave belongings unattended, even to open the car door
or get a book from the
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
• Notify credit card issuers immediately if your credit card is
lost, stolen or misused
• Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason; con artists
may try various methods of distracting you with the intent of taking money
• Lock windows and doors when leaving the office, home or room even
for a few minutes
• Report suspicious people or behavior immediately by calling 911
• Never drink and drive.
Work/Life can help with elder care
Most people don’t think of elder care at all—until they have
to. Whatever the situation, the Work/Life Resource Center (WLRC) can help
find services, programs and community resources, such as Meals on Wheels,
diabetes support groups and in-home services.
WLRC also has a browsing library, which covers many elder care issues
as well as financial and legal issues. For assistance with a specific
situation, call Work/Life and an elder care specialist can arrange a one-on-one
Taking the proactive approach can be easier than having to make rushed
decisions if a family member suddenly becomes ill. WLRC can hold a brownbag
event focused on how to talk with someone about elder care issues. The
WLRC is open 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call (743) 936-8677 or
e-mail email@example.com to learn how departments can host a brownbag presentation.
Political Science dept. on the move
The Department of Political Science is relocating to the renovated Haven
Hall before the start of winter term. The department spent two years at
611 Church St. The new address is Department of Political Science, 5700
Haven Hall, 505 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI. 48109-1045. The department
telephone number remains (734) 764-6312.
Childproofing homes during the holidays
The U-M Health System offers the following tips for childproofing the
home during the holiday season:
• Never leave medications on counters or places young hands can
• Vitamins can be toxic to children; keep them out of site
• Make sure medication is stored in child-resistant packaging
• Kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms are the most unsafe rooms in
the house; lock up medications and household cleaners
• Holiday plants that may be poisonous include holly, mistletoe
and the Jerusalem cherry; poinsettias rarely are toxic.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 Institute for the Humanities events
The Institute for the Humanities will host three events in early January.
At noon Jan. 7, Prof. Webb Keane will discuss “Religion, Culture,
and the Colonies.” At noon Jan. 14, Mignonette Yin will discuss
“Open Air Painting.” Yin’s exhibit, “Watercolors
of Italy,” is showing through Jan. 24 at the Institute for the Humanities.
The exhibit features Tuscan scenes Yin created during her years teaching
in the University’s International Studies Program in Florence, Italy.
There will be a reception for “Watercolors of Italy” at 4:30
p.m. Jan. 9. All events are at the institute on the second floor of the
Comerica Building, 350 S. Thayer. For more information, call (734) 936-3518.
English language classes offered
The Family Housing Language Program (FHLP) is offering English classes
for families of international students, faculty and staff. Registration
for the winter semester is underway for child, teen and adult classes.
Native speakers of English are needed as volunteer conversation and classroom
partners. FHLP will host a volunteer information meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 16 at the Family Housing Information Center, 1000 McIntyre. For more
information on the classes or meeting, call (734) 763-1440.