The University Record, March 8, 1999



Russel Lecture is March 9

Jack E. Dixon, the Minor J. Coon Professor of Biological Chemistry, will deliver this year’s Russel Lecture at 2 p.m. March 9 in Rackham Amphitheater. The annual lectureship is the highest honor the University gives to a senior faculty member.

Dixon will discuss “Playing Tag with Death: A Biochemist’s View of Cancer, The Plague and Signal Transduction.”

Preceding the lecture, this year’s Henry Russel Award, given annually to junior faculty members, will be presented to Thomas C. Hales, associate professor of mathematics; Alexander J. Ninfa, associate professor of biological chemistry; and Ann Marie Sastry, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics.

Loughery will deliver Haas Lecture today

F. Joseph Loughery of Cummins Engine Co. Inc. will deliver the Carroll J. Haas Sr. Distinguished Lecture in Manufacturing 4:30–5:30 p.m. today (March 9) in Room 1013, H. H. Dow Bldg. The topic is “Global Survival: Execution of Manufacturing Fundamentals—A Must.”

Loughery is executive vice president, group president and an industrial and chief technical officer at Cummins.

Haas is the founder and chairman of the board of Colonial Engineering Inc. of Kalamazoo.

For more information, contact Henia Kamil, Program in Manufacturing, 763-0480.

Check Out SPG Online

The official Standard Practice Guide (SPG) is the online version on the Web at To view changes, look under “Revisions and New Sections.” The SPG organization charts have been updated and can be accessed within the SPG using menu selection 100-Organization. New or revised sections since Jan. 20 are listed below.

• 201.11-1 Sick Leave Plan

• 201.86 Services of Form G-2

• 517.1 Surplus Property/Equipment

• 517.2 Scrap

• 507.1 Purchasing—General Policies and Procedures

• 601.13 Identification and Access Control Cards

• 512.2 Personal Long Distance Use of Phones, Cellular Phones, and Facsimilies

• 512.3 Telephones in Private Residences and Cellular Telephones

• 500.1 Fiscal Responsibilities of a Project Director

• 201.29 Jury and Witness Pay

• 601.7-1 Responsibility for Maintaining Information Technology Backup and Recovery Procedures

• 201.9 Consultation and Conciliation

• 201.40 Termination of Employment

Michigan Radio named top public station

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters has named Michigan Radio—WUOM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint, WVGR 104.1 Grand Rapids—“Public Radio Station of the Year” for 1998.

Michigan Radio and the Great Lakes Radio Consortium, a regional environmental news service based at the station, also received four reporting awards. Afternoon news anchor Joan Silvi won for “best newscast” and the news department took first place in news series/minidocumentary for a five-part series of reports on charter schools. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium received a merit award for public affairs. Reporter Lester Graham’s feature on the 1948 presidential campaign was named “best documentary.”

Michigan Radio competed against both commercial and non-commercial radio stations licensed to medium markets.

Send in diversity award nominations

The Office of the Provost is seeking nominations for the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Award. Named in honor of Harold Johnson, dean emeritus of the School of Social Work, this award recognizes faculty whose service contributes to the development of a more culturally and ethnically diverse community. Each year, five faculty members receive a $5,000 stipend with the award.

Selection criteria include:

• Commitment to the centrality of diversity as an important part of the University’s educational mission.

• Writings and public statements that demonstrate intellectual excellence and commitment to cultural diversity.

• Efforts to bring about constructive change on issues regarding diversity.

• Efforts to use scholarly knowledge to enhance the success of students and faculty of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds.

• Willingness to mentor students.

• Efforts to bring about equity in society.

Nominees must be full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty on the Ann Arbor campus. The nomination deadline is March 22. For more information or to obtain a nomination form, call 764-3982, or visit Room 3084, Fleming Bldg.

Deadline for reimbursement claims set

Health care and/or dependent care reimbursement account(s) claims must be received at the Benefits Office by March 17 if paid bi-weekly and March 19 if paid monthly to ensure reimbursement in a March paycheck. Forms may be dropped off or mailed to the Benefits Office (Central Campus), Room G 405, 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.

Center for Integrative Genomics being developed

A new Center for Integrative Genomics is being developed to bring together cellular and molecular research with research on genetically engineered animals. The center will facilitate the functional analysis of genetically engineered animal models. Research at the center will focus on understanding the functioning of gene products as they relate to the whole organism and its environment.

Initially, the center will serve as an information source promoting collaboration. To aid this effort, it will develop core laboratories for analysis of physiological function in mice. A mouse physiology core laboratory will be set up with funds from a Culpepper Foundation award.

For more information, contact Craig Logsdon, professor of physiology,

Put your recycled paper to work

The EnAct 100% Recycled Notebook Program collects materials from across campus and uses it to create notebooks. Cereal box covers come from residence halls and notebook pages come from discarded one-sided computer paper. The group has produced hundreds of notebooks, saving countless trees. To order a recycled notebook or for more information on recycling your paper for the program, contact The 100% Recycled Notebook Project by mail, EnAct, 4168 Michigan Union 1360; by phone, 647-9189; or by e-mail, Information is also on the Web at

Neubacher Award Nominations Sought

The Council for Disability Concerns is seeking nominations for the James Neubacher Award. The award is given annually to individuals who have served as effective advocates for equal rights and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Nominees must be affiliated with the University and have made significant achievements in one or more of the following areas:

• Removing barriers to full participation in programs and services.

• Promoting acceptance and awareness in all aspects of community life.

• Advocating for civil rights to increase participation in the life of the community and nation.

Nomination forms, due by May 7, are available from the Office of Equity and Diversity Services, 4005 Wolverine Tower 1281; 763-0235; or TTY, 647-1388. Nominations also may be submitted online at

Wiesner Symposium will focus on undergraduate research and education

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is sponsoring “New Integrations of Research, Scholarship and Undergraduate Education,” this year’s Jerome B. Wiesner Symposium, March 29–30. The symposium will examine new models of education that integrate research and creative work throughout the curriculum.

Policy discussion on the development and implementation of new models of undergraduate learning will be held 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. March 29 at Rackham Amphitheater. The session will look at the integration of research and education at research-intensive schools. Neal Lane, presidential science adviser and former director of the National Science Foundation, will give the keynote. Cora Marrett, provost of the University of Minnesota, will deliver the closing address.

Panelists include Provost Nancy Cantor; Melvin George, president emeritus, University of Missouri; Shirley Strum Kenney, president, State University of New York, Stony Brook; Robert Lichter, president, Camille and Henry Dreyfuss Foundation; John McTague, vice president of technical affairs, Ford Motor Co. and former adviser to President John Kennedy; Jeanne Narum, director, Project Kaleidoscope; Stephen Director, dean, College of Engineering; Roberta Gutman, vice president and director, Global Diversity, Motorola Inc.; Charles Karelis, director, Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, U.S. Dept. of Education; and Congresswoman Lynn Rivers (D-Michigan).

A “best practices workshop” will be featured 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. March 30 at the Media Union. Research universities will make presentations on their efforts to involve undergraduates in research, scholarship and creative activity.

Registration is required for the free, public symposium. Details and online registration are available online at, or by contacting OVPR, 647-9085 or

KinDay is March 11

Division of Kinesiology faculty and students will showcase their most recent research findings during oral and poster presentations at Kinesiology Day March 11.

More than 30 presentations are planned. Discussion topics include predictors of 7th-grade smoking behavior, the effect of iron-deficiency anemia on the activity cycle of infants, and race relations in athletics.

Also known as KinDay, this year’s free, public one-day conference is titled “From Heart to Gait Patterns: Understanding Behavior as a Dynamic Ssystem.” Beverly D. Ulrich, professor and director of the Division of Kinesiology, will be the keynote speaker.

KinDay will take place 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. in the Michigan League Ballroom.

Industry leaders to discuss global climate change March 22

“Global Climate Change—The Greenhouse Gases: Implications for Industry,” a one-day conference March 22 at Cobo Conference Center in Detroit, will provide concise scientific information concerning greenhouse gases and current industry initiatives to reduce these gases.

Daniel Reifsnyder, director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Climate Change, will address the conference at the Economic Club of Detroit Luncheon. Reifsnyder will speak on the social, economic and political impacts of international treaty negotiations on global warming.

Other speakers include representatives from General Motors Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Detroit Edison, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the University of Michigan.

The conference is co-sponsored by ESD, The Engineering Society and the U-M. Conference and registration information, an agenda and additional background material are available online at

Contact ESD, (800) 589-9907 for details.

Decker opens theatre architecture and scenic design exhibit March 16

Gary Decker, assistant professor of theatre and drama, will speak on the evolution of theatre architecture and scenic design at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at the Special Collections Library, 7th floor, Hatcher Graduate Library. Decker’s lecture coincides with “Just Look at the Pictures: Book Illustrations of Theatre Architecture and Scenic Design,” an exhibition he curated, open March 11–May 28 at the Library.

The March 16 presentation includes illustrations from the 16th to 19th centuries of simple woodcuts of the early era, copperplate engravings of the Baroque period and steel engravings of the 19th century. The pictures reveal a refined use of perspective, emerging nationalistic trends and radical experimentation in auditorium seating and scenic display. For more information, call 764-9377.

Kelsey Cabaret benefit is March 27

The Kelsey Museum Associates are presenting “The Kelsey Cabaret” 6–9:30 p.m. March 27 at the Kerrytown Concert House. The evening will celebrate “Music in Roman Egypt,” a new exhibition at the Kelsey March 19–Sept. 26. Piotr Michalowski, professor of Near Eastern studies, will be featured with Frank Panzio of New York and Deanna Relyea of Ann Arbor. A private showing of the exhibition will be hosted by Kelsey’s Assistant Curator Terry Wilfong at 5–6 p.m. at the Museum.

Tickets, $50 per person, are available through March 15. For more information, call 647-4167, or visit the Web at

‘Quantum Sculpting’ lecture is March 10

Physics Prof. Philip Bucksbaum will speak on Quantum Sculpting at 4:10 p.m. March 10 in Rackham Amphitheater in honor of his appointment to the Otto Laporte Collegiate Professorship of Physics. Bucksbaum’s talk will focus on the quantum sculpting of atoms and molecules, showing how they can be reshaped by pulses of light. For more information, call 998-6250.

Racquetball tournament is March 19–21

The Intramural (IM) Sports Program will hold a racquetball tournament for singles and doubles beginning at 10 a.m. March 19–21 at the IM Sports Bldg. Entries, $5 for singles and $9 for doubles, must be received by 4:30 p.m. March 18 at the IM Sports Bldg. For more information, call 763-3562.

Support groups/workshops for lymphoma survivors begin this month

People living with, through or beyond a diagnosis of lymphoma may join a seven-week workshop or support group beginning this month sponsored by the Department of Social Work, U-M Hospitals.

A support group begins March 16 and meets 4–5:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Call for location.

A free seven-week workshop/support group will be held 12:30–2:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning March 23 in Room B1-246 Cancer and Geriatrics Center Bldg.

For more information, call 647-8076.

‘Sustainable Technology’ lecture will be held March 15

Amory Lovins will present “Sustainable Technology” at 4 p.m. March 15 at Rackham Auditorium. The free, public lecture is part of the Sustainable Development, Community and Business Series.

Co-founder and co-director of the Rocky Mountain Institute, Lovins was named one of the people most likely to change the course of business in the 1990s by the Wall Street Journal. Lovins’s Institute focuses on transforming the car, real estate, electricity, water, semiconductor and several other manufacturing sectors toward advanced resource productivity.

Car Magazine calls Lovins one of the most powerful people in the global automotive industry. He is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Heinz Award, the Lindbergh Award and Alternative Nobel Prize.

OVPR soliciting Research Scientist Award nominations

Nominations for the Research Scientist Awards are being accepted by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) through March 31. The three awards are the Recognition Award, the Scientist Award and the Distinguished Research Scientist Award. Nomination guidelines are online at, or by calling 763-1289.

Showing/discussion of A Midwife’s Tale will be March 17

Laurie Kahn-Leavitt, writer and producer at Blueberry Hill Productions will show her award-winning film, A Midwife’s Tale, at 7 p.m. March 17 in Auditorium 3, Modern Languages Bldg. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The free, public presentation is sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Office of the Vice President for Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, U-M Health System Women’s Health Program and Women’s Health Resource Center, International Institute, Women’s Studies Program, Center for European Studies, schools of Public Health and Nursing, Graduate School, Program in Society and Medicine, Center for the Education of Women, and the Historical Center for Health Sciences. For more information, call 764-9537.

Peace Corps info meeting is March 10

The Peace Corps will present a general information session at 7 p.m. March 10 in Room 9, International Center. The program will include a video of Peace Corps volunteers around the globe, an application process overview by the campus Peace Corps representative and a panel of former volunteers. For more information, call 647-2182 or send e-mail to

Intergenerational Women’s Group will explore ancestry, the rainforest

Turner Learning Programs’ Intergenerational Women’s Group will hold free, public presentations at 10 a.m.–noon March 16 and 23 in the Geriatric Clinic Conference Room, Fl 1, Cancer and Geriatrics Center.

Family historian Sandy Hultquist will present “Learn to Use Public Records to Find Out about Your Ancestry” March 16. Hulquist will share her personal genealogy search as well as her knowledge of how to use public records.

Sarah Nooden from the Program on Studies in Religion will present “Exploring the Amazon Rainforest” March 23. Nooden has given extensive workshops on rainforest issues. A world traveller, she has participated in rainforest workshops in Peru and Costa Rica.

Women of all ages are welcome. For more information, call 764-2556.

Van Gogh will play the Michigan League

Vincent: Hearkening to Divine Whispers, Theatrical Fragments for the Life of Vincent van Gogh will be performed at 7 p.m. March 12–14 in the Hussey Room, Michigan League. The performance is presented by the Friends of the Michigan League.

Written by Chicago-based playwright Frances Sebastian, the play tells van Gogh’s story through the eyes of his sister-in-law, Johanna van Gogh.

Tickets are $45 each or $320 for a party of eight, and include the performance, music, wine and dinner. For reservations and more information, call Friends coordinator Ginger Sissom, 647-7463.

Lecture series on mental illness begins March 10

The School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry are sponsoring a three-part series of free, public lectures on “The Social Aspects of Serious Mental Illness” at 10:30 a.m.–noon March 10, 17 and 24 at the Maternal and Child Health Center Auditorium.

Psychiatrist Kenneth Tardiff of Cornell University will provide an overview of violence and mental illness on March 10, while psychiatrist Lisa Dixon of the University of Maryland will address medical comorbidity in severe mental illness March 17.

Dixon also will discuss services to families, from treatment recommendations to dissemination, in a special lecture at 3 p.m. March 16 at the School of Education’s Whitney Auditorium.

Carol Mowbray, associate dean for research at the School of Social Work and associate professor of social work and of psychology, will talk about reintegrating people with psychiatric disabilities into higher education March 24.

For more information, call Margaret Ball, Department of Psychiatry, 936-5981.

Artemisia event is March 12

Michigan League Programming is presenting Artemisia, a celebration of women, 6–11 p.m. March 12 on the third floor of the League. Events include self-enrichment workshops, Indian and Congolese dance lessons, self-defense, dream analysis, professional massages and yoga. There are also live performances by the Harmonettes, folk singer Liz Momblanco and Mentality. The cost is $5. For more information, call 763-4652.

Nursing open house is March 19

The School of Nursing will host a Graduate Program Open House 2:30–5 p.m. March 19 at the School of Nursing. Information on graduate programs will be presented and faculty will be available for informal advising. To register, call 763-5985.

Check out technical careers March 16

A Technical Careers Open House offered by the Alumni Career Center will be held 2–7 p.m. March 16 at the Michigan League. Students and alumni interested in positions with technical, engineering and software companies will want to attend. Local companies in Washtenaw County and the surrounding area have jobs and internships available. Alumni are invited to join employers for a $10 lunch at 12:30 p.m. at the Pierpont Commons.

Sponsors are the Alumni Association, School of Business Administration, School of Information, College of Engineering, Information Technology Division (ITD) and Washtenaw Development Council. To register for lunch or for more information, call 763-9702.

Boyte will make presentations on democracy March 17 & 18

The Arts of Citizenship Program is presenting Harry Boyte, senior scholar and co-director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, University of Minnesota, in two presentations on democracy. “Renewing the Democratic Spirit in Higher Education” is at 7:30 p.m. March 17 in the Hussey Room, Michigan League. “Renewing Democracy: America’s Challenge for the Twenty-First Century” is at 7 p.m. March 18 at the main branch of the Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave.

For more than 20 years Boyte has worked with nonprofit, educational and neighborhood organizations on community development, citizenship education and civic participation. He has written six books, including CommonWealth: A Return to Citizen Politics.

For more information, call 615-0609.

Writer shares trials, triumphs

Brenda Flanagan will speak on “My Journey—Becoming a Writer” noon–1:30 p.m. March 12 at the Center for the Education of Women (CEW). Flanagan will discuss her background and experiences as an artist, and will share personal stories of hard work and triumph in her journey from Trinidad to her current professorship at Davidson College, North Carolina. For more information, call 998-6203.

CFW will hold brainstorming session on climate for women

The Commission for Women (CFW) will hold a brainstorming session, “Women Making History in Women’s History Month: Strategies for Improving the Climate for U-M Women,” noon–1 p.m. March 16 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League.

The session is the first in a series of sessions exploring strategies to improve the campus climate. Ideas captured will be forwarded to the president and provost.

CFW is compiling a list of innovative University programs that could be expanded or adapted. Information on current or planned model programs, such as recognition, personal or professional growth programs, may be sent to or Elaine Sims, 936-7634. Include a contact person and URL, if available.

Slavery and liberty in the Yucatan will be topic of March 16 lecture

Paul Eiss, graduate student in anthropology and history, will speak on “Redemption’s Archive: States and Indians in the 20th-Century Yucatan” at noon March 16 in Room 1524, Rackham Bldg. The Institute for the Humanities lecture will draw from experiences and accounts Eiss gathered while conducting archival and ethnographic research for his dissertation, “Slavery, Liberty and the Hunt: Forest and Farm in the Yucatan.” For more information, call 936-3518.

Hager will discuss graduate students’ role March 10

Mark J. Hager, graduate student in education and psychology, will lead a panel discussing “Where are Graduate Students in the Equation?” at 4 p.m. March 10 in the Koessler Room, Michigan League. Topics include the development of relationships with and between sponsors and mentors, women and underrepresented groups in the academy experience. The panel is sponsored by Michigan League Programming and the “Diversity: Theories and Practices” theme semester. For more information, call 763-4652.

Program showing how to help girls resist stereotypes is March 16

“Body Image and Self Esteem: Helping Girls Understand and Resist Cultural Stereotypes” will be held noon–1:30 p.m. March 16 in the Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League. The lecture, led by Carole Lapidos, clinical social worker, and Sally Wisotzkey, social worker, will be specifically oriented to the pressures faced by girls ages 5–13. Sponsors are the Center for the Education of Women and the Family Care Resources Program. For information, call 998-6203.

CHICO team seeks life stories

As part of the diversity theme initiative, the Cultural Heritage Initiative for Community Outreach (CHICO) invites faculty, staff and students to share and contribute to its “Stories of Our Lives” collection.

Stories may be in prose, poetry, digital images, photos, or drawings and are limited to one page. Please include names and an e-mail address or phone number.

Submit entries before March 16 via e-mail to, or to Room 117, West Hall 1092. For more information, send e-mail to