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Holiday closure information needed
A listing of holiday closures and special hours will run in the Dec. 9 issue of the University Record. Information must be received by 5 p.m. Dec. 3. Send material by e-mail to urecord@umich.eduor by fax to (734) 764-7084.

Record publication schedule
The Record will not publish an issue the week of Dec. 2. The final issues of 2002 will be Dec. 9 and 16. The Record will resume publication in 2003 on Jan. 13. The deadline for submission of calendar and briefing items, as well as advertising, continues to be 5 p.m. Tuesdays before publication.

Contexts for Classics workshop
Contexts for Classics will present the workshop Teaching Translation, a roundtable discussion with Netta Berlin, visiting assistant professor of Greek and Latin; Sara Forsdyke, assistant professor of Greek and Latin; and Prof. Donka Markus from 4–5:30 p.m. Nov. 25 in the Classical Studies conference room, 2115A Angell Hall. Panelists will address various pedagogical aspects of translating, including effective strategies, fidelity to original text or creative license in translation, and application of translation theories to practical pedagogies.
For more information, visit

Postdoctoral fellowship competition
A postdoctoral fellowship has been established through National Institutes of Health support provided by the Center for Organogenesis (CFO) Training Grant. The goal of the National Research Service Award Fellowship is to provide two years of support to a postdoctoral fellow (Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree) who wishes to undertake a research project in the field of organogenesis. The research project must cross interdisciplinary lines and fit within the goals of the CFO. The following research focus areas have been defined: organ development, organ/tissue maintenance and replacement, and abnormal organ growth. Applications are available at The deadline is Dec. 1.

For more information, call (734) 647-0172 or (734) 936-249 or e-mail or

Lecture on Israeli public opinion
The International Institute will host Asher Arian’s lecture, “Israeli Public Opinion: From War to Peace to Back,” at 4 p.m. Dec. 3 in Room 1636 of the School of Social Work Building. Arian is a distinguished professor of comparative politics at the City University of New York graduate program in political science. His lecture is sponsored by the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, Center for Middle East and North African Studies, Center for Political Studies, Department of Political Science and the International Institute.

For more information, call (734) 936-6510 or e-mail

Free Photoshop workshops offered
Information Technology Central Services is offering Photoshop Elements 2 and Photoshop 7 for Digital Photography for all interested students, faculty and staff from 10 a.m.–noon or 1:30–3:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Wolverine Room of the Michigan Union. Workshop participants will learn how to get professional results with Photoshop Elements and digital cameras, and how to publish those images on the Web with Adobe GoLive 6. Seating is limited.
To make a reservation, send an e-mail with the requested session to kimcobb@umich.eduby 5 p.m. Nov. 26. For more information, call (734) 647-4408.

Traveling scholar poetry reading
Rick Hilles, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholar for 2002–03, will give a poetry reading at 5 p.m. Dec. 5 in Davidson Hall, Room D1270. Hilles’ visit, part of the Visiting Writers Series, is sponsored by the Department of English and the Office of the Provost. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Nation, The New Republic and The Paris Review. Hilles will return to campus in fall 2003 to teach creative writing and poetry.
For more information, call (734) 615-3710.

Event details best leadership practices
Daniel Goleman and Kim Cameron will detail their research on leadership practices at 3 p.m. Dec. 6 in Hale Auditorium at the session, “The Leadership Edge: Don’t Be Left Behind.” Goleman and Cameron will address the questions, “What do most successful leaders and organizations know that others don’t know?” and “What best practices do they follow?” Goleman is best known for his work on emotional intelligence. Cameron, professor in the Business School, is best known for his research on organizational effectiveness, corporate quality culture and the development of leadership excellence. His current research focuses on virtues in organizations such as forgiveness, humility and compassion, and their relationship to success. The Leadership Edge is sponsored by the Executive MBA Program, the Executive Skills Program, Borders Group Inc. and Perseus Publishing.
For more information, e-mail

‘Charles Dickens’ to read classic
Charles Dickens (played by Bert Hornback, emeritus professor of English) will present his dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Clements Library. Music begins at 7 p.m. Hornback has played Dickens in more than 400 performances.

Graduate School’s phased move
As work progresses on the second phase of the Rackham Building renovation project, the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies is planning a phased move back into the building.

The Rackham Auditorium has re-opened for events while work continues in the rest of the building. Currently, only the lobby and auditorium are open to the public. Scheduling for the auditorium is arranged through the University Productions office at (734) 647-3327.
In late January, the graduate school administrative offices, the Institute for the Humanities, and the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research will return to the Rackham Building after 20 months in temporary locations. The address is 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070. The temporary location is Argus I, Fourth Floor, 535 W. William St.

Dissertation award nominations sought
Nominations for the Distinguished Dissertation Awards must be received at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies by 5 p.m. Dec. 6. Nominees must have been awarded or will be awarded their doctoral degree in 2002. The purpose of the awards, which include a $1,000 honorarium, is to recognize exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. Faculty members from a broad range of disciplines are encouraged to submit nominations, which must be endorsed by the department or program.

For complete instructions and a down-loadable coversheet, visit or call (734) 647-7548.
New benefits section on Web

The Benefits Office has unveiled a new section on its Web site for benefits books. The section provides added convenience to faculty, staff and retirees who want detailed plan information. Benefits books are posted in portable document format (PDFs) and set up in bookmarks format for ease in locating specific topics. To review plan books, visit Books currently posted to the site include:

• Your Benefits 2002—everything newly hired faculty and staff need to know to enroll in benefits.
• 2003 Dental Plan—details about eligibility, enrollment, rates and option one, two and three plan features.
• Group Legal Plan—describes the benefits of the legal plan.
• 2003 Basic Group Term Life Insurance —details on how the plan works, what it covers and who can enroll.
• 2003 University Group Term Life Insurance Plan—describes the University’s optional and dependent life insurance plans.
• It’s Your Retirement—comprehensive information about the University’s retirement plans and how to prepare for retirement.

U-M–Flint to conduct pollution project
The U-M–Flint Center for Applied Environmental Research will conduct a pollution prevention project in vehicle repair facilities in Genesee County. The project will be performed over the next two years. It is designed to achieve long-term solvent waste reductions because the facilities will find the alternative solution processes less hazardous for employees, easier to complete and more cost effective than the traditional method of parts washing. A final report that describes the findings will be submitted to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

U-M–D grant supports Detroit program
U-M–Dearborn has received a three-year federal grant to support a Community Outreach Partnership Center in southwest Detroit. Paul Wong, dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and professor of sociology at U-M–Dearborn, will serve as executive director of the project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The center will work on community issues including environmental concerns, safety and security, educational enrichment, diversity and fairness issues, and access to technology.
The target neighborhoods for the center are the Springwells Village area as well as the community bounded by Waterman, Toledo, Clark and Fisher streets in southwest Detroit. Among other plans, the center will conduct environmental studies in the area and develop recommendations for remediation activities, in addition to workshops, enrichment programs and clean-up activities.

Watercolors of Italy’ exhibit
The Institute for the Humanities is sponsoring an exhibit, reception and artist’s talk for
Mignonette Yin Cheng’s “Watercolors of Italy.” The exhibit runs Dec. 1–Jan. 31 and features a celebration reception at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 9. In addition, Cheng will give a brown bag lecture, “Open-Air Painting,” at noon Jan. 14. All events will take place in the institute’s Osterman Common Room, second floor of the Comerica Building on the corner of S. Thayer and N. University. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri., closed Tuesday and Wednesday noon–2 p.m.
For more information, call (734) 936-3518 or e-mail


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