The University Record, April 10, 2000


Regents meet this week

Approval of the schematic design for the Life Sciences Building is among the items the Regents will take up at their monthly meeting, which begins at 1:30 p.m. April 13 in the Regents’ Room, Fleming Administration Building. Also on the agenda is a presentation on “Media Rights Across the Campus” by Prof. James L. Hilton, who was appointed special assistant to the provost for media rights in January. Public comments will be heard at 4 p.m. The meeting will resume at 9:30 a.m. April 14 in the Regents’ Room.

Senate Assembly will meet April 17

Senate Assembly will meet at 3 p.m. April 17 in Rackham Assembly Hall. Barbara O’Keefe, director of the Media Union, will speak about “The U-M Learning Technology Initiative.” The agenda also includes a discussion of University community principles.

Submit commencement events for publication

Schools, colleges, units and departments are invited to submit commencement-related events for publication in the April 17 issue of the Record.

All material must be received by 5 p.m. April 11 to be included. Information may be sent via e-mail to by fax to (734) 764-7084 or through campus mail to The University Record, 412 Maynard St. 1299.

Hopwood Awards announced April 18

The 2000 Hopwood Awards, including the Kasdan Scholarship in Creative Writing, the Arthur Miller Award, the Jeffrey L. Weisberg Poetry Prize, the Chamberlain Award for Creative Writing, the Helen S. and John Wagner Prize, the Andrea Beauchamp Prize and many others, will be announced at 3:30 p.m. April 18 in Rackham Auditorium.

The free, public program also will include a lecture by Donald Hall, author of Kicking the Leaves, The Happy Man, The One Day, String Too Short to be Saved, Old and New Poems (1947–1990) and Without.

Hall, who taught at the U-M in 1957–1975, is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Writers and Publisher Project, the Robert Frost Silver Medal from the Poetry Society of America and the Lily Prize for Poetry. He also was nominated for the National Book Award in 1956, 1979 and 1993.

Health Night Out series continues

The Health System’s Health Night Out series will continue this week and next with several programs:

  • “Pediatric Sleep Disorders: When Counting Sheep Isn’t Enough,” 7:30–9:30 p.m. April 11, Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium. Timothy Hoban, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and of neurology, on sleepwalking, nightmares, bedwetting, breathing problems and other childhood sleep disorders.

  • “Questions and Answers on Managing Asthma,” 6:30–8:30 p.m. April 13, cafeteria, East Middle School, 510 Emerick, Ypsilanti. Terence Joiner, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, and John Affinito, clinical instructor in family medicine, on current asthma treatments.

  • “Getting Relief from Acid Reflux,” 7:30–9:30 p.m. April 18, Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium. Timothy Nostrant, professor of internal medicine, on the role of diet in gastroesophageal reflux disease, how prescription “acid blockers” work, why quitting smoking makes a difference and why surgery is sometimes necessary to prevent stomach acid eruptions.

    For more information, call (800) 742-2300, category 1075, or visit the Web at

    U-Move sponsors Final Fitness Frenzy

    The U-Move Fitness Program will sponsor “Final Fitness Frenzy” classes April 17–19 in the Central Campus Recreation Bldg. Courses, $2, include:

  • Super Circuits, noon April 17 and 19, Room 1250.

  • Step Aerobics, 5:30 p.m. April 17 and 6:30 p.m. April 18, Room 3275.

  • Kickboxing, 6:40 p.m. April 17, 19 and 7:40 p.m. April 18, Room 3275.

    Registration will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited. For more information, call (734) 764-1342.

    UHS laboratory passes CLIA inspection

    For the second time, the University Health Service (UHS) laboratory passed its Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) inspection with no deficiencies cited.

    The CLIA regulations set standards for laboratory staff qualifications, mandate ongoing competency evaluations for laboratory staff and oversee scores on mandatory proficiency testing. Numerous laboratory operational standards also must be met to pass the CLIA inspection.

    The UHS laboratory performs full-service testing for students, faculty and staff who are UHS patients. Laboratory staff include Suzanne Dailey, outpatient clerk; laboratory assistants Lynette Bond and Shirley Smith; medical technologists Mary Ann Charnetski, Susan Choate, Kathy Kamm, Thomas McConnell, Ilaine Packman and Ruth Petran; Chima Ozor, senior clinical technologist; Charlotte Williams, laboratory supervisor; and Rodolfo Rasche, laboratory director. The laboratory reports to Thomas E. Wilson, UHS associate director, and Robert Winfield, UHS interim director.

    HUGS weight management program hosts information sessions

    The HUGS eating/weight management program, sponsored by the Health System’s Nutrition Counseling Center, will host two free information sessions 4:30–5:30 p.m. April 17 and 11 a.m.–noon April 20 in Room 2G 207, University Hospital. The 10-week program, endorsed by M-Fit, aims to help participants gain confidence and insight into their food selections and eat for energy and health.

    For more information, call (734) 936-4399.

    Basement Arts presents The Zoo Story, Picnic

    Basement Arts, the student-run theater company in the Department of Theatre and Drama, will close its winter season with two classic American plays, The Zoo Story and Picnic.

    The Zoo Story by Edward Albee will be performed at 7 p.m. April 14–15 and at 11 p.m. April 14 in the Arena Theatre, Frieze Bldg. The play, written in 1959, focuses on the lives of two completely opposite people and explores how they come clashing together.

    William Inge’s 1953 summer romance Picnic will be presented at 8 p.m. April 20–21 and at 7 p.m. April 22 in the Arena Theatre, Frieze Bldg. Picnic, featuring a 10-person cast, looks at true love and how people make their own opportunities by taking control of their lives.

    All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call (734) 764-6800.

    Dance to present Young Choreographers Concert

    The Department of Dance will present its annual Young Choreographers Concert at 8 p.m. April 17 in the Betty Pease Dance Studio Theatre, Dance Bldg. The Young Choreographers Concert showcases the works of undergraduate and graduate dance students. Many different dance styles and themes will be included.

    Admission is free, but seating is limited. For more information, call (734) 763-5461.

    Financial planning e-mail solicitation prompts questions

    The Benefits Office has received several inquiries related to a recent e-mail solicitation of faculty and staff to attend a seminar on “Estate Planning for the University Professional” on April 13. Callers were concerned about whether the University sponsored the solicitation.

    While the workshop is scheduled at a campus location, the solicitation and workshop are not sponsored by the University, TIAA-CREF or Fidelity.

    The Benefits Office does not release information about individuals or their retirement plan participation. Likewise, TIAA-CREF and Fidelity do not sell or release information about their clients.

    Faculty and staff are certainly free to discuss their retirement planning with anyone they choose, but should be aware that many companies offer their financial planning services on a fee basis.

    Services such as workshops on estate planning, asset allocation and investment counseling are available free from both TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments, and Human Resource Development sponsors free seminars.

    Individuals interested in financial planning workshops and counseling can contact TIAA-CREF, (800) 842-2044; Fidelity Investments, (734) 971-4491; or visit the Web at

    Volunteers needed for cancer survivor’s celebration

    The Comprehensive Cancer Center needs volunteers to help with the annual Cancer Survivors’ Day Celebration, “Swinging Toward the Cure,” on June 4 in the Morris Lawrence Bldg., Washtenaw Community College. Cancer survivors are welcome to join the planning committee for the event. For more information, call Maxine Solvay, (734) 647-1663.

    Intergenerational Women’s Group lectures are April 18, 25

    The Geriatrics Center’s Intergenerational Women’s Group will sponsor two free, public lectures 10 a.m.–noon April 18 and 25 in Room 1139, Cancer and Geriatrics Center Bldg. Topics include:

  • “My Experiences in Holland, Underground During World War II,” Elsa Otero, April 18.

  • “Natural Health Using Plants for Food and Medicine,” Cindy Klement, iridologist, herbalist, nutritional consultant and health educator, April 25.

    For more information, call (734) 764-2556.

    Tokar to discuss Tibetan medicine

    Elliot Tokar, practioner of traditional Asian medicine, will discuss “Understand Interdependence, Manifest Compassion: A Tibetan Medical Perspective on Healthcare” noon–1 p.m. April 21 in the Maternal and Child Health Center Auditorium. Tokar’s presentation will be followed by a workshop, “A Tibetan Approach to Medical Science,” 2–4 p.m. in Mott Auditorium.

    Tokar has studied Tibetan medicine since 1983 and has received extensive medical training in the field. He also is trained in Chinese medicine, acupuncture and traditional Japanese natural therapies. Tokar’s publications include Between Heaven and Earth: An Introduction to Various Philosophies and Approaches to Medical Care and the article “Seeing to the Distant Mountain: Diagnosis in Tibetan Medicine.”

    Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (734) 998-7715.

    Get in the swim at aquatics camp

    The Department of Kinesiology will offer an intensive six-week Aquatics Camp May 1–June 23. The program will allow students to obtain 15 different American Red Cross aquatic and safety certifications. For more information, call the U-Move Fitness Office, (734) 764-1342.

    Artist Garcia’s ‘e-volution’ opens April 20 at Media Union

    Multidiscipline artist and U-M alumnus Marco Garcia’s exhibition “e-volution” will be on display April 20–30 at the Media Union Gallery. In the exhibition, Garcia uses various processes and materials to explore and redefine the creation and evolution of art and human life. The exhibition’s installations consist of paintings, sculptures and video projections that highlight the relationships between man and nature and the different kinds of environments man creates.

    Garcia’s paintings are constructed on wooden panels and enhanced with such organic materials as plants and earth. Traditional painting processes and materials, new techniques and such contemporary products as clear synthetic resins and polyurethanes constitute Garcia’s two-dimensional works. Three-dimensional works in the exhibition include human body castings produced in terra cotta and fiberglass with live vegetation. Born in Mexico City, Garcia often references Aztec and Mayan patterns and iconography in his work.

    An opening reception with the artist will be held 6–9 p.m. April 22. For more information, call (734) 936-3342 or visit the Web at

    UMS sponsors four performances

    University Musical Society (UMS) will sponsor several performances this week, including the Trisha Brown Company (see page 3), Susanne Mentzer and Sharon Isbin, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra with the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale. Performance dates, times, location and ticket prices are:

  • Mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer and guitarist Sharon Isbin will team up for a romantic evening of French and American folk songs at 8 p.m. April 13 in Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets are $40 and $25.

  • The Australian Chamber Orchestra, a vibrant and adventurous ensemble directed by Richard Tognetti, will appear with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott at 8 p.m. April 14 in Rackham Auditorium. Tickets are $34, $30, $22 and $16.

  • J.S. Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion,” Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, 4 p.m. April 16, Hill Auditorium. Audience members will be invited to sing along on the chorales of “St. Matthew Passion,” which has never before been performed in UMS’ 121-year history. Tickets are $22, $18, $16 and $10.

    For tickets, call the UMS Box Office, (734) 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229, or visit the Web at

    Reception to honor Lohr

    A reception honoring Rebecca Lohr, chief social worker, University Psychiatric Hospital Youth Services, and adjunct lecturer in social work, who is retiring after 30 years at the University, will be held 12:30–3 p.m. April 19 in Dining Room D, University Hospital. Individuals across campus who have worked with Lohr are invited to attend.

    Museum of Art appoints new director of development

    The Museum of Art has appointed Tena Achen, formerly of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, as the director of development and external relations. At the Museum, Achen will focus on major gifts as the University prepares for a new capital campaign.

    Achen led the Gardens’ development efforts 1991–99, initiating corporate sponsorship and annual fund programs, securing funding for new and renovated gardens and renovation of the conservatory, and achieving a 35 percent increase in membership.

    Achen holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in Germanic languages and literatures, specializing in German theater, and a B.A. from Connecticut College. She was awarded a Fulbright fellowship for study in Cologne, Germany, and has been a National Endowment for the Arts theater program fellow.

    Library announces new electronic resources

    The Chadwyck-Healey collection Voltaire electronique ( is available to the University community through the Digital Library Production Service. Voltaire electronique is a collection of electronic documents each containing an individual work by Voltaire. The database, which corresponds to the structure of the Oxford Edition Provisional Table of Contents, includes all the material within these works with the exception of the editorial material in non-Oxford editions and in those Oxford editions that are being re-edited (volumes 2, 7, 48, 53–55, 59 and 81–82). Authorial notes, prefaces, dedications, commendations and other secondary matter are featured.

    In addition, State Capital Universe, a database search engine for bills, laws and regulations in all 50 states, has been licensed for use by the U-M community. Using State Capital Universe (, one can search:

  • From 1991 to the present across all states or one individual state for bill text and status by keyword.

  • State constitutions, statutory codes and the Martindale-Hubbell Law Digest for comparisons of state law. The statutory codes often provide links to the full text of interpretive court decisions as well as existing law.

    Political information includes:

  • State Net Capital Journal,

  • The National Conference on State Legislatures policy briefings, and

  • A current directory of state legislators and committees.

    ‘Still Time: Photographs by Sally Mann’ opens April 15

    “Still Time: Photographs by Sally Mann” will be on display April 15–June 11 in the Museum of Art’s West Gallery. Sally Mann’s photographs are strongly influenced by the atmosphere and landscape of rural southwestern Virginia, where she was raised and still lives. The imagery in “Still Time” includes landscapes, abstract color photographs of objects immersed in water, and black and white photographs of Mann’s children playing, all taken with her large-format view camera.

    Mann’s repertoire includes frank, and sometimes controversial, portrayals of children’s unguarded moments and their bodies. She regards her children’s nudity as a natural facet of their childhoods and her photographs a chronicle of their lives.

    Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. The Museum is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Thurs. and noon–5 p.m. Sun. For more information, call (734) 764-0395 or (734) 763-8662.

    Poet’s Walk is April 15

    The Third Annual Poet’s Walk, featuring Richard Tillinghast, professor of English, and local poet Keith Taylor, will be held at 10 a.m. April 15, starting at the James D. Reader Jr. Urban Environmental Education Center in the Nichols Arboretum.

    The walk will feature poems by Robert Frost, as well as Tillinghast’s own works that relate to the place, season and weather. Tillinghast is a poet, author and editor of several books, including Today in the Café Trieste and A Visit to the Gallery. Taylor is a local poet who will be teaching and directing the Department of English’s Undergraduate Writing Concentration beginning in fall 2000. His books include Weather Report, Learning to Dance and Life Science and Other Stories.

    For more information, call (734) 998-9540.

    Klausner featured in Life Sciences Lecture Series

    Richard Klausner, director, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, will discuss “The Role of a Tumor Suppressor Gene in Tumor Behavior” at 3 p.m. April 11 in Rackham Auditorium, as part of the Life Sciences Lecture Series. Klausner’s free, public talk is sponsored by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the Medical School.

    Klausner was appointed director of the National Cancer Institute in August 1995 by President Clinton. He joined the National Institutes of Health in 1979 and was chief of the Cell Biology and Metabolism Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in 1984–1997. Well-known for his contributions to cell and molecular biology, Klausner is the author of 300 scientific articles and several books. He has been recognized as one of the 20 most highly cited scientists in the world in biology and biomedical research and has received such awards as the Dickson Prize and the William Damashek Prize for Major Discoveries in Hematology.

    A reception will follow the lecture. For more information, contact Dennis J. Thiele, (734) 763-5717 or or visit the Web at

    Faller to discuss child abuse cases

    Kathleen Coulborn Faller, professor of social work, director of the Family Assessment Clinic and faculty director of the CIVITAS Child and Family Programs, will discuss “What Makes Suspects Confess to Child Sexual Abuse?” at 7 p.m. April 13 in the Family Assessment Clinic, 555 S. Forest Ave. The Family Assessment Clinic is a multidisciplinary team that evaluates complex child maltreatment cases, provides treatment and is involved in child welfare program development and consultation.

    Faller also is principal investigator of the Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Training Program, a federally funded program to train multidisciplinary, community-based teams to address the needs of complex child welfare cases.

    Her free, public talk is sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender’s Interdisciplinary Program in Violence Across the Lifespan. For more information, call (734) 764-9537.

    Reimbursement account deadlines set

    To ensure reimbursement in an April paycheck, health care and/or dependent care reimbursement account(s) claims are due April 12 for those paid biweekly, April 18 for those paid monthly. Drop off or mail claims to the Benefits Office (Central Campus), Wolverine Tower-Low Rise G405, 3003 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1278. Claims are considered within the deadline based on the date received in the Benefits Office. Forms and a list of due dates are available on the Web at, and in the Reimbursement Accounts Claims Kit. For more information, contact any Benefits Office: Central Campus, (734) 763-1214; Medical Campus, (734) 764-6584; Flint, (810) 766-6845; or Dearborn, (313) 593-5192.