The University Record, May 20, 1998

Briefings

MacDonald speaks June 8

The Medical School's Office of Research and Graduate Studies will award the 1998 Distinguished Faculty Lectureship to Robert L. MacDonald, Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology and professor of physiology. MacDonald will speak on "GABAA Receptor Channels: Their Role in CNS Inhibition and Epilepsy," 3-4 p.m. June 8 at the Rackham Amphitheatre. A reception will follow in the 4th floor Rackham Assembly Hall. For more information, call 764-3611.

MacDonald is being recognized for his outstanding scientific achievements; his commitment to teaching graduate students, medical students and neurology residents; his active University clinical practice; and his leadership and service to the Medical School, the U-M and professional organizations and journals. His research efforts in both clinical and basic neuroscience research on the electrophysiology of ligand- and voltage-gated ion channels, their involvement in neurologic disease, and their roles as therapeutic targets has led to the comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms of anti-convulsant drug actions, providing important theoretical and practical rationale for selection and combination of established agents.

Drummond to speak on cost-effective clinical trials

Noted economist Michael Drummond will visit the Medical Center to present a lecture on the implications of cost-effectiveness analyses for clinical trials 4-5 p.m. June 1 in the MCHC Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.

Drummond is vice president of the Centre for Health and Economics at the University of York, and is well-known for his work in health economics and cost-effectiveness analysis in health. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 936-INFO.

Drummond's appearance is sponsored by the Zuidema Program for Outcomes Research in Surgery and The Consortium for Health Outcomes, Innovation and Cost Effectiveness Studies (CHOICES).

Many check distribution points eliminated

A large number of check distribution points will be eliminated effective June 5. The remaining distribution points include: Athletics; Campus Payroll Office (Wolverine Tower); Dearborn: Cashiers, CASL, Henry Ford Estate; Flint: Accounting; Hospital: Payroll Office, Environmental Services, Nursing and Operating Rooms, Radiology, Food and Nutrition Services, Taubman Center, Material Services, University Hospital; Housing: Bursley, East Quad, Mary Markley, South Quad, West Quad; LS&A Cashier; Pierpont Commons Cashier; Plant: Building Services, Business Office and Transportation Services.

Employees paid bi-weekly who currently receive checks at a distribution point other than those listed above should contact their supervisor or the Payroll Office, 764-8250, by May 25.

 

Harrison reception is May 28

All members of the University community are invited to a send-off reception for Walter Harrison, vice president for university relations and secretary of the University, 4-6 p.m. May 28 at the Alumni Center. A short program will begin at 4:30 p.m. Harrison was named president of the University of Hartford (Conn.) April 30. Those who wish to contribute letters, photographs or other items for a memory book should contact Jean Berkley, Room 2012, Fleming Administration Bldg., 763-5553, by May 25.

 

Timeline set for Flint chancellor search

The Flint chancellor Search Advisory Committee will hold several meetings this month with faculty, students and staff, as well as meetings with members of the greater Flint community.

Input from the various constituencies will help committee members develop a position description, and the committee will issue periodic updates to the campus community as the search progresses. The group will be aided in its work by Jean Dowdall of A.T. Kearney Inc.

According to the planned schedule, the committee will review nominations and applications and conduct preliminary interviews during the summer. The group is to submit an unranked list of five candidates to President Lee C. Bollinger in September. It is expected that he will announce three to five final candidates for further consideration, and that those individuals will visit the Flint campus in September and October, meeting with a wide variety of individuals and groups from the campus and the community. Bollinger will select a final candidate and recommend that individual's appointment to the Regents possibly as early as October.

The committee is chaired by Carolyn M. Gillespie, U-M-Flint associate professor and chair of theater, with staff support from Gary Krenz, special counsel to the president.

 

Next Record is June 10

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the next Record will come out on June 10. Calendar and briefing items for June 10-26 should be received by 5 p.m. June 3. For information, call 647-1841.

 

Volunteers needed to help evaluate e-mail programs

ITD is currently evaluating new, desktop e-mail programs which will be supported by new IMAP4 e-mail servers. Volunteers are needed to help evaluate various email programs based on a variety of user criteria. Details can be found on the IMAP Web site at http://www.itd.umich.edu/imap. Those interested should send e-mail to Kari Gluski, the IMAP4 Evaluation Coordinator, kari@umich.edu.

 

Retirement plan adds nine new Fidelity funds

To increase the variety and flexibility of investment options for faculty and staff, the University has added nine recently-introduced Fidelity funds to the group of those available for investing retirement contributions. Recently added funds include: Contrafund II, Small Cap Stock, Freedom 2000, Freedom 2010, Freedom 2020, Freedom 2030, Spartan Total Market Index, Spartan Extended Market Index and Spartan International Index. Those who have an existing U-M retirement account with Fidelity who wish to invest in one of these funds should call Fidelity's Telephone Counseling Center, (800) 343-0860. Those who do not have an existing U-M retirement account with Fidelity can obtain the necessary forms by calling the Benefits Office, 763-1214.

 

Online book group reads Cold Mountain

The next selection for Readers & Best, the Alumni Association's online book discussion group, is Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. Cold Mountain won the 1997 National Book Award for fiction.

Set in the South during the Civil War, the novel chronicles the efforts of Inman, a wounded soldier, to find his way home to his sweetheart, Ada. Meanwhile, Ada's view of herself and her world are changing more and more quickly.

To sign up for the group, visit the Web at http://www.umich.edu/~umalumni/diag.html and follow the links for "Readers & Best." Read "The Fine Print" for background on how the book club works, and "Future Selections" for dates and other information, and to register for the Cold Mountain discussion. The page also includes links to online booksellers who are offering a 30 percent discount on Cold Mountain.

The program is free to Association members. For additional information, call Kay VandenBosch, 763-9707, or send e-mail to AlumniU@umich.edu.

 

Surgery presents Moses Gunn Research Conference

The Department of Surgery will present the Moses Gunn Annual Research Conference 7:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 29 in the Towsley Center. Donald S. Coffey, professor of urology, oncology, and pharmacology and of molecular sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present the keynote speech, "New Trends in Cancer Research at Both the Basic and Clinical Levels." The conference also will feature oral and poster presentations. For more information, call the Surgery Research Office, 936-7995.

 

Check out HRD courses

Spring/Summer '98 Professional Development courses are now available. Human Resources Development (HRD) has courses focusing on conflict resolution, supervision, self-development, communication, writing, time and priority management, performance management and interviewing.

Early registration is recommended as courses fill quickly. Those interested may register through the Professional Development Virtual Calendar at http://www.profdevcal.umich.edu; the HRD Web site, http://www.umich.edu/~hraa/hrd; or the HRD catalog. For information, call 764-7410.

 

Chile's minister of foreign relations coming to campus May 26

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program will host a lecture by Jose Miguel Inzulsa, minister of foreign relations of the Republic of Chile, 10:30 a.m. Tues. (May 26) at the Clements Library. Inzulsa will speak on "Political Integration and Cooperation in the Americas." A question-and-answer period will follow the lecture.

A graduate of the Department of Political Science, Insulza was a key player in organizing the April 18-19 Second Summit of the Americas in Santiago.

Accompanying Insulza will be ambassador of Chile to the United States, John Biehl and the undersecretary of the Chilean Air Force Angel Flisfish. For more information, call the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, 763-0553, or send e-mail to lacs@umich.edu.

 

Interior Design Service has moved

The University's professional Interior Design Service has moved to 326 E. Hoover. The Service has provided assistance to departments whose facilities are in need of aesthetic and functional improvement since the 1950s. For more information, call 764-8294.

 

Southeast Asia Business Research Conference is May 30-31

The Southeast Asia Business Program at the Business School will present the 7th Southeast Asia Business Research Conference 8:45 a.m. May 30-noon May 31 in Room B1273, Business School.

On May 30, panels will address Financial Crisis in Southeast Asia, Political Perspectives (9-10:30 a.m.); Corporate Finance and Accounting (10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.); Financial Market Development and Regulation (1:45-2:45 p.m.); and Local and International Operations of Asian Firms (3-5 p.m.).

On May 31, topics include Multinational Management (9-10:30 a.m.) and Marketing and Technology Regulation (10:45-11:45 a.m.).

For more information, call Helen White, 998-7276, or Linda Lim, 763-0290.

 

Group, study forming for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer

A research and support group for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer is forming at the Comprehensive Cancer Center. The group will meet for eight weeks, alternating educational meetings with supportive discussion.

In addition to attending meetings, participants will meet with the group facilitator, Michele Rose, for a one-hour, tape-recorded interview focusing on themes raised in the group. These meetings will be scheduled at the patients' convenience, and the identities of those participating will be confidential.

Women ages 18 or older diagnosed with breast cancer within the last three months and receiving treatment at the Cancer Center are eligible to participate. Participation is voluntary, and participants may choose to discontinue at any time. There is no fee for participation. For more information, call Michele Rose, 936-3124.

Patients interested in a support group for women with breast cancer who are not interested in participating in this study may contact Rose for information about groups available at other locations.

 

Library copyright Web site now complete

Faculty, staff and students needing assistance in making copyright decisions can now find help from the Library Copyright Web site, http://www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/copyright/index.html.

Evaluation and updating on the site was completed by Sabrina Pusey, a School of Information student who worked on the site as part of a directed study project for the Library during the winter term 1998. Special thanks are extended to the Library Copyright Planning Committee and to the faculty who provided feedback on the revisions, including the new FAQ section. The project also has developed a set of recommendations for maintenance of the site to ensure that the content remains accurate, current and easily understood.

 

Drummond to speak on cost-effective clinical trials

Noted economist Michael Drummond will visit the Medical Center to present a lecture on the implications of cost-effectiveness analyses for clinical trials 4-5 p.m. June 1 in the MCHC Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.

Drummond is Vice President of the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York, and is well-known for his work in health economics and cost-effectiveness analysis in health. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call 936-INFO.

Drummond's appearance is sponsored by the Zuidema Program for Outcomes Research in Surgery and The Consortium for Health Outcomes, Innovation, and Cost Effectiveness Studies(CHOICES).

 

MacDonald speaks June 8

The Medical School's Office of Research and Graduate Studies will award the 1998 Distinguished Faculty Lectureship to Robert L. Macdonald, Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology and professor of physiology. Macdonald will speak on "GABAA Receptor Channels: Their Role in CNS Inhibition and Epilepsy," 3-4 p.m. June 8 at the Rackham Amphitheatre. A reception will follow in the 4th Floor Rackham Assembly Hall. For information, call 764-3611.

Macdonald is being recognized for his outstanding scientific achievements; his commitment to teaching graduate students, medical students, and neurology residents; his active University clinical practice; and his leadership and service to the Medical School, the U-M and professional organizations and journals.

 

Linguistics wins 1998 LS&A departmental award

The Program in Linguistics has received the 1998 LS&A Departmental Award for Contributions to the Undergraduate Initiative. The award of $25,000 recognized the program's modernized and expanded undergraduate curriculum, including a course in bilingualism, and a significant increase in undergraduate opportunities for research and community service. The program also was recognized for arranging visits by representatives of businesses such as the Mitre Corp., Boeing, and Lucent Technologies to explore job opportunities for linguistics graduates in high technology fields such as natural language processing. This marks the fifth year the award has been given. Previous recipients include the departments of Mathematics (1994), Psychology (1995), Germanic Languages and Literatures (1996), and English (1997).

 

Marshall Plan symposium is May 29-30

"The Information Revolution in Mid-Stream: An Anglo-American Perspective," a symposium commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan and honor the Marshall Scholarships, will be held May 29-30 in the Rackham Bldg. Keynote speakers are Vinton Cerf, senior vice president of information architecture and engineering at MCI; Douglas E. Van Houweling, CEO of the Internet 2 project, headquartered in Ann Arbor; and Roger Needham, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, England, and professor of computer systems. Panel discussions will explore the growing influence of information technology on business, the law, the academy and the media.

For more information on the free symposium, visit the Web at http://www.si.umich.edu/Marshall/, call 647-6062, or send a message to Marshall.Symposium@umich.edu.

 

Internet Public Library offers online literary criticism

Students seeking literary criticism on the Internet, rejoice! The Internet Public Library's new Online Literary Criticism Collection (http://www.ipl.org/ref/litcrit/) offers a fast and easy way to find criticism and biographical information on more than 100 authors and their works.

Focusing primarily on British and American authors, the Online Literary Criticism Collection fills a gap that has long frustrated students, teachers and librarians looking for high-quality literature resources online. The growing collection culls evaluative or explanatory writings about works of literature from numerous authoritative sources.

The collection contains links to sites concerning many important English language authors, primarily representative of the literary canon taught in high school and college English classes. It is of service to more advanced scholars as well.

Many author entries also include biographical statements and interesting, relevant non-literary sources. Users can browse for criticism and biographical information by author name, period or work title.

The collection was designed by Ken Irwin, Katie Stottlemyer, and David Carter with assistance from Patricia Memmott, Beth Atkinson and Caitlin Tillman. Over a four-month period, these students and staff members researched more than 100 authors and hundreds of Web sites, choosing more than 1,000 linked sites that made up the collection at the time of opening.

 

U-M project listed in environmental success index

The Utilities and Maintenance Services Department's "Renewable Energy Conservation Account" has been selected to receive a Certificate of Environmental Achievement by Renew America and the National Awards Council for Environmental Sustainability. As a result, the project will appear in the Energy Efficiency category of Renew America's 1998 Environmental Success Index.

The project, begun in 1987, provides funding for improvements that reduce energy costs in U-M buildings. As of July 1997, the program had documented energy savings of $10.3 million and 3.2 trillion BTUs.

Inclusion in the Index means the program has successfully undergone a rigorous verification process, including local and state evaluation and careful screening by the National Awards Council. Only 28 winners were selected from among hundreds of candidates.

 

U-M-Dearborn offers session on working with students with disabilities

The Center for Corporate and Professional Development at U-M-Dearborn will offer a program on "Teaching and Working with Students with Disabilities" starting July 20.

The program consists of four two-day sessions taught by Belinda Lazarus, associate professor of Education; Kim Killu, assistant professor of education; and Amy Sloan Nichols, adjunct lecturer in education. Sessions will examine practical solutions to problems facing general and special-education teachers, social workers, school psychologists, counselors and parents. Teachers who enroll in the program can earn state board-certified continuing education units.

To register or for more information, call (734) 246-9877.

 

Online exhibit explores Harlem's history

An online exhibit created at the School of Information explores the history of Harlem through archival photos and research materials.

"Harlem 1900-1940: An African-American Community" is a collaboration between the School's Cultural Heritage Initiative for Community Outreach (CHICO) and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library.

At the core of the exhibit, available at at http://www.si.umich.edu/CHICO/Harlem, is a presentation of the Schomburg's compelling portfolio, "Harlem 1900-1940," featuring more than 30 archival photographs. The site extends the Schomburg portfolio with an interactive timeline and database of artists, writers and musicians. Both the database and timeline are in early stages of development, and will continue to expand during coming months to include additional biographies and musical examples.

The exhibit also features a special section for educators with lesson plans and discussion guides. CHICO is a multidisciplinary, nonprofit project at the School of Information that works in cooperation with diverse communities and cultural organizations to facilitate online multicultural initiatives. C. Olivia Frost, professor and associate dean for professional programs, is project director, and Sam Cronk, a doctoral candidate at the School of Music, is project manager.