The University Record, December 14, 1998


Applications sought for research in geriatrics and the biology of aging

Research proposals that involve biomedical science, health services research, clinical physiology and pathophysiology, behavioral and social science research, or investigations into the basic biology of aging are being sought by the Geriatrics Center and the Institute of Gerontology.

Proposals of particular interest will develop interventions or intervention-related methods showing promise for improving the health and independence of elderly people or proposals addressing fundamental questions in the cellular and molecular biology of aging.

The program is looking for investigators who have full-time faculty positions with ranks no higher than assistant professor or assistant research scientist. Support also may be available for faculty at all levels whose proposals relate to geriatric intervention research, or for proposals for a collaboration between two laboratories, one of which has not previously carried out research in aging.

Individual awards are for one year and will not exceed $20,000. Awardees are permitted to apply for a second year. Funding is being provided by the National Institute on Aging. For more information or for an application, contact Cindy Hendrickson, 936-8198 or The application deadline is Feb. 15.

Marc H. Ross Symposium is Dec. 19

A symposium honoring Marc H. Ross, professor of physics, will be held 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Dec. 19 in Room 340, West Hall. Ross is internationally known for his research into how society uses energy efficiently and the associated costs and emissions. Ross’ work in energy studies involves approaches from physics, economics, and behavior and policy sciences. His primary focus has been on automobile energy usage, and he has conducted extensive simulations of engines, vehicles and driving to explore fuel economy improvement and pollution reduction.

Speakers include C. Uher (U-M), R.G. Sachs (Chicago), K. Kang (Brown), L. Stodolsky (Munich), R.H. Williams (Princeton), A.H. Rosenfeld (Department of Energy), D. Steinmeyer (Monsanto) and M.C. Ross (SLAC).

For more information, contact the Department of Physics, 764-4437.

Next Records are Dec. 21, Jan. 11

The Dec. 21 Record will carry Calendar and Briefings listings for activities taking place Dec. 21–Jan. 13. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Dec. 15. The deadline for the Jan. 11 issue is 5 p.m. Jan. 5. Send information via e-mail to, via fax to 764-7084 or via Campus Mail to 412 Maynard 1399.

Regents meet Dec. 17–18

The Regents will meet at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in the Regents’ Room, Fleming Bldg., to hear public comments. The meeting will resume at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 18 in the Regents’ Room with comments by President Lee C. Bollinger and regular agenda items.

ITD updates Pine e-mail

Over the season break, the Information Technology Division (ITD) will upgrade the Login servers to a newer version of the operating system. Pine, an IMAP e-mail client used by over 60,000 people campuswide, also will be upgraded to version 4.05. This upgrade is part of a phased coordinated effort on the part of ITD to update the IMAP e-mail clients available to campus users. This new version of Pine will be available to everyone who logs into the Login server after Dec. 30, 1998.

Users will notice a few changes with this new version. The most notable improvement allows the user to enable Pine to view the information on a Web page when the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is included in an e-mail message. Another significant change concerns the prompt “Reply to all?” In the current version, the default for responding to a message that had been sent to more than one recipient is “yes,” thus allowing users to respond inadvertently to groups simply by hitting the return key. This activity resulted in many users receiving unwanted e-mail, sometimes called “SPAM.” In the new version, the default is “no.” This should make it easier for users to avoid this problem in the future.

Faculty, staff and students who use Pine e-mail should take a few minutes when they return to campus in January to review the new version of Pine. One change that users may notice when they log in is that they are asked for their AFS Password. This change in the screen language does not imply that users should use a different password than the one they have always used to authenticate to the Login servers. Users also may find it helpful to examine the Help options found on the Main Menu screen. Other changes include a few new key commands and access to some files and activities on new or different screens. Some users may experience some down time during the week of Dec. 28. If you need help, contact the ITD consultants at 764-HELP, or send e-mail to

Commencement is Dec. 20

Some 2,000 students on the Ann Arbor campus will be awarded degrees at winter commencement at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 in Crisler Arena. Tickets (up to six per student) will be distributed Dec. 14–17 in the Pond Room, Michigan Union. If available, extra tickets will be distributed Dec. 18.

David DiChiera, founder of the Michigan Opera Theatre, will be the main speaker and receive an honorary degree. Also receiving an honorary degree will be Nobel laureate and physicist Chen Ning Yang.

Leadership award nomination forms available, due Jan. 22

Nomination forms for the annual Michigan Leadership Awards presented by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership (SAL) are available at the SAL office, Room 2205, Michigan Union, or on the Web, Leadership awards honor outstanding achievements of individuals and groups in the University community. Awards are “Adviser of the Year,” “Outstanding New Member,” “Outstanding Student Organization” and “Program of the Year.”

Nominations are due Jan. 22. For more information, call SAL, 763-5900.

Yang will give colloquium Dec. 18

Nobel Laureate C. N. Yang, the Einstein Professor of Physics, State University of New York at Stony Brook, will give a colloquium on “Sound Velocity in a Bose Condensate” at 3 p.m. Dec. 18 in Room 340, West Hall.

Yang’s has made major contributions to the field of physics, inlcuding:

• Work on non-abelian gauge theory with Robert Mills.

• Demonstration with T. D. Lee of the possibility of parity nonconservation in weak interactions. Lee and Yang received the Nobel Prize for this work.

• Development of statistical models known as the Yang-Baxter equation.

Yang’s talk is sponsored by the Department of Physics. For more information, call 764-4437.

Winter GSI Orientation is Jan. 5

The winter Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Teaching Orientation is 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Jan. 5 on the 4th Floor, Rackham Bldg. The orientation features faculty and GSIs speaking to the needs and anxieties of new instructors. GSIs will be able to develop pedagogical skills and resources. The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) is sponsoring the program and will provide a light breakfast and lunch for participants. For more information, contact CRLT, 764-0505.

Pound House is seeking student volunteers

Pound House Children’s Center is accepting student volunteers to assist in its program caring for children ages 2 1/2–5 during winter term. Students may work for academic credit, PSY 305 and 404, volunteer or participate with work-study. Volunteers must be available six hours a week and attend a one-hour weekly training session. For more information or to arrange an interview, call 998-8440.

CHICO design contest open to students

The Cultural Heritage Initiative for Community Outreach (CHICO) at the School of Information is sponsoring a logo design contest for its Web site and printed materials. The first prize winner will receive $200 and two second prize winners will receive $50. The submission deadline is Jan. 15.

The contest is open to University students, and up to three entries per contestant will be accepted. Entries will be judged on appropriateness to CHICO themes, ability to blend with a variety of formats and color schemes, scalability and creativity. Complete details are available at the CHICO Web site, For more information, contact Hilary Leon,

DPS holiday food drive is under way

The Department of Public Safety (DPS)’s community oriented police (COP) officers are holding their annual food drive to help families in need.

Canned and boxed food items are being collected in the COP offices, 525 Church St, Room G419, Mason Hall; Pierpont Commons 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Mon.-Fri. until Dec. 15. The DPS main office, 1239 Kipke Drive, is accepting donations 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Items requested are canned soups, beef stew, spaghetti, breakfast cereals, oatmeal, baby food/formula, canned meats, chili, tuna, rice, beans, pasta, and powdered milk and cheese.

Collected food will be distributed by Food Gatherers the week before Christmas. Food Gatherers, a not-for-profit food rescue program, serves more than 2,000 meals a day to people in Washtenaw County.

For more information, contact the Mason Hall COP office, 764-5738.

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