The University Record, March 29, 1999


U-M Baseball home opener is March 30The baseball team's home opener will be vs Central Michigan University at 3 p.m. March 30 at Ray Fischer Stadium. Admission is free for students, faculty and staff. For others, tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for youth.

The softball team will open its season at 1 p.m. April 10 with a double-header against Minnesota at Alumni Field. Admission to softball home games is free.

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Chagoya will address the politics of humor April 1

Mexican-born painter and printmaker Enrique Chagoya will present "The Politics of Humor" at 7:30 p.m. April 1 in the Museum of Art's Apse.

Chagoya has exhibited widely, has his artwork displayed in major museums, and teaches at Stanford University. His work expresses current events and history with an emphasis on Latin American culture.

He will discuss the use of humor, which he has called a "forbidden concept," throughout his work.

For more information, contact the Museum of Art, 764-0395.

Durcan will read from his work April 1

Writer Paul Durcan will read from his work at 5 p.m. April 1 in Rackham Amphitheater as part of the Department of English's Visiting Writers Series.

Durcan's first book of poems, Endsville (with Brian Lynch), has been followed by 15 others, including Daddy, Daddy, winner of the Whitbread Award for Poetry, and A Snail in My Prime: New and Selected Poems. Recent books include a long poem, Christmas Day, and Greetings of Our Friends in Brazil. Durcan's writing has been at the heart of Irish cultural life for 30 years and his poetry has acquired an international following.

The series is co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost. For more information, call 764-6296.

Presentation on Detroit area Middle Eastern women will be April 2

"Women's Voices Half Censored" by Jabbar Al Obaidi will be held 12:30-2 p.m. April 2 at Room 460, West Hall. Al-Obaidi will show and discuss his documentary video examining cultural and traditional clashes affecting women in their new Middle Eastern-American society.The event is presented by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender's Project on Gender-Based Censorship, a three-year research program supported by the Presidential Initiative fund. For more information on the project, call 764-9537 or 647-9381.

Orphan Train opens April 1

Orphan Train, a new work by playwright Dennis North, will be presented by the Theatre Department at 8 p.m. April 1-3 and at 2 p.m. April 4 and 11 at the Trueblood Theater. The play tells the story of an orphaned child who is sent out West to be sold to the highest bidder. Actual historical events inspired the story. In 1853-1932, more than 150,000 children were put on trains and shipped from East coast cities to families in the Midwest. Tickets are $14, $7 for students with a valid ID. For more information, call 764-0450.

MEL Web address is

The Michigan Electronic Library (MEL) has changed its Web address to MEL is a digital library with more than 20,000 Internet resources, linking Michigan residents to more than 600 full-text periodicals and 1,200 journals.

Commencement issue is April 19

The Record will carry information on commencement activities for all University units in the April 19 issue. The deadline for submitting an item for publication is 5 p.m. April 13. Items must include a contact person and phone number, and indicate if the event is open to the public.

'Flameworking' exhibition opens today

'Flameworking,' an exhibition examining the work of Shane Fero and six other artists, will be open March 29-May 2 at U-M-Dearborn's Alfred Berkowitz Gallery. The exhibition celebrates Michigan Glass Month and highlights Dearborn's collections and glass-blowing programs.

Flameworking or lampworking is the process of blowing and working glass rods or pipes of glass over a torch rather than using a blowpipe.

Fero is a nationally recognized glass artist who has taught several non-credit glass programs at Dearborn. Other participating artists from Fero's program are Frederick Birkhill, Timothy Drier, Jacob Fishman, Doni Hatz, Kristina Logan, Sally Prasch and Emilio Santinti.

An opening reception will be held 5-8 p.m. April 9 at the Berkowitz Gallery, located on the 3rd floor of the Mardigian Library. For library hours, call (313) 593-5400. For more information on the exhibition, call (313) 593-5058.

Telephone operator hours will shift April 4

The U-M telephone operators will be available 7:45 a.m. to midnight beginning April 4, the same as they normally are during spring and summer terms. The change reflects the low volume of calls (less than 1 percent) received after midnight. Callers after midnight will receive a recorded message with a menu of options so callers will be able to connect to emergency services, the University Hospital and elsewhere without making an additional call.

The new hours will continue until at least Aug. 31. Feedback from callers will be carefully evaluated. Further changes will be announced in the Record.

London architect Leon Krier will speak April 5

The College of Architecture and Urban Planning will present a talk by Leon Krier, London, England, at 6 p.m. April 5 in Chrysler Auditorium. Krier, an architect, urbanist and artist from Luxembourg, is one of the leading design theorists of the post-Vietnam War era. His drawings, ranging from incisive cartoons to neoclassical perspectives, provide a penetrating critique of Modernist architecture and urbanism. They are among the most influential since LeCorbusier, which they lampoon. For more information, call 764-1300.

Panel discusses Managing Flexible Work Schedules April 7

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) and the Family Care Resources Program (FCRP) are presenting "Managing Flexible Work Schedules" noon-1:30 p.m. April 7 at the CEW.

The workshop will explore the positives and negatives of flexible work arrangements. Panelists will discuss how employees can make their case and present appropriate guidelines for managers to follow to help make flexibility work for them. The panelists are Leslie de Pietro, FCRP coordinator; Suzanne Schluederberg, managerial staff, Information Technology Division; Julie Peterson, director, News and Information Services; Wendy Powell, personnel representative, Human Resources/Affirmative Action; and Susan Kaufmann, associate director, CEW.

For more information, call 936-8677.

Free hearing screening at Turner April 6

The Health System's Turner Geriatric Clinic and Division of Audiology will provide free hearing screening for people age 50 years and older 1-4 p.m. April 6 at the Turner Clinic, Cancer and Geriatrics Center. The test is not for people with previously diagnosed hearing loss or current hearing aid users. Registration is limited to 18. For more information or to reserve a space, call 764-2556.

Special Collections exhibition finds geometry in set designs

"Theatre Architecture and Scenic Design, 1513-1890," at the Special Collections Library illustrates how modern theatre architecture and scenic design derive from Vitruvius' use of Euclidean geometry. Curated by Gary Director, professor of theatre and drama, the exhibition features pictures from 35 books. Exhibits range from simple woodcuts from the Renaissance to copperplate engravings of the baroque period.

The exhibition is open through May 28. For more information, or to arrange a group tour, call 764-9377.

Novelist Ondaatje will read, lecture April 4, 6

Booker Prize-winning novelist, memoirist and poet Michael Ondaatje will give a fiction and poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. April 4 at Rackham Auditorium. He will deliver a lecture, "From Here to There," at 5 p.m. April 6 in Rackham Amphitheater. Both events are part of the Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing, Department of English, Office of the President and Office of the Provost.

Ondaatje is the author of The English Patient, Handwriting, Running in the Family, Coming Through Slaughter, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and The Cinnamon Peeler: Selected Poems.

For more information, call 764-6296.

Family housing is getting high-speed data connections

High-speed modem access will be available for Family Housing residents from ITCommunications Services (ITCom) beginning June 1. Interested residents will receive a 1-Meg modem service that provides upload (sending data) speeds of 120 Kbps (kilobit per second) and download (receiving data) speeds of 1 Mbps (megabits per second). 1 Mbps is equal to 1,000 Kbps. The speed is approximately 18 times faster than a 56 Kbps modem.

The service shares telephone wiring, allowing simultaneous use of the phone and computer, and can be plugged into any telephone outlet. An Ethernet card is required. The cost is $125 to install plus $34 per month.

ITCom is no longer accepting orders for 115 Kbps NAS Line driver circuits. Support for existing line driver service will end Dec. 31.

For more information, call 763-2000, send e-mail to, or visit the Web,

University press has published Bordin's Women at Michigan

The U-M Press has published late historian Ruth Bordin's Women at Michigan: The Dangerous Experiment, 1870s to the Present. Women at Michigan traces the history and changing status of women students, faculty and staff at the University from the admission of women students in the 1870s (which one administrator referred to as the "dangerous experiment") to the present.

Bordin also wrote Alice Freeman Palmer: The Evolution of a New Woman, The University of Michigan: A Pictorial History and Woman and Temperance: The Quest for Power and Liberty, 1873-1900.

Women at Michigan is available at the U-M Press, 764-4388.

Lecture series focuses on nature of art, science

The Alumni Association and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History are hosting a series of conversations between artists and scientists working toward different ends with the same natural materials. The programs are 7-9 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month at the Museum. They will be followed by a dessert reception donated by Park Avenue Cafe. The cost is $10 per session ($8 for students and members of both organizations). Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Kay VandenBosch, 763-9707, or visit the Web,

Anne Kirby Runin and zoology students John Cooley and David Marshall will discuss "Deciphering and Picturing Animal Sounds" April 29.

Rubin has a Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs grant to support her efforts to visually represent animal sounds. Cooley and Marshall are doing research on cracking the acoustical communicative code in 17- and 13-year cicadas.

Barbara W.F. Miner, Eastern Michigan University Ford Gallery director and art instructor, University of Toledo, and husband Jeff Miner, a biologist at Bowling Green State University, will discuss "Diatoms: Art in Nature, Nature in Art" May 27. Diatoms, single-celled algae, build silicate shells of fantastic form and practical use.

Ellen DeGeneres is coming April 8

The University Activities Center will present "An Evening with Ellen DeGeneres Speaking Honestly" at 8 p.m. April 8 at Hill Auditorium. Tickets, $15 and $12.50 for U-M students, are available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS.

The star of Ellen, a show she created and produced, DeGeneres made history as the first gay leading character on television.

DeGeneres has received an Emmy nomination, an American Comedy Award, and a CableACE prize.

The Dialogues on Diversity theme semester and the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs are co-sponsoring the event.

Registration for KidSport and KidScience programs is open

Children ages 6-11 are invited to participate in KidSport, a non-competitive physical education camp using U-M's extensive recreation facilities. KidScience, introducing the wonders of science with hands-on experiments in the Chemistry Bldg., also is being offered this year for children in grades 3-12.

KidSport is offered weekdays 8:30 a.m.-noon June 21-July 30. Age-appropriate activities include swimming, games, movement and team sports. The cost is $400 per child for six-weeks and $75 per child for a week.

KidScience is a six-day workshop 1-3 p.m. July 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 and 30. Participants will explore cosmic rays, plant DNA, wind and clouds, and polymer gels. The cost per child is $130.

Children participating in both programs will have an opportunity to eat a sack lunch before being escorted to the Chemistry Bldg.

For more information or a brochure, contact Kerry Winkelseth, 647-2708 or

Fair Lane receives restoration grant

The Henry Ford Estate-Fair Lane at U-M-Dearborn received a $25,000 grant from the American Foundation. The grant will provide a sprinkler system, pest control and the re-planting of the Ford's perennial garden.

The American Foundation, based in Novi, supports programs addressing conservation of natural resources and the preservation of America's agriculture and heritage.

Film Director Kasdan will speak at Hopwood Awards April 20

Director, screenwriter, producer and U-M alumnus Lawrence Kasdan will give a talk at the Hopwood Awards at 3:30 p.m. April 20 at Rackham Auditorium. The Hopwood Awards honor student writers.

Kasdan's film credits include The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Body Heat, Return of the Jedi, The Big Chill, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist, Grand Canyon, The Bodyguard, Wyatt Earp and Mumford.

The event is sponsored by the Department of English. For more information, call the Hopwood Room, 764-6296.

CAMRC will fund research, education and fellowships

The new Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center (CAMRC) was developed with a $5.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study alternative medicine therapies for cardiovascular disease. The Center will fund research, education and fellowships for the investigation of cardiovascular and alternative medicine.

One of 13 NIH-funded centers, CAMARC is the only national center to study heart disease. Principal investigator Steven Bolling, professor of cardiac surgery, and co-investigator Sara L. Warber, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, will explore the role of combining complementary and alternative medicine in treating heart disease.

"The reality of complementary and alternative medicine is two-fold in the U.S. right now," says Bolling. "First, it's being used to the tune of $10 billion to $20 billion by patients who don't always inform their doctors. It's out there and doctors need to be aware of it. Secondly, there is very little good, hard scientific data to document whether these treatments work for patients, hurt people or do nothing at all. We want to study them, examine mechanisms and publish results using sound scientific methods."

For more information, contact Bolling, 936-4981.

New book explores field of science writing

Exploring Science Writing: An Environmental Focus introduces students to crucial issues facing the Great Lakes and oceans. The spiral-bound 74-page reader, published by Michigan Sea Grant and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, was developed in collaboration with more than 100 teachers. It features easy-to-teach writing principles, teaching notes and activities to enhance high school language, arts, science and interdisciplinary curriculums.

Exploring Science Writing, funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, may be purchased for $10 from Michigan Sea Grant, 2200 Bonisteel Blvd. For more information, call 764-1118.

Community outreach coalition receives award

The East Side Community Health Insurance Program for Children (East Side CHIP), a community outreach program led by the School of Public Health, was awarded a $15,000 grant by the Metro Health Foundation.

CHIP serves to locate and enroll children of Detroit's east side families in MIChild, a state health insurance program. The CHIP program is a collaboration with the Detroit Department of Human Services, Neighborhood Service Organization at Harper/Gratiot Multi Service Center and Wolverine Human Services.

Metro Health Foundation is a Detroit-based private foundation supporting Michigan organizations in health care and related fields.

For more information on MIChild, call (313) 963-2184.