The University Record, September 4, 2001


Teleconference defines responsible conduct of research

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Division of Research Development and Administration (DRDA) are hosting a Society of Research Administrators (SRA) satellite teleconference called “Conducting Research Responsibly.” This teleconference will explore topics of human subjects research, conflict of interest, research misconduct and mentorship. The teleconference starts 1 p.m. Sept. 13. Locations are the auditorium of Mott Hospital and the sixth floor conference room at the Institute for Social Research. For more information, call (734) 763-2948.

LSO informational meeting for present and prospective members

The Life Sciences Orchestra (LSO) will hold an informational meeting for present and prospective members at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the School of Music’s McIntosh Theater. LSO auditions will be held in mid-Sept. to place all string players and select wind and brass players. Sign on to for more information.

University Productions looking for ushers

The University Productions office is seeking volunteer ushers for its 2001–02 season. Interested persons can apply at the University Productions office or call (734) 763-5213.

Remembering the Broadside Press

The Special Collections Library at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library will host a program and reception for “Dynamite Voices: Broadside Press of Detroit” at 4 p.m. Sept. 13. Learn about the history of this Detroit-based publisher and view collection materials. For more information on this free event, call (734) 764-9377.

Football Ride shuttles hit the streets Sept. 1

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) is providing Football Ride shuttles for all home games. Service starts two hours before the game and continues until one hour after. Drop-offs and returns are at Gate 2 of the stadium. Roundtrip tickets are $4. For more information, call (734) 973–6500.

Observe the past at the Observatory

The first fall open houses of the historic U-M Detroit Observatory will take place 2–5 p.m. Sept. 12, and 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Sept. 27. Find out how the Observatory kept trains on time, check out telescopes in their original mounts, and rotate the dome. A $5 donation is suggested. Call (734) 763-2230 for more information.

Free bike registration at Festifall

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be offering free bike registration during Festifall, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sept. 6. Throughout the year, bike registration is available for a $2.50 fee at City Hall or a city bike store. At Festifall, though, DPS is offering bike registration as a free service to anyone who brings a U-M ID and a valid driver’s license.

Registering your bicycle is an important precaution against theft—bike registration gives the city necessary information to facilitate retrieving a bike should it be stolen and then recovered.

The same service will be available on North Campus, Sept. 12 at Bursley Hall.

Contact Diane Brown at (734) 936-2323 for more information.

Diversity in Higher Education series begins Sept. 6

The series “Gender, Race and Justice in the Affirmative Action Debate” begins 3–5 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Anderson Room of the Michigan Union. The first panel, Making the Case for Diversity in Higher Education, will be chaired by Christina Whitman, associate dean of the Law School, professor of women’s studies and of law. Panelists include Elizabeth Barry, associate vice president and deputy general counsel; David Chambers, professor of law; Patricia Gurin, professor of psychology and of women’s studies; Sylvia Hurtado, associate professor of education; and Steven Raudenbush, professor of statistics and of education.

Information on the series, sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies is available on the Web at

HRD offers new courses for 2001–02

“Improving the Effectiveness and Productivity of Teams” and “Elements of Leadership” are just two of the new professional development courses offered by Human Resource Development (HRD). For the new school year, HRD is offering nearly 120 courses and programs for faculty skill enhancement, professional development and personal growth. A catalog of classes is at Courses also are in the Calendar section of the Record and on the Professional Development Virtual Calendar at

Lifelong learning offered at the Geriatrics Center

The Learning in Retirement (LIR) program at the Geriatric Center kicks off its new season with “Affirmative Action in Higher Education: The Values at Stake” on Sept. 11. Lectures are held at 10 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursday at the Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium. Seniors, 55 and older, can participate. The cost is $25 for LIR members. Check the Record calendar for monthly lecture themes. Call (734) 998-9353 for more information.

Fall workshops for kids at Exhibit Museum

Enrollment is open for fall workshops at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History. Kids take a hands-on approach to science through weekend classes. Fees are $14-$18. For more information or to register, call (734) 764-0478.

Mac OS X discount available to faculty

Faculty can now upgrade their Apple computer operating systems to Mac OS X at a discounted price. Departmental orders must be submitted by Sept. 24. Computer Showcase and M-Stores also will sell a limited supply at the same discounted rate. Mac OS 9.1 and 8.6 also are available at a low cost.

Female astronaut candidates speak out about Mercury Mission

Aviators Jane Hart and Bernice Steadman will talk about the 1960s space program and their dismissal, along with 23 other women from the Mercury Mission. This free lecture will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Boeing Lecture Hall of the Francois Xavier Bagnoud Building.

Merit Network announces Internet upgrade

Merit Network Inc. will spend $10 million to upgrade all of Michigan’s publicly-funded universities and other state educational insti-tution’s Internet access to OC-48. This faster and improved service will let users access high-quality, interactive video, distance learning and have real-time access to scientific programs. Upgrades will start at the U-M in early 2002.

Cash in your Mcard CashChip

The Mcard CashChip program ends Sept. 30. If you have value left on your CashChip, you can get a refund at the Mcard Center in the Student Activities Building. For more information, call (734) 936-2273 or send e-mail to

Web workshop focuses on creation and effectiveness

Learn to create effective Web sites, from content and functionality, to site architecture and page design at a Sept. 21 workshop. Learn from experts in advertising, eCommerce, Web site design, graphic arts and Web strategy. The cost is $60 for faculty and $95 for all others. More information on the seminar, which runs from 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. in the Business School’s Hale Auditorium, is at

Friends fall lecture focuses on prairie planting

The Friends of the Michigan League kick of their 28th season with “The Rediscovery of the Mathaei Prairie Planting” by master gardener, Aunita Erskine. She’ll explain the benefits of a prairie garden and lead a 2:30 p.m. tour of the Matthaei Botanical Garden’s prairie. The lecture is at 1 p.m. Nov. 21. The cost is $5 for members, $15 for all others. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (734) 998-7061.

Matthaei gets in the Halloween spirit

Ghosts and goblins will haunt the Matthaei Botanical Gardens Conservatory 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Oct. 28. Wear your costume, trick or treat, and listen to chilling ghost stories. Creepy plants will add to the spooky mood. Pre-registration is required by Oct. 27 and the cost is $5.

Salt adds spices to Exhibit Museum

“Got Salt?” is the latest exhibition at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History. It explores how the Nexquipayac region of Central America makes and mines salt from lakebeds, and it looks at salt mines in Michigan. Museum hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat. and noon–5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call (734) 764-0478 or visit the Web at

Legs for Life 2001 screens for peripheral vascular disease

The Health System will offer free screenings for peripheral vascular disease Sept. 19 at U-M and Sept. 20 at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. Make your appointment at U-M by calling (800) 211-8181, or at Saint Joseph by calling (800) 659-1959.

Michigan businesses log on to Web site design

Michigan small businesses can receive free Web site design assistance at Design in Biz, developed by the School of Art and Design, offers on-line tutorials and interactive discussions on graphic and design questions. Users have access to marketing and communication plans, Web site design plans and product line designs.

Research Responsibility Program 2001–02

The Office of the Vice President for Research begins its seventh annual Research Responsibility Program (RRP) series with “Introduction to Responsibility in Research.” The discussions are 5–7 p.m. Sept. 12, in the Colloquium Room, 4448 East Hall, or 5–7 p.m. Sept. 20, at F1540 Mott Hospital. For more information, see RRP’s full schedule at

Design a high-tech curriculum

Make your curriculum more interesting with PowerPoint, UM.CourseTools, Photoshop and Dreamweaver. The Faculty Exploratory at the Harlan Hatcher Library is offering software training, for Mac and PC users. Departments can arrange faculty workshops and consultants are available in-person or through e-mail to . For more information, visit or call (734) 647-7406.

Special focus group for UMRA members

The Benefits Office will hold a special focus group session for the U-M Retiree Association (UMRA) members to talk about the proposed redesign of the prescription drug benefits program. Join the group 10:30 a.m.–noon Sept. 27 in Suite 18 of the Wolverine Tower. To register, call (734) 936-0952.

Design and construction after WWII detailed

Building drawings by Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright are on display at the Taubman College Gallery, Art & Architecture Building. The exhibition focuses on building design and construction after 1945. The exhibition runs Sept. 4–Sept. 28. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Calling all singers

The U-M Hospital’s a capella singing group is looking for new voices from other departments. The choir sings jazz, show tunes and holiday songs at the hospitals and for community programs. Practices are two hours each week for one evening. Contact Nana Lee at by the end of September for more information.

Cancer Center holds candle lighting

The Comprehensive Cancer Center, along with groups from across the nation will hold a Candle Lighting for Hope and Remembrance. People who have died from cancer will be recognized and candles lit in their memory. Candles of hope also will be lit for cancer survivors. The event is at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Cancer Center’s front entrance. For more information, call (800) 742-2300 and press category 7880.

GenBank and NCBI Molecular Biology Resources Workshop

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is holding a three-hour lecture and three, hands-on computer workshops covering GenBank, Entrez, NCBI, Structures Database, the Blast similarity search engine and additional genomic resources. The course is 8:30–11:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Dow Auditorium Towsley Center.

Planetarium closed for September

The Exhibit Museum Planetarium is closed through September for routine maintenance. Similarly, the weekend dinosaur tours will not take place in September because student guides are being hired and trained. Tours and shows will resume in October. For more information, call (734) 764-0478.

Nursing History Society potluck is Sept. 10

Arlene Howe, former associate director of the University Hospitals, will present her personal history 6:30–8 p.m. Sept. 10 in room 1334, North Ingalls Bldg. This program is part of the Nursing History Society’s Josephine Sana Oral History Series. Linda Strodtman, assistant professor of nursing, will conduct the interview. A potluck will take place 5:15–6:30 p.m. Those attending the potluck are encouraged to bring a dish to pass and their own table service. For more information, call Strodtman, (734) 434-0266.

Amber exhibit opens

A new permanent exhibit on amber is on display at the Exhibit Museum. A large piece of amber recently acquired by the museum is featured in the display, along with high-magnification photos of several insects that were trapped in resin before it became amber. The exhibit also includes information about where amber is found and how to care for it. Visitors to the museum can see the exhibit displayed in a life-size cast of a pine tree trunk. For more information, call (734) 764-0478.

School of Art and Design helps small businesses

A Web site developed by the School of Art and Design offering free online assistance on graphic and industrial design has been expanded. Upon entering the Web site, visitors can go directly to specific subject categories, whether graphic design, product design, or eBusiness. Visitors to the Web site can post questions and their designs in the “Help Forum” section for feedback.

A variety of worksheets are available on the site that businesses can use to assess the message it wants to send to its customers. Basic steps to take in working with a designer are explained and case studies also are presented.

For more information, visit the Web at, or send e-mail to Jack Williamson,

IM Sports announces entry deadlines

The Intramural Sports (IM) Program will accept entries for its soccer, broomball and 3-on-3 basketball programs 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the IM Sports Building. The entry deadline for the 2001 Team Tennis Tournament is 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13, also at the IM Sports Building. Entry fees and game times are as follows:

  • Soccer, $78 per team. A mandatory manager’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 in Cliff Keen Arena. The games will begin Sept. 13 and will be played 5:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Sun.–Fri. at the Mitchell Fields.

  • Broomball, $78 per team. A mandatory manager’s meeting will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sept. 12 in Cliff Keen Arena. The season begins Sept. 13 and the games will be played at 10 p.m. Sun.–Thurs. at Yost Ice Arena.

  • 3-on-3 basketball, $50 per team. The mandatory manager’s meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in Cliff Keen arena. Games will be played 5:30–9:30 p.m. Mon.–Thurs. at the IM Sport Building beginning Sept. 13.

  • Team Tennis Tournament, $25 per team. The tournament will be held starting at 5 p.m. Sept. 14, 9 a.m. Sept. 15 and 10 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Tennis Center on S. State Street. For more information, call (734) 763-3562.