The University Record, January 14, 1998


Regents meet this week

The Regents will meet this week beginning at 1:30 p.m. Thurs. (Jan. 15) in the Regents' Room, Fleming Administration Bldg., with remarks by President Lee C. Bollinger and regular agenda items. Public comments will be heard at 4 p.m. The meeting will resume at 9:30 a.m. Fri. (Jan. 16) with regular agenda items.

Check your exemption status

Beginning Jan. 1, federal withholding tax tables have changed slightly. Tax rates for 1998 are accessible through the Payroll home page at Click on the box marked Tax Calculation Help to view the new rates.

Other changes include an increase in each federal exemption from $2,650 to $2,700 per year and an increase in the base for Social Security withholding from $65,400 to $68,400.

Medicare tax rates and Michigan income tax rates are unchanged, but the state exemption has increased to $2,800 in 1998. The 1997 state exemption was $2,500.

Employees who wish to change the number of exemptions they claim must file revised federal or state W-4 forms 10 days before a pay date for the change to be effective that date.

Students who claimed exempt in 1997 should review their status and submit new W-4 forms as soon as possible. Exempt status automatically expires Feb. 15 if a new W-4 form is not submitted. If 1998 forms are not available, a 1997 form may be used, but enter the current date next to the signature.

W-4 forms can be requested by phone from the Payroll Office, 764-8253; accessed from the Payroll Web page (address above); or picked up at Human Resource Service Centers, the Hospital Payroll Office in 300 North Ingalls Building and the Payroll Office at G395 Wolverine Tower-Low Rise Building.

AuctionBot provides online textbook auctions

The Michigan Internet AuctionBot is running an online marketplace for used textbooks for winter term 98 classes. The AuctionBot can be found at A market for a particular textbook can be created by anyone via a simple Web form at The service is free to both buyers and sellers. For more information, call Mike Wellman, 764-6894.

Japanese Studies announces grant competition

The Center for Japanese Studies is offering grant awards to support faculty pursuing research on aspects of Japanese society and culture. Grants will range from $500 to $10,000 to support individual or group projects, and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Funds may be used for travel, lodging and meals; omiyage (souvenirs) up to $250, salaries and benefits of research assistants (including translators); and supplies and books directly related to the project. Award recipients must report on accomplishments within 60 days of the end of the award period and offer a presentation in the Center's Noon Lecture Series. Publications resulting from the award must credit the Center for Japanese Studies.

Applications for 1998-99 grants are due by March 31. For more information, call 764-6307.

Vanpool program available to employees

Full-time regular and temporary U-M employees from the Brighton, Clinton, Grass Lake and Jackson areas may now join a Vanpool and ride to work in a 15-passenger van. The program is available for a monthly fee of $65 by payroll deduction. For more information, call Transportation Services, 764-3429, or access the Web at

SPG available on-line

The online version of the Standard Practice Guide (SPG) is the only official version of the SPG. It can be accessed at

The organization charts for 1997-98 have been updated and are now available. They can be accessed within the SPG using menu selection 100-Organization.

Workshops on UM-MEDSEARCH, MIRLYN and Netscape available

The Taubman Medical and Public Health libraries are offering workshops in UM-MEDSEARCH, the interface providing access to numerous on-line medical databases and journals; MIRLYN, the University's on-line public access catalog; and Netscape, one of the most popular Web browsers for the Internet. Courses will be held throughout winter term, and will be listed in the Record's weekly calendar.

To register for classes held in Taubman and the University Hospital, call 763-2037 or send e-mail to or To register for classes held in the Public Health II Computing Site, call 936-1391 or send e-mail to Registration is required for all classes.

Mini-grants involve undergraduate research, creative activities

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and the Office of the Vice President for Research are sponsoring a new faculty mini-grant program to promote the integration of teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity among undergraduates.

Grants of $500-$4,000 may be used to add a research component to an existing course, develop a new course, or engage undergraduate students in a new or ongoing research activity. The grants support activities such as transportation to research sites, visits by off-campus researchers, workshops related to a particular research activity, outreach materials for K-12 students, student technical assistance to support development of instructional technology and research materials.

The application deadline is Jan. 15 for winter term projects and March 15 for fall term projects. For more information, call the UROP office, 647-2768, or access the Web at

Turner offers memory improvement course

Turner Geriatric Clinic will offer a memory improvement course in three sessions 2-4 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 in the Cancer & Geriatrics Center conference room. Classes will cover how memory works, changes with age, factors that cause changes in memory and techniques for improving memory. The fee for the course is $30 and includes the published text, Improving Memory: How To Remember What You Are Starting To Forget, authored by one of the teachers. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call Lynn Stern, 764-2556.

U-M-Dearborn offers public art classes

U-M-Dearborn's Art Museum Project is presenting a series of public, non-credit studio art classes in watercolor, pastels, mixed-media painting, acrylics, portraiture, and beginning and intermediate drawing during the winter term. Classes are taught by area art professionals and are open to anyone age 18 or over. All sessions meet at the Dearborn campus art studio. For more information and a detailed brochure, call (313) 593-5058 or 593-5087.

Neville Brothers and Take 6 team for Summer Festival benefit

The legendary Neville Brothers and the Grammy award-winning a cappella gospel group Take 6 will present a joint concert March 14 at Hill Auditorium as part of the Summer Festival's Annual Winter Warm-Up Benefit.

Tickets are $150 (includes a pre-concert dinner, priority concert seating, champagne afterglow and a $70 tax-deductible donation), $65 (includes a $45 center main floor concert ticket and a $20 tax-deductible donation), $45, $35, $25 and $15. Tickets may be purchased through the University Musical Society box office, 764-2538.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Multicultural Affairs, Northwest Airlines, Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research, Goetzcraft Printers, The Ann Arbor News, WEMU and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs.

U-M-Dearborn sponsors multi-media art competition

The Art Museum Project at U-M-Dearborn is conducting a multi-media art competition, "Botanicals II: Florals and Landscapes by Michigan Artists." The competition is open to Michigan artists age 18 and over. Two- and three-dimensional works in various media are invited. Slide entries are due March 7. Selected works will be on display at the Slusser Gallery, U-M-Dearborn's Alfred Berkowitz Gallery and U-M-Flint's Fine Art Gallery. For more information, call (313) 593-5058.

Family Housing English class registration under way

Winter term registration for the Family Housing Language Program's English classes is currently under way. There are openings in children's, teens' and adult classes. Courses are open to families of international students, faculty and staff. Native speakers of English are needed as volunteer conversation or classroom partners. For more information, call 763-1440.

Hildebrand to head U-M-Dearborn engineering center

Robert W. Hildebrand has been named director of the Center for Engineering Education and Practice at U-M-Dearborn.

Hildebrand has more than 25 years of experience at the executive level in the automotive and transportation industries, most recently serving as vice president of engineering for Glacier Vandervell. He also worked at Rockwell International Automotive Operations as director of research and development, director of engineering laboratories, chief engineer of engineering technology and other managerial positions.

In addition, Hildebrand served on the engineering advisory board at Oakland University and spent five years as a member of Rockwell's university affairs committee.

Guide informs on needs of those with psychiatric disabilities

Human Resources and Affirmative Action and the Employment Task Force of the Council for Disability Concerns have developed a resource for University supervisors working with employees who have psychiatric disabilities. "Accommodating Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities: An Informational Guide for Supervisors at the University of Michigan" provides a summary of the University's legal obligations, examples of typical job accommodations, campus resources available to assist units in dealing with specific situations and answers to questions frequently asked about psychiatric disabilities. To obtain a brochure, call Brian Clapham, 763-0235.

OIP seeks graduate assistants, faculty for summer programs

The Office of International Programs (OIP) needs graduate students exhibiting strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work with students and faculty, and, ideally, some foreign travel experience to assist the director of the summer study abroad programs in Oxford, England, and Florence, Italy. OIP also is seeking faculty members for the Santander Summer 1998 Program in Madrid and Santander.

The Oxford program is at St. Peter's College and runs July 4-Aug. 6. Those interested should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Kenneth Addison at OIP. The deadline for applications is Jan. 21, and candidates will be interviewed Jan. 22-23.

Applicants for the program in Italy should have solid language preparation in Italian and humanities training. Potential candidates should submit a letter of application citing relevant experience and a curriculum vitae to Carol Dickerman, director of OIP. The deadline for applications for this position is Feb. 2, and selected candidates will be interviewed in mid-February.

OIP also is seeking two instructors at the lecturer or teaching assistant level for the Santander Summer 1998 study abroad program in Spain. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and copy of transcript to Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander, director of Florence Summer 1998. The deadline for applications is Feb. 2, and candidates will be interviewed in mid-February.

All application materials should be sent to the OIP at G-513 Michigan Union, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1349. For more information, call OIP, 764-4311.

U-M sends most participants to 'Teach for America'

The U-M was the "most attended" university in 1997 for participants in Teach for America, surpassing Georgetown University and the University of California, Berkeley. Teach for America is the national corps of college graduates who commit two years to teach in under-resourced urban and rural public schools with a two-fold mission: to have an immediate, positive impact on children in under-resourced schools, and to build a nation of leaders in every sector who are committed to expanding educational opportunities for all children. In addition, U-M applicants were accepted at a higher rate--54 percent, 32 out of 60 applicants accepted--than other schools (20 percent).

Application and other information is on the Web at or by calling (800) 832-1230.

Seeger speaks on Folkways records

The 7th annual Ethel V. Curry Distinguished Lecture in Musicology will take place at 4 p.m. Thurs. (Jan. 15) in the West Conference Room, Rackham Bldg.

Anthony Seeger, ethnomusicologist, anthropologist, archivist, musician and director of the program for reissuing Folkway recordings at the Smithsonian Institution, will present "The World's Craziest Record Company: 50 Years of Folkways Records." The lecture will feature examples and cover the future of Folkways records.

Before his appointment at the Smithsonian, Seeger worked at the National Museum in Rio de Janero, the Brazilian Conservatory of Music and Indiana University. He is also the author of several books and articles on anthropological, ethnomusicological, archival and Indian rights issues.

Art exhibit focuses on the natural world

Deforestation, insects, grain fields, storage elevators and discarded objects are featured in the exhibition "ART and the NATURAL WORLD" Jan. 12-28 in the Jean Paul Slusser Gallery. A public reception with the artists will begin at 7 p.m. Fri. (Jan. 16).

Presented in conjunction with the Environmental Theme Semester, the exhibition features artists connected by a common interest in forms that derive from the natural world. Sadashi Inuzuka, assistant professor of art, uses the metaphor of insects and microscopic organisms in his ceramic work to question our place in the natural world. Ann Savageau, a lecturer in art at the Residential College, questions our species' role and fate on Earth through the transformation of discarded objects. And Joseph Trumpey's drawings deal with the loss of biodiversity caused by deforestation in tropical areas. Trumpey is a visiting professor of art.

Janice Paul, lecturer in art, uses landscape and natural forms in her paintings and prints to evoke the experience of memory, time and a sense of place, while Takeshi Takahara, professor of art, uses wood and paper pieces for works derived from an interest in water and in the surprising conjunction of two distinct forces. The horizontally structured paintings and prints of Elaine Wilson, adjunct assistant professor of art, create both a visual and figural narrative based in images of grain fields and storage elevators of Washtenaw County.

The exhibition also includes works by area artists Susan Goethel Campbell, who uses drawings to investigate the aesthetics and conflict between nature and industry, and Shawn Skabelund, who creates place-specific installations that encourage viewers to think about the local communities, economies and ecosystems they inhabit.

Retrieve on-order item records on MCAT

MCAT, the University Library system's online catalog system, now lists records for books, serials and other materials that are on order. On-order records can be retrieved by author, title and subject, and records will indicate which library will receive the publication. However, all items ordered by the library may not be available from vendors or publishers. Once the library determines that a publication is unavailable, it will be removed from the system.

To place a request for an on-order item, send e-mail to the In-Process Locator Service at or access the Web at For more information on on-order records, type "explain acq" in the MCAT database; call Rebecca Dunkle, 936-2379; or send e-mailto

Goldman, Ringler address animal, human research subject protection

Topic 4 in the Research Responsibility Program, "Protections for Human and Animal Subjects of Research," will be 7-9 p.m. Jan. 21 in Auditorium II, School of Public Health II Bldg. Edward B. Goldman, Health System attorney and adjunct lecturer in public health, and Daniel H. Ringler, professor and director of the unit for laboratory animal medicine, will be presenting.

The Research Responsibility Program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Graduate School. The free session is open to faculty, students and staff. For more information, call 763-1289, send e-mail to or access the Web at