The University Record, April 5, 1999


Forum on tenure will be held at today's LSA faculty meeting

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) has invited Stephen W. Director, dean, College of Engineering, and Steven J. Rosenstone, dean, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, to speak at its 4:10 p.m. meeting April 5 in Auditorium B, Angell Hall. The forum, "Tenure and Promotion Models," will begin at 4:30 p.m.

LSA will hold special faculty meeting on Life Sciences Report April 8

The College of Literature, Science and the Arts will hold a special faculty meeting at 4:15 p.m. April 8 in Auditorium A, Angell Hall to provide a forum for an exchange of views on the implementation of the President's Commission on the Life Sciences Report. President Lee Bollinger and Provost Nancy Cantor will attend.

Initiatives described in the Report have significant immediate and long-term implications for scholarly research and instruction in all college departments and programs, including those in the humanities and social sciences.

'Human Genetic Imprinting' lecture is today

Suzanne B. Cassidy, clinical director of the Center for Human Genetics, Case Western Reserve University, will speak on the "Clinical Impact of Human Genetic Imprinting" at 4 p.m. today (April 5) in Room 5330, Medical Science I.

Cassidy is a world-renowned clinical geneticist with special expertise in genetic imprinting and human diseases. She has done research on Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes. Her research publications give the genetics field important insight into the disorders. Cassidy will speak on human disease.

Her talk is part of "Human Genetics Approaching the Next Millennium," the Department of Human Genetics and the Distinguished Faculty/Graduate Student Seminar series. Sponsors are the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Graduate School, the Department of Human Genetics, the Genome Sciences Training Program and the School of Public Health Genetics Interdepartmental Concentration.

Polish round table begins April 7

President Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland will be among the more than two dozen Polish politicians, scholars, religious leaders and journalists who will gather at the Rackham Building April 7-10 to re-create the atmosphere of the Polish Round Table talks, the historic negotiations that brought an end to communism in Poland a decade ago.

"Communism's Negotiated Collapse: The Polish Round Table of 1989, Ten Years Later," organized by the Center for Russian and East European Studies, will feature a series of panel discussions that will include many of the Round Table's original participants. Most of the conference will be conducted in Polish with simultaneous interpretation in English.

The opening session, "The Significance of the Polish Round Table," will begin at 8 p.m. April 7 in Rackham Auditorium. Subsequent sessions are 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April 8 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 9 in Rackham Amphitheater and will focus on the conditions, contingencies and consequences of the Round Table. The closing session, "The Polish Round Table Revisited: The Art of Negotiation," will be 2-5 p.m. April 10 at Rackham Auditorium.

For more information or to register for the conference, consult the conference Web page at

Space remains available in the April 7 and 10 sessions. There is no registration fee for U-M students, faculty and staff. For all others, the fee is $35.

April deadline for reimbursement claims set

Health care and/or dependent care reimbursement account(s) claims must be received at the Benefits Office by April 14 if paid bi-weekly and April 20 if paid monthly to ensure reimbursement in an April paycheck. Forms may be dropped off or mailed to the Benefits Office (Central Campus), Room G405, Wolverine Tower-Low Rise 48019-1278.

Forms and a list of due dates are available on the Web at and in the reimbursement accounts claims kit. For more information, contact the Benefits Office: Central Campus, 763-1214; Medical Campus, 764-6584; Flint Campus, (810) 766-6845; or Dearborn Campus, (313) 593-5192.

Women's Golf Club season opens April 6

The University Women's Golf Club will open its season at 8:30 a.m. April 6 at the University Golf Course. After coffee and rolls and a business meeting, a scramble mixer will be played, weather permitting.

Club members play both nine and 18 holes every Tuesday morning April-October. The Club also holds special events and a spring and fall tournament.

For more information, contact Beverly Burlingame, treasurer and membership chair, 769-7096.

Paul Robeson Symposium is April 9

The Paul Robeson Symposium, held by the Paul Robeson Research Center, will be 2-6 p.m. April 9 in Rooms 1040 and 3735, Central Campus Recreation Bldg. The symposium will begin with a tour of the Research Center for Academic and Athletic Prowess. Tour highlights are the unveiling of the Curt Flood Art Gallery and a book signing by Jay Coakley, author of Sport in Society.

Scholar/Athletes will deliver speeches from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Coakely will present the Distinguished Robeson Lecture, "Racial Issues in Sports: Challenges for the 21st Century" at 4:45 p.m.

For more information, call 763-9574.

National Alcohol Screening Day is April 8

University sponsors are holding lectures, confidential screenings, information and referral sessions for National Alcohol Screening Day on April 8 for anyone wanting to learn more about alcohol and its effects. Local times and sites are 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. in the lobby area on the first floor of the new addition at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and 5-7 p.m. Suite 310, Chelsea Arbor Treatment Center, 900 Victors Way.

Sponsors are the VA Medical Center, the Health System's DrinkWise Program, the Alcohol Research Center, Chelsea Arbor's Older Adult Program and the Chelsea Arbor Treatment Center.

For locations and times, call (888) 303-2766.

Environmental study report available at libraries

Copies of the Environmental Planning Study--North Campus and Surrounding Area are available at the Hatcher, Law, Shapiro and Media Union University Libraries and at the Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. The environmental study is a step in the overall campus planning process initiated by President Lee C. Bollinger was prepared for the University by Andropogon Associates, Ltd. and Turner Environmental, Inc.

Copies of the report also may be purchased for $24, which reflects the cost of copying the 40-page document. To order or for more information, contact Stephany Anderson, 764-3402 or Feedback on the report can be sent to Terry Alexander,

Jesse Jackson will be on campus April 9

Jesse Jackson will present "America, We Must Leave No One Behind, A Celebration of Diversity," at 10:30 a.m. April 9 at Hill Auditorium.

Jackson's focus will be on social activism, voter registration and education, affirmative action and individual responsibility for the democratic process. Jackson's visit was organized by the Jesse Jackson Programming Initiative, a student committee specially formed for the April 9 event.

Event sponsors include Michigan Student Assembly, LSA Student Government, the Center for African American and African Studies Collective, Diversity Days, the Undergraduate Political Science Association, Bursley Council, Speaker Initiative, Serve Week '99, Phi Beta Sigma, Black Greek Association, Golden Key National Honors Society, U-M American Civil Liberties Union, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Iota Rho and the College Democrats.

For more information, visit the Web at

Dai will speak on Tiananmen tragedy April 6

Dai Qing will speak on "The Hidden History of Liberalism in China: Behind the Tragedy of Tiananmen" at 4 p.m. April 6 in the Pendleton Room, Michigan Union. The talk is sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies.

Dai is a prominent journalist known for her outspoken positions on various public issues in the People's Republic of China. She exposed the early Chinese Communist Party's history and has been highly critical of the gigantic effort to dam the Yangtze River. Dai was imprisoned for ten months in the aftermath of the Tiananmen incident. Her books include Wang Shiwei and Wild Lilies: Rectification and Purges in the Chinese Communist Party, 1942-1944; and The River Dragon Has Come: The Three Gorges Dam and the Fate of China's Yangtze River.

For more information, call 764-6308.

ABPAFS will meet April 9

The Association of Black Professionals, Administrators, Faculty and Staff (ABPAFS) will hold its regular meeting at 4:30 p.m. April 9 at Trotter House. The speaker for the occasion is Regent Kathy White. For more information, call 764-5550, or send e-mail to

Health Expo and Run/Walk Races are April 10-11

Join three-time Olympic gold-medalist Peter Snell, former record-holder Herb Lindsay and gold-medalist Sheila Taormina for a weekend of run and walk races, and an alternative health expo April 10-11 at Domino's Farms.

Sponsored by the Health System, the Heart Care Program and Domino's Pizza Inc., the Heart Care Health Assessment and Alternative Medicine Expo also features 11 other nationally known speakers and 47 exhibitors in areas such as nutrition, sports medicine, acupuncture, massage and homeopathy. The expo is hosted in partnership with the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center (CAMRC).

Admission and parking are free for the 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 10 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 11 event. For more information, contact Athletic Ventures, LLC, at 332-2981 or 662-1000, or visit the Web at

HUGS for Better Health program begins April 13

The Nutrition Counseling Center at the U-M Hospitals is offering a 10-week eating/management program to help people get off the diet roller coaster. The HUGS program teaches participants to eat for energy and health and to eliminate the diet mentality. The next class is 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13-June 15 at the East Ann Arbor Health Center. To register or for more information, contact Mary Hodge, director of HUGS, 936-4399.

Retirees will meet April 15

The Retirees Association (UMRA) will hold its monthly social hour at 3:15 p.m. April 15 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. The meeting emphasis will be on meeting other retirees and sharing common interests. For more information, call 747-9220. For directions, see the UMRA newsletter or call 763-8938.

Shapiro will examine Internet's impact April 12

Legal scholar Andrew Shapiro will speak on "The Control Revolution: A Technorealist Look at the Impact of the Internet" at 5 p.m. April 12 in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union. The lecture is the part of the Department of Communication's John D. Evans Distinguished Lecture Series on the Social Consequences of New Media Technology.

Shapiro is director of the Aspen Institute Internet Project, a lecturer at Columbia Law School, First Amendment Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law, contributing editor to The Nation, and cofounder of the Technorealism project. The Technorealism project raises public awareness about the impact of technology.

For more information, call 764-0420.

Flint's Critical Issues Forum begins April 13

U-M-Flint's Frances Wilson Thompson Critical Issues Forum will present lectures on multiculturalism, germ warfare and U.S. politics at noon April 13-May 19 at the Harding Mott University Center. For ticket information, call (810) 762-3350.

The series begins April 13 with political humorist Molly Ivins. Ivins, who offers funny and challenging commentaries on Texas and national politics, is a nationally syndicated columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Her free-lance work has appeared in Esquire, Atlantic, The Nation, Harper's and TV Guide. Her commentaries have aired on National Public Radio and the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour.

Gerald and Nancy Jaax, veterinarians, U.S. Army colonels and spouses, will speak April 28 on biohazards, germ warfare and their work at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases. The Jaaxs co-authored The Hot Zone after their experiences working with the 1989 Ebola outbreak. The movie Outbreak is based on their experience.

Political satirist P.J. O'Rourke, foreign affairs editor for Rolling Stone magazine, will present his conservative views of U.S. politics May 4.

O'Rourke's best-selling books include Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance and All the Trouble in the World.

Ronald Takaki, professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, will talk about multiculturalism May 19. Takaki is director of the Ethnic Studies Doctoral Program at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-founder of the university's centers for African American, Asian American, Chicano and Native American Studies. His books on ethnicity and culture in America include Iron Cages: Race and Culture in 19th Century America, A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America and Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb.

Lecture on treating diabetes is April 13

The Ask the Doctor lecture series continues 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 13 in the Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium with Clinical Nurse Specialist Jennifer Merritt discussing diabetes. She will discuss diabetes facts, management, nutrition and diet, medications, and new treatment methods for intervention. For more information, call 764-2556.