The University Record, October 1, 2001


Dial-in press conference today on consumers

Richard T. Curtin, senior associate research scientist of the Survey Research Center, will hold a dial-in news briefing at 11 a.m. today (Oct. 1) to discuss new findings from the September 2001 Surveys of Consumers. Special questions on the economic impact of the events of Sept.11 will be discussed.

A webcast is available 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Oct. 1 on the following sites:,, and

UMRA will meet Oct. 11

The U-M Retirees Association (UMRA) membership meeting and election will be held 3:15 –5 p.m. Oct. 11 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. The agenda will include annual reports by the officers, and the chair of the nominating committee will propose a slate of three nominees to serve on the UMRA Board. Nominations also may be proposed from the floor. The election will follow.

For more information, see the UMRA newsletter or call (734) 647-9841.

Rackham calls for proposals

A program of mid-to large-scale funding for interdisciplinary, collaborative faculty research combined with graduate education is being sponsored by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. It is expected that three proposals will be selected over the next two years, each to be awarded approximately $250,000 for use over a three-year period.

For information about selection criteria and the application process, contact Rhonda Kandow, or (734) 764-4400. General questions about the program or other Rackham support for interdisciplinary projects may be addressed to Associate Dean June Howard, or (734) 764-4400.

Those interested in submitting a proposal are encouraged to attend an informational meeting 4–5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union. For more information on the workshop or to register, contact Steven Brabbs, or (734) 763-2948. Online registration is available on the Web at under “training.”

Jacobson memorial service is Oct. 4

A memorial service commemorating the life of Harold K. Jacobson, professor emeritus of political science and former director of the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research (ISR), will take place 12:30–2 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Michigan League Ballroom.

Jacobson served as the acting director of the ISR 1992–1995, and as interim associate vice president for international affairs, 1990–1992. In addition, he served as president of the International Studies Association and vice president of the International Political Science Association.

For further information, call (734) 763-1348.

Hodes will speak Oct. 3

Martha Hodes, associate professor of history and director of the program in the history of women and gender at New York University, will lecture on “Traversing Racial Boundaries and Identities in the 19th-Century United States and British Caribbean” 4–6 pm Oct. 3 in Room 1636, International Institute.

Hodes seeks to explore the ways in which perceptions of race change across geographical borders, arguing that the malleability of race does not necessarily diminish its power. Hodes is the author of White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth Century South.

For more information, call (734) 936-1595.

Native American programs to be offered

The Exhibit Museum of Natural History is focusing on Michigan’s Native Americans this year. “Sky Legends of the Three Fires,” will show at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays Oct. 6–Nov. 18 on the fourth floor of the Planetarium. Tickets cost $3.

“Pow Wows,” a presentation and discussion by Susan Krouse (Cherokee) from the department of anthropology at Michigan State University, will be noon–1 p.m. Oct. 10 in Auditorium B of Angell Hall.

“Developing the Anishinabek Exhibition at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids” will be presented by Erik Alexander, curator of the Public Museum of Grand Rapids, and Frank Ettawageshik, noon–1 p.m. Oct. 17 in Auditorium B, Angell Hall.

For more information, call (734) 763-4191.

Author Crittenden coming to campus Oct. 10

Ann Crittenden, former economics reporter for the New York Times, will speak about her recent book The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in Hale Auditorium.

This event is being sponsored by the Business School, the Center for the Education of Women and the Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

For more information, call (734) 763-1276 or (734) 647-4416, or send e-mail to

Relocation planned for OSCR

The Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR) will move on Oct. 11 to Room G121, South Quad, 600 East Madison 1372. For more information, call (734) 936-6308.

Manage back pain with Spine Program

Does back pain have you tied in a knot? The U-M Spine Program classes can help you better manage back pain:

  • Body Mechanics, 3:30–5 p.m. Oct. 4, Nov. 15, Jan. 3 and Feb. 21, will help you identify difficult activities and learn new ways to do them.

  • Postures, 3:30–5 p.m. Oct. 18, Dec. 6 and Jan. 17, will teach participants about balanced muscles, proper alignment and posture breaks.

  • Computer Workstation Postures, 3:30–5 p.m. Nov. 1, Dec. 20 and Feb. 7, will focus on proper postures at the computer.

    All classes will be at the Spine Program, Floor 2, 325 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. Each class costs $15.

    For more information or to register, call (734) 615-1750.

    Weight Watchers CEO to be featured

    The Comprehensive Cancer Center will sponsor “Coping with Cancer: Eating Right, Living Light.” This program will feature Florine Mark, Weight Watchers Group President and CEO, and Suzanne Dixon, nutrition specialist of the Infusion Center, 7–8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 19525 Victor Pkwy. in Livonia.

    To make reservations for this free program, call (800) 742-2300, and enter category 7870, or visit the Web at

    Change your password on the Web

    A new tool for changing your UMICH password is available on the Web at https://login. You will need to log in with your uniqname and UMICH password to get access to this tool.

    For further information, send e-mail to

    What’s wrong with John Donne?

    Elise Frasier, a doctoral candidate in the English department, will give a talk titled “On Disidentification: John Donne and the Pleasures of ‘Bad’ Syntax” at noon Oct. 2 on the second floor of the Comerica Bldg (at the corner of S. Thayer and N. University).

    Frasier argues that Donne is blocking one primary aim of Renaissance lyric poetry: To produce sympathetic identifications as part of the process of persuasion.

    The talk is part of the Institute for the Humanities Brown Bag series, and the public is invited. For more information, call (734) 936-3518.

    Glee clubs present Brahms Oct. 7

    The U-M Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs and the Smith College Glee Club of Northampton, Mass., will present Brahms: Ein deutches Requiem at 3 p.m. Oct. 7 in Hill Auditorium. Jerry Blackstone and Sandra Snow will conduct.

    For more information, call (734) 764-1448.

    Brecht’s drama will take the stage Oct. 4–7

    The Department of Theatre and Drama is presenting The Good Person of Szechwan, Oct. 4–7 and Oct. 11–14 at the Trueblood Theatre. The premise of Bertolt Brecht’s play is that mankind’s future rests in the balance when three gods search the earth for one good person to restore their faith in humanity and justify their existence.

    Tickets, $15 general admission and $7 for students with ID, are available at the Michigan League Ticket Office. For more information or to order tickets, call (734) 764-2538.

    Cross country run deadline is Oct. 11

    The team-entry deadline for the 2001 Cross Country Run is 4:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Intramural Sports Bldg. The individual deadline is 8 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Mitchell Fields on Fuller Rd. Entry fees are $5 for individuals and $25 for teams.

    The race will start at 9 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Mitchell Fields, adjacent to Softball Field 1.

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

    Community organizations open house today

    The School of Public Health (SPH) will sponsor the 8th Annual Community Service–Learning Fair at 3 p.m. today (Oct.1) in the School of Public Health I (SPH 1). The event kicks off with a keynote address by Linda R. Murray, nominee for President-Elect for the American Public Health Association.

    The fair follows the keynote 3:45–5:15 p.m. on the third floor of the SPH 1. More than forty community-based organizations from all over Michigan will participate.

    The Community Service–Learning Fair is held annually at the School of Public Health in commemoration of the life and accomplishments of the late Albert H. Wheeler, an SPH graduate and the first African-American to hold a tenured faculty position at U-M.

    For additional information, call (734) 936-0935 or (734) 936-0932, or visit the Web at

    Serow spotlights Mid-Michigan

    Longtime Flint-area news professional Mel Sorow has a continuing series titled The Mel Sorow Show which airs at 12:30–1 p.m. each Wednesday on U-M Public Television—WFUM 28 (UMPTV).

    The series showcases issues that pertain to the communities of Southeast and Mid- Michigan. For more information, call (810) 762-3028, ext. 141.

    LabBook XML Genomic Suite Y to be demonstrated

    Representatives from Wiley Publishers will be on campus to demonstrate the LabBook XML Genomic Suite Y at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Learning Resources Center, 3950 Taubman Library Bldg. This modular software is based on XML and BSML (Bioinformatic Sequence Markup Language) and provides one interface for integrated information management tools and technologies that facilitate data exchange.

    For more information, call (734) 763-2037 or send e-mail to

    Fall film series 2001

    The Center for Japanese Studies will begin its fall film series at 7 p.m. Oct. 5, and continue Friday nights through Dec. 7 in the Lorch Hall Auditorium. This series pays tribute to great filmmakers that worked within the bounds of the expected, the artists who play within the frame.

    All films are in Japanese with English subtitles and will be shown admission free. For more information, call (734) 764-6307.

    New radio series about the Midwest

    This fall, Michigan Radio, the U-M public radio stations, will produce “Storylines Midwest.” This is a special 13-week series of live call-in shows exploring Midwestern life through literature, which begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 and airs on Sundays through Dec. 30.

    U-M’s public radio stations include 91.7 FM Ann Arbor, 104.1 FM Grand Rapids, and 91.1 FM Flint. For more information, visit the Web at

    Ring of Steel to demonstrate

    The Ring of Steel is hosting a free demonstration 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Student Theatre Arts Complex. Swordplay, martial arts, special effects and stuntwork will be taught.

    The Ring of Steel performs at Renaissance festivals, haunted houses, science fiction and fantasy conventions, Celtic festivals, in action movies, and on stage, performing everything from Shakespeare to Samurai to science fiction.

    For more information, call (734) 763-4900, or send e-mail to or visit the Web at

    U-M Flint announces ‘Amaizing U’

    University Outreach at U-M Flint is offering “Amaizing U,” fall 2001 non-credit classes. This diverse collection of non-credit courses will be held at various locations in the Greater Flint community.

    Course offerings include:

  • Latin Dancing, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Oct. 3–Nov. 14 (Wednesdays, except Oct. 31)

  • Ballroom Dancing, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Oct. 8–Nov. 12 (Mondays)

  • Swing Dancing, 7:30–8:30 p.m. Oct. 8–Nov. 12 (Mondays)

  • Victorian Holidays, 6:30–8 p.m. Oct. 10

  • Tabletop Fountain, 5:30–7 p.m. Oct. 11

  • Digital Photography, 6–8 p.m. Oct. 17, 24

  • Simple Spanish, 6–7 p.m. Oct. 18–Nov. 15 (Thursdays)

  • Holiday Crafts, 6:30–8 p.m. Nov. 7

  • Scanner Craft Memories, 6–8 p.m. Nov. 7, 14

    Computers and You:

  • Windows 101, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Oct. 2

  • Using E-mail, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Oct. 9

  • Intro to the Internet, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Oct. 16

  • Surfing the Web, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Oct. 23

  • Scanner Crafts, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Oct 2, 9

    Corporate Services:

  • Becoming a Valuable Player, 5:30–7 p.m. Sept 25

    Registration fees for each class range $9–$59, with many offering senior discounts. For a class brochure or more information, call (810) 767-9490.