The University Record, February 07, 2000


Benefits announces February reimbursement account deadlines

To ensure reimbursement in a February paycheck, turn in health care and/or dependent care reimbursement account(s) claims by Feb. 16. 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, 763-1214; Medical Campus, 764-6584; Flint, (810) 766-6845; or Dearborn, (313) 593-5192.

WCTF Career Conference is March 3

The 18th Annual Career Conference, sponsored by the Women of Color Task Force, will be held 7 a.m.–5 p.m. March 3 in the Modern Languages Bldg. This year’s theme is “The Celebration of a New Era, New Opportunities and a New You.” Bertice Berry, comedian and television personality, will be the keynote speaker.

Workshops, focusing on the professional and personal growth of women of color, will be offered throughout the day. The conference is $25 for U-M employees, $45 for others. Pre-register on the Web at by the end of the day today (Feb. 7). Participants also may register on-site beginning at 7 a.m. March 3. For more information, send e-mail to

Alzheimer’s series begins Feb. 10

Turner Geriatric Clinic and the Ypsilanti Area African American Alzheimer’s Family Circle will sponsor “We’re Here for You,” a free, monthly, family Alzheimer’s education series. Elizabeth Allen, associate professor of nursing, will discuss Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving issues 6–7 p.m. Feb. 10 at Brown Chapel AME Church, 1043 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti.

Future topics, to be presented the second Thursday of each month, include mobility and safety issues, resources and financial help, nursing homes and other options, and how to cope with difficult behaviors.

Registration is not necessary, but call Pat Harris, 482-9891, if you need care for a family member while you are attending a program.

David Goldman talks about Wall Street

David Goldman, the producer, creator and voice of “The Laughing Stockbroker Show” at, will give a lecture titled “Reporting to You from Wall Street” at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10 in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Goldman, who has a background in stand-up comedy, has worked as a financial consultant and stockbroker, and as an executive with The Sharper Image and Danskin.

Goldman’s talk is sponsored by the Margaret Waterman Alumnae Group. A luncheon will follow the lecture. For tickets, call 663-3808. All proceeds benefit women’s scholarships.

Tennis Center offers membership special

Any student, staff or faculty member who purchases a Varsity Tennis Center indoor membership will receive a free full membership beginning this month. The membership, which expires Aug. 30, entitles individuals to free use of the 12 outdoor courts and $10 per hour indoor court fees during the outdoor season, which begins May 1. Indoor courts are available 8 a.m.–1:45 p.m. and 6 p.m.–11 p.m. Mon.–Fri.; 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat.; and 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun. The outdoor courts are open 8 a.m.–8 p.m. every day. For more information, call 998-8844.

Summer minority research program seeks applicants

The Minority High School Summer Research Apprentice Program, funded by the Medical School, seeks applicants for the June 26–Aug. 18 session. Participants can explore potential careers in medicine or biomedical research by working with U-M investigators on such clinical or basic research projects as high-tech computerized brain imaging and biostatistical analysis.

Minority students who are at least 14 years of age, U.S. citizens or permanent residents and enrolled in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti or Willow Run high schools during the 1999–00 academic year, are eligible for the eight available apprenticeships. Apprentices will be paid at least the federal minimum wage.

Applications are available at area high schools. Completed applications must be returned to the Office of Student and Minority Affairs at the Medical School by March 3. For more information, call 764-8185.

Kids Kare at Home outlines policies

In response to frequent requests for service this winter, the Kids Kare at Home Program, which provides in-home care for sick children of U-M employees, reminds users of its policies.

  • Service requests are filled by the program’s vendor, Safe at Home, on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the agency as soon as you suspect you may need care, even the day or night before, if possible. The agency scheduler is on a 24-hour page. When calling 11 p.m.–6 a.m. leave a message with your service request. The scheduler will respond to calls beginning at 6 a.m.

  • Call the agency as soon as you realize that you will not need care to avoid the $60 cancellation fee. (The agency will not charge you the fee if it can reach the caregiver before she leaves her home and can re-assign her to another family.)

    If it is not possible to call a day in advance, please be aware that the agency requires at least three to four hours notice prior to your leaving to find available caregivers and route them to your home. During inclement weather, allow even more time.

  • There is a minimum four-hour service charge per request. Caregivers often prefer full-day assignments and the chances of obtaining service may be greater if the request is for a full day (eight hours).

    For more information, contact Leslie de Pietro,; Jane Benson,; or the Family Care Resources Program, 936-8677.

    Find out about the life of a junior faculty member

    The Center for the Education of Women (CEW), with co-sponsorship from the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and Career Planning and Placement, will present a panel discussion titled “Life of a Junior Faculty Member in Engineering and Science” 4–5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in the East Conference Room, Rackham Bldg.

    Engineering and science faculty members will talk about the transition from graduate student to faculty member. Discussion topics include job interviews and the negotiation process, work loads and basic adjustments in becoming a professor.

    For more information, call 998-7080 or visit the Web at

    Animal research subjects are focus of RRP sessions

    The Office of the Vice President for Research’s Research Responsibility Program (RRP) will present discussion sessions on “Protections for Animal Subjects of Research” Feb. 10 and Feb. 17. The free sessions emphasize ethical analysis and problem-solving using a case study approach.

    Theresa Lee, associate professor of biopsychology, and Howard G. Rush, associate professor of laboratory animal medicine and assistant director, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine, will present “Protections for Animal Subjects of Research” for a social science audience 5–7 p.m. Feb. 10 in the West Conference Room, Rackham Bldg.

    Lee and Robert C. Dysko, clinical associate professor of laboratory animal medicine, will present the program for a biomedical audience 5–7 p.m. Feb. 17 in the East Conference Room, Rackham Bldg.

    The RRP schedule is on the Web at For information, call 763-1289 or send e-mail to

    Alumnae Council seeks proposals

    The Alumnae Council seeks proposals for funding in 2001 through its Birthday Greeting Program. The 38-year-old program was initiated by women graduates of the U-M to celebrate the University’s influence on their lives.

    Proposed projects should have a direct relationship to the advancement of women at the U-M. A recipient is selected annually by the Alumnae Council to receive funding from gifts made by thousands of U-M alumnae.

    To obtain an application, contact Kari Korte, 615-3131 or The application deadline is Feb. 21.

    Geriatrics Center presents lecture series on women’s issues

    The Geriatrics Center will present three lectures on women’s issues and experiences beginning Feb. 15. Women of all ages are welcome to the free, public programs.

  • “Aging (Middle Age and Up) Women and Alcohol,” Belinda Nelson, social worker, Turner Geriatric Clinic, 10 a.m.–noon Feb. 15, Room 1139, Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Bldg. Nelson will discuss research she has done at the Michigan Alcohol Research Center.

  • “Life as an Asian American,” Cathy Lee-Chopra, 10 a.m.–noon Feb. 22, Conference Room, Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Bldg. Lee-Chopra will discuss her experiences as an American of Chinese descent growing up in California, practicing medicine and marrying a man of Indian descent.

  • Elizabeth Allen, Feb. 29. Allen will discuss the process of letting go and the process of successful aging.

    For more information, call 764-2556.

    Supercomputers are available at CPC

    U-M researchers can utilize a variety of parallel supercomputers at the Center for Parallel Computing (CPC), which provides its own machines as well as access to larger systems at national laboratories. The CPC has a large distributed memory IBM system and smaller shared memory systems from SGI that are available for use in research or classes. The machines include an integrated storage system holding terabytes of data and have several software packages installed.

    The CPC also has an allocation of time on the large SGI machines at NCSA for use by U-M researchers and classes, and can help users apply for larger allocations on supercomputers at NCSA, NPACI and Maui. Staff also are available to assist in the development and fine tuning of parallel programs.

    For more information, visit the Web at

    Films examining race, ethnicity will be shown Feb. 9

    The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies will sponsor a film showing at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 in Room 1528, C.C. Little Bldg., as part of the series “The Dividing Eye: Racializing Bodies at the Movies.” The following short films, examining representations of race and ethnicity, will be shown.

  • Two Lies, directed by Pam Tom, 1989, explores the conflict between a newly-divorced Chinese American woman and her teenage daughter when the woman decides to have plastic surgery to reshape her eyes.

  • Real Indian, directed by Malinda Maynor, 1996, a personal reflection on stereotypes about Native American identity.

  • Skin Deep, directed by Alexandra Halkin and Deb Ellis, 1997, assesses racial and class-based politics behind the contraceptive Norplant.

  • Columbus on Trial, directed by Lourdes Portillo, 1992, constructs a fictional courtroom in which the explorer Columbus is interrogated by a Latino comedy troupe, Culture Clash.

  • Sally’s Beauty Spot, directed by Helen Lee, 1990, looks at how cultural notions and stereotypes about beauty, sexuality and femininity affect perceptions of Asian women.

  • Illusions, directed by Julie Dash, 1983, is the fictional story of an African American singer who works for a Hollywood studio dubbing the singing voice of a white motion picture star.

    For more information, contact Mensur Dlakic, 764-3554.

    U-Move pro-rates fees for winter classes

    The U-Move Fitness Program has openings available in many of its aerobic, aquatic, dance and Asian arts classes. Winter course fees will be pro-rated for all missed classes.

    U-Move Fitness also has spaces available in its Friday and Saturday Tae Box, Co-ed Cardio Challenge and Yoga classes. For more information, call 764-1342 or visit (8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri.) the U-Move office, Room 1271, Central Campus Recreation Bldg.

    Exhibition to display prisoners’ artwork

    The Fifth Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners, featuring more than 100 works by 60 artists from 24 prisons, will be shown Feb. 8–23 in the Rackham Galleries. Buzz Alexander, professor of English, and Janie Paul, lecturer in art, co-curate the exhibition, which displays a variety of styles and mediums from charcoal portrait drawings to watercolor landscapes to abstract collages. Most works will be for sale, with proceeds going to the artists.

    The free exhibition also features a series of events and guest speakers addressing prison and prisoner issues. Ellen Barry, recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, and Dorsey Nunn, ex-prisoner, will speak about their work in California with the organization “Legal Services for Prisoners with Children.” Other guest speakers include Herschell Turner, art instructor at Ionia Maximum Security Correctional Facility, and former prison artists Tracy Neal and Tom Baxter.

    An opening reception will be held 4–6 p.m. Feb. 8. For more information, contact Alexander or Pilar Anadon, 662-7691 or The Rackham Galleries are open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.–Fri. and 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat.

    Play IM volleyball

    The Intramural (IM) Sports Program will accept entries for the pre-season volleyball tournament 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Feb. 14–16 at the IM Sports Bldg. The entry fee is $35 per team. A mandatory manager’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 in Cliff Keen Arena. The tournament will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Feb. 19–20 at the IM Sports Bldg. For more information, call 763-3562.

    Improved long-distance access to library resources is here

    Members of the U-M community who are not on campus are now able to access most of the University Library’s electronic resources through a proxy server that eliminates the need for a direct connection to the campus network as well as long distance charges.

    Faculty, students and staff can use Internet service providers of their choice, such as AOL, Merit, etc. The expanded service requires sign-on with a U-M uniqname and either a distinct Library password or a UMICH password. The University’s 16-digit ID number will be required to establish or change the Library password.

    For additional information, visit the Web at

    Cancer Center needs volunteers

    The Cancer Center needs volunteers for the Spring to Life benefit that will be held April 2 at Washtenaw Community College. Volunteers will distribute Spring to Life posters in March and prepare for the benefit the week of March 26. For more information, call Janine, 615-0665.

    Software Council will meet Feb. 10

    The Ann Arbor Software Council will meet at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 10 in Room 18, Wolverine Tower. Dick Eidswick, co-founder of Network Express, will discuss “Software Entrepreneur Essentials.” Marvin Parnes, associate vice president for research and interim director of the Technology Management Office, will speak about the U-M’s technology transfer program and the commercialization of the University’s research activities.

    Advance registration is requested. The cost is $10 for members, $15 for prospective members and $5 for students. Register on the Web at or contact Martha Johnson, 214-0101 or

    Rackham, CRLT offer seminar for grad students on college teaching

    The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) will offer a seminar, “Hitting the Ground Running: Preparing for Your First Faculty Job,” in May for advanced graduate students who have some college or university teaching experience. The seminar will meet twice a week for four weeks. The application deadline is March 17.

    Graduate students selected for the seminar will be recognized as Michigan Teaching Fellows; receive free books, materials and seminar admission; talk to recent U-M graduates about faculty life at other universities; visit other colleges and universities to learn about different higher educational settings; read and discuss topics in teaching and learning; participate in interdisciplinary discussions; write a statement of teaching philosophy and develop a complete teaching portfolio; design a syllabus for a course to be taught as a first year junior faculty member; and learn more about current issues in higher education.

    Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and a list of teaching and teaching preparation experiences to Rackham-CRLT Seminar on Teaching, CRLT, Room 3300, School of Education Bldg. 1259. For more information, contact Matt Kaplan, 936-0644 or

    ‘Four Artists from Shanghai’ opens Feb. 11 at Residential College

    “Looking Out/Looking In: Four Artists from Shanghai” will be on display at the Residential College/East Quadrangle Art Gallery Feb. 11–March 12. The exhibition features contemporary works by Ding Yi, Hu Jie Ming, Shi Yong and Zhou Tiehai, and is curated by Tim Schouten.

    The four artists represent a wide range of artistic styles and mediums, from video work to painting to photography. Hu Jie Ming will give a talk on his work at 3 p.m. Feb. 11 in Room 124, East Quadrangle.

    The exhibition is co-sponsored by the International Institute, Institute for the Humanities, Center for Chinese Studies, Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, LS&A Dean’s Office, Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives, and the School of Art and Design. For information, visit the Web,

    Feeling depressed, anxious? Check out ‘New Ways to Feel Good’ group

    Turner Geriatric Clinic will offer “New Ways to Feel Good,” a therapy group for adults age 60 and older who are experiencing feelings of depression or anxiety. The group will meet for 10 consecutive weeks and employ cognitive therapy techniques. Group members will learn to identify and question the automatic thoughts that can affect the way they feel. Interested individuals will be interviewed by group leaders beginning Feb. 16. For more information, call Janet Fogler or Sally Edwards, 764-2556.

    Documentary photographer Allen to present work Feb. 9–11

    Documentary photographer Paula Allen, whose pictures have recorded women’s histories throughout the world, will present her work Feb. 9–11.

    The free, public series, “Documenting Women’s Struggles: The Power of Image and Intimacy,” will feature slide presentations and discussion of works from Allen’s recently published book Flowers in the Desert.

    Allen also has covered the Solidarity movement in Poland, the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and the conflict in Northern Ireland.

    Events include:

  • “Bread, Salt, and Heart,” Allen’s work-in-progress on Kosovo, 3:40–5 p.m. Feb. 9, Room 1636, Social Work Bldg.

  • “The Women of Calama,” photographs from Chile, 11 a.m.–noon Feb. 10, Room 124, East Quad.

  • “Flowers in the Desert,” photographs from Chile, 4–5:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Schorling Auditorium, School of Education Bldg.

  • “The Power of Image and Intimacy,” Allen’s work documenting women’s struggles and courage in New York, Northern Ireland, Chile, Kosovo and Cuba, noon–1:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Room 2554, LS&A Bldg.

    Allen’s visit is sponsored by the School of Social Work, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, Department of Anthropology, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching and the Residential College. For more information, contact Janet Finn, or 764-2361.

    Author Lee K. Abbott speaks Feb. 10

    Lee K. Abbott, professor of English at Ohio State University and fiction author, will read from his work at 5 p.m. Feb. 10 in Rackham Amphitheater. Abbott is the author of six collections of short stories. He has won the Pushcart Prize and the Story Quarterly Prize for Fiction. He also is a two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and of nominations for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

    Abbott’s free, public talk is sponsored by the Department of English and the Office of the Provost. For more information, call 764-6330.