The University Record, November 26, 1997

Briefings

Ann Arbor getting new area code

Get ready to change your letterhead and business cards. On Dec. 13, "optional" dialing will begin for the Ann Arbor area's new area code--734--which means individuals calling you long distance can use either 313 or 734. The new area code will be mandatory July 25. The city of Detroit and all Detroit zones will remain in the 313 area code.

 

No Record on Dec. 3

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Record will not publish on Dec. 3. The Record will publish again on Dec. 10 and 17, and then, due to the winter break, will not come out until Jan. 14. Calendar and Briefings listings in the Dec. 17 issue will cover the month-long period Dec. 17-Jan. 16. Fax information to be included in the Dec. 17 issue to 764-7084 or send e-mail to urecord@umich.edu by 5 p.m. Dec. 10.

 

I-9 forms can be completed at Wolverine Tower

See For the Record in the December 10, 1997 issue for clarification of the briefing which follows.

Faculty and staff who need assistance in completing I-9 forms can get help doing so 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays in the ID Office in Room G270, Wolverine Tower. Assistance for students is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at the International Center front desk.

Recently hired staff who attend New Employee Orientation will have their I-9 forms completed during that program.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which outlawed the employment of unauthorized aliens, mandates completion of I-9 forms to verify the identity and employment eligibility of anyone hired after Nov. 6, 1986.

 

Apply for new Grad School interdisciplinary initiatives

Applications and more detailed information are now available for faculty and graduate students interested in becoming Fellows in the 1998 Rackham Summer Interdisciplinary Institute (see Nov. 19 Record) via Rackham's Web page (http://www.rackham.umich.edu/, go to Dean's Area), by sending e-mail to rkandow@umich.edu or by calling 764-4400. Eligible groups are Rackham graduate students on the Ann Arbor campus and all tenure- track faculty members on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses. Fellows need to be available to meet twice each week June 1-July 3, 1998.

Information for faculty members about the Rackham Interdisciplinary Seminars (see Nov. 19 Record), including how to submit a proposal to teach a seminar during the 1998-99 academic year, is available at the same locations listed above. Proposals will be accepted from teams of two or three tenure-track faculty members on the Ann Arbor campus who collectively hold appointments in at least two of the schools and colleges.

 

Weiss speaks on Sepphoris mosaic

Ze'ev Weiss from the Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will present a lecture on "Mosaic Pavements of Roman and Byzantine Sepphoris," at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in Auditorium D, Angell Hall. A reception will follow the lecture. The event i s sponsored by the Kelsey Museum and the Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition "Sepphoris in Galilee." The lecture is funded by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

 

Exhibition examines transgender performance

"Crossing Over: Images of Transgender Performance Across Cultures," a photo exhibition by Sarah Caldwell, professor of anthropology and Fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows, and Brian Mooney, Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, will be on display Dec. 1-19 in the Michigan Union Art Lounge.

The photographs present images of performance by transgendered and transsexual individuals from India and the United States and explore the role of gender identity in ritual, theater and public display. The exhibit consists of images juxtaposed with quotes by the performers represented and commentary by the anthropologists. Viewers will be encouraged to consider their own response to the images and quotes and record these responses.

 

Radiation research is topic

Research Responsibility Program Special Topic C, "Historical and Current Issues in Human Radiation Research" will be presented 4:30-6 p.m. Dec. 4 in Auditorium 2, School of Public Health II Bldg. Gerald D. Abrams, professor of pathology, and Joel D. Howe ll, professor of internal medicine, of health management and policy and of history, will be presenting.

The Research Responsibility program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Graduate School. Sessions are free and open to all faculty, students and staff. For more information, access the Web at http://www.responsibility.research.umich.edu, send e-mail to research.responsibility@umich.edu or call 763-1289.

 

Matthaei celebrates holidays

A 10-foot poinsettia tree display, blooming orchids, hands-on labs, art projects and live music will help Matthaei Botanical Gardens celebrate the holiday season during its free open house, "A Celebration of Light," 1-4 p.m. Dec. 7.

Families can enjoy making bird feeders, fruit and candle centerpieces and pine cone fire starters, and participate in numerous botanical discovery labs. The Junior String Orchestra from the Ann Arbor School of Performing Arts and Matthaei docent and p ianist Tom Gaffield will entertain guests. Story-teller Barbara Schultz will combine words, string and song to tell tales for all ages.

Refreshments inspired by the three climactic regions in the conservatory will be served. Matthaei Botanical Gardens is located at 1800 N. Dixboro Road. For more information, call 998-7061.

 

Learn the art of humanities grant-proposal writing

The Institute for the Humanities will sponsor a workshop on "Writing to Win Grants and Fellowships in the Humanities," 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the West Conference Room, Rackham Bldg. Anne Ruggles Gere, professor of education and of English; David Scobey, a ssistant professor of history and of American culture; and anthropology graduate student Paul Eiss will each offer 10 minutes of their best advice on how to present your material in the most favorable light and write for panels of reviewers who may be unf amiliar with the terminology of a specialized field. There also will be opportunity for discussion and questions. For more information, call the Institute for the Humanities, 936-3518.

 

'Deck the Halls' at Natural History Museum Discovery Day

The Exhibit Museum of Natural History will offer a special Discovery Day program, "Deck the Halls with Dinosaurs!" 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Museum.

Along with a regular schedule of planetarium shows, the program will include special activities such as travelling through time on a "dino" hunt in the dinosaur collection, making your own "Triassic T-Shirt," playing with primal "Paleo-dough," and crea ting "Cretaceous Creature" dinosaur puppets.

In addition, there will be a number of special presentations. William R. Farrand, director of the museum, will talk about "The Geologic Time of Dinosaurs" at 11 a.m. Origami wizard Don Shall and friends will teach visitors how to fold origami dinosau rs 1-3 p.m.

In cooperation with Food Gatherers of Ann Arbor, the Exhibit Museum will collect non-perishable food items Dec. 1-7 in a collection box in the Rotunda lobby. For more information, call 764-0478.

The Exhibit Museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 1-5 p.m. Sun. Admission is free. For more information, call 764-0478.

 

Planetarium looks at folklore and mythology in the stars

The Exhibit Museum of Natural History will offer two planetarium shows on weekends during December. "Adventure in Autumn: Mythical Skies and Mezmerizing Science," showing Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 an d 2:30 p.m., focuses on the mythologies behind the names of constellations and planets. "The Mars Show," Saturdays at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:30 p.m., explores the folklore behind the "red planet" as well as the recent scientific expeditions to Mars. The show is narrated by Star Trek's Patrick Stewart.

In addition to these regularly scheduled programs, special holiday screenings of "Adventure in Autumn" will be shown at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 22, 23, 26, 29 and 30. Planetarium tickets are $3 for adults and $2.50 for senior citizens and children ages 12 and under.

 

Henry Ford Estate holiday tours available

Public Tours at the Henry Ford Estate on the U-M-Dearborn campus are available during December at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Saturday tours are available every hour 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday tours are available every half hour 1-4:30 p.m. Special programs during the holiday season will include luncheon concerts; Tea, Tour and Christmas Treasures; Candles & Carols Dinners; Santa's Breakfast; Santa's Workshop: and candlelight tours.

For more information, call Kathleen Haag, 593-5590.

 

U-M-Flint offers yoga

The U-M-Flint Recreation Center is offering yoga classes. The schedule is as follows: Beginners Yoga: Tues., 5:30-6:40 p.m.; Wed., 7-8:10 a.m.; Noon-Time Yoga: Wed., noon-12:40 p.m.; Power Yoga: Tues., 6:15-7:25 a.m.

Yoga is the study of self through body where the body becomes balanced through poses and postures that lengthen, strengthen and relax. These are performed in conjuction with deep breathing exercises.

For more information, call Sheri Lee, (810) 762-3441.

 

JSI Lecture is Dec. 1

The 2nd Annual John Snow Inc. (JSI) Lecture will be held 3-4:30 p.m. Mon. (Dec. 1) in Auditorium I, School of Public Health I Bldg.

John Caldwell, University Fellow, professor emeritus of demography and coordinator of the Health Transition Centre at Australian National University and former president of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, will speak on " Old and New Fertility Transitions." Through his work in Africa, Asia and Australia, Caldwell has achieved a world-wide reputation for his demographic and sociological work in family structure, fertility, sexuality and the modern health transition.

The lecture will honor Jason L. Finkle, professor emeritus of population planning, and Yuzuru J. Takeshita, professor of health behavior and health education, for their contributions to the international population field. A public reception will follo w the lecture.

JSI is a domestic and international public health consulting and training organization. For more information, send e-mail to sph.alumni @umich.edu or call 764-8093.

 

Michigan Radio breaks fundraising record

Michigan Radio's 10 days of on-air fundraising resulted in $314,382 in pledges during the fall drive that ended Nov. 15. This exceeded last year's campaign by 15 percent, making it the most successful campaign in Michigan radio history.

To help motivate listeners, Michigan Radio established the Challenge Grant program with area business agreeing to contribute a minimum of $600. A total of 3,967 pledges of individual financial support were matched by $31,000 in corporate matching fund s and $12,500 in Challenge Grant revenue, bringing the total to $357,882. Listeners indicated strong support for the stations' news and information format, as well as for its entertainment programs.

 

Theatre department presents modern Henry V

The Department of Theatre and Drama will present a modernized version of William Shakespeare's Henry V at 8 p.m. Dec. 4-6 and 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Power Center for the Performing Arts. According to director John Neville-Andrews, the production touches up on the futuristic, with "fast-food containers in the battlefield . . . soldiers with laptops and cellular phones. . . women in the army." Neville-Andrews cautions that parents with children under age 10 should be warned that this production is "not for the innocent."

Tickets are $18 and $14, $7 for students. They may be purchased at the League Ticket Office or at the Power Center Box Office one hour prior to curtain on performance dates. For more information, call 764-0450.

 

DPS sponsoring food drive

The Department of Public Safety's (DPS) community oriented policing (COP) officers began their annual holiday food drive last week to help Ann Arbor families in need.

Packaged and non-perishable food is being collected in COP offices at 525 Church St., Mason Hall (Room G419) and Pierpont Commons 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Mon.-Fri. until Dec. 15.

Donations also will be accepted at the main DPS office at 1239 Kipke Dr. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Food collected by DPS will be distributed by Food Gatherers to families the week before Christmas.

Items needed include canned soups, beef stew, spaghetti, breakfast cereals, oatmeal, baby food/formula, canned meats, chili, tuna, rice, beans, pasta and powdered milk and cheese. For more information, call the Mason Hall COP office,764-5738.

 

Deadline for Power Award nominations is approaching

Nominations for the Sarah Goddard Power Award are due Dec. 12. The Power Award honors and recognizes those individuals who have contributed to the betterment of women through distinguished leadership, scholarship or other activities related to their profe ssional lives. This year, for the first time, the award will include a monetary component. The 1998 awards ceremony will be at 4 p.m. March 18 in the Hussey Room, Michigan League. Nominations should be sent to Sally Grace, 4014 Wolverine Tower 1281.

 

Flint named top pick for Hispanic students

The national magazine The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education has named U-M-Flint one of its "top picks" for "outstanding service to Hispanic students."

Approximately 3,800 colleges and universities respond to the magazine's survey each year, with 700 chosen for the honor last year. A similar number are expected to be honored this year.

Selections are made by the publication's publisher, Jose Lopez-Isa, and its board of directors, with the assistance of an independent consulting firm.

Review criteria include enrollment, academic programs that support Hispanic students, faculty support and student life. Also cited were Flint's efforts to recruit minority faculty, staff and students, as well as its promotional efforts reporting on ca mpus events, programs and activities for Hispanic and other underrepresented minority students.

Flint will be listed with other selected schools in the Nov. 28 "Publisher's Picks" issue, distributed to 6,000 high school guidance counselors in school systems with 10 percent or more Hispanic students.

"One of the goals of the list," says Lopez-Isa, "is to increase enrollment at institutions that have demonstrated their support for Hispanic students and their interest in advancing the success of these individuals."

In addition, Lopez-Isa has announced The Hispanic Outlook Scholarship Fund for high school seniors who will be attending one of the listed institutions. Information on the scholarship will be included in the magazine's Nov. 28 issue.

 

American Verse project named top Web site

A panel of humanities specialists chose the U-M's American Verse project as one of the first 20 Web sites to appear on EDSITEment, an Internet site developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Council of the Great City Schools and MCI Communications Corp.

EDSITEment is at http://edsitement. neh.fed.us and features lists and links to the top sites in history and social studies, English and language arts, foreign languages and art history along with online learning guides to the materials.

The American Verse Project, at http://www.hti.umich.edu/english/amverse/, is an ongoing collaborative project between the Humanities Text Initiative and the U-M Press, providing an electronic arch ive of volumes of American poetry written prior to 1920. The full text of each volume is available and may be copied freely by individuals for personal use, research and teaching (including distribution to classes). Additional volumes are continually be ing added.