The University Record, January 21, 1998


Paley, Goldstein read on campus

Grace Paley, short story writer and poet, and Laurence Goldstein, professor of English, will read from their work as part of the English Department's visiting writers series in January.

Paley will read at 3:30 p.m. Tues. (Jan. 27) in Rackham Auditorium. Paley's stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker and the Atlantic Monthly. She has published three volumes of stories and two books of poetry, as well as a volume of poems and prose.

Known as a "somewhat combative pacifist and cooperative anarchist," Paley has tackled many issues in her long career, including the Vietnam War and the feminist movement, and has taught at several universities. The often-honored writer was named the first official New York State writer in 1989.

Goldstein will read from his work at 5 p.m. Jan. 29 in Rackham Amphitheater. He has published three books of poetry, three more of literary criticism, and has co-edited six others. For 20 years he has been editor of Michigan Quarterly Review.

His poetry has appeared in many magazines, as well as Best American Poetry 1995. He writes, as poet Lawrence Joseph has said, "of a Los Angeles turned into a Blakean Jerusalem . . . Goldstein casts poetry's cold eye on America's dreams."

The Hopwood Underclassmen awards are administered every winter to U-M students for their short fiction, poetry and essays.

The visiting writers series is co-sponsored by the Department of English and Borders Books and Music, and features prominent writers and poets from within and without the University. Both readings are free.

BMC offers new media, color services

BMC Media Services is now offering new interactive media including Internet architecture and graphics for Web sites, interactive kiosks, CD-ROM for storing data and online database development. Review BMC's portfolios at

In addition, BMC has partnered with Kinkos to provide color copy and other output services to complement presentations and displays.

For more information, call Merlis J. Nolan, 998-6140, or send e-mail to

UMSARC/Social Work seminar is Jan. 28

The U-M Substance Abuse Research Center (UMSARC) and School of Social Work will sponsor a proseminar discussing "The Relationship Between Substance Use and Domestic Violence," 3‚5 p.m. Jan. 28 in the UMSARC/UMARC Conference Room on the Briarwood Campus. Larry W. Bennett from the College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, will be presenting. For more information call UMSARC, 998-6500 or send e-mail to

Aikido offered through Rec Sports

A new term of Aikido classes through the Department of Recreational Sports is under way. Aikido offers a path for personal growth and improvement that evolved from the training of the ancient Samurai warrior. Although it does not involve sparring or competition, Aikido is based in the fighting techniques of the Samurai.

Students will be taught basic techniques, including throws and pins, and how to fall safely. Loose workout clothing is recommended. Those interested are invited to attend classes, which meet 5‚6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the Wrestling Room, Intramural Bldg. For more information, call Karen Clark, 668-0464.

CHGD awarding grantsfor research on children and poverty

The Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) is currently accepting grant applications from faculty members conducting research related to the health and development of children who grow up in poverty.

Funds will provide support for pilot studies, new research or special analyses of ongoing projects exploring any aspect of the physical health and psychosocial development of children who grow up in poor homes or poor communities in the United States (beginning with the mother's pregnancy and going through adolescence). Preference will be given to new activities, and interdisciplinary projects are especially encouraged. Grants for four to seven projects with budgets of $5,000‚$10,000 will be awarded, with funding beginning in June and lasting 12 months or less.

Applications are due by March 31. Recipients will be notified at the end of April. For application guidelines, contact Kimberly Browning, 763-7751, or send e-mail to Inquiries may also be sent to CHGD, 300 North Ingalls, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0406.

Volunteers needed as mock witnesses

The Institute of Continuing Legal Education needs volunteers to be witnesses for a mock deposition skills workshop for newer attorneys. The workshop will be held Feb. 19 and 20 at the Michigan League. Witnesses will be provided a case outline. Call Kelly Miller, 936-3427, for exact times and witness descriptions.

Bollinger speaks to ABPAFS today

President Lee C. Bollinger will speak to the Association of Black Professionals, Administrators, Faculty and Staff (ABPAFS) at its noon meeting today (Jan. 21) in the Rackham Assembly Hall. He will address topics of interest and concern raised by the audience. All members of the organization and the University community are invited to attend.

Claim forms due by Jan. 23for reimbursement accounts

Participants in health care and dependent care reimbursement accounts need to provide claim forms and appropriate documentation by noon Jan. 23 to receive reimbursement in January paychecks. Forms should be dropped off at the Benefits Office, Wolverine Tower-Low Rise G405, 3003 South State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1278. Cutoff dates appear on the Benefits Office Web site at and in the first Record of each month. For more information, contact the Benefits Office, 763-1214.

Sanders speaks on humans' origins

Ever wonder about where we humans came from? The Exhibit Museum of Natural History will offer brunch and an explanation at 10:30 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 25). William J. Sanders, Museum of Paleontology, will give a talk titled "New Thoughts About Old Hominids: The Life and Times of Australopithecus." Sanders will discuss recent developments in the field of hominid paleontology, and answer audience questions. There is a $25 fee per person, and reservations are required. Call 936-5834 by 5 p.m. today (Jan. 21) to reserve your spot.

McGill farewell reception is Jan. 27

A farewell reception for Mike J. McGill, chief information officer, U-M Health System, will be 2:30‚4 p.m. Tues. (Jan. 27) in the Towsley Center Lobby. McGill is leaving to assume the position of vice president and chief information officer at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

WCTF program is March 6

Mark your calendar for March 6 to attend "Reforging Our Lives into the New Millennium," the annual career conference hosted by the Women of Color Task Force (WCTF) and headquartered in the Modern Languages Bldg.

The conference includes a keynote address, workshops and other sessions focusing on professional and personal development, an ethnic arts and crafts marketplace, health screening and opportunities for networking.

The keynote speaker this year is Vanna Novak, president and owner of MCC Communications Inc., which specializes in training seminars and keynotes on business presentation skills and effective interpersonal communication. She is the co-editor and publisher of The Business Advantage, a national quarterly newsletter that offers communication tips for success in business.

Opening remarks will be made at 8 a.m. The keynote address will be delivered at 10:15 a.m. Concurrent workshops will be held 8:30‚10 a.m., 1:15‚2:45 p.m. and 3‚4:30 p.m. Registration is due by Jan. 30. The fee is $15 for U-M affiliates, $35 for others. For information, call 763-1317.

Environmental theme semester kicks off

Since U-M hosted the first Earth Day in 1970, it has pioneered environmental study and activism. The tradition continues this semester with the environmental theme semester, featuring a wide variety of activities, special courses, guest lecturers, exhibits, and a career fair.

The environmental theme semester is co-sponsored by LS&A and the School of Natural Resources and Environment, with both offering more than 50 courses related to the environment. Some are part of the standard curriculum, but others are designed especially for the semester, such as "Homeplace: Life in the Huron Valley," in environmental studies, and "Literature & Culture, Changing Attitudes Towards Nature," in English.

In addition, there will be exhibits at the Museum of Art, Exhibit Museum of Natural History, School of Art and Design, and University libraries, as well as a series of films and readings by nature writers.

"Environmental Career Day," a fair for students to meet with employers in government and private organizations active in environmental issues will be March 12 in the Michigan Union Ballroom.

For more information, see the theme semester Web site at or call 647-1122.

Search launched for associate VP for finance

A committee chaired by Robert Kasdin, executive vice president and chief financial officer, has been established to search for an associate vice president for finance. The executive search firm of Heidrick & Struggles, San Francisco, will assist with the search.

Search committee members are Thomas D. Biggs, interim chief financial officer, U-M Hospitals and Health Centers; Norman G. Herbert, associate vice president and treasurer; Michael R. Kalasinski Jr., assistant to the dean, School of Public Health; Marilyn G. Knepp, assistant provost for university budget and planning; Laura M. Patterson, director, M-Pathways; and Anjan V. Thakor, the Edward J. Frey Professor of Banking and Finance. Sue E. Burnett, Kasdin's executive assistant, will staff the committee.

Nominations for the post should be sent to the search firm c/o Betty Hasler, Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 3570, San Francisco, CA 94111.

W-2 forms mailed this week

Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements for 1997 will be mailed this week to University regular and part-time employees who received earnings in 1997. Employees may call the Payroll Office, 764-8250, for re-issued W-2s after Jan. 31.

Badminton tourney deadline is Jan. 29

The entry deadline for the Intramural Sports Program's 1998 Badminton Singles & Doubles Tournament is 4:30 p.m. Jan. 29. There is an entry fee of $25 per team. The tournament will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 at the North Campus Recreation Bldg. For more information, call 763-3562.

Some computing services opening late on Jan. 28

Due to staff training, the ITD Accounts Office and the Computer Showcase in the Michigan Union will delay opening until 10:30 a.m. Jan. 28. The computer assistance phone lines at 764-HELP and the administrative hotline (763-0107) also will be affected. If you have an urgent inquiry prior to 10:30 a.m., voice mail messages will redirect you to assistance.

M-Pathways Interchanges, Technical Expo are approaching

See demonstrations of the M-Pathways Space Management System at an M-Pathways Interchange, 10‚11:30 a.m., 1‚2:30 p.m. or 3‚4:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Chrysler Auditorium, Chrysler Center. The new system was developed with the help of the Medical School, LS&A, School of Public Health, College of Engineering and the Flint campus, and simplifies the annual task of collecting space survey information required by the federal government.

The first M-Pathways Technical Expo will be 9 a.m.‚noon Tues. (Jan. 27) in the Hussey Room, Michigan League. This is an opportunity to meet the M-Pathways technical team and learn how the system can be accessed with a PC or Macintosh.

For more information on M-Pathways, send e-mail to mpathways@umich.eduor access the Webat

'Mars' and 'Jack Frost' come to planetarium

The red planet and Jack Frost headline this month at the Exhibit Museum Planetarium.

"Jack Frost and the Stars of Winter" tells the story of two children who meet Jack Frost during a power outage and go on a tour of the winter sky. "The Mars Show" explores the folklore behind the "red planet" as well as recent scientific expeditions to Mars. The show is narrated by "Star Trek's" Patrick Stewart. "Jack Frost" is playing at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and 31, and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25. "The Mars Show" plays 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 24, and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

At 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 31, "African Sky Myths" begins at the Planetarium. The program features storytellers from the Detroit Storytellers Association telling African sky myths illustrated by students from the School of Art and Design.

For more information, call 764-0478 or access the Web at

'Explorations!' registration under way

Registration is under way for the Exhibit Museum's program "Explorations!" a series of Saturday educational workshops for children ages 6‚10. Participants explore prehistoric forests, blast into outer space and find clues left behind by an ancient civilization. For more information, call Jennifer, 647-6421.

Folk Festival is Jan. 31

The Office of Major Events will present the 21st Ann Arbor Folk Festival at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at Hill Auditorium.

The lineup includes Paula Cole, Doc Watson and David Grisman, Guy Clark, Chris Smither, Cheryl Wheeler, The Neilds, Great Big Sea, Dee Carstensen, Karen Pernick and Willy Porter. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and all TicketMaster outlets. For more information, call 763-TKTS. Tax deductible patron and sponsor tickets are available at The Ark, 761-1800.

Start thinking about spring/summer courses

Faculty interested in teaching spring or summer term courses must contact their department for deadline dates. To include your course in the 1998 summer sessions course catalog (which includes both credit and non-credit courses and programs held on campus May‚August), contact Glenda Radine, 764-5300, by Jan. 26. This is an opportunity for departments to promote courses and programs to potential summer guest students and their families, as well as the University community. For more information, call Radine, or send e-mail to

Advanced Study Center presents Martha Nussbaum

Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago Law School, will speak on "Women and Development: In Defense of Universal Values" from 4‚6 p.m. Jan. 26 in Room 1636, School of Social Work Bldg. Nussbaum has taught at Harvard and Oxford universities, and was a research adviser at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University. She is the chair of the Committee on the Status of Women of the American Philosophical Association. Her publications include Love's Knowledge (1990), The Therapy of Desire (1994), and Poetic Justice (1996).

Nussbaum's lecture is part of the International Institute's Advanced Study Center Distinguished Lecture Series. It is co-sponsored by the Graduate School, LS&A Dean, the Law School and the Department of Philosophy. For more information, call 764-2268, or access the Web at

Multicultural Career Conference is Jan. 27

Career Planning and Placement (CP&P) will host the 24th annual Multicultural Career Conference noon‚4 p.m. Tues. (Jan. 27) at the Michigan Union. More than 80 organizations from across the country will be on hand to discuss career options and interview for full-time positions and summer internships. Pre-registration is available through today (Jan. 21) at CP&P. On-site registration is also available. For more information, call 764-7460, or access the Web at

Turner offers series on establishing healthy family relationships

Turner Learning Programs will offer a six-week series titled "Establishing Healthy Family Relationships" 6‚7:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 26 in the Geriatrics Center conference room. The workshop will be facilitated by Turner Geriatric Clinic social workers, and will explore ways of improving relationships with parents and siblings, creating healthy boundaries and sharing family responsibilities. Fees are $45 per person. For more information, call Kathie Supiano or Carol Anderson, 764-2556.

Neumann speaks on post-tenure careers

Anna Neumann, visiting scholar at the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) and Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) and associate professor, Michigan State University, will speak on "Learning and Identity Struggles in the Early Post-Tenure Career: A Preliminary Report of a Three-Year Study of Newly Tenured Professors," 3‚5 p.m. Jan. 29 in the East Conference Room, Rackham Bldg. Her lecture is sponsored by CEW, IRWG, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education and Progam in Women's Studies.

Neumann will present emerging patterns in professors' learning and identity development in the early post-tenure career, including professors' efforts to maintain their scholarly work in a "tenuring" organization, their struggles to maintain and apprehend their own and their students' learning, and considerations of traditional "divides" in academia, such as personal and professional, teaching and research. She will particularly focus on the ways in which the experiences of women in her study sample have contributed to the development of these patterns.

For more information, call CEW, 998-7080.

Perlow speaks on 'Finding Time'

The Center for the Education of Women and the Family Care Resources Program will kick off their Work/Life Family Winter series noon‚1 p.m. Jan. 28 with a presentation by Leslie Perlow, assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resource management and author of Finding Time: How Corporations, Individuals and Families Can Benefit From New Work Practices.

Perlow will challenge the assumption that the more employees work, the better the corporation will do by documenting the work life of employees who put in extended hours on the job. "Finding Time" will take place in the Pond Room, Michigan Union. For more information, call 998-7080.

Nominations sought for diversity award

The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs is soliciting nominations for the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award. Named in honor of Harold Johnson, dean emeritus of the School of Social work, this award recognizes full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty on the Ann Arbor campus whose service contributes to a more culturally and ethnically diverse campus. Five awards are made annually and include a $5,000 stipend. Nominations are welcome from faculty, staff and students.

Selection criteria include:

  • Commitment to diversity as an important part of the University's mission.
  • Writings and public statements demonstrating intellectual excellence and commitment to cultural diversity in scholarship and research.
  • Efforts to bring about constructive reform on issues surrounding diversity at the University.
  • Willingness to serve as a student mentor.
  • Efforts to bring about equity in society.
  • To obtain a nomination form, call 764-3981, send e-mail to or stop by Room 3084, Fleming Bldg. The deadline for nominations is March 2.

    Affirmative action rally is today

    The newly formed Academics for Affirmative Action and Social Justice (AAASJ) will lead a rally/march in defense of affirmative action at 11:30 a.m. today (Jan. 21) at the Law Quad. Participants will march to the diag for a noon rally with speaker and performances.

    'Take Control of Your Career'

    The Alumni Association will host a f