The University Record, May 6, 2002


Regents will meet May 16

The U-M Board of Regents is scheduled to hold its monthly meeting beginning at 2:45 p.m. May 16 in the Professional Education Center at the U-M Dearborn campus. 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. Call (734) 764-3883 or write to Room 2014, Fleming Administration Building, U-M, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

For TTY services, call (734) 647-1388.

Retirees will meet May 9

The U-M Retirees Association (UMRA) will meet at 3:15 p.m. May 9 in Suite 18 of Wolverine Tower. Members will discuss future program plans and socialize with light refreshments. Board members will be present to answer questions and to join in group discussions. This is the last social hour until September.

For more information, call (734) 936-4214, afternoons.

Aging eyes seminar is May 7

The U-M Kellogg Eye Center is presenting “Seeing Well As You Grow Older” 2–3:30 p.m. May 7 at the Livonia Civic Center Library.

Susan S. Thoms and Jerome I. Finkelstein, both clinical assistant professors of ophthalmology will describe changes that are a normal part of aging and those that are signs of a larger problem. Conditions being discussed include glaucoma, cataracts, dry eye, floaters and diabetic eye disorders.

For more information, call the U-M Kellogg Eye Center, (734) 763-1415, or visit the Web at

Mentality to perform May 8

Mentality, a student group dedicated to education audiences about mental health issues, will perform at 9 p.m. May 9 in the Michigan League Underground.

Interactions between actors and audience members during the performance will be filmed and used in a documentary about depression on college campuses.

For more information, call Pat McCune, (734) 647-2655.

Life Sciences symposium is May 9

The Life Sciences Institute is hosting “The Structural Biology of Cell Signaling” symposium 9 a.m.–5 p.m. May 9 in the Ford Amphitheater of the U-M Hospital.

Leading scientists from several institutions will present their work in cellular signaling, including Lasker Prize winner Roderick MacKinnon of Rockefeller University and U-M biomedical scholar Zhaohui Xu, assistant professor of biological chemistry.

Topics include protein folding, programmed cell death, cellular transport mechanisms and ion channels. For more information, call (734) 647-4571 or visit the Web at

Manufacturing conference May 6–8

The College of Engineering’s Japan Technology Management Program hosts the Lean Manufacturing Conference 7 a.m.–5 p.m. May 6–8 at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn.

The conference will explore how lean manufacturing can be used to increase efficiency and profitability in a more complex and customer-centered marketplace.

To register, contact Deborah Elmore, (734) 763-3258 or, or visit the Web at

Rotstein to speak at Gunn Conference

Ori D. Rotstein, professor of surgery at the University of Toronto School of Medicine, will present “Hyperosmolar Solutions for Fluid Resuscitation During Critical Illness” at 3:30 p.m. May 8 in the Dow Auditorium.

Rotstein’s lecture is part of the Moses Gunn Research Conference at the Towsley Center. The conference will showcase 20 presentations and 44 posters of faculty, fellows, staff and students in the Department of Surgery.

The James W. Crudup award, The Young Investigator Award and the conference’s outstanding poster award also will be presented.

For more information, contact Eve Bernos, (734) 936-7995.

Eye Center presents vision seminar

The Kellogg Eye Center presents “Seeing the Future with Low Vision” 7–8:30 p.m. May 9 at 1000 Wall Street.

This seminar will describe how people with partial vision can maintain independent lives. Donna Wicker, lecturer in ophthalmology, and Helios Leung, clinical instructor in ophthalmology, will explain how they diagnose and treat eye conditions that lead to low vision. Cheryl Terpening, occupational therapist, will describe techniques for reading, modifications for the home and other tips for daily living with limited vision.

For more information, call (734) 763-1415 or visit the Web at

Reproductive Sciences Program hosts mini symposium May 9–10

The Reproductive Sciences Program (RSP) is hosting a mini symposium “Environmental Steroids and Reproduction” 9 a.m.–4:15 p.m. May 9–10 in the Hussey Room, Michigan League.

The symposium will explore the effect of exposure to natural and steroid hormone-like compounds as part of diet and environment on humans and animals. These environmental hormones have been shown to cause abnormalities, such as hermaphroditism and loss of reproductive function in fish and frogs.

John Peterson Myers, co-author of the book “Our Stolen Future,” is the keynote speaker and will present “Contaminant Effects on Health and the Environment” at 7 p.m. May 9 in the Michigan League Ballroom.

For more information, contact Gary Smith, (734) 764-8142 or, or visit the Web at

M-Fit offers 12 week fitness program

M-Fit’s program “Move, Lose, Maintain” begins the week of May 13. This 12-week program is designed to take charge of an individual’s fitness and nutrition options. Individuals can recover all or part of the program fee if they have success at moving, losing and/or maintaining. The recovered money also can be donated to the Choice Turner Neighborhood Senior Services charity.

For more information, call (734) 975-4410, x 221, or send e-mail to

Figure drawing now through June

The Lloyd Hall Scholars Program and Arts on the Hill present “Open Figure Drawing Studios” 9–11 a.m. through June 26 at the Alice Lloyd Hall Art Studio.

The class will be held every Monday and Wednesday morning now through June 26 (except Memorial Day, May 27). A female model will pose Mondays and a male model Wednesdays. Participants need to bring their own drawing supplies.

For more information, send e-mail to Mark Tucker at

Senior housing week is May 11–19

Senior citizens and representatives from the assisted living housing industry will be featured panelists during Senior Housing Awareness Week May 11–19 at the Housing Bureau for Seniors (HBS).

Event topics include “Housing Transitions and Options for Older Adults” and “Assisted Living.” HBS also will host 19 open houses at senior housing communities throughout the Washtenaw Country area, and a housing fair featuring 13 senior housing sites.

For more information, call HBS, (734) 998-9339.

Finding the work that fits you

The Center for the Education of Women and the HRAA Expo present “Finding the Work that Fits You” 3–4 p.m. May 9 in the Vandenberg Room, Michigan League.

Participants will be introduced to essential elements for discovering worklife that offers a good, personal fit and will gain understanding into the need for taking an active role over the lifespan in one’s career development.

For more information, call (734) 998-7080.

Memory improvement begins May 15

The Turner Geriatric Clinic will offer a three-session course on “Improving Your Memory: How to Remember What You are Starting to Forget” 2–4 p.m. May 15, 22 and 29.

The class includes information on how memory works, how it changes with age, factors that cause changes and techniques for improvement.

The registration fee is $35. For more information or to register, contact Lynn Stern, (734) 764-2556.

Support group begins May 21

The Turner Geriatric Clinic is sponsoring a support group for older adults providing care or support for adult children with physical or mental illness 1:30–3 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the level one conference room of the Geriatrics Center. The first meeting is May 21.

For more information, contact Janet Fogler, (734) 764-2556.

U-M–Flint hosts community dialogue

U-M–Flint is seeking community input for the new Urban Health and Wellness Center through three community dialogue sessions 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 5:30–7:30 p.m. May 15, and 5:30–7:30 p.m. June 12 in the Riverview Room, University Center.

The purpose of the community dialogue is to identify community health issues, identify gaps in existing health promotion and disease prevention services, identify the overlap between community interests and faculty, and identify potential partnerships.

For more information, call (810) 762-3351.

Faculty and staff are invited to expos

Human Resources and Affirmative Action (HRAA) will sponsor “Empowering the Workforce” 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. May 9 in the Vandenberg Room, Michigan League.

Join HRAA in celebrating the many services offered to faculty and staff members and those who will be recognized for their outstanding qualities at the Expo. Learn how HRAA units can assist in balancing job responsibilities and family, and maximizing career potential.

Information Technology Communications (ITCom) will host “Connect Anywhere, Anytime, Anyplace” 10 a.m.–5 p.m. May 8, and 9 a.m.–3 p.m. May 9 in the Alumni Center.

The Technology Fair will be two days filled with new telecommunications technology. ITCom staff members will be available to discuss the latest in Voice over IP (VoIP), unified messaging and Adaptive Technologies.

For more information on both expos, visit the Web at

Horne receives UMS award

Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano, will receive the 2002 University Musical Society (UMS) Distinguished Artist Award at the Ford Honors Program 6 p.m. May 11 in Hill Auditorium.

The Ford Honors Program is a performance tribute to Horne. Horne first performed in Ann Arbor 30 years ago and has performed under UMS auspices five times, including two recitals and three solo orchestra appearances.

For ticket information, call (734) 764-2538.

Mother’s Day walk at the Arb

Nichols Arboretum (Arb) is hosting a Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk at 2 p.m. May 12 at the Reader Center.

Walkers of all ages are encouraged to hunt for trillium varieties, take a peek at the rhododendrons and take in a little local color. Walking tours last an hour-and-a-half to two hours. Good walking shoes are advised.

For more information, call (734) 998-9540.

Ehrenreich discusses book

Barbara Ehrenreich will discuss her New York Times best-selling book “Nickel and Dimed, On (Not) Getting By in America” at 7 p.m. May 13 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division St.

Her discussion is part of the Rackham Summer Interdisciplinary Institute “Mapping the Invisible Project.” Part of the project is a multi-media display with photographs, interviews and artwork that explore how the location and movement of workers through university spaces affects feelings of belonging.

For more information, call (734) 764-3139.

DPS to host memorial service May 16

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) will host the annual county-wide law enforcement memorial service at 10 a.m. May 16 in the parking lot by the Campus Safety Services Building, 1239 Kipke Drive. The public service will honor police officers from Washtenaw County who have died in the line of duty. Similar services will be conducted by law enforcement agencies across the country during National Police Week.

Green Clean Day is May 17

Green Clean Day, May 17, at the Business School, will involve cleaning the school and recycling and reusing items that might normally be tossed out.

Other areas of the University have been in contact with the Green Team Committee to learn how they might implement similar initiatives. For more information, visit the Web at

United Way announces fund distribution

The Washtenaw United Way board of directors announced a total fund distribution of $6,865,783 for the 2002–03 program year, beginning July 1, 2002.

The board approved a total of $4,295,818 in allocations to agencies. The breakdown is $3,988,907 in allocations to 39 United Way agencies; $25,000 for First Steps Washtenaw, an early childhood education program; $10,000 to the Sept. 11 fund; and $271,911 for United Way’s community affiliates in Dexter, Milan and Saline.

In addition to allocation, United Way donors designated a total of $2,531,965 to specific not-for-profit agencies.

For more information, call Charlotte Luttrell at (734) 971-8200, x 224.

Faculty Women’s Club incorporates

The Faculty Women’s Club (FWC) announced its incorporation and newly amended bylaws, which include a new membership category-FWC Friends. FWC is starting its 81st year with the purpose of bringing people throughout the University community together to share interests and experiences.

The new board of directors includes Kathe Wunderlich (President), Susan Flint, Nita Cox, Luan Briefer, Lois Solomon, Dorothy Reister, Tanja van der Voo, Anne Sichel, Marlene Hubbard, Mary Armstrong, Evelyn Port, Andrea Van Houweling and Laura Caplan.

For more information, visit the Web at

Health System finalizes agreement

The U-M Health System and its House Officers Association (HOA) finalized a three year labor agreement April 19. The agreement covers 875 interns, residents and fellows.

It provides for a three percent base wage increase for each year of the three-year agreement, a one percent lump sum for all house officers in the first year of the agreement, and continuation of the annual seven percent lump sum component of cash compensation, which is intended, under contract language, to encourage savings. With the new contract, first year house officers also qualify for the lump sum payment.

House officers will actively address operational improvements, including medical documentation practices, use of commodities and coordinated efforts among the healthcare. They also will experience more extensive education about the financial and management aspects of healthcare.

For more information, visit the Web at

Da Vinci book makes 20,000

The Internet Public Library (IPL) at the School of Information has added the 20,000th item to its catalog of online books.

The Project Gutenberg edition of “The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci” is the 5,000th text released by Project Gutenberg.

IPL has books on topics from Russian fiction to Keynesian economics, to sacred religious texts to mathematics. The searchable listings can be browsed by title, author or subject.

Visit the IPL’s book collection at

Online zine targets adolescent girls is an online magazine providing positive images and stories for adolescent girls of color. The magazine’s goal is to close the information gap by encouraging girls to use the Internet to find information about careers and health topics.

The Web features a career woman, a health quiz and tips, a teen editorial on a featured teen, women’s history facts, a monitored discussion board, and online writing opportunities.

For more information, contact Lisa Copeland at (734) 764-2220.