The University Record, October 21, 1998


Saturday Morning Physics makes debut in Grand Rapids

Physics fun? Fascinating enough to be a road show? Judging from a popular lecture series in Ann Arbor geared to a general audience, the answer is a resounding yes.

Grand Rapids area residents can decide for themselves starting Oct. 31, when “Saturday Morning Physics” begins a three-week run at the Kent Intermediate School District.

The free U-M program, designed for non-scientists, regularly draws about 200 people from the Ann Arbor area and had to be moved from a small classroom to an auditorium when it first debuted two years ago. The presenters design their talks in easy-to-understand, non-technical language, and use slides, computer simulations and hands-on demonstrations featuring research tools of physicists, including lasers.

The theme of the Grand Rapids Saturday series is “Dark Matters: Unmasking the Invisible Universe,” presented by Phil Fischer, a researcher in the Department of Astronomy and a Hubble Fellow. “Saturday Morning Physics” in Grand Rapids continues on Nov. 7 and 14, and while thematic, all lectures are different. Each will feature a question-and-answer session, followed by refreshments.

In his lectures, Fischer will introduce various aspects of gravity and demonstrate how astronomers are using them to map distribution of matter in the universe. Such discoveries “will help us to understand what dark matter is, and help to answer one of cosmology’s grander questions---whether the universe will end with a whimper or bang,” he says.

The free programs are sponsored by the U-M Department of Physics in partnership with the Kent Intermediate School District and the Regional Math and Science Center at Grand Valley State University.

For more information, including details on the extended series offered this fall in Ann Arbor, visit the “Saturday Morning Physics” Web site at or call 764-4437.


Grad School Information Fair is Oct. 29

Career Planning and Placement (CP&P) is offering a Graduate School Information Fair Oct. 29 at the Michigan Union. More than 90 schools are scheduled to attend. For a list of participating schools/programs or for more information, visit the CP&P Web page,, or call 764-7460.


‘American Independence in Atlantic Perspective’ series is at Clements

“American Independence in Atlantic Perspective” will be explored in an exhibition and informal lecture series at the Clements Library. The library will use its extensive holdings reflecting the perspective from outside the emerging American republic to look at the American Revolution as a major event for the whole Atlantic world.

The lecture series also will provide a source of exploration. At 4 p.m. Oct. 23, “Irish, African and American Dimensions of the Despard Conspiracy of 1803,” will be presented by Peter Linebaugh, professor of history, University of Toledo. For more lecture titles, dates and times, see the Record calendar or contact the Clements, 764-2347.


Social Security update is Oct. 28

An update on “Social Security: Hazards, Pitfalls and Hope for the Future” is being presented by Robert Boyd, professor emeritus of psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium. The free workshop, sponsored by the Turner Geriatric Clinic’s peer volunteers, is open to all interested in the history and future of Social Security. For more information, call 764-2556.


Kelbaugh to discuss ‘Repairing the American Metropolis’ Oct. 23

Douglas S. Kelbaugh, dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, will present his inaugural lecture, “Repairing the American Metropolis,” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Chrysler Center Auditorium. Kelbaugh’s lecture will examine the economic, environmental, social and architectural costs of sprawl, and will offer new strategies for urban and suburban redevelopment. Seven policy recommendations relevant to Ann Arbor and the greater Metropolitan Detroit area will be included in the talk.

Kelbaugh has organized a dozen workshops, assembling leading urban designers, architects, planners and landscape artists to address issues facing the contemporary metropolis. He is the editor of The Pedestrian Pocketbook, a book resulting from a 1988 workshop, and the author of Common Place: Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design.

For more information, call 764-1300.


DPS Open House is Oct. 23

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is holding an Open House for the University community 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Campus Safety Services Bldg., 1239 Kipke Dr. DPS community police officers will greet visitors and answer questions. The Open House will feature tours of the Campus Safety Services Bldg., including the Communications Center, Briefing Room, Patrol Division, Detective Bureau and Special Operations Division. Information on crime prevention and awareness will be displayed, along with police cruisers and mountain bikes.

Free parking during the Open House is available, and the commuter lot with a commuter bus stop is adjacent to the Safety Services Bldg. For more information, call 647-4066.


‘Navigating the Maize’ is Oct. 29

“Navigating the Maize,” a program offering broad guidelines for moving ahead at the University, will be held noon-1:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the West Council Room, Rackham Bldg. Program leaders E. Karen Clark, human resource manager, LS&A, and Marilyn Knepp, assistant provost University Budget and Planning, and director, Academic Planning and Analysis, will share their career stories. Clark and Knepp also will explain what managers look for in potential employees and give suggestions on essential skills and competencies. There will be time for questions and answers. The program is being co-sponsored by the Commission For Women and the Center for the Education of Women.


Burkert is Tanner Lecturer

This year’s Tanner Lecture on Human Values is being presented by Walter Burkert, honorarprofessor, University of Zurich, who will speak on “Revealing Nature Amidst Multiple Cultures---A Discourse with Ancient Greeks.” The lecture, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, is at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 in Rackham Amphitheater. A symposium on the Tanner Lecture will begin at 9:15 a.m. Oct. 31 in the Vandenberg Room, Michigan League, with Wendy Doniger, professor of history of religion, University of Chicago Divinity School; Sarah Morris, professor of classics, University of California, Los Angeles; Francesca Rochberg, professor of history, University of California, Riverside; and Burkert. For more information about these free, public events, call 764-6285.


‘Mapping the Detroit’ is Oct. 28

The Michigan Map Society, sponsored by the Clements Library, is opening its program with “Mapping the Detroit: Images of Early Detroit” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Clements Library. For more information about the Michigan Map Society, contact Brian Dunnigan or Mary Pedley, 764-2347.


Prostate cancer presentation is Oct. 21

“Prostate Cancer: New Directions in Detection and Treatment” is the Health Night Out Topic for 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium. Leading the presentation are Martin Sanda, assistant professor of urology and of internal medicine, and David C. Smith, assistant professor of internal medicine and of surgery and director of the Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary urologic oncology clinic.

“New Directions in Detection and Treatment” will identify who is at higher risk for prostate cancer, look at how cancer is detected and examine the growing number of treatment options. For more information on this free program, call U-M TeleCare, 763-9000, cat. 1075.


Social Work Day is Nov. 5

The School of Social Work is hosting Social Work Day, a program for persons interested in pursuing a career in social work, 3-5 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Pendleton Room, Michigan Union. Faculty and administrators will discuss the master of social work degree program, the Ph.D. program in social work and social science, and career opportunities in social work. Prior registration is not required. For more information on this free program, call 764-3309.


Abolition of nuclear arms to be discussed Oct. 30

“For all the sense of ‘safety’ felt today with the end of the Cold War and arms race, there are still important steps to take to ensure humankind’s future,” says Jonathan Schell, columnist and author of The Gift of Time: The Case for Abolishing Nuclear Weapons Now. Schell, recipient of the Cranbrook Peace Foundation Award, will address this timely subject at 8 p.m. Oct. 30 in Rackham Amphitheater, after being introduced by Congresswoman Lynn Rivers.

Schell will participate in an hour-long panel discussion at noon Oct. 30 in Room 2024, Dana Bldg., and will be the guest for a book-signing reception 3:30-5 p.m. at Shaman Drum Bookshop. For more information, visit the Web at, or e-mail Schell’s visit is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.


Border’s Benefit Days for Children’s Center are Oct. 30-31, Nov. 1

Border’s Book and Music Shop will be holding Benefit Days for the Children’s Centers’ library enrichment Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 1. Customers who mention the Children’s Centers when making a purchase at Border’s and complete a purchase coupon will have a percentage of their sale donated to buy books for the Centers. For more information, call 763-6784 or 998-7600.


Macromolecular symposium is Oct. 22

The Macromolecular Science and Engineering Center will hold a free symposium beginning with registration at 8 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Rackham Bldg. Samuel I. Stupp from the University of Illinois, Champaign, will give the keynote address on “Supramolecular Design of Polymeric Materials.” Other topics highlighting the symposium are “Thermotropic Polymers in Shear Flow” by Patrick Mather, Wright Patterson Air Force Base; “Cationic Transition Metal and Main Group Metal Alkyl Species in Olefin Polymerization” by Richard Jordan, University of Iowa; and “Long Chain Branching Effects in Rheology and Polymer Processing” by Kurt Wissbrun, consultant.

For more information or a brochure, send e-mail to, or call 763-6914.


Health Center offers cooking classes

The East Ann Arbor Health Center Culinary School is offering M-Fit cooking classes emphasizing new culinary techniques, efficiency, flavor and variety. The classes are held 6-8 p.m. in the Demonstration Kitchen, East Ann Arbor Health Center, 4260 Plymouth Road. Payments of $20 per class, $35 per couple and $55 for a series of three classes (preventive cardiology patients, $20 per couple) are due in advance. For more information or to sign up, contact Nicole Goyarts, 998-6736, or e-mail

Upcoming classes and instuctors are:

• Oct. 28: Fall Seafood by Mike Monahan and Bernie Fritzsch, Monahan’s Seafood in Kerrytown;

• Nov. 4: Traditional Chinese Cuisine by Christine Liu, nutritionist, author and lecturer;

• Nov. 11: Holiday Hors d’Oeuvres by Dave Rensi, executive chef, Cousins Heritage Inn;

• Nov. 18: A Festive Holiday Menu by Peter Julian, executive chef, Busch’s ValuLand;

• Dec. 9: Pasta from Pepina’s Restaurant by Paula Deardorff, owner of Pepina’s Restaurant, Lincoln Park;

• Dec. 16: Just Desserts by M-Fit’s Culinary Team, Lizzie Burt, culinary arts professional, and Kathy Goldberg;

• Jan. 13: Winter Soups with Wonderful Great Harvest Breads by Janene Centurione, owner of The Great Harvest Bread Company;

• Jan. 27: One Pot Meals by Kevin Gawronski, director of culinary programs, Schoolcraft College.


DeMarco retirement reception is Oct. 29

The Office of the Associate Vice President for Business Operations is holding a retirement reception for Carole DeMarco, administrative manager, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Kipke Conference Center., Campus Safety Services Bldg., 1239 Kipke Dr., in honor of her 17 years of service and dedication to the University. For more information, contact Stephany Anderson, 764-3402.


Center for Organogenesis announces postdoc competition

The Center for Organogenesis has two postdoctoral positions supporting two years of training through its National Institutes of Health Training Grant, and a position open for a non-traditional fellowship, made available with funds from the Dean’s Office at the Medical School. The non-traditional fellowship provides $20,000 for one year.

Participants will be determined from applications turned in by Nov. 9 and will start their work Dec. 15. M.D. and Ph.D. fellows may apply. For more information or to obtain an application, contact Michelle Shukait, 936-2499, send e-mail to or visit the Center Web site:


Singers needed for Diversity Choir

The Business and Finance Diversity Choir is looking for individuals to sing at the Business and Finance Diversity Committee’s Martin Luther King Day Convocation 3:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in Hill Auditorium. Choir rehearsals are held 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Student Theater Arts Bldg. on Kipke Dr. No previous choir experience is necessary. For more information, contact George Elliott, 763-9379, or send e-mail to


‘Living Healthy, Living Happy’ begins Oct. 27

“Living Healthy, Living Happy,” a free workshop sponsored by the Geriatrics Center’s Turner Clinic, will run 1:30-3:30 p.m. for six Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 27 at the Ypsilanti Senior Center, 1015 Congress. The workshop, designed to enhance the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of individuals more than 60 years of age, will cover topics ranging from drugs and medication to depression. Free parking is available and registration is not required. For more information, contact Clemintene Benjamin, 764-2556.


Progress withY2K

The University has made great progress in dealing with the Year 2000 (Y2K) computer glitch.

Most units have completed the Y2K vulnerability assessment and had their assessments analyzed by three different workgroups: Y2K significant problems and common solutions, interdependencies, and vendor information. Y2K representatives from units across the University already have used some of this information to avoid problems.

Units also have developed action plans for solving potential Y2K problems. Unit representatives will now provide the Y2K Impact Committee with a list of mission-critical issues addressed in the unit action plans. Quarterly updates will follow the initial report.

The campuswide Y2K information campaign is expanding to include more about campus progress, both centrally and at the unit level, and more details for faculty, staff and students.

To receive Bug-Bytes via e-mail, send an e-mail message to with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject field. Bug-Bytes also are available on the U-M Y2K Web site at


HRD offering courses for supervisors

The Human Resources Department (HRD) is offering two workshops for supervisors during the first week of November. The first, “Delegating for Results,” held 8:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 4 at HRD, will help participants accomplish more in less time. The fee for this workshop is $89. The second workshop, “Dispute Resolution for Managers and Supervisors,” will be held 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 6, 13, and 20 at HRD, and will help participants manage confrontations, prevent conflicts and maintain a positive attitude. The cost of this workshop is $139.

Registration is available at on the Web at For more information, call 764-7410.


ITD computing news available via e-mail

News from ITD, an electronic newsletter, is posted by the Information Technology Division (ITD), on its Web site at E-Mail subscribers can receive announcement summaries every few weeks. To subscribe to News from ITD, send an e-mail message to with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject field of the message.


The Shattered Mirror premieres Oct. 28

Michael Udow’s percussion opera, The Shattered Mirror, will hold its first and second performances at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 in the Media Union Video Studio on North Campus.

The Shattered Mirror is based on the writings of American philosopher and mythologist Joseph Campbell, which compare how societies have explained phenomena which, at the time, were unexplainable in scientific terms.

Five on-stage percussionists, a percussion pit orchestra filled with Western and global percussion instruments, along with newly created acoustic percussion instruments, MIDI instruments and keyboards, are joined in the opera by dancers, a chorus and three principal singers, including U-M music Prof. George Shirley.

The opera’s performances are funded by the Washtenaw Council for the Arts and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, with additional support provided by the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the School of Music Faculty Research Grant.

Tickets---$10, $5 for students with ID---are available from Jeffrey Chase, 764-0594, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.


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