The University Record, August 14, 2000


Weekly issues resume Sept. 5

Weekly publication of the Record will resume Sept. 5. Calendar and Briefings items for the Sept. 5 issue must be submitted by 5 p.m. Aug. 29. The Calendar will include events held Sept. 5–13. Display advertising must be received by 5 p.m. Aug. 29.

The Sept. 5 issue will be published on a Tuesday due to Labor Day; issues following will have a Monday publication date.

Regents approve 2001 meeting dates

The Regents approved a schedule of 2001 meeting dates at their July 14 meeting. Meetings will be held on Jan. 18–19; Feb. 15–16; March 15–16; April 12; May 17 (U-M-Dearborn) and May 18; June 21–22; July 19–20; Sept. 20–21; Oct. 18 (U-M-Flint) and Oct. 19; Nov. 15–16; and Dec. 13–14. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in the Regents’ Room, Fleming Bldg. The meeting dates also are available on the Web at

President’s Fun Run is Sept. 8

The Fourth Annual Fun Run with President Lee C. Bollinger will begin at noon Sept. 8 at the Washington Heights entrance to the Nichols Arboretum. Walkers and runners can register for the free 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) event at the Burnham House beginning at 11 a.m. that day. The run is not a competitive event; no times will be posted.

Because parking is limited, individuals are encouraged to use campus transportation or walk to Burnham House. From North Campus, take the southbound commuter bus to the Taubman Center stop or the Mott lot on East Medical Center Dr. Runners and walkers coming from Central Campus can take the northbound commuter bus to Stockwell Hall or the stop near the Simpson Bldg. Commuter buses run every 10 minutes. For bus routes, visit the Web at

The Central Campus Recreation Bldg. (CCRB) will make available a locker, showers and a towel to walkers and runners for $1.50. Water, juice and bagels will be available after the run. Many early registrants also will receive t-shirts with a special logo commemorating the event.

Hospitals and Health Centers to discontinue incinerator use

The Hospitals and Health Centers (HHC) will phase out use of an incinerator by the end of the summer and install steam autoclaving equipment to decontaminate medical waste. The decision to install the alternative waste disposal method was reached after a year-long investigation considering safety for workers and patients, emissions and regulatory requirements, landfill capacity, economics and technical details.

All waste—except hazardous waste—was previously sent to the incinerator. With the new system, separation of the institution’s three waste streams—ordinary waste, medical waste and hazardous waste—will be especially critical. The HHC will have ordinary waste taken to a landfill, medical waste decontaminated through the steam autoclaving system and hazardous waste collected for special disposal.

Based on an agreement between the American Hospital Association and the Environmental Protection Agency, HHC has a goal to reduce the volume of ordinary waste by 30 percent by the year 2005 and by 50 percent by the year 2010.

Off-site locations should continue to prepare their regulated medical waste for handling as dictated by current policy and practice.

Prostate Cancer Support Group will meet Sept. 7

The Prostate Cancer Education and Support Group, sponsored by the Section of Urology, will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 in Room 2C108, University Hospital. Brig. Gen. Michael J. Rice, director of the Veterans Affairs Directorate, Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, will discuss his personal experiences with prostate cancer treatment. He also will discuss the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program and offer his observations on what constitutes an effective patient-clinician relationship.

Parking validation will be provided. Individuals should enter the Taubman Center through the adjacent parking structure. Follow the blue fliers on the building’s second level. For more information, call Phil Rupp, (734) 936-5938.

Ride free in a vanpool

Faculty and staff vanpools will be free to the drivers and riders, effective Sept. 1. Two vanpools from Jackson and one each from Brighton, Clinton and Grass Lake currently exist. Each vanpool consists of 13 passengers and a driver. The University will provide the vehicles, fuel, maintenance and driver-selected parking spaces. If a vanpool participant experiences an emergency while at work, the University will provide a free cab ride home.

“Vanpooling is a great alternative to fighting the traffic into work each day and searching for a parking place,” says Patrick Cunningham, director of Parking and Transportation Services. Each vanpool represents a savings of up to 13 parking spaces in the campus system.

“We’d like a minimum of 10 people including a driver to form additional vanpools,” Cunningham said. The riders and drivers with the existing five pools, who have been paying $65 per month for several years, also will ride for free this year. Staff from Parking and Transportation will provide routine maintenance for the vans, relieving drivers of some of their past responsibilities.

Faculty and staff who are interested in the vanpool program should contact Renee Jordan, (734) 764-3427 or

Geriatrics Center hosts tree dedication

A tree dedication ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 18 on the grounds of the Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Bldg. The Japanese Planning Committee of the U.S.–Japan Training Institute in Geriatric Care has donated two Ginkgo trees to the Geriatrics Center as a sign of appreciation. The U.S. Japan Training Institute in Geriatric Care, a partnership between the Geriatrics Center, Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare, Univers Foundation and Tanabe Seiyaku Co., Ltd., has provided training opportunities to more than 200 health care professionals from Japan.

The Training Institute was created in 1990 to help Japanese health care professionals meet the needs of Japan’s rapidly aging population.

Financial offices observe reduced hours Aug. 22

The Cashier’s Office, Office of Student Financial Operations and Office of Student Loan Records and Collections will close at noon Aug. 22 for a departmental function. All offices will resume normal business hours (8 a.m.–5 p.m.) Aug. 23.

Give blood Sept. 6

The Medical Center Information Technology department is sponsoring a blood drive 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Arbor Lakes facility, 4251 Plymouth Road. Prospective donors may contact Barbara Stanny, (734) 615-0425 or For more information about donating blood and/or a listing of upcoming University blood drives, visit the Web at

IT Education Services offers additional classes

Information Technology (IT) Education Services has added additional sessions of the popular FileMaker Pro, Word and Dreamweaver classes to this week’s schedule. To sign up for a course, send e-mail to or call (734) 763-3700. The following classes will be presented in Room 1008, North University Bldg. (NUBS).

  • Word I, 1–4 p.m. Aug. 17

  • Dreamweaver, 9 a.m.–noon Aug. 18

  • FileMaker Pro I, 1–5 p.m. Aug. 18

    Due to construction, parking is difficult near NUBS, but the building is close to the commuter bus stop at the C.C. Little Bldg. For entry to NUBS, use the Campus Computing Site entrance on the south corner of the building.

    For more information on IT Education Services and fall class schedules, visit the Web at For bus schedules and maps, see Computer classes will continue to be held in the NUBS classroom throughout the summer.

    Dearborn Young Naturalist Program accepts registrants

    Budding naturalists age 9–12 can join the discovery-oriented 2000-01 U-M-Dearborn Young Naturalist Program, which runs through June 2001. The program tracks seasonal changes in the Dearborn Natural Area and will include an off-site “mystery” field trip to a re-developing ecological community.

    The program’s monthly sessions involve participants in such activities as viewing insects, spiders and salamanders in their habitats; searching for owls in the floodplain; learning how to read animal tracks; making maple syrup; and visiting the Rouge River Bird Observatory.

    Registration is $60 for the year, is limited to about 30 children and is open through September. For more information, visit or call (313) 593-5338.

    Family Housing yard sales are Aug. 19

    North Campus Family Housing will host two yard sales Aug. 19: 9 a.m.–noon throughout McIntyre Dr. between Plymouth Rd. and Hubbard Rd. and 1–4 p.m. throughout Stone Rd. between Green Rd. and Huron Parkway. The rain date for both sales is 1–4 p.m. Aug. 20. For more information, call (734) 763-1440.

    Registration begins Sept. 1 for Exhibit Museum youth programs

    Registration begins Sept. 1 for the Exhibit Museum of Natural History’s two new programs for Girl Scouts and other youth groups. Private planetarium shows are available for groups of up to 35 people on weekday afternoons and weekends. Groups may choose from several different shows. Pre-registration is required; the cost is $3 per person with a 15-person minimum.

    Junior Girl Scout badge workshops are available for those wishing to earn aerospace, sky search and geology badges. For more information or to register, call Kira Berman, (734) 647-8574.

    Conduct parking business early

    The Parking Services office, 508 Thompson St., will be open 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Sept. 5 due to the annual student parking permit sale. The student sale will be held off-site at Crisler Arena. Regular office hours (7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) will resume Sept. 6.

    New faculty orientation is Aug. 30

    The Office of the Provost and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) will sponsor an orientation program for new faculty at 9 a.m. Aug. 30 in the Michigan League Ballroom. The program will include presentations by several University administrators and faculty members, case study discussions of teaching issues, and luncheon addresses by President Lee C. Bollinger and Provost Nancy Cantor. Representatives from various U-M offices will be available to provide materials and answer questions. For more information, call CRLT, (734) 763-0159.

    Day to step down

    Colin Day, director of the U-M Press, will step down from his post at the end of the summer. He has accepted a position as director of the University of Hong Kong Press. An external review of the U-M Press is currently being performed, and a report will be issued to Earl Lewis, dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, by the early fall. Lewis expects to name an interim director within a month, then convene a committee to search for a permanent director.

    “Colin’s energy, commitment and leadership have been invaluable in guiding the Press through a period of sustained growth and increasing prestige,” Lewis said. “We are very grateful for his years of dedicated service and skilled leadership.”

    A veteran of scholarly publishing with Cambridge University Press, Day was appointed director of the U-M Press in 1988. Under his leadership, the Press expanded its annual output from 35 volumes to an average of 165 volumes. The Press has built a national reputation for its list in such fields as anthropology, political science, women’s studies and public policy.

    GSI orientation will be Aug. 28–29

    A two-day orientation program for graduate student instructors (GSIs) will be held beginning at 3 p.m. Aug. 28 and continuing at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 29 in the Michigan League Ballroom. Led by Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) staff, faculty members and experienced GSIs, the orientation will include exercises for starting the term well, an interactive theater production and in-depth workshops.

    Pre-registration is not required. For information, visit the Web at or call CRLT, (734) 936-0646.

    Volunteer mentors needed

    The Office of Community Relations seeks student, staff and faculty volunteers who are age 21 and older to participate in the “2000 for 2000: Michigan’s Mentoring Initiative.” For one year, volunteer mentors will dedicate two hours a week to a child.

    The initiative is designed to recruit, screen, train, match and monitor 2000 adult mentors with juveniles age 7–17 who are first-time, non-violent offenders. It was begun by Attorney General Jennifer Granholm; Michelle Engler, Michigan first lady and chair, Michigan Community Service Commission; and Isiah Thomas, former Detroit Piston team member. The initiative is funded by the Hudson Webber Foundation and the Isiah Thomas Foundation.

    To volunteer or for more information, call (734) 763-5554.

    Special night program offered by Dearborn Natural Areas

    Nature enthusiasts are invited to participate in “Wings and Webs by the Moonlight,” a free night hike exploring the activity of moths and spiders in the Dearborn Natural Area. The hike takes place 8–10 p.m. Aug. 19, beginning at the Pony Barn, Fair Lane Dr. west of Evergreen Road. For information, call (313) 593-5338.

    Medical Campus mail changes

    Mail pick-up and drop-off has been discontinued in the following Medical Campus buildings: University Hospital, Mott Hospital, Medical Inn, Taubman Center, Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Bldg., Medical Professional Bldg., North Ingalls Bldg., Simpson Trailers, Women’s Trailer and Clinical Faculty Office Bldg. The departments in these buildings are individually responsible for mail pick-up and drop-off. Two locations—Room NI1D22, Level 1, for the North Ingalls Bldg. and Room B2001, Level B2, Taubman Center, for all other buildings—will serve as drop-off and pick-up points for inter-campus or postage-paid mail services.

    The Mail Service is open 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri. Mail is ready for pick-up after 12:15 p.m. For departments with high mail volumes, the Mail Service staff will provide tote bags and carts when needed. Departments with recurring high volumes of mail may purchase a cart through Materiel Services.

    During this fiscal year, a study will be done to investigate creating decentralized mail stations closer to major building sites.

    For now, the mail service for departments in Kellogg Eye Center, Riverview Bldg., Kresge Medical Research Bldg., and off-site health centers, clinics and offices will not be changed.

    If you have questions, send e-mail to Tom Cheesman, manager of Mail Service,, or contact Frank Krupansky, director of Mail Service, or (734) 936-6166.

    Offices move

    The following offices have relocated.

  • The Office of Financial Analysis has moved to 10090 Wolverine Tower 1283 from Room 5050, Fleming Bldg. The office’s phone number is (734) 764-9272; the fax number is (734) 936-8382.

  • Middlebelt Pediatrics, formerly of Farmington Hills, has moved to the Livonia Health Center, 20321 Farmington Rd., Livonia, MI 48152. The office is open 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Mon., Wed. and Fri.; 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Tues. and Thurs.; and 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Sat. For appointments, call (248) 888-9000. The fax numbers are (248) 888-9010 and (248) 888-9115. An open house will be held 4–6:30 p.m. Aug. 22.

  • The offices of Gary L. Freed and the Division of General Pediatrics have moved to Room 6C27, 300 North Ingalls Bldg. 0456. Phone and fax numbers remain the same.

  • Michigan Visiting Nurses moved its Livingston County branch office to the Brighton Health Center, 8001 Challis, Brighton, MI 48116. Phone and fax numbers remain the same.

  • Hospital Financial Services, including Accounts Payable, Accounting & Reimbursement Services, Budget Office, Financial Planning, Benchmarking and Finance Administration, has moved to 2500 Green Road, Suite 100, 0479. The Budget Office’s fax number has been changed to (734) 615-6507, but all other phone and fax numbers remain the same.

  • OB/GYN Health Services Research Division has moved to the Mott trailers, 107 Simpson 0755. Phone numbers remain the same, but the fax number is now (734) 615-8457.

    Kinkade purchases to benefit Cancer Center

    The Thomas Kinkade “Sharing the Light” Touring Museum will be stopping at the Lighthouse Gallery in Briarwood Mall 1–5 p.m. Aug. 20. The Touring Museum features original oil paintings, memorabilia and archival video of artist Thomas Kinkade. A portion of Kinkade artwork sales will be donated to the Coach Carr Cancer Fund, supplementing patient care and wellness programs within the Cancer Center.

    For more information about Kinkade and the “Share the Light” Museum, call the Lighthouse Gallery, (734) 827-2922.

    U continues disaster planning based on Y2K readiness plan

    Plans to ensure the University of Michigan is able to continue its day-to-day operations in the event of a technology outage or other disaster are one step closer to completion. The Business Continuity Planning group, a group established in February by Josť-Marie Griffiths, University Chief Information Officer (CIO), has created basic procedures to address the possibilities of a crisis situation.

    The goals of the group are to establish an ongoing process that ensures the University is prepared through business continuity plan readiness, and to build on and further develop information collected during the Y2K contingency planning process. Members of the Business Continuity Planning group include George Cubberly, Risk Management; Tony Denton and Tom Peterson, Health System; Myles Murphy, University Audits; Bob Patrick, Department of Public Safety and Security; and Kim Cobb, Office of the University CIO. The group leader is Gloria Thiele, also from the Office of the University CIO.

    Representatives from University units across campus will attend informative training sessions and be responsible for providing specific information about their respective units to be included in the plan.

    For more information about Business Continuity Planning for the University of Michigan, please access the CIO Web site at

    Symposium on Technology and Society is Sept. 8–9

    Leading information industry specialists will participate in the inaugural John Seely Brown Symposium on Technology and Society, hosted by the School of Information with support from the President’s Information Revolution Committee and John Seely Brown, Sept. 8–9 at the Michigan Union. The free event, open to faculty, staff and students, is intended to help the public understand the social ramifications of the information revolution.

    Lawrence Lessig, professor of law at Stanford University, columnist, author and commentator, will speak on “Architecting Innovation” at 3 p.m. Sept. 8.

    The symposium continues at 9 a.m. Sept. 9 with a panel discussion on the implications of open source software featuring Lessig and U-M professors. Brown, a U-M alumnus who is vice president and chief scientist of Xerox Corp. and director of its Palo Alto Research Center, also will be in attendance.

    For more information, call (734) 763-2285 or visit the Web at

    Get ‘The Scoop’ on campus

    The Alumni Association’s latest e-publication, The Scoop, will be available online this fall. Primarily for undergraduates, especially first-year students, The Scoop will keep students abreast of important campus deadlines, events and opportunities with bi-weekly e-mail updates. It also will provide campus survival information (laundry information, scholarship postings, inexpensive social options). Send e-mail to Gwen Osguthorpe,, with story ideas of campuswide utility.