The University Record, April 17, 2000


Distinguished Dissertation Awards to be given April 27

The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the Michigan Society of Fellows and Bell & Howell, Information and Learning (formerly UMI), invite members of the University community to attend this year’s Distinguished Dissertation Awards ceremony 2–4 p.m. April 27 in the Rackham Assembly Hall.

The award recognizes the most exceptional scholarly work produced by doctoral students at the U-M who completed their theses in 1999 and were nominated for the award. Members of the Society of Fellows serve as the primary selection committee. Recipients are chosen based on their overall credentials and on the quality of the dissertation’s writing, as well as its degree of innovation, creativity, insight, scope and importance to the field.

A reception honoring this year’s awardees and all of the scholars who were nominated will follow the ceremony. For more information, contact Mary Gibbons, (734) 647-7548 or

Ann Arbor AAUP to meet April 27

The Ann Arbor chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will meet at noon April 27 in the Wolverine Room, Michigan Union. Jonathan Alger, assistant general counsel, will discuss “Intellectual Property and General Principles of Academic Freedom and Governance.” Alger served as counsel at AAUP’s national office before joining the U-M. His presentation will be preceded by a brief business meeting, including election of officers.

Individuals attending the meeting may have a buffet lunch at the University Club for $8–$10. Reservations are necessary for lunch. To reserve a space, contact Wilfred Kaplan, (734) 662-0119 or, by April 24. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Brave New Works sponsors Festival of New Music

Brave New Works, a music series promoting, presenting and performing contemporary classical music, will sponsor a free, public Festival of New Music in four concerts April 22–30. Concert times, dates and locations are:

  • Pre-concert lecture by composers, 7 p.m. April 22, McIntosh Theatre; Concert No. 1, 8 p.m. The concert will premiere four works by composers Evan Chambers, Tom Schnauber and Carter Pann.

  • Concert No. 2, 8 p.m. April 26, venue TBA. The program will include “Chansons Madecasses,” “Bloom,” “VeinteA-nos Despues” and “Eight Songs for a Mad King.”

  • Pre-concert lecture by composer Forrest Pierce, 7 pm April 29, Britton Recital Hall; Concert No. 3, 8 p.m. Ensemble pieces, as well as those for cello and viola will be included. Guest artist Matthew Ardizzone will be featured on solo guitar.

  • Concert No. 4 (Celloholics Concert), 8 p.m. April 30, McIntosh Theatre. The concert will feature eight new works for cello.

    For more information, visit the Web at

    Family Housing offers English courses

    The Family Housing Language Program is offering English classes for the families of international students, faculty and staff. Spring and summer semester registration is under way for children’s, teen and adult classes.

    Native English speakers are needed as volunteer conversation or classroom partners. A volunteer information meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 4 at the Family Housing Community Center, 1000 McIntyre. For more information, call (734) 763-1440 or send e-mail to

    UMS hosts Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Frederica von Stade

    University Musical Society (UMS) will host the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade for performances this week. Performance times, dates and locations are:

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, 8 p.m. April 22, Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, 799 Hewitt Road. The Jazz Orchestra, featuring Wynton Marsalis, will perform newly commissioned dance tunes as well as timeless dance music by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman. Two professional dance couples will swing dance, and audience members are invited to participate. A special swing dance lesson with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Dancers will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Performance tickets, $25, are required for entry.

  • Frederica von Stade with pianist Martin Katz, 8 p.m. April 25, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Von Stade, in the third decade of her distinguished opera career, has been called “one of America’s finest artists and singers” by the New York Times. Her recital will include works of Faure, Debussy, Schumann and American composers. Tickets are $50 and $35.

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

    Keep up with ITD computing news through e-mail

    Keep up with the latest news about computing and other information technology services provided by the Information Technology Division (ITD) by subscribing to the department’s e-mail newsletter, News from ITD. The bi-weekly newsletter is offered in conjunction with announcements on ITD’s Web site,

    To subscribe to the e-mail newsletter, send an e-mail message to with the word “Subscribe” in the subject field of your message. To unsubscribe at any time, send e-mail to with the word “Unsubscribe” in the subject field of your message.

    Swordplay, Shakespeare’s sonnets featured at Humanities Spring Seminar

    Participants in the Institute for the Humanities’ Spring Seminar May 19–20 can learn about swordplay, a lost opera, art and Shakespeare’s sonnets in lively, informal sessions. The weekend seminar includes:

  • James Dapogny, professor of music (theory), will play musical excerpts from “De Organizer,” a 1940s blues opera that jazz buffs had thought was lost until Dapogny discovered a partial score in a U-M collection.

  • Ralph Williams, professor and associate chair, Department of English Language and Literature, will talk about Shakespeare’s sonnets, which he describes as “works that represent the human spirit caught in conflicting desires.”

  • Ann Savageau, lecturer in art, explains her fascination with found and discarded objects. In a visit to her studio, she will show works in progress and explain how her work reflects the Japanese aesthetic concept of wabi-sabi and “the Zen of seeing.”

  • Erik Fredricksen, professor and chair, Department of Theatre and Drama, and his students will demonstrate stage combat movements—including swordplay—that have become part of an actor’s training.

    The $375 fee includes meals, performances and advance reading materials.

    For registration materials, contact the Institute, (734) 936-3518 or

    Retirees will meet April 20

    The Retirees Association will meet at 2 p.m. April 20 for a social hour at the Chelsea Retirement Community, West Middle St. The meeting will begin in Dancey House. Visitors may parallel park on the circular drive by the front entrance. For more information or directions, call Fred Remley, (734) 747-9220, or visit the Web at

    April 24 is last weekly issue

    The University Record will follow a curtailed, spring-summer publication schedule beginning in May. Publication dates are:

  • May 8, 22

  • June 5, 19

  • July 3, 17

  • August 14

    Weekly issues will resume Sept. 4.

    Learn about high blood pressure at Health System events

    More than 40 percent of first-time heart attacks are due to high blood pressure, or hypertension, an easily overlooked condition that often runs in families. Find out how to monitor blood pressure and gauge hypertension risk factors at two free, public programs sponsored by the Health System and presented by physicians at Chelsea Internal Medicine.

    Free blood pressure screenings and one-on-one discussions will be offered 7-8:30 p.m. April 17 at Chelsea Internal Medicine, 128 Van Buren. In addition to providing free blood pressure screenings, physicians will discuss risk factors, hypertension management and use of home monitoring kits 7-9 p.m. May 2 in the Chelsea Community Hospital Cafeteria.

    UMTV airs lectures on "Sustainable Human Development"

    The University's 1999 winter term lecture series on sustainable development featured visionary and influential thinkers and writers discussing the profound transformations needed to ensure an American future that is economically prosperous, socially just and environmentally sound.

    The series is being broadcast for viewing via UMTV on Media One CableUs Channel 22 in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Pittsfield, Scio and Superior townships. A different lecture airs at 7 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    The lecture series, funded in part by the Dow Chemical Co., is designed to expand awareness, boost literacy, create knowledge, examine and shape values, and inspire visions consistent with a just and sustainable human future.

    BMC Media expands Web development group

    BMC Media, the University's creative media unit, has expanded its Web site development group.

    The Web site development group combines BMC's traditional services--photography, graphic design and video--with interactive Web sites and other network environment communications. BMC has developed numerous Web sites across campus, including sites for the Medical SchoolUs Sesquicentennial (, the Department of Theatre and Drama ( and University Housing (

    For more information, call (734) 998-6140 or visit the Web at

    Mice, rats are available for studies on aging

    The Geriatrics Center’s Facility for Aged Rodents has aged mice and rats that are available to U-M faculty who wish to carry out pilot research in the biology of aging or disease processes in old age. Work on drug effects, infectious disease, neurosciences, genetics, behavioral sciences, pathology, physiology and metabolism are appropriate. Projects must use aged rodents and develop new research approaches. Applications may be submitted at any time. For more information, contact Richard Miller, (734) 936-2122 or For an application form, send e-mail to Donna Read-Munro,

    Noyori to deliver Bachmann Lecture

    Ryoji Noyori, director of the Research Center for Materials Science, Nagoya University, Japan, will deliver the 39th Werner E. Bachmann Memorial Lecture at 4:15 p.m. May 1 in Room 1800, Willard H. Dow Laboratory. Noyori will speak about “Asymmetric Hydrogenation via Architectural and Functional Molecular Engineering.”

    Noyori, well known for his initiation and development of asymmetric catalysis using organometallic reagents, has served as a professor of chemistry and as dean in the Graduate School of Science of Nagoya University. His research has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Chemical Society of Japan Award, the J.G. Kirkwood Award, the Arthur C. Cope Award and the King Faisal International Prize for Science.

    The free, public Bachmann Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry. The lectureship honors Werner E. Bachmann, an influential chemist and U-M professor in 1925–51.

    Sweetland Writing Center invites high school teachers to institute

    Teachers from 15 high schools and U-M faculty will meet for the second Writing Across the Millennium Institute 10 a.m.–3 p.m. April 18 in Rackham Auditorium.

    Begun last year as a project of the Gayle Morris Sweetland Writing Center, the institute is the first of its kind in Michigan. The free institute brings together secondary and post-secondary faculty in English, biology, math, chemistry, history, philosophy, political science and the humanities for a one-day conference focusing on writing across the curriculum and sharing successful writing techniques from a variety of classroom settings.

    For more information, contact Ejner Jensen, (734) 764-0429, or Josie Kearns,, (734) 764-8057 or (734) 995-5330.

    Nominations sought for Neubacher Award

    The Council for Disability Concerns is seeking nominations for the 11th Annual James Neubacher Award. The award is presented in October during Investing in Ability Week and includes a $500 stipend provided by the Office of the President.

    Faculty, staff, students and alumni who have made contributions in one or more of the following areas are eligible.

  • Removing barriers to full participation in programs and services by people with disabilities.

  • Promoting acceptance and awareness of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life.

  • Advocating for the civil rights of people with disabilities to increase their participation in the life of their communities and nations.

    Special consideration will be given to people whose contributions have been above and beyond normal job requirements or whose achievements are not likely to be recognized by other organizations. A nominee need not be a person with a disability.

    The award was established in 1990 in memory of Jim Neubacher, a U-M alumnus, Detroit Free Press columnist, and advocate for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities.

    Nominations are due May 22 and may be submitted on the Web at Forms also are available from the Office of Equity and Diversity Services, 4005 Wolverine Tower 1281. For more information, call (734) 763-0235 or TTY (734) 647-1388.

    Michigan Radio sets fund-raising record

    Michigan Radio raised more than $470,000 in its eight-day on-air fund drive that ended April 8. The total exceeds the previous record of $435,000 set during the spring 1999 fund drive.

    More than 3,200 listeners pledged $430,000, with businesses providing $40,000 in incentives to encourage new members to join Michigan Radio. Approximately $90,000 in pledges were received through the Michigan Radio Web site, which was offered for the first time as a way to make contributions.

    Michigan Radio includes WUOM 91.7 FM/Ann Arbor, WFUM 91.1 FM/Flint and WVGR 104.1 FM/Grand Rapids.

    ‘Trager Bodywork’ focus of Dickinson’s talk

    Eileen Dickinson, physical therapist, University Health Service Ancillary Medicine Services, will give an “Introduction to Trager Bodywork” noon–1 p.m. April 18 in the Auditorium, Maternal and Child Health Center.

    The Trager approach, developed by Milton Trager, focuses on the body-mind connection. Trager believed that the source of tension in the body was the unconscious mind and that repetitive pleasurable movement reached the mind, allowing change to occur in the tissues.

    Dickinson, who has been a practicing physical therapist since 1975, is certified as a Trager practitioner through the Trager Institute in California.

    The lecture is sponsored by the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center.

    For more information, send e-mail to or call (734) 998-7715.