The University Record, January 18, 1999


Bollinger will give state of research address Jan. 20

President Lee C. Bollinger will present “The Status of Research at the U-M” at 4 p.m. Jan. 20 in Room 1210, Chemistry Bldg. The annual address is being hosted by Sigma Xi, a scientific research society. For more information, call 764-1105 or send e-mail to

Regents will meet Jan. 21

The Regents will begin their monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Regents’ Room, Fleming Administration Bldg.

Agenda items include faculty appointments and status changes, financial items, construction projects, and matters related to the U-M-Dearborn and U-M-Flint.

The public comments session will begin at 4 p.m. University members and others may address their comments to the Regents at this session. Those wishing to sign up should send e-mail to or call 763-5553.

New space heaters approved by DPS

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) approved two space heaters for use in U-M buildings: Lakewood model 7096 and Delonghi American Inc. model 2507, Oil-Filled Electric Radiator Heaters, after two space heater incidents were reported in December at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library.

Neither of the approved heaters produces fumes or has a heating element which could be a source of ignition. Both are listed by Underwriters Laboratories. The Lakewood model can be purchased from University Stores.

DPS has Material Safety Data Sheets on the oil used in the heaters. For more information, contact Robert Patrick, associate director of public safety, or Duane Lee, U-M fire inspector, 763-3434.

W-2 forms and tax statements will be mailed this week

1998 W-2 wage forms and tax statements will be mailed this week to University employees. Wait until Jan. 31 for delivery before contacting the Payroll Office, 764-8250.

Reimbursement accounts cutoff date is Jan. 19

To ensure reimbursement in a January paycheck, Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Account(s) claims must be received by Jan. 19 for both bi-weekly and monthly pay periods. Forms may be dropped off at or mailed to Benefits Office (Central Campus), G405 Wolverine Tower-Low Rise, 3003 S. State St., 48109-1278.

Forms and a list of due dates are on the Web, and in the Reimbursement Accounts Claims Kit. For more information, call 763-1214.

‘From Papyri to King James’ open through Feb. 27

“From Papyri to King James: The Transmission of the English Bible” is open at the Special Collections Library, 7th Floor, Graduate Library, through Feb. 27.

The exhibition examines the origins of the King James Bible, showing both its direct antecedents and other religious works, CE 119-1611, on papyrus, parchment and paper. Fragments from Deuteronomy and Matthew, writings of early church leaders, and medieval versions of Jerome’s Latin translation are included.

For more information, contact James Fox, 764-9377.

Graduate School is seeking executive board nominees

The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies is seeking nominations of faculty members for its executive and divisional boards. Nominations may be sent by Feb. 19 to Homer Rose, Room 1020A, Rackham Bldg., 1070, 936-1647, or

The executive board acts to enhance the quality of graduate programs, allocates funds for faculty and student fellowships, and research grants, and explores and sets policies for issues of graduate education.

The board profits from a diverse membership reflecting a strong concern for graduate education. Members are elected by the entire Rackham faculty for three year terms, with a new member each year from each of the four divisions—Biological and Health Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Social Sciences (including Education and Business Administration), and Humanities and the Arts. The board meets twice a month during the academic year.

Divisional board members also are being sought. The divisional boards rank applicants for faculty grants and fellowships. Members have two year terms and meet once each academic year.

Benefits Office closed 3-5 p.m. today

The four benefits offices will close from 3-5 p.m. today (Jan. 18) for staff to attend a program honoring Martin Luther King Jr. For more information, call 763-1214.

Senior citizens invited to explore life’s meaning Jan. 19

“Exploring the Meaning of Life,” a discussion group for people more than 60 years of age, will examine relationships, vocation, adversity, earthly delights, death and spirituality. This eight week series begins at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Turner Geriatric Clinic, Geriatrics Center, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Registration is required. For more information, call 764-2556.

Smoller will discuss aspects of gravitation Jan. 26

Joel Smoller, professor of mathematics, will present his inaugural lecture at 4:10 p.m. Jan. 26 in Rackham Amphitheatre as the newly appointed Lamberto Cesari Collegiate Professor of Mathematics.

Smoller will discuss how gravitation is applied to the large scale structure of the Universe based on Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity in his lecture, “Gravitation and Cosmology.”

The lecture is sponsored by LS&A. For more information, call 998-6240.

Rackham’s Summer Institute will study ‘the body’

The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies is accepting applications for its May 4–27 Summer Interdisciplinary Institute, “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, or 647-2640. Application forms are on the Web,

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

Surviving lymphoma workshop is Jan. 19

“Surviving Lymphoma: Skills for Survivorship,” a free seven week workshop/support group for people living with, through or beyond a diagnosis of lymphoma begins 12:30–2:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Cancer Center. Check in at Reception Area B for location. To register or for more information, call 647-8076.

‘Expedition!’ Is open at Kelsey through Feb. 26

“Expedition!” an exhibition offering 75 years of fieldwork in photographs from the archives of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology will be open through Feb. 26. The photos illustrate the exciting, difficult and sometimes dangerous adventure of archaeology in the early 20th century. There are glimpses offered of the dig car stuck in the mud in Ankara, Turkey, in 1924; photos of U-M archaeologists Francis W. Kelsey and Enoch Peterson; and other expedition participants, including the Count and Countess Prorok, involved in the excavations at Carthage. For more information, call 764-9304.

Watersheds family fun night is Jan. 29

Watersheds, a family workshop exploring the precious resource of water, will be presented 7–9 p.m. Jan. 29 by the Exhibit Museum with the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network. Reservations and advance payment, $5 adults and $3 children ages 6–12 years, are required. For more information or to register, call 936-5834.

‘M-Pathways for Non-Users’ will be offered Jan. 27

“M-Pathways for Non-Users,” a program for staff who do not use PeopleSoft software but are affected by M-Pathways, will be 1–2:30 p.m. and 3–4:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in Rackham Amphitheater.

Sessions will focus on the changes being brought about by the new financial systems. Anyone who fills out paper forms using ChartFields or works with financial information will benefit. Topics include “What is M-Pathways and how is it different from the 6-digit account numbers we are used to?” “When will we need to use ChartFields and how do we know what combination to use?” “Where do we find the new financial forms that have ChartFields?”

For more information, call 647-6219 or send e-mail to


Chances to meet University athletes

Registration is open for U-Meet the Athlete, a program designed to give 10 to 12-year-old children a chance to meet University athletes and participate in mini-clinics with them. The cost is $10 per hour with proceeds going to the Jeff Reese KidSport Play Award fund.

To register or for more information, call 647-2708. The deadline is Jan. 25. For more information, visit the Web,

U-Meet session dates and teams are Jan. 30, softball; Feb. 6, football; Feb. 13, men’s basketball; Feb. 20, women’s basketball; March 20, women’s soccer; and March 27, wrestling.

‘Hot Topics in International Law’ series begins Jan. 28

On Jan. 28, Hilary Charlesworth, professor and director, Centre for International and Public Law, Australian National University, will present the first lecture in the ‘Hot Topics in International Law’ series. Her topic is “Feminist Challenges to International Law.”

The series, presented by the Law School’s Center for International and Comparative Law, will be 2:30–4 p.m. Thursdays in Room 116, Hutchins Hall. Look in the Calendar for upcoming lectures. For more information, contact Stephanie Wiederhold, or 764-0535.

Pulitzer winner Komunyakaa will read Jan. 27

Pulitzer prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa will read at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in Rackham Amphitheatre as part of the Hopwood Underclassmen Awards Ceremony.

Komunyakaa won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Neon Vernacular. His most recent work is Thieves of Paradise. Other works include Magic City, Dien Cai Dau, and I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head.

The awards ceremony is part of the Visiting Writer’s Series, co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Office of the Provost. For more information, call 764-6296.

Badminton tournament begins Jan. 30

The Intramural (IM) Sports Program will hold a singles and doubles badminton tournament beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 30 at the North Campus Recreation Bldg. and continuing at noon Jan. 31. Entries are due by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the IM Sports Bldg. The fee is $25. For more information, call 763-3562.

Multicultural Job Fair is Jan. 27

Career Planning and Placement will host the Multicultural Job Fair noon–5 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Michigan Union. The fair offers students an opportunity to meet with more than 80 organizations from across the country to discuss career options and interview for summer internships and careers. For more information, visit the Web,, or call 764-7460.

‘Sustainable Consumption’ lecture is Jan. 25

Betsy Taylor, executive director, Center for a New American Dream, will speak on “Sustainable Consumption” at 4 p.m. Jan. 25 in Hale Auditorium as part of the Erb Institute and Corporate Management Program on sustainability.

Taylor has served as executive director, Merck Family Fund and vice chair of the Environmental Grantmakers Association.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Business School, School of Natural Resources and Environment, LS&A, College of Engineering and Office of the Vice President for Research.

More information is on the Web

Nominees for TELP funding sought

The South Africa Tertiary Education Linkages Project (TELP) has made funds available for individual work orders for faculty and staff at the U-M and other partnering institutions. Funding is through the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The $12 million contract was created by the United States Agency for International Development.

Faculty and staff nominated should be qualified to provide assistance to South African Historically Disadvantaged Institutions in the following categories:

Management trainers, training of trainer specialists, evaluators, curriculum developers, career planners, institutional planners, strategic planners, management information systems specialists, gender specialists, specialists in developmental studies, leadership trainers, academic affairs officers, researchers, trip coordinators, mentors, visiting professors, grants management specialists, proposal writing specialists, conference and workshop planners, senior administrators, teacher trainers, and testing designers.

For more information, contact Oscar A. Barbarin, executive director, South Africa Initiative Office, at 763-7778 or

Lecture on van Gogh is Jan. 28

“The Art of Compassion: Seeing with Vincent van Gogh,” will be presented by the Friends of the Michigan League at 4 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Vandenberg Room, Michigan League. The speakers are Don and Elaine Postema, who will use van Gogh’s letters and slides of his paintings and drawings to show van Gogh as more than a Dutchman who cut off his ear. For more information, call 647-7463.

Jackson-to-Central Campus van pool available

Interested in a van pool from Jackson to Central Campus? The van pool leaves Jackson Crossing at 6:25 a.m., arriving on campus at 7:20 a.m., and departs at 4:30 p.m. If interested, contact Cindy Hendrickson, 936-8198 or

Public art presentations are Jan. 28 and 29

Jill Medvedow, director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and Shimon Attie, photographer and installation artist, will lead “Art in the Public Sphere: New Projects, New Publics,” a forum on temporary public art installations at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Rackham Amphitheatre.

Medvedow also will speak on “Grounded: New Approaches to Contemporary Art” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the main branch, Ann Arbor District Library.

Medvedow is the founder of Vita Brevis, a contemporary arts organization that produces temporary public art projects in non-traditional sites. A recent project, “Let Freedom Ring,” placed four site specific installations on Boston’s Freedom Trail.

Attie’s work deals with the relationships between place, memory and identity. He recently completed “Between Dreams and History,” a public exhibit on Manhatten’s Lower East Side.

Attie and Medvedow’s visits are sponsored by the Arts of Citizenship Program, the Ann Arbor District Library, the School of Art and Design, the Museum of Art and the Department of Art History. For more information, call 615-0609.

Research Partnership Program opportunities

The Research Partnership Program, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President of Research and the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, has announced the Spring/Summer Research Grants Program and the Distinguished Faculty and Graduate Student Seminars Program. The application deadline for program awards is March 1.

The Spring/Summer Research Grants Program will award a minimum of 30 grants to enable faculty to hire doctoral students to assist with research and scholarly projects while providing financial support and tasks of intellectual benefit. For an application or more information, contact Karen Schaefer, 764-8221 or

The Distinguished Faculty and Graduate Student Seminars Program will provide up to ten awards to groups of faculty, students or graduate programs proposing innovative seminars and colloquia fostering collaboration and stimulating new research. For an application or more information, contact Michelle Rolston, 936-3933 or

Environmental policy partnership panel meets Jan. 21

The Program in Nonprofit and Public Management is holding an Environmental and Policy Partnership Discussion 4:15–5:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in Room K1310, Business School. Panelists for the discussion are Tom Woiwode, director, The Nature Conservancy of Michigan, Donna Brown, strategic planning director, Weyerhauser; and Jane Pratt, president and CEO, The Mountain Institute.

The event is sponsored by the Program in Nonprofit and Public Management, the Corporate Environmental Management Program, and the Business School. For more information, call 763-4214.

LEAP at the League

The Michigan League Programming Office is offering winter workshops through its Lifestyle Enrichment and Advancement Program (LEAP). Registration is available at the League Sales and Scheduling Office and the Campus Information Centers at the Michigan Union and Pierpont Commons. For more information, call 763-4652. Workshops are listed below.

• Feb. 3, 10: How to Get Published by Victoria Diaz, $15.

• Feb. 4, 11: Dream Analysis by Rebecca Mullen, $15.

• Feb. 17, 24: Beginning Knitting by Anri Vroom, $15.

• Feb. 18, 25: Nature Sketch by Susan Falcone, $15.

• March 10, 17: Handwriting Analysis by Liz Mills, $15.

• March 11, 18: Watercolor Monotype Printmaking by Jane Farrell, $15.

• March 24, 31: Caricature/Cartooning by Ryan Fox, $15.

• March 25 & April 1: Tarot Card Reading by Colleen Wright, $15.

Fannie Mae awards grant to U

The Fannie Mae Foundation recently announced the award of $200,000 in grants to the University as part of its University-Community Partnership Initiative, which aims to expand affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income households located in select university communities.

“The U of M is thrilled to be a partner with the Fannie Mae Foundation in an effort to bring together the resources of the academic community and its neighbors to address important housing and community needs,” said Margaret Dewar, chair, Urban and Regional Planning Program.

Architecture and urban planning faculty, staff and students, along with other U-M faculty, will work on two projects with community organizations that belong to the Detroit Eastern Community Collaborative. They will design an apprenticeship program to train nonprofit organizations to develop low-income housing and demonstrate how changes in the way the city of Detroit sells land can speed nonprofits’ production of housing.

Support group for older adults suffering from depression begins Feb. 15

“Shaking the Blues,” a free support group for older people suffering from depression, is being hosted by the Geriatrics Center Turner Clinic. Topics planned for the nine-week series include: “Planting a Seed,” “Remembering the Past,” “Finding New Ways to Cope” and “Looking Forward.” The group will meet 1–2:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 15–April 19. Interested participants will be interviewed by the group leaders. For more information, contact April Bartlett or Nisha Siqueira, 764-2556.

An African Adventure at the Gardens

What do peanuts, yams, rice, cotton, okra, bananas, a sausage tree, sugar cane, sesame, coffee and tamarind have in common? They all can be found at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. These plants and others which have played an integral part in the life and times of African Americans will be highlighted Saturdays and Sundays in February for the Gardens’ public tours.

The Black History Month celebration at the Gardens begins 1–4:30 p.m. Feb. 6 with storytelling, music and an opportunity to take a “Taste of Africa.” An opening reception for an exhibition of African American art will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 6.

For more information, call 998-7061.

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