The University Record, December 17, 2001

Briefings

Days of giving at Matthaei Dec. 28–30

Matthaei Botanical Gardens is hosting “The Days of Giving,” beginning with a Red Cross blood drive 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Dec. 28. Successful donors, and those who attempt to donate, can enjoy a complimentary visit to the Conservatory.

Keeping with the giving theme, and on behalf of Food Gatherers of Washtenaw County, each visitor donating to the food drive also will be given free Conservatory admission. Food collection dates are Dec. 28–30. Suggested items include commercially-labeled and packaged canned food, dried goods (rice, beans, noodles and powdered milk), peanut butter, jelly, condiments, dry breakfast cereals and personal care items (disposable diapers, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste).

For more details, call (734) 998-7061.

Kellogg Eye Center is ranked among top ophthalmology programs

The U-M W.K. Kellogg Eye Center tied for sixth place for “Best Overall Programs” in a yearly survey that ranks ophthalmology programs across the country. The rankings, released by Ophthalmology Times in its Nov. 1 issue, are the result of a poll of ophthalmology department chairs and directors of residency programs in the United States.

In addition, Kellogg Eye Center was named among the top ten programs in each of three specific categories, including research and clinical care. It was ranked ninth for “Best Research Programs,” tied for sixth place for “Best Clinical Programs” and tied for seventh place for “Best Residency Programs.”

Kellogg Eye Center is part of the Health System and houses the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. It provides medical and surgical eye care, including laser eye surgery, professional and public education. It also performs advanced ophthalmic research.

For more information about the Kellogg Eye Center, call (734) 763-1415, or visit the Web at www.kellogg.umich.edu.

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 www.research.umich.edu/research/news/RSawards.html.

U-M Health System pediatricians selected to lead research

The U-M Health System (UMHS) has been selected to lead pediatrics research for the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). The new relationship is based on a $750,000, three-year grant awarded in October by ABP to the UMHS Division of General Pediatrics, after a competition among nine research units nationwide.

Under the agreement, UMHS investigators will perform studies designed to give the ABP the high-quality information it needs to assist others in gauging the number of pediatrics residency slots needed for graduating medical students, in deciding how much encouragement should be given to young pediatricians to select subspecialties such as pediatric cardiology or rheumatology, and to understand the impact of testing on the certification or recertification process.

CLOSUP calls for proposals

The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy announces a new funding opportunity for University faculty and primary research staff. Limited funds are available to provide support for up to four major research projects focused on local, state and/or urban policy issues. Awards will be in the range of $30,000–$50,000.

Priority will be given to projects that reach across traditional disciplinary boundaries; that involve researchers from multiple departments, schools or colleges, especially junior faculty; and that are of interest to both academic and public-sector audiences. Pre-proposals for FY03 awards must be received by Feb. 8. Final proposals must be received by May 1. Award funding may begin July 1.

Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session 4–5:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in Room 201, Lorch Hall. Elisabeth R. Gerber, director of CLOSUP and professor of public policy, will provide an overview of the Major Projects Program, and representatives from the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Division of Research Development and Administration (DRDA) will make brief presentations on other sources of funding that are available for this type of research. Time will be available for questions and comments.

For more information, call Gerber at (734) 647-4091, send e-mail to closup@umich.edu, or visit the Web at www.umich.edu/~closup/.

Dow Jones provides service to the B-School

Dow Jones Newswires will provide its flagship equities product, Dow Jones News Service, to the trading room of the U-M Business School. The trading room is designed to give students a realistic view of operations on an actual trading floor. Students are required to manage a real investment fund, combining skills acquired in traditional courses with the latest financial technology to develop effective strategies for active portfolio management.

Dow Jones Newswires provides real-time news for financial professionals across five asset classes: equities, fixed-income, foreign exchange, commodities and energy.

Holiday hours

The campus Payroll Office will have the following holiday schedule: 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Dec. 24, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Dec. 28. Payroll will be closed Dec. 25–27 and 31, and Jan. 1.

The Michigan League building will be closed Dec. 22–Jan. 1, and the buffet will be closed Dec. 20–Jan. 6.

The Latin and Carribean Studies (LACS) office will close at 4 p.m. Dec. 21 and reopen Jan. 3.

For more information regarding Payroll Office hours, send e-mail to mettlach@bf.umich.edu. For further details on Michigan League hours, call (734) 936-2218. For more information about LACS, call (734) 763-0553.

Events at the Exhibit Museum:

Family Science Workshops, 3:30-4:30 p.m. include Dig Michigan! Jan. 27; Fossils and Footprints, Feb. 24; Paleo Puzzles, March 23; Dinosaur Discovery Day, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. March 16. Registration is required.

For more information, call (734) 764-0478 or (734) 763-6085, or visit the Web at www.aadl.org or www.exhibits.lsa.umich.edu/.

Law School recognized for devotion to public service

Students trained at the U-M Law School receive more than just a thorough examination of the law: they learn how to serve their community at what the American Bar Association recently named the best public-interest law school in the country.

The Law School’s public interest office was awarded the 2001 Judy M. Weightman Memorial Award of the American Bar Association Law Student Division for excellence in public service. Robert Precht, administrative manager at the Law School, heads the public interest office.

Precht’s office runs numerous programs to advance students’ careers and interest in not-for-profit law. They include internship placements in government agencies or public defenders offices, internships abroad in countries like South Africa or Cambodia, and various job-shadowing and career counseling from U-M graduates employed in the public sector.

Transition to master’s in teaching is made easier

College graduates working in another field who want to become certified secondary schoolteachers can make the transition more easily, thanks to a new U-M Dearborn School of Education program aimed at career-changers.

The master of arts in teaching degree program was developed to assist southeast Michigan school districts experiencing a shortage of qualified teachers, particularly at the secondary school level.

The program requires 36 graduate credits and will prepare secondary schoolteachers in the areas of biology, chemistry, computer science, earth and space science, economics, English, environmental studies, French, integrated science, German, history, mathematics, physical science, physics, political science, psychology, social studies, sociology, Spanish, and speech. Students must major in one academic area and minor in another, as well as pass the relevant Michigan tests for teacher certification.

For more information, call Monique Davis at (313) 436-9135.

Michigan Radio appoints new program director

Andrew Morrell has joined Michigan Radio, the public radio station of the University, as program director. Morrell, a public radio veteran of 14 years, most recently was program director for NPR Talk, one of National Public Radio’s two new satellite radio channels for Sirius Satellite Radio.

B-School honored as having cutting edge MBA program

The U-M Business School was honored with an award for its outstanding leadership in training MBA students in social impact management skills. It is among just nine schools to earn the “cutting-edge MBA program” distinction in the survey, “Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2001: Preparing MBAs for Social and Environmental Stewardship.” The report is the only survey that evaluates how well master’s in business administration (MBA) programs integrate social and environmental coursework, activities and research into business curricula.

The survey is a joint project of The Aspen Institute Initiative for Social Innovation through Business (Aspen ISIB) and World Resources Institute (WRI). Every accredited business school in the U.S. and more than 60 international schools were surveyed.

U.S. Ambassador to Greece will visit campus Jan. 11

Thomas Miller, U.S. Ambassador to Greece and U-M alumnus, will attend an open tea reception at 4 p.m. Jan. 11 in the School of Education Lounge, School of Education Bldg. Miller also will give a talk, “U.S.–Greek Relations at the Millennium,” at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Schorling Auditorium, School of Education Bldg.

Sponsors for this event include the C. P. Cavafy Modern Greek Professorship, the Center for European Studies, the International Institute and the Working Group on Southeast European Studies.

For more information, visit the Web at www.lsa.umich.edu/modgreek/.

IM Sports accepting ice hockey, basketball, team racquetball entries

The Intramural (IM) Sports Program will take entries for 2002 Winter term ice hockey 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the IM Sports Bldg. (IMSB). A mandatory manager’s meeting will be conducted at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 in Cliff Keen Arena. Games will be played 10 p.m.–1 a.m. Sun.–Thurs. at Yost Ice Arena, beginning Jan. 9. An entry fee of $410 per team will be charged.

IM Sports will take entries for 2002 basketball 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the IMSB. A mandatory manager’s meeting will be held at 6 and 9 p.m. Jan. 9 in Cliff Keen Arena. Games will be played 12:30–11:30 p.m. Sundays and 5:30–11:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri. at the IMSB and at the Sports Coliseum (located at the corner of Hill Street and Fifth Avenue), starting Jan. 10. An entry fee of $78 will be required.

Entries will be accepted for 2002 team racquetball 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the IMSB. There will be a mandatory manager’s meeting at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 9 in Cliff Keen Arena. Games will be played 6–10 p.m. Mon.–Thurs. at the IMSB, beginning Jan. 10. The entry fee is $50.

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

January events at the Exhibit Museum

The Exhibit Museum of Natural History will be hosting several events in January. “Season of Light,” a planetarium show, will be at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 2–4, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 5, and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 6. This program examines a number of ancient and more recent celebrations that occur around the time of the solstice, including Christmas and Hanukkah.

“The Stars of Winter” planetarium show will be at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26, and at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27. The bright stars, constellations and planets are the subject of this live and on-tape presentation.

Planetarium ticket prices are $3 per person. Museum members receive a 20 percent discount.

Free dinosaur tours will be led by a docent at 2 p.m. Jan. 12–13, 19–20 and 26–27. Reservations are required. The tours are sponsored by the U-M Credit Union.

For more information, call (734) 764-1478 or (734) 763-6085, or visit the Web at www.exhibits.lsa.umich.edu/.

Bogin concludes that adolescence does serve a purpose

Barry Bogin, professor of anthropology at U-M-Dearborn, recently wrote The Growth of Humanity, publisher Wiley-Liss. The book looks at the evolution of human growth and development patterns from a variety of perspectives, including biological and cultural dimensions. Among other topics, he discusses adolescence, which is strictly a human stage, not found in other animals.

School of Ed receives $175,000 GSF grant

The U-M School of Education received a first-time $175,000 educational grant from the Goldman Sachs Foundation (GSF). The Foundation aims to develop and support tomorrow’s global leaders by creating innovative programs that promote educational excellence worldwide.

Michael T. Nettles, professor of education, and Catherine M. Millett, assistant research scientist, School of Education, will use the award to evaluate research involving GSF’s signature initiatives. The program involves developing the academic abilities and entrepreneurial talents of high-potential youth who are underrepresented in the nation’s most selective colleges and universities, as well as evaluating four of the nation’s not-for-profit organizations that identify and attract the most talented underrepresented youth.

Fiske gives $2 million to Law School to support government service

Robert B. Fiske Jr., former United States attorney, and currently a senior partner at Davis, Polk and Wardwell, is an acknowledged national leader of the American bar. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, Fiske contributed $2 million to a new program that will make government service an affordable choice for exceptional graduates of the U-M Law School.

Beginning with graduates in May 2002, three individuals who have decided to enter government service at the federal, state or (in exceptional cases) local level will be recognized each year. Fiske Fellows will receive debt repayment assistance on the full amount of all college and law school educational loans for the three-year duration of each fellowship and a $5,000 first-year cash stipend.

Independent hospital accreditors give high marks to Health System

The U-M Health System (UMHS) was given high marks by the nation’s leading health care accreditation organization in preliminary results from a triennial review of its inpatient, outpatient and home care services that concluded Nov. 14. Surveyors from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) gave the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers a preliminary score of 93 out of a possible 100, after a week-long evaluation.

UMHS Home Care Services, which coordinates in-home pharmacy, nursing and respiratory care, services and equipment for patients through the HomeMed, MedEquip and Wheelchair Seating Services divisions, passed a separate and equally in-depth three-day review with a preliminary score of 97.

JCAHO reviews have long been a performance measure for the nation’s 19,000 hospitals, ambulatory care and home care facilities, clinical laboratories and other facilities.

Ann Arbor folk festival is Jan. 26

The Twenty-Fifth Ann Arbor Folk Festival will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at Hill Auditorium. The festival is a presentation of the U-M Office of Major Events and The Ark. The one-day extravaganza will feature traditional and contemporary artists.

Tickets, $40, $35 and $25, are available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, Herb David Guitar Studio, Borders-Ann Arbor on Liberty and all Ticketmaster outlets. A service fee is charged when applicable.

For ticket information or to charge by phone, call (734) 763-TKTS (8587) or (248) 645-6666. For more information on The Ark (including available tax-deductible Patron and Sponsor tickets), call (734) 761-1800.