The University Record, January 11, 1999


Inclement weather advisory

U-M officials last week issued the following statement regarding the inclement weather policy, as stated in the Standard Practice Guide (on the Web at Employees who believe they are affected should contact their supervisors for details.

Due to the blizzard, the U-M (Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses) declared an inclement weather period designated as covering any shift that began between noon on Jan. 2 and 5 p.m. Jan. 3.

“The University administration is extremely grateful to the dedicated employees who through significant effort were able to provide essential services during this difficult period.”

Senate Assembly, LS&A Faculty meetings are today

The Senate Assembly meeting is at 3:15 p.m. today (Jan. 11) in Rackham Amphitheater. The LS&A Faculty meeting is at 4:10 p.m. today (Jan. 11) in Room 2553, LS&A Bldg.

Check your exemption status

Federal withholding tax tables have changed slightly. Tax rates for 1999 are available on the Payroll Office Web page, by clicking the box marked Tax Calculation Help.

In addition, the amount of each federal exemption increased from $2,700 to $2,750 per year. The base for Social Security withholding increased to $72,600 from the 1998 figure of $68,400. The rate remains at 6.2%, allowing a maximum withholding of $4,501.20, up from $4,240.80 in 1998.

Medicare tax rates are unchanged at 1.45% on all earnings paid, Michigan income tax rates are unchanged at 4.4%, and the state exemption is unchanged at $2,800.

Employees who want to change the number of exemptions they claim must file revised federal or state W-4 forms 10 days before a pay date for the change to be effective that date.

Students who claimed exempt in 1998 should review their status and submit new W-4 forms as soon as possible. Exempt status automatically expires Feb. 15 if a new W-4 is not submitted. If 1999 forms are not available, a 1998 form may be used. Just enter the current date next to the signature.

W-4 forms are available by phone (764-8253 for the voice response unit); on the Web at the address above; at the Payroll Office, G395 Wolverine Tower-Low Rise; Hospital Payroll, 300 North Ingalls Bldg.; and from the Employment and Executive Services.

Fiction writing workshops are Jan. 13 and Feb. 3

Joshua Henkin, lecturer in English and author of Swimming Across the Hudson, will present two free workshops on fiction writing 1–3 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium and 1-3 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Turner Senior Resource Center. Sponsored by the Turner Geriatric Clinic, the workshops will focus on the short story—what makes a story a story, what makes for good dialogue, how to depict complex characters, and the relationship between character and plot.

Henkin’s writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, The Southern Review, and Ploughshares. For more information, call 764-2556.

Retirees meet Jan. 14

Members of the U-M Retirees Association will meet at 3 p.m. Jan. 14 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. Keith Bruhnsen, benefits consultant, will speak on the new prescription drug program for retirees and employees who have the United of Omaha major medical plan. For more information, contact Tammy Rendell, 763-8938.

Photo-Active Feminist Artist series continues Jan. 15

The School of Art and Design will continue its Photo-Active Feminist Artist Lecture Series, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Free, public lectures are held at 7 p.m. in Room 2104, School of Art and Design, with the exception of the March 19 lecture which is being held in Rackham Amphitheater.

Michigan artist Kathy Constantinides will speak Jan. 15.

East Coast artist and MacArthur Award recipient Wendy Ewald will speak Jan. 29.

Michigan photographer Marilyn Zimmerman will speak Feb. 19.

Internationally known artist Barbara Kruger will speak March 19.

For more information, contact Carol Jacobsen, 764-0397.

Barrett-Connor will speak on women and heart disease today

Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, professor and division chief of epidemiology, University of California, San Diego, will speak on “Women and Heart Disease: Why We Need Clinical Trials” at 3 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Henry F. Vaughan Public Health Bldg. Auditorium. The Department of Epidemiology is presenting Barrett-Connor’s talk as the Thomas Francis Jr., Memorial Lecture.

Barrett-Connor’s research focuses on healthy aging, with a particular emphasis on gender differences and women’s health. Her pioneering work spans many areas including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, memory loss, and exogenous and endogenous hormones.

A reception will follow the lecture in Room 3026. Call 764-5435 for more information.

Matthaei lecture on combating illness is Jan. 17

“Tired of Sneezin’ and Wheezin’? Learn How to Combat Illness” will be the topic of the Friends of Matthaei Botanical Gardens’ winter lecture 1–3 p.m. Jan. 17. The speaker is Cindy Klement, nutritional consultant, herbalist and iridologist.

Klement discusses the uses of nutrition, exercise and herbs for health. She also will speak about iridology, the science and art of reading the iris of the eye. Iridologists believe patterns in the iris can detect body strengths and weaknesses.

For tickets, $10 general admission, or for more information, call 998-7061. Admission for Friends members is free.

Exhibit Museum winter/spring children’s class brochure available

The Exhibit Museum of Natural History is offering classes for children ages 3–4, 5–7 and 8–10 years. Pre-registration is required. For a brochure with class descriptions, fee and registration information, call 647-6421. Courses and categories are listed below.

Junior Explorations, ages 3–4 years: People and Places (Jan. 17), Roses are Red . . . (Feb. 14), Prehistoric Pals (March 14), Birds of a Feather (April 11), Swing into Spring (May 9).

Explorations, ages 5–7 years: Solar System Stakeout (Jan. 16), Who-o-o was here? (Jan. 23), Dinosaur Detectives (Jan. 30), Bloomin’ Bulbs (Feb. 13), Passport Pals (Feb. 20), Dynamic Dioramas (March 13), Shooting Stars (March 20), Sharks (March 27), Pterrific PteroSOARS (April 17), Dino-mite Designs (April 24), Pond Creatures (May 8), What’s the Buzz About Bugs? (May 15), Take Flight, Make a Kite (May 22).

Young Scientist Club, ages 8–10 years: Ornithology: The World of Birds (Jan. 23), Astronomy: Outer Space and Beyond (Feb. 13), Archaeology: Ancient Civilizations (Feb. 20), Paleontology: The Prehistoric World (Mar. 13), Earth Day: Nature Writing (April 22).

Helen Vendler to lecture on Robert Lowell Jan. 12

Helen Vendler will present a public lecture on “Robert Lowell and Depressive Form” at 5 p.m. Jan. 12 in Rackham Amphitheater.

Vendler has been poetry critic for The New Yorker since 1978, and has published more than 300 essays and reviews in the New York Times, New York’s Review of Books, London’s Review of Books and many other journals. Her most recent work is Seamus Heaney.

Vendler, a Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University, will be a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities Jan. 10–23. Her talk, the Institute’s Marc and Constance Jacobson Lecture, is included in the Visiting Writer series sponsored by the Department of English and the Office of the Provost.

The lecture will be followed by a reception in Room 1524, Rackham Bldg.

For more information, call 936-1930.

Lecture series on sustainable development begins today

The Erb Institute and Corporate Management Program are hosting presentations by experts on sustainable development, community and business beginning at 6 p.m. today (Jan. 11) in Hale Auditorium. The speaker is William McDonough, founding principal of William McDonough & Partners Architects and Planners; dean, School of Architecture, University of Virginia.”

At 6 p.m. Jan. 19 Herman E. Daly will present “Sustainable Economics.” Daly is a professor, University of Maryland School of Public Affairs, and former senior economist in the Enviornment Department of the World Bank. He has been called “the most prominent advocate of the need for a change in economic theory in response to environmental crisis.”

At 6 p.m. Jan. 21 Michael Hough will present “Sustainable Cities.” Hough’s lecture will be The Harlow O. Whittemore Lecture of the Landscape Program. He is principal and founding partner in the Landscape Architecture firm of Hough, Woodland, Naylor, Dance, Leinster Ltd. in Toronto. He has been called the “gentle revolutionary” of the “work with nature” philosopy.

At 4 p.m. Jan. 25 Betsy Taylor will present “Sustainable Consumption.” Taylor is executive director of the Center for a New American Dream, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and institutions reduce and shift consumption to enhance the quality of life and protect the natural environment.

The free, public series, sponsored by Dow Chemical Co., is affiliated with the “National Town Meeting for a Sustainable America,” sponsored by the U.S. President’s Council on Sustainable Development, to be held in Detroit May 2–5.

Other sponsors of the U-M lectures include the Business School, School of Natural Resources and Environment, LS&A, College of Engineering and Office of the Vice President for Research.

Watch the Calendar for future lectures or visit the Web,

Metzl will lecture on psychotropic advertising Jan. 19

Jonathan Metzl, psychiatrist, graduate student in American culture and fellow, Institute for the Humanities, will discuss “The Gendered Aesthetics of Psychotropic Advertising: A History in Pictures” at noon Jan. 19 in Room 1524, Rackham Bldg. Metzl will lead a visual tour of advertisements that depict advances in the pharmaceutical fight against mental illness, and also depict women as patients in ways that Metzl finds troubling.

For more information, contact the Institute for the Humanities, 936-3518.

Winter adult ed classes beginning at Gardens

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens is offering adult education courses. To register, call 998-7061. Members of the Friends of the Gardens will receive a 10 percent discount. Upcoming workshops include:

• Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3: Beachcombers and Explorers by Edward G. Voss, author of Michigan Flora and curator emeritus, Herbarium, $55.

• Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 18-21: Winter Hiker (in Ann Arbor and at the Biological Station) by Ellen Elliott Weatherbee, head of adult education, $225.

• Jan. 24: Antique Gardens by Scott Kunst, landscape historian and herb bulb specialist, $18.

• Jan. 28, Feb. 4: Landscaping with Herbs by Diana Steinauer, member of the Herb Study Group, $40.

Apply for the Rackham Summer Interdisciplinary Institute

The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies is accepting applications for its May 4–27 Summer Interdisciplinary Institute. The Institute's theme is "Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Body: From Cell to Self."

Participants, who will be appointed Institute Fellows, will be expected to help plan and participate in interdisciplinary activities throughout the 1999–2000 academic year. They will receive summer stipends. For more information, contact Ann Kolkman at or 647-2640. Application forms are on the Web at:

Rackham graduate students on the Ann Arbor campus, and post-doctoral students and all tenure-track faculty members on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses are eligible to apply. Applications are due Feb. 1.

Messina will discuss benefits of soy foods Jan. 15

Nutrition researcher Mark Messina will discuss research on the dietary value of soy foods and their potential effect on cancer, heart disease and chronic illness at 2 p.m. Jan. 15 in Ford Amphitheater, University Hospital.

The free, public lecture is sponsored by Health System Food and Nutrition Services and the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.

Arts of Citizenship Program has new address

The Arts of Citizenship Program, linking arts and humanities research of the University to the larger community, has a new address and phone number: Arts of Citizenship, 435 West Hall, 1092. The phone number is 615-0609 and the fax is 615-0617. David Scobey continues as director of the program, originally part of the Year of Humanities and Arts.

English classes for non-native speakers are being offered

English classes for the families of international students, faculty and staff are offered by the Family Housing Language Program. Registration for young children, teen and adult classes is open. Native English speakers are needed as volunteer conversation or classroom partners. For more information, contact the Family Housing Community Services office, 763-1440.

Soviet space program is topic Jan. 24

The Exhibit Museum is presenting a Natural History Brunch and Lecture by nationally known rocket historian Peter Alway, titled “Losing the Race to the Moon: The Soviet Manned Lunar Landing Program” 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Jan. 24. Alway will discuss how the Soviet effort to beat the Americans was doomed by a failing economy and a thick veil of secrecy. Reservations and advance payment, $15 per person, are required by Jan. 20. For more information or to reserve a space, call 936-5834.

Program on protection of humans and animals in research is Jan. 19, 27

The Research Responsibility Program (RRP) will offer a free, open program, “Protections for Human and Animal Subjects of Research,” coordinated by Edward Goldman and Daniel Ringler 4–6 p.m. Jan. 19 and 7–9 p.m. Jan. 27 in Assembly Hall, Rackham Bldg.

RRP, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), provides an opportunity to learn more about issues relating to the responsible conduct and administration of research. For more information, contact OVPR, 763-1289, or, or visit the Web,

Aikido classes available

Classes in Aikido, a martial art based on the fighting techniques of the Samurai, are available through the Recreational Sports Dept. beginning Jan. 12. Interested persons may register by coming to the Aikido club during class time, 5–6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. There is no registration deadline. For more information, contact Karen Clark, 668-0460, or

Director of Meijer Gardens will speak Jan. 21

R. Brent Dennis, executive director of the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, will share insights into “Gardens of Art” during the Art of Living with Nature luncheon and lecture noon-2 p.m. Jan. 21. The event, hosted by the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, is $30 per person, $25 for members of Friends of the Gardens. Reservations are required by Jan. 15 at 998-7061.

Dennis, an award winning landscape designer, will discuss how the Meijer Gardens has combined botanical excellence and sculpture art. The Meijer Gardens, opened in 1995 and has had more than one million visitors.

Korean Studies Colloquium Series begins Jan. 20

Kichung Kim, professor of English and of American studies, San Jose State University, will present the first Korean Studies Program Colloquium Series lecture 4–5:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in Room 1636, Social Work Bldg. The title is “Survival and Abduction: Documentary Literature of the Imjin Wars (1592–1598).” For more information, contact the Korean Studies Program, 764-1825 or

M-Pathways offers GAMS demos

Demonstration interchanges of the Grants Application and Management System (GAMS) will be offered by M-Pathways 1–2:30 p.m. and 3–4:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union. GAMS is a Web-based system to assist users in the preparation of grant applications and budgets. The interchanges will describe plans to introduce the system in July and will explain how the system can be incorporated into the grant application process. For more information, call 647-6219 or send e-mail to

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