The University Record, November 5, 1997

Briefings

TIAA-CREF teleconference tapes and materials are available

Faculty and staff interested in learning more about investing their retirement funds who may have missed the recent TIAA-CREF teleconference can obtain tapes of the presentation as well as copies of handout materials by contacting the Benefits Office, 763-1217. At the teleconference, panelists Jane Bryant Quinn, columnist; James Tobin, economics Nobel laureate; Martin Leibowitz, vice chairman, TIAA-CREF; Chris Farrell, economics editor for Sound Money; and Jerry Farley, president of Washburn University, provided practical how-to investment advice. UMTV, the campus cable system, will rebroadcast the TIAA-CREF videoconference on the InfoTech Channel 26 at various times and days over the next month. For more information, access the Web at mcberger@umich.edu.

 

Ogilvy appointed executive director for information technology at U-M-Dearborn

Violetta Ogilvy has been appointed executive director for information technology services and chief information officer at U-M-Dearborn. She will be responsible for administering the campus's instructional and administrative computer networks which serve faculty and students.

Ogilvy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from Wayne State University. She previously served as chief information officer for the Michigan Employment Security Agency. She also was director of research and statistics and director of information systems.

 

Medical Center named 'Quality Leader'

National Research Corporation, a health-care performance assessment company based in Lincoln, Nebraska, has named U-M Health System a 1997 Quality Leader, an award given on the basis of consumer satisfaction.

The company conducted a national study of 165,000 households to select 120 institutionshealth plans, health systems and hopitalsthat are "most preferred by consumers for overall health care services."

 

Vanpool program available

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.

 

Free eye disease screening clinic is Nov. 12

The Medical School will hold a clinic to screen for diabetes-related eye disease 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Operation Get Down, 9980 Gratiot, on Detroit's east side.

The clinic is free and open to the public. Diabetic eye disease can be controlled with early diagnosis and treatment. For more information, call (800) 529-5345. The Eye Disease Screening Project is sponsored through a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

 

Comparative Literature, Romance Languages host memorial for Lucente

The Program in Comparative Literature and the Department of Romance Lanaguages and Literatures will hold a memorial service for Gregory L. Lucente at 3 p.m. Mon. (Nov. 10) in the Assembly Hall, Rackham Bldg. A reception will follow. Lucente, professor of Italian and Comparative Literature died in an auto accident June 26. For more information about the service, call the Program in Comparative Literature , 763-2351 or send e-mail to conoverk@umich.edu.

 

Benefits Reimbursement Account cut-off dates approaching

To ensure reimbursement in your November paycheck, turn in your Reimbursement Account(s) claims by Nov. 12 if you are paid bi-weekly, and by Nov. 14 if you are paid monthly. Forms may be dropped off or mailed to the Central Campus Benefits Office, Wolverine Tower-Low Rise G405, 3003 S. State St. Due dates also appear on the Benefits Office Web site at http://www.umich.edu/~benefits/.

 

Symposium on biomolecular recognition is Nov. 7

The Initiative in Biomolecular Recognition and the Biophysics Research Division are sponsoring a symposium in Biomolecular Recognition 1-5 p.m. Fri. (Nov. 7) in Room 1400, Chemistry Bldg. The featured speakers will be David Eisenberg, UCLA; Richard Goldstein, U-M; Jennifer Doudna, Yale University; and Chris Dobson, Oxford University. For more information, call Diane Pasma, 764-1146.

 

VanderKooy-DeVries lecture features Leo Vroman

Leo Vroman, Dutch poet laureate, scientist and artist, will deliver the VanderKooy-DeVries Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m. Tues. (Nov. 11) in Rackham Asembly Hall.

"Common Grounds: Science, Art, Poetry," is a multi-media presentation that will draw from Vroman's experience as a research scientist in zoology, physiology and anatomy, as an illustrator and cortoonist, and as a writer of prose and poetry.

The 82-year-old Vroman fled the Netherlands during World War II and later became a prisoner of the Japanese while living in Indonesia. After the war, he settled in New York City, where he continued his work.

His free talk is sponsored by the Center for Dutch and Flemish Studies, Department of Germanic Studies, the Netherlands-American University League and the DeVries Vanderkooy Memorial Committee.

 

Minority Marrow Donor Coalition seeks volunteers

The Minority Marrow Donor Coalition will be screening for potential donors Nov. 11-13. Thousands of minority patients ailing from leukemia and other life-threatening diseases need bone marrow transplants, and have a far better chance of finding a compatible donor among members of their ethnicity. Currently, however, there is a shortage of potential minority donors registerd on the National Marrow Donor Registry, a database that seeks to match donors with waiting recipients.

Those willing to be screened should stop by 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Pond Room, Michigan Union; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Furstenberg Room next to Taubman Library; or 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Boulevard Room, Pierpont Commons. Red Cross nurses will draw a small amount of blood to be tested for donor compatibility. Matches will be contacted, at which time they may decide whether or not they wish to be a donor. For more information, send e-mail to marrowdonor@umich.edu.

 

Zurier to give gallery talk on George Bellows

Rebecca Zurier, assistant professor of history of art, will give a gallery talk, "Bellows in Black and White," at 1 p.m. Nov. 13 in the West Gallery, Museum of Art. The talk is in conjunction with the current exhibit "Spectator of Life: Works by George Bellows from the Sloan Collection," on display through Dec. 4.

Zurier will describe how American artist George Bellows (1882-1925) drew on traditions of newspaper and magazine illustration, adapted them in lithography, then transformed them as he developed out of the medium.

For more information, call 764-0395.

 

Ziwet Lecture series is Nov. 11-13

The Department of Mathematics will present the Ziwet Lecture series featuring Jean Bourgain, professor, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Illinois-Urbana, at 4 p.m. Nov. 11, 12 & 13 in Room 1360, East Hall. Bourgain will speak on "KAM Theory for PDEs." These lectures will describe current research at the interface of Partial Differential Equations and the Theory of Dynamical Systems.

 

Crane Symposium honors work of H.R. Crane

The Department of Physics will hold the H.R. Crane Symposium 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. (Nov. 8) at Rackham Amphitheater. Featured presenters are: at 9:30 a.m., Norman F. Ramsey, Harvard University, speaking on "Dick Crane, Physics and AIP"; at 10:30 a.m., Andrew M. Sessler, University of California, Berkeley, on "The Development of Colliders"; at 1 p.m., David T. Wilkinson, Princeton University, on "Recollections of g-2 Experiments"; and at 2 p.m., Samuel Krimm, University of Michigan, on "Dick Crane and Biophysics at Michigan." The symposium honors H.R. Crane for his long and distinguished career in research, teaching, scientific leadership and public science education. For more information, call the High-Energy Spin Physics office, 936-1027.

 

Sanda speaks at Prostate Cancer Education and Support group

Martin G. Sanda, assistant professor of urology and oncology, will speak at the Prostate Cancer Education and Support group meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thurs. (Nov. 6) in Room 2C108, University Hospital. He will lecture on "Genetic Vaccine for Treatment of Recurrent Prostate Cancer." Refreshments and parking validation will be provided. For more information, call 936-5938.

 

CMENAS moves to Social Work Building

The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) will move to its new quarters on the fourth floor in the School of Social Work Building Nov. 17-18. Telephone numbers will not change. The department may not always be reachable by telephone during the move.

 

Demonstrations on the Diag highlight National Chemistry Week

U-M chemistry students will celebrate National Chemistry Week with a series of free, public demonstrations designed to show the importance of chemistry in our everyday lives. Participants will make instant ice cream, mix their own slime and learn about the effects of temparature. Free balloons will be available.

The demonstrations will take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today (Nov. 5) on the Diag and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Fri. (Nov. 7) in the atrium of the Chemistry Bldg. In case of rain, the Nov. 5 demonstrations will be held Thurs. (Nov. 6).

 

 

ISR celebrates Katz Newcomb Lectures

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Institute for Social Research is hosting a "Collaborative Symposium Celebrating 50 Years of the Katz Newcomb LecturesThe Social Psychology of Ethnic Conflict" now through April.

The opening session, 7 p.m. Thurs. (Oct. 6) in Rackham Auditorium, will feature Michael Berenbaum speaking on "The Holocaust and Its Remembrance." Berenbaum is president and chief executive officer of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. Earl Lewis, interim dean of the Graduate School, will make introductions and comments will be offered by President Lee C. Bollinger. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception in Rackham Lobby.

"The Goldhagen Effect: Hitler's Willing Executioners in European and American Self-Reflection" will be the topic of a lecture/discussion 2-5:30 p.m. Fri. (Nov. 7) in the Vandenberg Room, Michigan League. Panelists include Omer Bartov, Rutgers University; Atina Grossman, Columbia University and Cooper Union; Pieter Judson, Swarthmore College; and Laura Downs, U-M. Respondents are Geoff Eley, Kathleen Canning and Scott Spector.

This program is sponsored by the Center for Russian and East European Studies and co-sponsored by the Advanced Study Center of the International Institute.

"Constructing Majorities in Turkey: The Making of the 'Mountain Turks'" is the focus of a lecture 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the East Conference Room, Rackham Bldg., by Kemal Kirisci of Bogazei University, Istanbul. This program is sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies 1997-98 Middle East Distinguished Lecture Series.

A roundtable discussion 3-5 p.m. Nov. 13 in Room 4448, East Hall, will focus on "The Popularity of Holocaust Remembrance and the Inner Lives of Survivors: Current Questions, Lasting Concerns." Moderators are Sidney Bolkosky of U-M-Dearborn and Henry Greenspan, Residential College. Speakers are area Holocaust survivors. This program is sponsored by the Research Center for Group Dynamics.

 

Fairy tales come true at Power Center

The Opera Theatre will present two fairy tale operas at 8 p.m. Nov. 13-15 and 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Power Center for the Performing Arts.

Heading the bill is Igor Stravinsky's Le Rossignol, based on The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen. In it, the emperor of China is saved from death by a song from a little bird.

Also on tap is Maurice Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortileges, the story of a naughty child who is sent to his room for not doing his homework. In a fit of anger, he smashes everything he can get his hands on. Suddenly, the damaged objects come to life.

Both will be sung in French with English supertitles.

Tickets are $18 and $14 ($7 for students) at the League ticket office, or call 764-0450 to charge by phone.

 

Ignatiev speaks at Dearborn

Noel Ignatiev, author of How the Irish Became White and co-author of the book and journal Race Traitor, will speak at 2:30 p.m. Tues. (Nov. 11) in Lecture Hall B, School of Management Bldg., U-M-Dearborn. His talk is part of Dearborn's "Text in Community" series, established by Chancellor James C. Renick "as a way to bring greater sense of coherence and community among the faculty, staff and students by providing a forum for a campuswide intellectual activity across disciplines."

Ignatiev is a frequent talk-show guest and has written many articles on whiteness as a social construct related to privilege. He has taught history and literature courses at Harvard University since 1985, where he is a fellow of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research.

 

Business School symposium focuses on Asian capital markets

Japan's "Big Bang" financial reforms, speculative bubbles and exchange rate volatility in East Asia will be examined at the Fifth Mitsui Life Symposium on Global Financial Markets Fri.-Sat. (Nov. 7-8) at the Business School. The symposium will draw on the expertise of a broad array of government officials and academic researchers, including Jeffrey Sachs of Harvard University and Eisuke Sakakibara, vice minister for Japan's Ministry of Finance, in examining the current state and future prospects for capital market development in the diverse East Asian economies.

The program will open at 1:15 p.m. Fri. with keynote addresses by Sachs and Sakaibara, followed by sessions on the Japanese economy from the bubble years of the 1980s to the current proposals for market reforms and their implications. Discussions continue at 8:30 a.m. Sat. on the broader East Asian economy.

For information, call Sandy Stapish, 764-5222.

 

U is out for blood during annual 'Blood Battle' with OSU

The annual "Battle for Blood" between the U-M and Ohio State University, now in its 16th year, will be held Sun. (Nov. 9)-Nov. 21. OSU has reigned as the winner since 1992, claiming eight wins overall. The annual drive is the largest in the state and supplies 2,000 pints of blood to southeastern Michigan.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to support the drive by donating at one of the locations listed below. To donate, you must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. The process takes about one hour, with the actual donation taking about 10 minutes. To make an appointment to donate, call 994-9588.

Dates, times and locations are:

Nov. 6, noon-6 p.m., and Nov. 7, 1-7 p.m., East Quad.

Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Pierpont Commons, and 1-7 p.m., Mosher-Jordan.

Nov. 12, noon-6 p.m., Business School, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pierpont Commons.

Nov. 13, 2-8 p.m., Bursley.

Nov. 14, 1-7 p.m., Mary Markley.

Nov. 16, noon-6 p.m., South Quad.

Nov. 17-20, 1-7 p.m., Michigan Union.

Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Michigan Union.

 

Conference celebrates Faulkner

A two day conference, "William Faulkner: the First Hundred Years," will be held Fri.-Sat. (Nov. 7-8) at the Special Collections Library, Hatcher Graduate Library, honoring the man considered by many to be America's greatest writer of prose fiction.

Lectures and presentations will be made by Faulkner scholars, including Robert Hamblin, director, Center for Faulkner Studies, Southeast Missouri State University; Arthur Kinney, University of Massachusetts; William Boozer, collector and editor of The Faulkner Newsletter and Yoknapatawpha Review; and Engelsina Pareslegian, librarian, Gorky Institute of World Literature, Moscow. Topics will include Faulkner's "families," trends in Faulkner teaching and collecting, and Faulkner's place in world literature.

For information, contact Kathryn Beam, 764-9377, or send e-mail to special.collections@umich.edu.

 

South Africa office hosts reception

The South Africa Initiative Office is hosting a reception 4:30-6 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Pond Room, Michigan Union, to honor those who have provided opportunities for students to engage in research or training in South Africa, to welcome back students who spent the summer there, and to welcome new South African students and faculty. RSVP to Amy, 763-7778, or send e-mail to awachtel@umich.edu.

 

Arkoun to speak in Arabic on 'Rethinking Islam Today'

Muhammad Arkoun, author and scholar of Islamic thought and professor emeritus at the Sorbonne will speak in Arabic on "Rethinking Islam Today" at 4 p.m. Thurs. (Nov. 6) in Room 144, Lane Hall. The program is sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies.

 

Zippori Live! at Museum Nov. 9, 16

Return to third-century Sepphoris, or Zippori, as the city is called in Hebrew, at the Museum of Art 2-5 p.m. Sun. (Nov. 9) and Nov. 16. Meet a Roman couple, a peddler and Jewish scholars. Listen in on a discussion in a courtyard between women busy with their everyday chores. Take sides in a confrontation between a Roman actress and a Jewish sage. Ponder the deliberations in the academy of Rabbi Judah Ha Nasi.

Specially trained actors in period costume perform living history skits that help bring the objects in the exhibition to life. 'Zippori Live!' was conceived and written and is directed by Joyce Klein.

 

Grants available for women from developing countries

Women from developing countries currently enrolled in accredited U.S. educational institutions are eligible for a non-renewable grant of $6,000 each year awarded by the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund.

The grants are designed to help women from developing countries who are committed to helping improve the lives of women and children in their native land. Requests for applications will be accepted until Jan. 15. Applications are due Feb. 2, with recipients announced in mid-April.

Applicants must have a record of service to women and or/children in their country, plans to return to that country in about two years, demonstrated financial need, be a national of a developing country residing in the United States but not a permanent resident, at least 25 years of age by Dec. 31 and not related to any World Bank Group staff member of his/her spouse.

Contact the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund, 1818 H St., N.W., Room G-100, Washington, D.C. 20433.

 

Detroit Area Study seeks proposals

The Detroit Area Study Committee (DAS) is seeking proposals for the 1999-2000 study.

The DAS is an annual survey of households and/or establishments in the Detroit metropolitan area that serves as both a research project for a U-M faculty member and a one-year practicum for students in survey methods. Over the past 45 years, the DAS has provided data that have been the basis for 20 scholarly books and nearly 400 journal articles.

DAS offers a moderate research grant and administrative and technical support. Proposals, due Jan. 12, should be about 10 double-spaced pages describing the nature and importance of the research and the appropriateness of DAS as a vehicle. Applicants should include a recent curriculum vitae.

For information, call 764-4435 or send e-mail to detroit.work@umich.edu.

 

Service Awards events coming up

University employees with 20 years of service are reminded that the reception and dinner honoring them will be held 5:30-9 p.m. Wed. (Nov. 12) at the Michigan League.

Those with 30 and 40 years of service will be honored at a reception and dinner 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 19 at the League.

 

YoHA Cyberchats with visiting artists

The University Musical Society (UMS) and the Year of Humanities and Arts (YoHA) are collaborating to present several Web-based, online discussions with performers and artists. The first two cyberchats are with pianist Ursula Oppens and members of the American String Quartet.

These esteemed artists, who will be performing in Ann Arbor as part of UMS' Beethoven the Contemporary series, will respond online to your questions and comments at the following times: Ursula Oppens Cyberchat, noon-1:30 p.m. Nov. 12; American String Quartet Cyberchat, 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 18. You also are invited to submit questions ahead of time. Go to http://www.engin.umich.edu/org/YoHA/yoha-web/chats.html on the YoHA Web site, where you can learn more about the cyberchats and the artists, and link to this unique learning opportunity.

 

Tanner Lecture features Damasion

The Department of Philosophy will present the 1997-98 Tanner Lecture on Human Values at 4 p.m. Nov. 14 in Rackham Auditorium. Antonio R. Damasion, the M.W. Van Allen Professor of Neurology, Univeristy of Iowa, will lecture on "Exploring the Minded Brain."

A symposium on the Tanner Lecture will be held at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 15 in the Anderson Room, Michigan Union. Damasion; Richard Davidson, professor of psychology and psychiatry, University of Wisconsin; Susan Wolf, professor of philosophy, Johns Hopkins University; and Robert Zajonc, professor of psychology, Stanford University, will participate. For more information, call 764-6285.

 

Research Responsibility Program topics are Nov. 6, 11, 18

Special Topic B of the Research Responsibility Program, "Computer Ethics & Emerging Issues," will be presented 4:30-6 p.m. Thurs. (Nov. 6) in the Vandenberg Room, Michigan League, by Virginia E. Rezmierski, director of public policy development and education, Information Technology Division.

Topic 3 of the Research Responsibility Program, "Responsible Data Management," will be presented 4-6 p.m. Tues. (Nov. 11) in Sheldon Auditorium, Towsley Center, or 7-9 p.m. Nov. 18 in Auditorium 2, SPH II. The presenters will be Brenda Gillespie, associate director of the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research and professor of biostatistics, and Edward Rothman, director of the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research and professor of statistics.

The Research Responsibility Program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and provides an opportunity to learn about issues relating to the responsible conduct and administration of research. Sessions are free. For more information, access the Web at http://www.responsibility.research. umich.edu, call 763-1289 or send e-mail to research.responsibility@umich.edu.

 

Garrison Keillor highlights Michigan Radio fall fund drive, Nov. 6-15

Michigan Radio will conduct its fall fund drive from 6 a.m. Thurs. (Nov. 6) to 10 p.m. Nov. 15. The station has set a goal of $260,000.

At 6-8 p.m. both Nov. 8 and Nov. 15, Michigan Radio will broadcast Garrison Keillor's 1996 Ann Arbor broadcast, A Prairie Home Companion. At 8-10 p.m. on those days will be broadcasts of Keillor's 1992 Leap Day visit to Hill Auditorium. The drive also will feature a number of special programs and guests, including exclusive interviews with NPR personalities such as producer David Isay and All Things Considered commentator and children's book author Daniel Pinkwater.

For more information, call 764-9210.