The University Record, September 17, 1996

In Brief...

Harrison will discuss affirmative action at meeting
Walter Harrison, vice president for university relations, will speak on affirmative action at the first 1996-1997 general meeting of the Association of Black Professionals, Administrators, Faculty and Staff at 11:45 a.m. Wed. (Sept. 18). The meeting will be held in Room 6080, Institute for Social Research, 426 Thompson. For information, call 764-8513.

Symposium explores artistic collaboration with an elephant
In conjunction with the Museum of Art's current exhibition, "Komar, Melamid and Renee," artists Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid will discuss the implications of their artistic collaboration with an African elephant named Renee at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the West Gallery, Museum of Art. Museum director William Hennessey will moderate the discussion with Don Red Fox, Renee's trainer, and Booth Newspapers art critic Roger Green. Admission to the symposium, sponsored by the New Art League of the Friends, is by free ticket only. Tickets may be picked up at the Museum Gift Shop during regular Museum hours or, if available, at the door. For more information, call 764-0395.


Venetian masterworks are featured in upcoming Museum of Art exhibition
An exhibition of Venetian art from the 16th and 18th centuries, often characterized as the "Golden Ages" of Venetian art, will go on display Sat. (Sept. 21) at the Museum of Art. "Venice, Traditions Transformed: Works from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and the University of Michigan," brings together nearly 40 works by such luminaries as Titian, Tintoretto, Battista, Canaletto and Veronese, providing a sampling of Venetian visual culture in the form of paintings, drawings, prints and illustrated books created during the two centuries. The paintings will be on loan from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation in Houston, Texas. The exhibition runs through Jan. 12, 1997. For more information, call 764-0395.


Marietta Bayliss will appear at Leonardo's
Marietta Bayliss will open the Pierpont Commons Music Heritage Series, "Africa, Asia and Beyond" with her earthy, compelling jazz and blues at a free, public performance at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 in the basement bistro at Leonardo's. For information, call 764-7544.


Learn about rare trees and shrubs in Matthaei adult ed course
Warren H. Wagner, professor emeritus of botany, teaches a course on rare trees and shrubs at Matthaei Botanical Gardens 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26, continuing 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 28. The lecture will help participants become familiar with these woody plants and the field trip will take participants by car pool to sites where special examples will be seen growing in the field. Wagner also will show examples of undesirable pest invader trees and shrubs along the way. Cost for the two-day class is $65. For information or to register, call 998-7061.


Dig into perennials at Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Janet Macunivich will teach a course for those who want to know how to keep a perennial garden looking its best, 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 24 and 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 26 at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road. The two-day class will cover general maintenance procedures and specific care for more than 30 species, emphasizing saving time and making wise decisions. Cost of the class is $50. For information, call 998-7061.


Take a hike at Matthaei
The inquisitive plant seeker can hike with Ellen Elliott Weatherbee, program coordinator, at Matthaei Botanical Gardens Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-noon beginning Sept. 25. The hikes take participants to the more remote habitats of woods and wetlands. Edible plants and mushrooms, as well as the interesting plants and intriguing habitats of little-known and out-of-the-way places are emphasizes. There is limited enrollment for the course, which runs through Oct. 30. Cost is $90. Call 998-7061 for more information.


Book illumination is topic of Clements Library discussion
Johnathan Alexander, of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, will discuss "Book Illumination and its Relation to the Other Arts in Renaissance Italy" at 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at Clements Library. The lecture is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Library and the Clements Library. For information, call 647-4117.


U.S. Energy Department announces predoctoral fellowships
The United States Department of Energy will award 12 three-year fellowships in the area of integrated systems of manufacturing, including but not limited to large scale systems and integration of product design with manufacturing processes, for predoctoral students.

Application deadline for the fellowships, which will provide an annual stipend of $20,000 and a cost-of-education allowance of up to $15,000, is Dec. 6. A complete Integrated Manufacturing Fellowship application, including completed application form, proposed plan of research and study, previous research and experience, academic transcripts and four Reference Report forms, must be submitted to qualify for consideration. The fellowships are administered by the National Research Council. For information or application, call (202) 334-2872, fax (202) 334-3419, or e-mail to


Turner Geriatric Clinic sponsors therapy group for depressed seniors
"New Ways To Feel Good," a 10-week therapy group sponsored by the Turner Geriatric Clinic, 1010 Wall Street, will be offered for adults 60 years of age and older who suffer from depression, anxiety or low self-esteem. Sessions will emphasize techniques used in cognitive therapy. Group members will learn to identify and question the automatic thoughts which can affect the way they feel. Interested individuals will be interviewed by group leaders before the first session. For information, call 764-2556.


Grad library will offer free Internet classes
Faculty, graduate students and upper level undergraduate students can take advantage of free Internet classes offered by the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library. Classes in subject resources on the World Wide Web will be offered Sept. 23-Nov. 22 at various times and locations. Some of the more than 20 subjects included are anthropology, Latin American studies, philosophy and social work. The library also offers a free class titled "Introduction to the World Wide Web" at various times and locations. For information and class schedules, call 763-1539 or send e-mail to


Council seeks community input regarding genetic technologies
The Council on Genetics and Society of the School of Public Health is seeking Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area citizens for a series of community dialogues in Ann Arbor on the use of genetic technologies in reproductive decision-making. The meetings, 7-9 p.m. Mondays beginning Oct. 14 and ending Nov. 18, are part of a project funded by the National Institutes of Health. The project goal is to write recommendations for public policy and professional standards based on the values and concerns of Michigan citizens. Issues include privacy, access to genetic information, dealing with discrimination based on such information, personal autonomy and social responsibility. The project has no specific agenda and is politically non-partisan. Call 936-1226 by Oct. 4 for more information.


Museum of Art is nifty and 50
Fifty years of art and inquiry, creativity and curiosity will be celebrated 1-5 p.m. Sept. 22 as the Museum of Art throws its doors open for a 50th Birthday Bash. The roster of special events includes behind-the-scenes museum tours; Dixieland jazz with Ann Arbor's Olivia Street Stompers; elephant art by the Toledo Zoo's tusked resident artist, "Renee;" a sneak peek at Emil Nolde's "Frisian Landscape," rarely displayed because it is too fragile; cake and more cake; celebrities and plenty of activities for kids, who are the guests of honor at this party. For information, call 764-0395.


U-M-Dearborn Fine Art Associates sponsors art tours
The Fine Art Associates of University of Michigan-Dearborn will conduct a series of art tours in 1996-97, with the proceeds to benefit cultural arts programs at U-M-Dearborn. Tours include: Oct. 5---The Royal Maccabees corporate collection, Southfield, and the Standard Federal corporate collection, Troy; Nov. 2---The home/gallery of Patricia Hill Burnett, Bloomfield Hills and Galleries and studios, Pontiac; Jan. 25---The watercolor exhibitions at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Scarab Club and the Center for Creative Studies Center Galleries; Apr. 19---Midland Center for the Arts, Alden Dow's architecture in Midland, Mich. Tours, $30 ($20 for Fine Arts Associates members) include a curator's presentation and lunch, with a 10-percent discount to those who subscribe to all the tours. To register, or for additional information, call(313) 593-5087 or (313) 593-5058.


CREES fall reception is Friday
The Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) will hold a fall reception 4-6 p.m. Fri. (Sept. 20) in the Lane Hall Commons Room. All CREES students, faculty, research associates and friends are invited to attend the reception.


Career presentation upcoming
Ambassador Ints Sillins, diplomat-in-residence at the University of Chicago's Harris Graduate School of Public Policy, will participate in "Careers in U.S. Government Foreign Affairs," 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Angell Hall Auditorium B. The free presentation is sponsored by Career Planning and Placement and the International Center.


ITD computer sale runs through Oct. 11
KickOff `96, sponsored by Information Technology Division, offers special back-to-school prices on complete computer systems from Apple, IBM, Dell and Zenith, and printers from Okidata to Apple and Hewlett-Packard. Software and accessories, including modems, Ethernet items, external drives and security kits are also on sale. For full descriptions of KickOff `96 items, see the U-M Computer Sales Program Web page at or stop by the U-M Computer Showcase on the ground level of the Michigan Union.


Michigan Radio airs The World
During the course of an hour, area listeners can travel from Botswana to Beijing when they tune in to The World, weeknights at 7 p.m. on Michigan Radio. This one-hour global news magazine features timely coverage of events, live interviews and debates, commentaries and music from around the world.

A team of more than 60 journalists stationed across the globe provide in-depth coverage of breaking stories. Through intimate first-hand narratives, audio-diaries, global music and stories documented from the perspective of children, The World explores the human element of the news. Another highlight of the program is the daily Geo-quiz question which quizzes listeners about different global regions. The program also provides commentaries on business, the environment, international film, sports, science and technology.

The show airs on WUOM (91.7 FM), Ann Arbor; WFUM (91.1 FM), Flint; and WVGR (104.1 FM), Grand Rapids.


Usher and get in for free
The School of Music's University Productions office is seeking volunteer ushers for its 1996-97 season production in the Power Center, the Mendelssohn Theatre and the Halloween concert at Hill Auditorium. The season's productions include two operas, two musicals, a dance concert and five plays. Ushers assist ticket holders to their seats, distribute playbills and take tickets. While they receive no payment, ushers are invited to watch the performances free of charge. No experience is necessary, but volunteers should be at least high school age. Apply in person at the University Productions office in the Michigan League 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or call 763-5213 for additional information.


CSCAR's statistics review workshop scheduled Oct. 1
"Statistics: A Review," a workshop for researchers, will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Rackham Bldg. Amphitheater. The workshop, presented by the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (CSCAR), will be led by Edward Rothman, professor of statistics and director of CSCAR, and Brenda Gillespie, assistant professor of biostatistics and associate director of CSCAR. The session, $100 for U-M affiliates and $250 for non-affiliates, is recommended for any scholar seeking a refresher in basic statistics. Register before Sept. 25 by calling 763-0341.


Stop smoking with `Smoke Free'
If you've been considering quitting smoking, but don't feel that you can do it alone, the University Health Service's "Smoke Free" program may be right for you. The program is designed to provide information and support necessary to quit the habit. The next group begins Oct. 7. Sessions will run noon-1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays for four weeks at the University Health Service, 207 Fletcher St. At the end of the free introductory session, interested participants register for the program, which costs $50 ($25 is refunded to those who attend each session). Call 763-1320 for information or to register for the free introductory session.


`Nefertotee' auction benefits Kelsey Museum
A cocktail party and silent auction of tote bags designed by area artists is scheduled for 6:30-10 p.m. Sept. 30 at Sweet Lorraine's Cafe & Bar, 303 Detroit Street. Tickets to the evening benefit, sponsored by the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and Sweet Loraaine's Cafe, are $30 for non-museum members and $25 for members, $15 for students. Proceeds benefit the museum's educational outreach programs. Call 647-0441 for information.


U-M Dearborn will screen free films
Twelve current movies will be shown on the U-M Dearborn campus this fall, in a series sponsored by the University's Student Activities Board. Movies begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Recreation and Organizations Center on the Dearborn campus. Movie titles are subject to change. September movies include "Twister" (rated PG-13), Mon. and Tues. (Sept. 17 and 18) and "Mission Impossible" (rated PG-13), Sept. 25 and 26.


Gay and lesbian history exhibit comes to Michigan Union
"The Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate History of the Gay & Lesbian Movement" opens Sunday (Sept. 15) at the Michigan Union, and will be on display through Sept. 25. The exhibition, halfway through a nine-city national tour, is open to the public 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday, 7 a.m..-1 a.m. Mondays, and 7 a.m.-2 a.m. Tues.-Sat.. The Long Road to Freedom chronicles the gay and lesbian movement since 1967 with photographs, cartoons, articles, interview, advertisements and covers from The Advocate, the national gay and lesbian magazine. The exhibition consists of 33 panels that constitute 136 running feet and will fill the Michigan Union Art Lounge, part of the Main Lobby and the Study Lounge. Sponsored by the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Programs Office (LGBPO), the exhibition is the kickoff event of the office's 25th Anniversary Celebration. The LGBPO is the nation's first university resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, faculty and staff. Call 763-4186 for more information.


America's culinary history on display at Clements Library
"American Cookery: The Bicentennial 1796-1996," on exhibit at the Clements Library, offers an opportunity to examine America's culinary heritage as portrayed in some 200 cookbooks, one published in America in each of the years since the first American cookbook was issued in 1976. The exhibition can be viewed noon-4:45 p.m. Mon.-Fri. through Nov. 1. Culinary historian Jan Longone, guest curator for the exhibition, will give a lecture at 4 p.m. Thurs. (Sept. 19) at thelibrary. For information, call 764-2347.


LIR offers courses and peer-led study groups
The Learning in Retirement program (LIR) of the Geriatric Center's Turner Clinic will offer a number of courses and peer-led study groups beginning the week of Oct. 7. Among the topics of study are space exploration, Shakespearean plays, introduction to philosophy and a current events study group. Most classes last six or eight weeks; study groups are on-going. Courses cost $25 and study groups $10. Classes will be held at the Turner Geriatric Clinic, 1010 Wall St. The computer course will be held at the School of Education. For a complete class list or information about times and instructors, call 764-2556, mornings.


LaSC Poster Conference slated
The Lab for Scientific Computation (LaSC) will hold its fourth Poster Conference 4-7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Media Union Gallery Room. Faculty, staff and students in all areas of science and engineering are invited to prepare a poster on a computational science-related topic, such as numerical analysis and computational modeling, parallel computing, computer science computing and scientific visualization. Poster and abstract formats are available at: Deadline for conference entries is Sept. 30. Late posters will be accepted only if space and easels permit. Send questions to Hal Marshall at: or call 936-2310.