The University Record, April 19, 1999


'Ask the Doctor' about high blood pressure May 6

Turner Geriatric Clinic's "Ask the Doctor" lecture series continues 3:30-5:30 p.m. May 6 at the Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium with Mark Supiano, associate professor of internal medicine and associate research scientist, Institute of Gerontology, discussing the facts about high blood pressure. Supiano will speak on available treatments, prevention recommendations and risky health behaviors. For more information, call 764-2556.

Senate Assembly meets today

Senate Assembly will meet today beginning at 3:15 p.m. at Rackham Amphitheater. Agenda items include a presentation on the University's intellectual property policy by General Counsel Marvin Krislov, a report from the Tenure Committee by chair Charles Garvin and farewell remarks by outgoing Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs Chair William Ensminger.

Distinguished Dissertation Awards Ceremony is April 29

The Distinguished Dissertation Awards will be held 2-4 p.m. April 29 in Rackham Assembly Hall. Awards, sponsored by the Graduate School, the Michigan Society of Fellows and UMI, recognize the most exceptional dissertations in 1998. The Society of Fellows is the primary selection committee.

Recipients are chosen based on their credentials, their dissertation's written quality, and its degree of innovation, creativity, insight, scope and importance to the field. For more information, contact Mary Gibbons, 647-7548 or

Aquatic certification class runs May 3-June 11

The Kinesiology Aquatic Camp (KAC) will be held 5-9 p.m. May 3-June 11 at the Central Campus Recreation Bldg. Fifteen different certifications are available, including both basic and instructor level certifications in lifeguarding, water safety, CPR for the professional rescuer, sports safety training, community first aid, and safety, head guard, waterfront lifeguard and safety training for swim coaches. Participants can sign up for the entire camp, $200 plus the cost of books, or for individual modules, $70-$90. For more information, call U-Move, 764-1342, or send e-mail to Jackie La New,, or Kerry Winkelseth,

Dance Works spring concert is April 23-24

Ann Arbor Dance Works (AADW) will hold its spring concert, featuring guest choreographers and new and recent repertory by resident choreographers at 8 p.m. April 23-24 at the Betty Pease Studio Theater, Dance Bldg. Tickets, $8 ($5 for students and senior citizens) can be purchased at the door an hour prior to the performance or at the Michigan League Ticket Office, 764-0450.

AADW is the resident professional company of the Dance Department and was formed by a collective of five choreographers and a music director dedicated to the creative process.

Spine Care program continues May 12

The Spine Program and the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center are co-sponsoring a continuing medical education (CME) series: "Spine Care: Exploring Conservative and Complementary Approaches." Programs are held 7-9 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. The next program is May 12. To reserve a space or for more information, contact Johnnie Pettway, 615-1750, ext. 222.

Flint's 'Women's Night Out' is May 1

The U-M Flint-Recreation Center is hosting Women's Night Out, an evening of stress reduction and relaxation for women, 6:30-10:30 p.m. May 1 at the Center. Opportunities will be available for a 25-minute massage, relaxation training, yoga, meditation classes, and use of the pool, spa, sauna and exercise equipment. Registration, $55 ($45 for Center members) is limited to 50 persons. For more information, call (810) 762-3441.

Summer student research project funds available

The Comprehensive Cancer Center is requesting applications for funds available from the Prostate SPORE grant. Funding of up to $2,500 will be considered for applications directed toward the cure or understanding of mechanisms involved in prostate cancer. Undergraduate, graduate and medical students, as well as fellows are eligible. Applicants must designate a mentor. The support is for June-July 1999.

The Prostate SPORE executive committee will review proposals on the basis of originality, scientific merit and relevance to prostate cancer.

Interested applicants must send 10 copies of the application form and a mentor's recommendation letter by 6 p.m. May 3. For more information, contact principal investigator Ken Pienta, 747-3421, or Jill Miller, 763-3455.

Canadian Brass is at Hill May 8

The University Musical Society (UMS) is honoring The Canadian Brass with its Distinguished Artist Award at 6 p.m. May 8 at Hill Auditorium. The Canadian Brass, known for their blend of classical virtuosity and high-spirited musical entertainment, will present arrangements from Bach to the Beatles at the program.

The award recognizes the ensemble's deep commitment to music education through promoting and creating educational events for young musicians and teachers. In March 1998, the Brass worked closely with the Music Educators National Conference to host "The World's Largest Concert" on PBS. The annual event links 8 million children worldwide in song.

Members of the Canadian Brass are trumpeters Ronald Romm and Jens Lindeman, hornist Chris Cooper, trombonist Eugene Watts and tuba player Charles Daellenbach.

For ticket information, call 764-2538.

Fitting in Fitness program for women begins in May

M-Fit is sponsoring the Fitting in Fitness for Life! (FIF) program 6-8 p.m. Mondays in May at the East Ann Arbor Health Center. The program is an interactive four-week workshop that focuses on life-enhancing and "user-friendly" approaches to women's fitness. Participants will develop internal motivation to be active and learn skills necessary to balance physical activity with multiple roles and responsibilities.

To reserve a space for the free introductory session at 7 p.m. April 26, call 995-9807.

Dearborn's golf outing is May 21

The U-M-Dearborn Alumni Society is hosting a golf outing 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 21 at Robert Herndon's Dearborn Hills Golf Course. The fundraiser will benefit the Legacy Scholarship Endowment Fund.

The four-person best-ball scramble will take place rain or shine. A $100 entry fee covers 18 holes of golf, a cart, food and prizes, including a drawing for two $500 round-trip Northwest Airlines tickets. Dinner packages excluding golf are available for $40.

Dearborn's Park Place Catering Co. Inc. is sponsoring the event, along with cart sponsor Sprint PCS. For more information, call Jeanette Schumacher, director of alumni relations, (313) 593-5131, or event chair and alumnus David Cunningham, (313) 593-5410.

Dearborn has new agreement with Henry Ford Community College

U-M-Dearborn has a new agreement for transfer students in computer and information sciences (CIS) from Henry Ford Community College (HFCC).

Signed by representatives from both schools, the pact facilitates the transfer of credits from HFCC to U-M-Dearborn's College of Engineering and Computer Science. As many as 62 credit hours toward a bachelor's degree may be transferred. Students need to complete 120 total credits to earn the degree. Priority will be given to HFCC students seeking entrance to CIS if space becomes limited.

Academic Freedom Lecture Fund receives Kellogg Foundation grant

The Academic Freedom Lecture Fund has received a $50,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support a major conference in 2000 that will be part of the 10-year anniversary celebration of the Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom.

The lecture was established by the Senate Assembly as a reminder of the need for continuous vigilance to protect academic and intellectual freedom. It honors three faculty members who were called to testify in 1954 before a Congressional Committee on Un-American Activities. All invoked constitutional rights and refused to answer questions about their political affiliations. The faculty members were suspended from the University. Subsequently, Clement Markert was reinstated, but Chandler Davis and Mark Nickerson were dismissed.

The Academic Freedom Lecture Fund was created as an independent, non-profit organization to assure continuing support for the lecture and related activities.

The 2000 conference will bring together leading First Amendment scholars to discuss pressing communication problems.

Faculty 'Seeing It Through' exhibition is at Museum of Art

"Seeing It Through: Faculty Artists from the School of Art and Design" is open through July 3 in the West Gallery, Museum of Art. The juried exhibition probes the conceptual aspects of creativity. Ten selected faculty have chosen an assortment of pieces to tell the stories behind their finished artwork. Pieces include maquettes, computer models, a collage by William Burgard, an installation piece by Sadashi Inusuka made of bread, a 20-foot oil landscape by Elaine Wilson of multiple wheat field views, and a weaving by Sherri Smith inspired by African line drawing games. Other artists represented are Michael Kapetan, Mark Pomilio, Georgette Zirbes, Christopher Campbell, James Cogswell and Sarah Innes.

In 2000, this triennial exhibition will be open to all faculty artists in all departments.

The exhibition's Family Day begins at 1 p.m. June 6. For more information, call 764-0395.

U-M-Dearborn is offering non-credit studio art classes

U-M-Dearborn's Art Museum Project is offering non-credit studio art classes and workshops May-August in the U-M-Dearborn campus studio. Classes, open to adult students ages 18 years and older, are available for all ability levels. Topics include figure drawing, acrylic painting and watercolor techniques. Regional instructors are Bill Girard, Grace Serra, Electra Stamelos and Donna Vogelheim.

For a brochure with schedules, course descriptions and registration information, call (313) 593-5058.

MIRLYN via the Web

MIRLYN from the University Library is on the Web at The modern, Web-based version of classic MIRLYN has many enhancements including the ability to simultaneously search multiple databases (the 11 Big 10 databases, for example); marking, downloading and e-mailing items of interest; generating interlibrary loan requests as a search progresses; and hotlinked subjects, authors and URLs.

Features under development are phrase searching, display of diacritical marks used in non-Western languages and automatic redirection to preferred spelling/names. For example, a search using "Clemens, Samuel" would link to "Twain, Mark."

Work to improve MIRLYNWeb through user suggestions and comments is ongoing. For more information, send e-mail to

Detroit Observatory Restoration project honored

The Washtenaw Contractors Association awarded the Detroit Observatory Restoration project a Best Project Team Pyramid Award. The Restoration received the award for the "rare degree of cooperation" between the University as owner, Quinn Evans Architects and J.C. Beal Construction Inc.

Among unique project challenges were restoration of the complex, rotating dome with its paper and canvas lining, replacement of the lead coated copper standing and batton seam roof, woodwork graining, and restoration of the faux limestone stucco surface. The building has been restored to its 1854 origins through research and use of historically accurate materials and construction methods.

Mott's 'Rock 'n Roll' Party is May 7

The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Rock 'n Roll Party will be held 6-11 p.m. May 7 at the Holiday Inn, North Campus. Funds raised by the event will be used to help purchase a water slide for the Trail's Edge Camp for children dependent on ventilators, and to purchase books, videos and magazines for the Health System's pediatric surgery, plastic surgery and craniofacial clinics.

The May 7 event will feature live music from the 50s and 60s. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 936-9134 or send e-mail to

Kelsey exhibit gives new meaning to 'classical music'

Wooden clappers, bronze cymbals and bells, a bone whistle, wooden reed-flute and wooden castanets are featured in "Music in Roman Egypt" at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology through Sept. 26.

The exhibit combines the museum's collection of excavated musical instruments from fieldwork in Karanis and elsewhere in Egypt, with artifacts that relate to musical instruments and the people who played them. These materials are supplemented by papyri from the University Library, which include actual musical notation as well as documents of musicians' lives in Roman Egypt.

The Kelsey Museum, open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, has free admission. For more information, call 764-9304.

'Healthier Black Elders' program introduction is April 30

An open house introducing the "Healthier Black Elders" program is being held 1:30-2:30 p.m. April 30 at the Hannan House, 4750 Woodward Ave., Detroit. The program, part of the new Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research, is sponsored by the University of Michigan and Wayne State University (WSU). The open house will highlight summaries of minority investigators at the U-M and WSU. Six senior citizens who took part in the research or the community education program also will be available.

The Center is funded by a $2.1 million National Institute of Aging grant shared by the universitites. It will conduct urban research and outreach activities designed to reduce health disparities for older African Americans. Principal investigators are James Jackson, director, Program for Research on Black Americans, Institute for Social Research, and Peter Lichtenberg, interim director, Program for Research on Black Americans at WSU. Both will be at the open house to discuss their research.

AP ranks Michigan Radio best in state

The Michigan Associated Press awarded Michigan Radio, stations WUOM 91.7 FM/Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint, and WVGR 104.1/Grand Rapids, its general excellence award for public broadcasting.

Michigan Radio reporters also were honored: Todd Mundt (best newscast); Wendy Nelson (excellence in individual reporting); Tom Hemingway, David Hammond, Bob Skon (best live sports event); and Wendy Nelson (best sports feature story). Tamar Charney received an honorable mention in excellence in individual reporting and best sports feature story; Mike Perini received an honorable mention in best sports feature story. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium was honored for "Lead Dangers in the Home" (best news documentary) and received an honorable mention for "Light Pollution."

Maintenance After-Hours Response Team expands hours

The Utilities and Maintenance Service Department now has staff available to answer maintenance requests and monitor the Energy Management System (EMS) 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The department also has added on-campus maintenance mechanics, a locksmith, an elevator mechanic, a plumber and more stand-by personnel for emergency calls.

The changes represent the culmination of an 18-month effort by the After Hours Response Team to address methods of improving customer service. The team was formed with representatives from various University schools and units, and the Plant Department.

To report a maintenance concern, call Plant Services, 647-2059. Calls for Housing "after hours" maintenance problems should continue to be directed to the Housing Maintenance "FIXIT" line, 3-4948, via Housing Security and life/safety concerns will continue to be handled by the Department of Public Safety at 911 or 763-1131.

Choreographers dance concert is April 26

The Department of Dance's free Young Choreographers Dance Concert begins at 8 p.m. April 26 at the Pease Theater, Dance Bldg. The concert showcases student choreographers' work. Presenters include Kelly Hirina, Brent Caburnay, Melissa Mallinson, Anne Zuerner and Maria McKinney. Auditions are being accepted. For more information, call 763-5460.

Plant Operations has Y2K readiness information

Plant Operations has released its Year 2000 (Y2K) disclosure information on its Web page,, or from the University's Y2K page,, under the product compliance heading.

Richard W. Robben, director of Utilities and Maintenance Services notes the following items.

  • Elevators, fire safety and detection systems, building management systems and the power plant have been given a satisfactory status.

  • The functionality of remaining items is being verified with manufacturers and should be completed by July.

  • No non-compliant critical items have been found.

    CAD has a new link

    The Community Assistance Directory (CAD) has a new link to U-M departments. By accessing, viewers can see how their units are represented in outreach. CAD is a valuable tool for the administration, for Michigan legislators, and for the media and general public helping increase awareness of the University's impact on Michigan communities.

    If you know of outreach programs not being represented in CAD, contact Shelagh Wilcox, 764-9256 or Programs may be entered by individuals by going to the Web site and selecting "Submit Program."

    A summer camp and workshop link is under construction. Individuals interested in having their program listed in CAD should contact Wilcox at the number or e-mail address listed above.

    Merit Extension awarded to Children's Center

    The Children's Center for Working Families (CCWF) has received a fourth-year merit extension from the National Academy for the Education of Young Children. The merit extension status is given to programs seeking renewal of accreditation with virtually no staff or administrative turnover and that have maintained a high quality program. Programs must have been accredited for six years or longer.

    CCWF is under the auspices of the Graduate School and is located in the Towsley Center for Children, 716 S. Forest.

    New databases accessible to researchers/IT managers

    The University Library and the Information Technology Division have acquired the rights to the Research Advisory Service (RAS) and Gartner's DataPro information to help researchers and information technology (IT) managers in keeping up-to-date with IT products, services and trends.

    RAS provides objective analysis on IT trends, directions and vendor strategies.

    Gartner's DataPro provides background information and product insight and information on IT products worldwide. The database has information on products, technologies and services in seven communications areas and eight computer systems and software areas.

    To search and browse the databases, go to For more information, call 763-4835.