The University Record, March 15, 1999


Regents meet this week

The Regents will begin their monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. March 18 in the Regents' Room, Fleming Administration Bldg.

Agenda items include faculty appointments and status changes, building renovation projects, financial items, and matters related to U-M-Dearborn and U-M-Flint. Public comments will be heard at 4 p.m. To sign up to speak, send an e-mail message to or call 763-5553. The meeting will resume at 9:30 a.m. March 19.

Explore form, pattern March 19-20

The Fellows of the Institute for the Humanities are presenting "Form and Pattern: Trauma, Space, Art," a free, public symposium to be held March 19-20 at the Rackham Assembly Hall and West Conference Room. One of the symposium highlights is a cabaret performance with excerpts from "Relive the Magic: An Evening with Tony Amore" beginning after the 8 p.m. opening reception March 19 in the Assembly Hall. Writer-composer Andrew Kirshner uses an aging Sinatra-like icon and introduces the symposium theme of the human tendency to structure and shape experience. Three panel discussions will examine different aspects of the theme 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 20. "Reimagining Trauma" features literary critic Cathy Caruth, psychiatrist Israel Liberzon and photographer Bill Jacobson. "Sacred Space, Gender and Nationhood" will feature sociologist Roger Friedland, student of ancient Rome and archaeology, historian Sumathi Ramaswamy, and Jennifer Trimble. "Rhythm and Repetition" will feature Textile Museum curator Carol Bier and music theorist Marion Guck. Mieke Bal, founding director of the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, will conclude the symposium with a talk on "Unfolding Form: Baroque Folds in Contemporary Visual Thought." For more information, call 936-3518.

Thevenet researchers discuss their work

Recipients of the Women's Studies Thevenet Summer Research Grants will discuss their work at noon March 17 in Room 232D, West Hall. Summerson Carr, graduate student in anthropology and social work, will discuss "Confessional Discourse and Addicted Selves: Narrative Strategies in a Women's Drug Treatment Program." Benita Jackson, graduate student in psychology and women's studies, will discuss "A Gendered Model of Alcohol Use for Emotional Distress Regulation." Colleen O'Brien, graduate student in English and womenÕs studies, will discuss "Something Akin to Freedom: Facets of the Body and Images of Citizenship in African American Women's Texts (1863-1937)." Amanda Eubanks Winkler, graduate student in musicology, will discuss "Gender and Genre: Conventions for English Theater Music, 1660-1715." For more information, call 647-0774.

Griffiths will speak on technology and higher education March 18

Jose-Marie Griffiths, University chief information officer and executive director of the Information Technology Division, will speak on "Food for Thought: Technology, Tradition and Transformation in Higher Education" at noon March 19 in Rackham Assembly Hall. Griffiths will present the four guiding principles for implementing information technolgy in the "knowledge community" and will discuss the bright future of research universities making use of the information technology revolution. The lecture is part of the Graduate School's "Future of the Research University" lecture series. For more information, call Lynne Dumas, 647-2644.

Newberry winner to tell his story

Newberry Award-winning author Christopher Paul Curtis will present "One Man's Story" at noon March 23 in Room 1524, Rackham Bldg. In his Institute for the Humanities-sponsored talk, Curtis will reflect on how he came to travel from the Flint assembly line to a career as a children's author. Curtis is the author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, which earned the Newberry Award and the Coretta Scott King Honor Book award. For more information, call 936-3518.

Oral health and disease focus of 'Ask the Doctor' March 19

Turner Learning Programs' "Ask the Doctor" series continues 1-3 p.m. March 19 with "Oral Health and Disease" at the Turner Clinic Conference Room, level one, Cancer and Geriatrics Center Bldg. Jonathon Ship, associate professor of hospital dentistry and of oral medicine, will discuss common age-related changes in oral health, available treatments and prevention recommendations. For more information, call 764-2556.

Symposium to examine compatibility of conservation and globalization March 29

The student chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters is hosting "Tropical Biodiversity Conservation and Globalization: Are They Compatible?" at 2 p.m. March 29 at Hale Auditorium. The symposium's aim is to develop in participants an understanding of the potential implications of globalization, not only on the biophysical environment, but also on the broader social and cultural environment. Featured speakers are Gary Hartshorn, professor of the practice of tropical ecology, Duke University, and executive director of the Organization for Tropical Studies, Costa Rica; David Kaimowitz, principal scientist, Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia; Odin Knudsen, director of the Forest Policy Review, World Bank; and Bruce Rich, program manager of the international program, Environmental Defense Fund. Symposium sponsors are the Graduate School, the Erb Environmental Management Institute, the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the International Institute. For more information, visit the Web,, or send e-mail to

Greeks' educational forum features children with AIDS

The Greek community is holding an educational forum at 7 p.m. March 22 at Rackham Auditorium. The free, public forum features children from Camp Heartland, a Milwaukee-area haven for children affected by AIDS. The camp is one of several charitable organizations Greek Week Inc. has chosen as its 1999 philanthropic projects. Camp Heartland's education and prevention program features children who have attended the camp who take their message of concern and hope on the road. The children travel across the country to speak with other youth in efforts to promote awareness, advocate prevention, and share their experiences of living with AIDS. During Greek Week, students will perform more than 2,120 hours of community service and are expected to raise more than $100,000 for charities. In addition to Camp Heartland, Greek Week's charities for 1999 include the HIV/AIDS Resource Center; Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation; Ann Arbor Community Center; Habitat for Humanity; Students Establishing Education Dreams; Added Dimension, a scholastic and athletic program for youths; and KnitWits, an organization that provides winter supplies for needy families and the homeless.

Retirees Association meets March 18

The Retirees Association will hold its monthly meeting at 3:15 p.m. March 18 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. The speaker is James N. Morgan, professor emeritus of economics and research scientist emeritus, Institute for Social Research. Morgan will speak on the Social Security system and discuss proposals that have been offered to improve it. For directions, call 763-8938. For more information, call Fred Remley, 747-9220, or send e-mail to

'Body Image' opens March 20

The Museum of Art's Works on Paper Gallery will be relaunched with 'Body Image,' an installation of photographs from the Museum's collection. Displaying 40 views of the human form, 'Body Image' will be open March 20-May 28. Master artists, such as Ansel Adams, Eugene Atget, Edward Steichen and Andre Kertesz, are represented. For more information, call 764-0395.

'Migrants in the Hood' talk is March 17

The Korean Studies Program colloquium series is bringing Keyeyong Park to speak on "Migrants in the Hood: Black, Latino and Korean Relations after the L.A. Uprising" 4-5:30 p.m. March 17 in Room 1636, Social Work Bldg. Park is visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Princeton University and assistant professor of anthropology and Asian American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. For more information, contact the Korean Studies Program, 764-1825 or

SPH's Minority Health Conference is March 19-20

The School of Public Health (SPH) will hold its Minority Health Conference, "Facing the Public Health Challenges of Tomorrow: Fresh Perspectives for a New Millennium," March 19-20 at Pierpont Commons. Sponsored by the Public Health Students of African Descent and La Salud Public Health Student Organization, the free, public conference will focus on health status disparities for minority communities, including higher incidences of asthma, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and high blood pressure. A partial schedule for the conference follows:

  • March 19 - 7 p.m.: Speaker Robert Johnson, formerly of the Detroit Medical Center.
  • March 20 - 10 a.m.: Pedro Jose Greerr, dean of Homeless Education, University of Miami, will speak.

    12:15 p.m.: Robert Fullilove, assistant dean for community services, Columbia University, will speak on "HIV and Substance Abuse."

    12:15 p.m.: Thomas LaViest, Johns Hopkins University, will present "Health Behavior."

    2:15 p.m.: Cassandra Willis-Abner, coordinator of clinical delivery system finance, will speak on "Health Care Financing and Administration,"

    3:35 p.m.: Panel discussion on environmental health.

    3:35 p.m.: Ted Chen, Tulane University, will speak on "International Health."

    7 p.m.: Kenneth Olden, director, National Institute of Environmental Health and Toxicology Program, will speak.

    Photosynthesis lecture is March 22

    "Life, Light and Photosynthesis: How Plants Make Oxygen" will be the topic of Charles Yocum's lecture at 4:10 p.m. March 22 at Rackham Amphitheater. Yocum, professor of biology and of chemistry, will be speaking in honor of his appointment to the Alfred S. Sussman Collegiate Professorship in Biology. He will discuss photosystem II, a system that has been dissassembled into its component parts and enabled a great amount of scientific discovery. The free, public lecture and reception afterwards are sponsored by LS&A. For more information, call 998-6250.

    SWE poster exhibition is March 25

    The Graduate Committee of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has announced "A Display of Recent Engineering Research" poster exhibition 3-5 p.m. March 25 at the Media Union Gallery. The open exhibition is an opportunity for students to share their research work with the University community. Cash prizes will be awarded for best overall poster, best content, best visual presentation and best undergraduate poster. For more information, contact Lee Harle,, or program chair Anna Waller,

    Blue Cross/Blue Shield research award program seeks applications

    The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation is holding two Excellence in Research Award Programs, one for Michigan-based researchers and one exclusively for Michigan-based physician-researchers. The Foundation will award $10,000 for unrestricted research in health policy research, including public health, and /or health service topics, and in clinical research. Submissions for the health policy category should focus on policy issues that affect the health of the public or issues that affect organization and delivery system issues. Submissions for the clinical research category should focus on clinical studies such as outcome research or studies assessing clinical effectiveness or clinical protocol. Nominations for basic biomedical research are not encouraged. Nominations may be made by an individual researcher or by an interested party. Nominees must have terminal research degrees. Nominations must include a copy of one published article within the last year or an article accepted for publication by a refereed journal focusing on health or medical care. The entry deadline is April 30. Materials should be sent to Nora Maloy, Excellence in Research Award, BCBSM Foundation, 600 Lafayette East, B243, Detroit, MI 43226. For more information, call (313) 225-8205 or send e-mail to

    Blood drive coming up

    Greek Week, Inc. will hold a communitywide blood drive noon-6 p.m. March 18-19 and March 22-23 at the Michigan League. The Health System's Blood Bank and Transfusion Service is the largest consumer of the Detroit Red Cross' blood supply, according to Roberston D. Davenport, medical director of the blood bank and associate professor of pathology. A single blood donation can benefit as many as four different patients, Davenport says.

    Alumni Association offers business, organizational success workshops

    The Alumni Career Center is offering an eight-week business development series beginning March 22 and a five-week organizational success series starting March 24. The business development series beginning 6-8:45 p.m. March 22 at the Alumni Center, is for individuals who want to start or advance their own business. Topics to be covered are product/service definition, marketing/advertising, government relations, legal structures, financial projections, reading financial statements and management/operations. The fee is $90. "Next Steps Toward Organizational Success" starts 6-8:45 p.m. March 24 at the Oak Hollow Corporate Campus, Southfield. Attendees will learn to stay competitive by examining such topics as assertiveness, values inventory, strategic positioning, performance evaluation maximization and networking. The cost is $90 for Alumni Association members, $125 for non-members and $40 for student members. To register for either program, call 763-9702, or send e-mail to

    Lab Safety is RRP topic this month

    The Research Responsibility Program (RRP) of the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) presents "Laboratory Safety" 4-6 p.m. March 16 and 7-9 p.m. March 24 at Rackham Assembly Hall. David Ballou, professor of biological chemistry, and W. Richard Dunham and Cynthia Marcelo, senior research scientists, will coordinate the program. RRP is designed to provide an opportunity to learn more about the responsible conduct and administration of research. The free sessions are open to faculty, students and staff. For more information, contact OVPR, 763-1289 or, or visit the Web at

    Ann Arbor Boychoir will sing for ECIR benefit March 21

    The Ecumenical Center and International Residence (ECIR), an interfaith organization dedicated to the ideals of peace and justice, will hold a benefit at 2 p.m. March 21 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. The Ann Arbor Boychoir and six international students will provide the entertainment. Tickets are $200, $100 and $20. Student tickets are $5 and children under age 12 are free. Childcare is provided. For more information, call 662-4466, ext. 14; 662-5529; or send e-mail to

    Borders' sales benefit CEW

    Borders Benefit Days for the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) library are March 19-21. Fifteen percent of any pre-tax purchase at Borders Books and Music during this period will be donated if CEW is mentioned. Orders may be placed by phone at 668-7652. CEW is trying to build its library. For a book title on the wishlist, call the CEW librarian, 998-7080.

    Conference on the mixed experience is March 20

    "Coloring Outside the Lines," a conference on the mixed experience, will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 20 at the Michigan League. Sponsors are the Mixed Initiative and the Minority Marrow Donor Coalition. Naomi Zack, author of Race and Mixed Race, and Lise Fundeburg, author of Black, White, Other, will be the conference keynote speakers. Workshop topics include mixed identity, multiracial families, interracial dating and transracial adoptions. For more information, call 213-5328, or send e-mail to

    Author will discuss women in construction trades March 22

    Susan Eisenberg will speak on "Gathering Uncomfortable History: Experiences of Women Working Construction" at 4 p.m. March 22 in Room 126, Residential College. Her free, public talk, celebrating Women's History Month, is part of the annual Dorothy McGuigan Lecture and Awards ceremony, honoring essays written by women at U-M. A book-signing will follow the lecture. Eisenberg began an apprenticeship with Local 103 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 1978. Her two books, Pioneering: Poems from the Construction Site and We'll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction, draw on her experience. We'll Call You was on the New York Times Book Review Notable Books of 1998 list. For more information, call the Women's Studies Program, 647-0774.