The University Record, November 23, 1998


No Record Nov. 30

The Record will not be published Nov. 30 due to the Thanksgiving holiday break.

Upcoming publication schedule: Dec. 7, 14, 21; Jan. 11, 18, 25. Material for the Calendar and Briefings listings and Studies Seek Subjects section is due by 5 p.m. the Tuesday preceding publication via e-mail to, fax to 764-7084 or campus mail to 412 Maynard 1399.


Affirmative action law will be discussed Dec. 2

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will hold its meeting at noon Dec. 2 in the Koessler Library, Michigan League, on “Discrimination and Affirmative Action Law: Challenges for the Next Millenium.” Speaking will be Jonathon Alger, legal counsel of the national AAUP, and Elizabeth Barry, associate vice president and deputy general counsel.

Theodore St. Antoine, professor emeritus of law, will be the moderator.

The public program will address the legal challenges the University confronts as it struggles to increase student and faculty diversity, and how the community can respond.

The discussion will be preceded by a brief chapter business meeting.


New field guide highlights Great Lakes wetlands

Educators, amateur naturalists and anyone interested in the Great Lakes coastal wetlands can learn more about them in A Field Guide to Great Lakes Wetlands, published by Michigan Sea Grant. The 165-page book features 134 illustrations and brief descriptions of the most common wetland plants, shrubs, and trees in the Great Lakes basin.

Author Walter Hoagman, Michigan Sea Grant extension agent, explains how water levels in Great Lakes wetlands change with lake levels and how these changes affect wetland plants. Seven different types of Great Lakes coastal wetlands, typical plant zones and the role of the wetlands in keeping the Great Lakes healthy also are described.

Single copies of the book are $9.95 from the Michigan Sea Grant, 2200 Bonisteel Blvd 2099, 764-1118, or


Dialogue for faculty women is Dec. 3

President Lee C. Bollinger and Provost Nancy Cantor will meet with women faculty members noon–1:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Pendleton Room, Michigan Union for a dialogue session designed to discuss women’s concerns.

Bollinger asked the Advisory Commission on Women’s Issues to convene the forum with the collaboration of the Commission for Women, Women of Color Task Force, Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, Family Care Resources Program and the Office of Equity and Diversity Services-Human Resources and Affirmative Action.


Dinosaur Discovery Day is Dec. 5

Dinosaur Discovery Day at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History is 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Dec. 5. The program includes “What Did the Dinosaur Eat for Lunch?” a demonstration; Dinosaur!, a Claymation movie; and children’s hands-on activities.

Admission to Dinosaur Day is free. Paint ($2) for personalized dinosaur T-shirts will be available. Children may bring their own or purchase a T-shirt ($5) to paint. The program is part of Downtown Ann Arbor’s Holiday Family Festival and is sponsored by the Sate Street Area Association. For more information, call 764-0478.


Be an Exhibit Museum docent

The Exhibit Museum of Natural History is accepting applications for docents to lead guided tours. Desired qualifications include a friendly, outgoing personality; ability to work well with people; knowledge of natural history; and experience teaching children. Applications are available at the Exhibit Museum Store. For more information, send e-mail to


New media technology lecture today

Lucy Suchman, principal scientist at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, will give a public lecture, “Artful Integrations: Reconstructing New Media Technologies as Social Practice,” at 5 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union. The lecture is the second in the John D. Evans Distinguished Lecture Series on the Social Consequences of New Media Technology. For more information, contact the Department of Communication Studies, 764-0420.


Holiday sale at Matthaei is Nov. 27–29

The Gift Shop at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens is having a 10 percent off sale 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Nov. 27–29. The items in the shop are crafted with a nature theme and include cards, jewelry, live plants, garden art, sweat shirts, books and ornaments. The Gardens are located at 1800 North Dixboro Road. For more information, call 998-7061.


Turner presents holiday stress workshop Dec. 9

“Holiday Stress: Are You Over-Extended or All Alone” will be the topic of a 1–3 p.m. Dec. 9 workshop in the Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium. Steven Schwartz, clinical psychologist, will offer tips on how to cope with stress over the holiday season, and yoga expert Angie Eder will give a yoga demonstration. The Turner Clinic’s peer volunteers are presenting the program. For more information, call 764-2556.


Delacroix’s drawings exhibited Dec. 5–Jan. 24

On the bicentennial of his birth, the Museum of Art will present a small group of Eugene Delacroix’s drawings from its collection of works by the 19th-century French master. The 10 drawings, exhibited Dec. 5–Jan. 24 in the Lobby Gallery, include works done in graphite, ink, watercolor and wash. Subjects include biblical and historical scenes and human and animal figures. For more information, call 764-0395.


Nobel laureate Derek Walcott visiting Dec. 2–3

Derek Walcott, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, will read from his poetry at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in Rackham Auditorium and will speak on “Painting and Poetry” at 5 p.m. Dec. 3 in Rackham Amphitheatre as part of the Department of English’s Visiting Writers Series.

Walcott’s main publisher has been Farrar, Straus and Giroux, which has published five books of his plays, including Dream on Monkey Mountain, winner of the Obie Award for distinguished foreign play of 1971; 10 books of poetry, including Collected Poems 1948–1984; and an essay collection, Homage to Robert Frost, co-authored with Joseph Brodsky and Seamus Heaney.

Walcott received a five-year fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation, the Guinness Award and the Queen’s Medal for Poetry, among other honors.

For more information, call 764-6296.


Vanpool from Jackson proposed

If you are interested in a Jackson to Central Campus vanpool, contact Cindy Hendrickson, 936-8198 or The vanpool would leave Jackson Crossing at 6:25 a.m. and arrive at the U-M at approximately 7:20 a.m. It would leave for Jackson at 4:30 p.m.


Architect Libeskind will lecture Dec. 7, participate in forum Dec. 8

Internationally recognized architect Daniel Libeskind will speak on “The Future of Memory” at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 in Rackham Auditorium. Libeskind also will participate in “Museum + Memory,” a forum on design and the representation of history, at 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Museum of Art.

Libeskind, whose architecture has won numerous international awards, is a major intellectual voice in contemporary design. He is especially noted for his work on museums and public cultural spaces, including the Jewish Museum, Berlin; additions to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Holocaust Museum, San Francisco.

President Lee C. Bollinger will moderate the Dec. 8 forum. Edward Linenthal, professor of religious studies, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh; Edward Dimendberg, assistant professor of Germanic languages and literature; and James Steward, director, Museum of Art, will join Libeskind.

Libeskind’s visit is sponsored by the Arts of Citizenship Program, the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Museum of Art and the Office of the President. For more information, contact the Arts of Citizenship Office, 615-0609 or


Senate Assembly meets Dec. 7

The Senate Assembly meeting will be held at 3:15 p.m. Dec. 7 in the East Room, Pierpont Commons. Speaking at 3:30 p.m. is Susan Feagin, vice president for development; at 4 p.m. Marvin Krislov, vice president and general counsel; and at 4:30 p.m. Jackie McClain, executive director, Human Resources and Affirmative Action.


‘Responsible Data Management’ program is Dec. 1, Dec. 9

The Research Responsibility Program (RRP) is presenting “Responsible Data Management” 4–6 p.m. Dec. 1, in the West Conference Room, Rackham Bldg., and again 7–9 p.m. Dec. 9, in the Assembly Hall, Rackham Bldg. Brenda Gillespie, associate director, Statistical Consultation and Research, and Edward Rothman, professor of statistics, will coordinate the program.

RRP, presented by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), is designed to provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to learn more about the issues relating to the responsible conduct and administration of research. For more information, contact OVPR,, visit the Web,, or call 763-1289.


Michael Feldman’s ‘Whad’ Ya Know?’ is live Dec. 12

Michigan Radio will present a live broadcast of Michael Feldman’s “Whad’ Ya Know?” at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 12 in Hill Auditorium. The nationally syndicated program is broadcast from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. each Saturday on Michigan Radio.

The Dec. 12 show will have all of the standard elements—special guests, jazz by John Thulin and Jeff Eckels, and a monologue on “All the News That Isn’t” by Feldman. Audience members also will compete for useless prizes in an off-beat quiz. There will be a special luncheon with the cast and crew of “Whad’ Ya Know?” after the broadcast in the Michigan Union Ballroom.

For tickets, contact the Michigan League Ticket Office, 764-0450. For more information, contact Michigan Radio, 647-3466, or visit the show’s Web site,


Roy Muir retirement party is Dec. 9

Friends and colleagues of Roy Muir, associate vice president for development, are invited to a retirement party for him 3:30–5 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Michigan League Ballroom. The party will celebrate his accomplishments and wish him well in retirement. If planning to attend, call 647-7580 by Nov. 30.


IM pre-season basketball tournament is Dec. 5–6

The Intramural (IM) Sports Program is holding a pre-season basketball tournament beginning 10 a.m. Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 at the IM Sports Bldg. (IMSB). Entries, $35 per team, will be accepted Nov. 30–Dec. 2 at IMSB. A mandatory manager’s meeting is at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at Cliff Keen Arena. For more information, call 763-3562.


Dance and Related Arts concert coming Dec. 10–12

The School of Music Department of Dance’s annual Dance and Related Arts Concerts are at 8 p.m. Dec. 10–12 at the Betty Pease Studio Theater. Tickets, $5, will be sold at the door beginning at 7 p.m.

The concerts represent a collaboration between U-M students involved in the visual arts, music, writing, dance and computer technology.

Five new works will be presented, reflecting ideas, philosophies and images emerging from the students’ experiences with surrealism. For more information, call 763-5460.


Distinguished Dissertation Award nominations are due Dec. 11

Nominations for the Distinguished Dissertation Awards are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 11. Eligible nominees will have completed a dissertation and earned a doctorate in the 1998 calendar year. Selection criteria will be nominee credentials and dissertation quality, degree of creativity, insight, scope and importance to the field. Faculty members from a broad range of disciplines are encouraged to make nominations. For more information, visit the Graduate School’s Web site,, or contact Mary Gibbons,, or 647-7548.


Percussion ‘petting zoo’ is Dec. 6

The School of Music will hold a percussion “petting zoo” at 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at the McIntosh Theatre, E.V. Moore Bldg. prior to the Percussion Ensemble concert at 4 p.m. Curious participants can try out a variety of percussion instruments and then sit back for a concert featuring music by John Cage, Pat Metheny, James Campbell, and William Cahn. Michael Gould will direct the performance. For more information, call 615-0215.


LS&A Faculty Meeting is Dec. 7

This month’s LS&A Faculty Meeting will be at 4:10 p.m. Dec. 7 in Room 2553, LS&A Bldg. Agenda items are approval of Nov. 2 meeting minutes; matters arising; reports of executive committee by Susan Gelman, professor of psychology, and Domna Stanton, director of Academic Programs and professor of women’s studies; old business; new business; and adjournment.


Unit closed for the holidays? Let us know

The Record will publish its annual list of holiday closings in the Dec. 14 issue. Let the rest of the University know when your unit will be closed by sending e-mail to or a fax to 764-7084. Holiday closing schedules for the December holiday break will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 8.


Journalists will discuss current events in Asia Dec. 1

John Burns, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and chief of the New York Times New Delhi bureau, and Stan Sesser, senior fellow at the Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley, will address the current situation in Asia 8–10 p.m. Dec. 1 in Room 1636, Social Work Bldg. Their talk, “Fundamentalism, Nationalism and Genocide from a Reporter’s Perspective” is sponsored by the Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies.

Burns received the 1997 Pulitzer for “his courageous and insightful coverage of the harrowing regime imposed on Afghanistan by the Taliban.” He has been New Delhi chief since 1994.

Sesser, author of The Crumbling Information Curtain: the Internet’s Impact in China, Vietnam and Malaysia, has had essays appear in The New Yorker and The New Republic. He currently is based in Hong Kong, working on a project that explores the impact of the Internet on China and Vietnam.

For more information on the free, public talk, call 764-5261.


Matthaei closed on holidays

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens will be closed Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26), Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Dec. 25) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1). Visitors still will be able to explore the Garden’s more than seven miles of outdoor, marked nature trails. For more information, call 998-7061.


‘Multicultural Social Work’ conference is Dec. 4

Moses Newsome, dean of the School of Social Work, Norfolk State University, and past president of the Council on Social Work Education, will open “Multicultural Social Work Education for the 21st Century,” a conference beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 4 in Rackham Amphitheatre. Newsome’s talk, “Culturally Competent Theory and Practice: Past, Present and Future,” leads off a program featuring more than 80 scholars who are beginning to create the framework for developing a multicultural approach to social work education. For more information, call 647-4281.


Bridges appointed coordinator of science libraries, head of Shapiro Science Library

Kitty Bridges has been appointed coordinator of Science Libraries and head of Shapiro Science Library. Bridges has held a number of senior management positions with the Information Technology Division, including associate director for consulting and support services, director of the Future Computing Environment Project and director of product development and deployment. Most recently, she served as associate director for national networking and online services at Merit Network Inc.

As coordinator of the Science Libraries, Bridges will lead in the development of services that respond to and anticipate the needs of library users, including electronic access to information resources and document delivery. She will provide collection development/management and information technology, and will administer all phases of public services operations necessary to plan, staff, manage and evaluate the services provided by the Science Libraries. Bridges will be a member of the Public Services Council and other groups that provide direction to the Library administration and to the campus.


Vanpools available from Brighton, Clinton

Vanpools in 15-passenger vans are available for regular and temporary full-time U-M employees from Brighton and Clinton. The cost for participating in the Vanpool program is $65 by payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis. For more information, contact Transportation Services, 764-3429 or visit the Web at


U-M-Dearborn CECS receives grant from the Department of Energy

U-M-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) was selected as an “Automotive Materials Center of Excellence” by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and will receive a $192,000 grant to establish a Center for Lightweight Automotive Materials and Processing. An additional $100,000 per year will be given for establishing a fellowship program for graduate students.

The grants are part of a DOE initiative “to help design and develop automotive technologies that will lead to a clean and ultra fuel-efficient car of the future,” according to the Department.

The U-M-Dearborn Center will provide graduate-level courses and research fellowships for students interested in lightweight automotive materials, including fiber-reinforced composites, aluminum and magnesium alloys and advanced ceramics, said P. K. Mallick, professor of mechanical engineering, who will direct the Center.


Authors of The War Against Parents will speak Dec. 10 at Power Center

Authors Cornel West, professor of philosophy of religion and of African American studies, Harvard University, and Sylvia Ann Hewlett, economist and president of the National Parenting Association, will speak about their book, The War Against Parents, 4–6 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Power Center. Their talk will address the abandonment of parents by business, politics and culture. West and Hewlett will call for a Parents’ Bill of Rights, giving dignity to the parental role. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Sponsors include the Office of the Provost; Schools of Business Administration, Dentistry, Education, Nursing, Public Health and Social Work; the Medical and Law Schools; Graduate School; Center for Afroamerican and African Studies; Institute for Research on Women and Gender; Women’s Studies Program; Human Resources and Affirmative Action; Office of Student Affairs; and University Hospitals.

For more information, call 998-7080.


Energy Management needs winter schedules

Energy Management Services needs unit and departmental holiday schedules by Dec. 11.

Areas normally requiring 24-hour-a-day ventilation, such as animal rooms and research areas, will not have their ventilation changed during the holiday period. For other areas requiring ventilation, Energy Management must be notified.

If there are events planned Dec. 25–Jan. 3, with enough people in attendance to warrant turning on the large system fan, contact Energy Management.

Before leaving for the holidays, it is important to make sure windows are closed tightly to prevent freezing damage and to help reduce fan schedules.

Send schedules to Energy Management through the mail, campus zip 1002; by e-mail to; or by fax, 647-0967.


Faculty and GSI awards online

Guidelines for faculty awards are available online at Awards included are Amoco Undergraduate Teaching Awards, D’Arms Awards for Distinguished Graduate Mentoring in the Humanities, Distinguished Faculty Achievement Awards, Faculty Recognition Awards, the Henry Russel Award and the Henry Russel Lectureship.

Guidelines for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Awards are available at For paper copies of any of these guidelines, call 764-1125.


Directory will come out mid-December

A last-minute change in the title of a vice presidency has caused a delay in publication of this year’s Faculty/Staff Directory. Delivery is expected in mid-December.


Academic Writing Workshop is Dec. 1

The Graduate School will hold a free Academic Writing Workshop for graduate and professional students 4–5 p.m. Dec. 1 in the East Study Lounge, Rackham Bldg. Workshop facilitators Glen Fischer, master’s degree student in the School of Information, and John Swales, professor of linguistics, will focus on electronic resources and reliable techniques for writing literature reviews, and will provide pointers for conducting reviews in interdisciplinary fields. For more information, contact the Graduate School, 764-4415.


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