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Lawyers to file by Oct. 29 deadline
In a brief they will file by the new Oct. 29 deadline, lawyers for U-M plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear a lawsuit regarding the University's use of race in admissions policies at the Law School. The initial deadline was extended at the request of an attorney for a group of student intervenors. In addition, student intervenors in the undergraduate admissions case have asked the high court to hear both suits without waiting for a ruling from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the undergraduate case. The Center for Individual Rights, which is representing plaintiffs in both suits, previously asked the Supreme Court to hear the undergraduate case without waiting for the lower court to rule.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to visit campus
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will visit southeast Michigan Oct. 25-26 for events centered on the Detroit Riverkeeper Celebration. The Riverkeeper Coalition is a group of local watershed groups and regional environmental organizations brought together to protect Southeast Michigan's rivers. On Oct. 25, Kennedy will speak at 4 p.m. in U-M's Chemistry Building Auditorium. Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje will host the Ann Arbor Riverkeeper Fair from 3-8 p.m. at Riverside Park. At 7 p.m., Hieftje and the Huron River Watershed Council will host "After Dinner Delectables and Drinks" with Kennedy at Matthai Botanical Gardens; tickets are $200 a person.

On Oct. 26, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Friends of the Belle Isle & St. Clair Channelkeeper will host an 8:30 a.m. "Breakfast with Bobby" at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle; tickets are $200 per person. At 2 p.m., Portofino's Restaurant in Wyandotte will host a luncheon featuring Kennedy, community leaders and political candidates. A $100 donation is requested.
For more information, call (734) 327-0019 or e-mail

White to discuss business credibility
B. Joseph White, the Wilbur K. Pierpont Collegiate Professor of Business Administration at the Business School, will deliver the 36th annual William K. McInally Memorial Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Business School's Hale Auditorium. The topic is "Post-Bubble, Post-Scandals: Restoring the Credibility of American Business Leadership." White was dean of the Business School for 10 years beginning in 1991 and served as interim president of the University in 2001-02. The McInally Lecture began in 1966 in memory of William K. McInally, who served on the Board of Regents from 1960-64.
For more information, call (734) 936-2150.

Conservator to discuss exhibits
Conservator Jessica Johnson of the National Museum of the American Indian will visit campus Oct. 21-24. Funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Program grant, Johnson will examine the University's Native American exhibits and offer advice on how to clean or return the items on exhibit. Johnson also will give a brown-bag talk at noon Oct. 24 in the Chemistry Building, Room 1640.

Snelson dedicates 'Indexer II' sculpture
World-renowned sculptor Kenneth Snelson will be on campus for the dedication of the "Indexer II" sculpture at 3:45 p.m. Oct. 25. A gift from the Engineering Class of 1950 Emeritus, the sculpture will be dedicated near the Class of 1947 Reflecting Pool on North Campus. Following the dedication, the College of Engineering will host the lecture, "Sculpture and the Nature of Sculpture," in the Johnson Rooms of the Lurie Engineering Center. The events also are supported by the School of Art and Design.

Albright to speak at two events
Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State and the Distinguished Scholar at the William Davidson Institute, is scheduled to give opening remarks at the Symposium on the Argentine Crisis. The panel discussion is from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 22 in Hale Auditorium in the Business School. The symposium is part of the William Davidson Institute Latin American Speaker Series.
For more information, call (734) 936-2150.

Satyarthi to deliver Wallenberg Lecture
The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies will host the 12th annual Raoul Wallenberg Lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Chemistry Building, Room 1800. Kailash Satyarthi, a proponent for the abolition of child labor, will deliver the lecture. During the past 10 years, he has emancipated thousands of people, including 34,000 children, from bond labor, a form of modern-day slavery. The Wallenberg Endowment was established in 1985 to commemorate Wallenberg.
For more information, call (734) 647-2644 or e-mail

HGTV features Matthai Botanical Gardens
The Home and Garden Television Channel will feature Matthai Botanical Gardens in its "Great American Gardens" series at 3 p.m. Nov. 3. Gardens from Illinois and California also will be part of the program.

Indoor track open to public
The Indoor Track Building is now open for public jogging and walking. Normal hours are 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Membership fees are $60 for U-M faculty and staff, $80 for the general public and $30 for students. There is also a drop-in fee of $5 a day. A season pass is good through May 2.
For more information, call (734) 763-5088 or visit

NYT Magazine ethicist to speak
Randy Cohen, writer of The New York Times Magazine column "Everyday Ethics," will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in Auditorium A of Angell Hall. Cohen will share his insights on how to do the right thing, as well as respond to ethical dilemmas presented by the audience. The event is sponsored by The Career Center and is open to all students and members of the University and local community. Cohen was the original head writer on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" and won three Emmy Awards as a writer for "Late Night with David Letterman."
For more information, e-mail

U-M-Flint offers teacher preparation
U-M-Flint is doing its part to halt a teacher shortage with an accelerated program designed to put teachers in the classroom in one year. The University is offering a master of arts in education with specialization in elementary education leading to teacher certification. The program will accelerate teacher preparation for students who already hold bachelor's degrees, but would like to become certified as teachers.

The National Education Association has projected the worst teacher shortage in history, with more than 50 percent of the current teacher work force leaving the profession during the next 10 years. U-M-Flint will host an open house for the program from 4:40-6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the University Pavilion's North Lounge.
For more information, call (810) 762-3351.

U-M to host informatics conference

U-M will host a one-day conference Oct. 31 to help government leaders, public officials, health care providers and others more effectively use public health data to make health care decisions for their communities.

Sponsored by the School of Public Health (SPH) and Office of the Vice President for Government Relations, "Informatics and the Health of Your Community: A Hands-on Learning Experience & Exploration of the Issues," is designed to demonstrate the power of informatics and to show how to put it into action.
Among the presenters are William Yasnoff, senior advisor on the National Health Information Infrastructure for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Nancy Allee, director of Public Health Information Services and Access at the SPH.

Registration is $50 and the deadline is Oct. 25. For more information or to register, call (734) 763-5554 or visit

Seminars to focus on disability studies
The Initiative on Disabilities Study is hosting a series of public seminars this fall on the issue of developing a program in disability studies. The initiative has been working the past 18 months to gauge interest in a program, and more than 100 faculty members have said they would support the initiative. The series will begin with a panel presentation on disability studies from 3:30-6 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Kuenzel Room of the Michigan Union.

For more information, call (734) 763-2351 or (734) 994-7829.

A frightfully good time at museum
The Exhibit Museum's Halloween Party will take place Oct. 26. Partygoers can journey through the museum, discovering special stations and displays where they can try hands-on activities and receive prizes and treats that relate to natural history. The party is suitable for all ages, and children ages 2 or younger are admitted free. Advance tickets are $6 for museum members and $8 for others. At the door, tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (734) 647-1371.

NSF lecture on doctoral support
Judith A. Ramaley, assistant director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation (NSF), will speak on how doctoral students have been supported in the past and how they should be supported in the future from the NSF perspective at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 30 in the Hussey Room of the Michigan League. The lecture, "The Science and Engineering Workforce: The Future of Doctoral Education," is open to the public, and is of special interest to faculty and students in engineering and the sciences.

For more information, call (734) 764-9499 or e-mail

UMHS hosting canned food drive
The U-M Health System (UMHS), along with the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, is hosting a non-perishable food drive through Oct. 31 as part of a statewide campaign. Collection bins are located throughout the UMHS campus and at various satellite locations. Contributions, which can include cash and should be nonperishable and non-breakable, will be distributed to needy people locally through Food Gatherers.

For more information, call (734) 936-9424 or e-mail

Golf outing benefits Mott
The annual Oliver/Hatcher Mulligan Masters Charity Golf Outing recently raised $65,000 to support Mott Children's Hospital patient activities. This year's total exceeded the 2001 outing by $5,000. In addition, Ed and Leann Boullion received the Mr. Mulligan award for their contributions to the "From the Heart" program, an effort that brings U-M athletes to visit with Mott patients each Thursday evening and provides patients and their families with tickets to U-M sporting events.

Ann Arbor Reads to select book
The U-M Life Sciences, Values and Society Program, in partnership with Shaman Drum Bookstore and the Ann Arbor District Library, invites the public to help select the book for Ann Arbor Reads. The reading initiative is an effort to get all Ann Arbor area residents to read one book that raises ethical issues posed by advances in the life sciences.

A book selection committee, comprised of community members from schools, religious institutions, businesses and the University, will choose the book at a 7 p.m. meeting at the Ann Arbor District Library on Oct. 21. The three finalists are "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley, "Beggars in Spain" by Nancy Kress, and "Abraham Lincoln's DNA and Other Adventures in Genetics" by Philip R. Reilly.
Once the book has been selected, the Values and Society Program will seek community partners interested in organizing events during the official Ann Arbor Reads period, Jan.-March 2003. Information about Ann Arbor Reads will be available at

For more information, call (734) 936-2575.

M-Fit to host Super Foods program
The M-Fit Employee Wellness Program will host Super Foods Oct. 29 in Dow Auditorium in Towsley Hall. Faculty, staff and students interested in making healthy, quick and tasty foods can sign up for a noon-1 p.m. or 1-2 p.m. session. Free samples will be available after the presentation. Pre-registration is required.
For more information or to register, call (734) 975-4410, ext. 487.

ITCS launches new Web site
Improved access and navigation are the highlights of the redesigned Information Technology Central Services (ITCS) Web site, which makes its debut Oct. 23. The site, located at the new address, will keep faculty and staff updated on computing topics and highlight important information in the Spotlight section. Faculty, staff and students can develop their own customized pages to help them quickly get information and to optimize use of the U-M computing environment. The site also includes links to services not provided by ITCS.

For more information, call (734) 647-4408.

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