The University Record, February 21, 2000


No Record Feb. 28

The University Record will not be published Feb. 28 because of term break. Weekly issues will resume March 6.

Benefits announces 1999 reimbursement account claims deadlines

1999 health care and dependent care reimbursement account participants can still file claims and receive reimbursement for eligible expenses incurred in 1999. 1999 claims received at the Benefits Office by March 31 will be reimbursed on a pre-tax basis; 1999 claims received April 1–Aug. 31 will be reimbursed on an after-tax basis. Any balances remaining in 1999 accounts as of Sept. 1 will be forfeited in accordance with IRS regulations.

To ensure that all eligible claims are completed prior to March 31, individuals are encouraged to submit all 1999 expenses by Feb. 29 to allow sufficient time to correct documentation, if necessary. This is especially important if you submit all expenses once each year. To speed the process, please check the instructions on the reverse of the reimbursement request form to be sure all necessary information is provided.

Benefits representatives can review documentation and answer questions prior to submission of claims, which is especially important for those submitted in March.

When filing claims for 1999 expenses, 1999 or 2000 forms can be used. Forms are available on the Benefits Web site at or from any Benefits Office. For more information, contact any Benefits Office: Central Campus, 763-1214; Medical Campus, 764-6584; Flint, (810) 766-6845; or Dearborn, (313) 593-5192.

No RFP has been issued for Life Sciences Corridor

Contrary to some reports, no Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued asking scientists to submit proposals for funding by the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor Initiative. A draft version of an RFP does exist and has been published as part of a draft report of the Life Sciences Corridor Initiative. The draft report can be viewed on the Web at

Proposal deadlines included in the draft are tentative. According to the Web site, “Official submission dates will be posted when established. It is currently anticipated that an RFP will be issued in mid- to late March, with a 60-day response period.”

Another proposal has been submitted, recommending that the Life Science Initiative’s first year funding be used for infrastructure development. Individual research projects would be solicited starting in 2001.

Gov. John Engler recently appointed a Life Sciences Steering Committee, of which President Lee C. Bollinger is a member, to review the draft proposal and authorize the issuance of any RFP in support of the Life Sciences Corridor Initiative. When the Steering Committee announces an RFP, notices will be published in the Record, the “Funding” section of the Research Web site ( and via many e-mail lists.

Tickets on sale for Ani DiFranco concert

The Office of Major Events will present “3 Songwriters, 3 Stools and 1 Stage” with Ani DiFranco, Gillian Welsh and Greg Brown at 7:30 p.m. March 16 in Hill Auditorium.

The three acoustic musicians’ Ann Arbor performance is part of a spring tour. Tickets, $25 plus a service charge when applicable, are on sale at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, 763-8587 or (248) 645-6666 in Detroit, and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

International law series continues

The Center for International and Comparative Law’s International Law Workshop will sponsor a free lecture series for non-specialists on the most debated issues in international and comparative law. Lectures, held 4–5:30 p.m. in Room 116, Hutchins Hall, unless otherwise indicated, include:

  • “Problems in the Moral Theory of International Trade Law,” Frank Garcia, associate professor, Florida State University College of Law, Feb. 22.

  • “What Is Torture? One Working Human Rights Lawyer’s Perspective,” Karima Bennoune, legal adviser, Amnesty International, March 7.

  • “The Evolution of the International Antitrust Law,” Diane Wood, judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, March 14.

  • “Diversity and Self-Determination in International Law,” Karen Knop, associate professor, University of Toronto, March 21.

  • “Self-Interest and Altruism in the Deterrence of Transnational Bribery,” Kevin Davis, assistant professor of law, University of Toronto, 3:30–5:30 p.m. March 30, Rm 236, Hutchins Hall, Co-sponsored by the Law and Economics Workshop.

  • “The Constitutional Limits of the EU,” Grainne de Burca, professor of European Union law, European University Institute, Florence, April 4.

    Each lecture will include a discussion session. For more information, contact Stephanie Wiederhold, or 764-0535.

    SARC seeks fellowship applications

    The Substance Abuse Research Center (SARC) is accepting applications for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows for the 2000–01 Interdisciplinary Training Program. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 27.

    Program components include an interdisciplinary pro seminar, course work, training in the ethical conduct of research and research communication, a dissertation for pre-doctoral fellows and independent research for post-doctoral fellows.

    Pre-doctoral applicants must have completed their preliminary examinations in a doctoral program by June 2000 and must work with two faculty mentors from different disciplines. The 12-month NIH stipend will be $14,688. Post-doctoral applicants must have earned a doctorate within the past eight years and have demonstrated research productivity and academic excellence.

    A transcript, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation and a doctoral advisor form (for post-doctoral applicants) must accompany the application form.

    Application packets are available from SARC, Suite D, 475 Market Place 1649. For more information, call 998-6500, send e-mail to or visit the Web at

    SACUA elects 2000–01 officers

    The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) elected Jacqueline Lawson, associate professor of English language, literature and communications, U-M-Dearborn, as chair and Mojtaba Navvab, associate professor of architecture, as vice-chair at its Jan. 31 meeting.

    Black and Latino string players here for Sphinx Competition March 5

    Hill Auditorium will host the 3rd Annual Sphinx Competition Finals Concert, showcasing the top young Black and Latino string players in the country. Admission is free to the 4 p.m. concert March 5, which will be taped for broadcast on NPR and PBS stations.

    Competitors will vie for prize money totaling $80,000, full scholarships to music camps and academies across the country, and opportunities to appear as soloists with the National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony and the Ann Arbor Symphony.

    The Finals Concert will feature three musicians, who will perform with an African American orchestra comprised of players assembled from professional symphony orchestras around the country. Michael Morgan of the Oakland (Calif.) Symphony will conduct. The concert will feature works by minority composers in addition to other repertoire performed by the finalists with the orchestra.

    The Sphinx Competition, which promotes the development of young African American and Latino String players.

    The competition is endorsed by the School of Music, the Texaco Foundation and several renowned musicians.

    Play IM broomball, mini-soccer

    The Intramural (IM) Sports Program will accept entries for mini-soccer and broomball programs 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the IM Sports Bldg. Fees and game times are:

  • Broomball, $55 per team. A mandatory manager’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 in Cliff Keen Arena. Games, beginning March 6, will be played at 8 p.m. Sun.–Thurs. in Yost Ice Arena.

  • Mini-soccer, $72 per team. A mandatory manager’s meeting will be held at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 23 in Cliff Keen Arena. Games, beginning March 7, will be played 12:30–10:30 p.m. Sun. and 5:30–11:30 p.m. Tues. and Thurs. at the Sports Coliseum.

    For more information, call 763-3562.

    ‘Work/Life/Family’ series begins Feb. 24

    The Center for the Education of Women and the Family Care Resources Program are sponsoring the free, public “Work/Life/Family” lecture series, which includes:

  • “Risk and Opportunity in the After-School Hours,” Sandra Hofferth, senior research scientist, Institute for Social Research, and adjunct professor of sociology, noon–1:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Michigan Room, Michigan League. The presentation explores how elementary and middle-school-age girls and boys spend their time after school, how these activities are affected by parental work and time pressures, and how this affects achievement and adjustment in school.

  • “Dual Career Academic Couples,” co-sponsored by the Graduate School and Career Planning and Placement, noon–1:30 p.m. March 9, East Conference Room, Rackham Bldg. A panel of faculty couples will explore the various benefits and challenges when both spouses/partners hold academic positions.

  • “Where the Boys Are: Helping Boys Understand & Resist Cultural Stereotypes,” Carole Lapidos, social worker, and Roger Laver, clinical psychologist, noon–1:30 p.m. March 20, Michigan Room, Michigan League. The lecture will focus on the pressures boys face in today’s culture, with tips on helping boys stay strong and true to themselves.

  • “Negotiating Flexible Work Options,” noon–2 p.m. April 26, Michigan Room, Michigan League. Panelists will address flexible work options (flextime, job sharing, telecommuting, etc.) and how to successfully negotiate a “win-win” situation with your supervisor.

    For more information, call 998-7080.

    Workplace Awards nomination deadline is March 3

    The nomination deadline for the Office of Human Resources and Affirmative Action’s (HR/AA) Workplace 2000 Staff Recognition Awards is March 3. Faculty, staff and students may nominate staff members for the Distinguished Service Award, the Exemplary Team Award or the Outstanding Leadership Award.

    One award will be presented in each category to current staff members who have been U-M employees for at least two years. The award winners will be announced at the Workplace 2000 conference in May. Each award includes a monetary prize of $800. The Exemplary Team Award winners will divide $2,500.

    Nomination forms are available at HR/AA, 4005 Wolverine Tower 1281.

    Author A.L. Kennedy speaks Feb. 22

    Fiction author A.L. Kennedy will read from her work at 5 p.m. Feb. 22 in Rackham Amphitheater. Kennedy’s free, public reading is sponsored by the Department of English and the Office of the Provost.

    Scottish-born Kennedy is the author of five fiction books. She received Granta magazine’s Best of Young British Novelists Award in 1993, as well as the Somerset Maugham Award. Her most recent novel is Everything You Need.

    For more information, call 764-6330.

    ‘Honoring Our Own’ exhibition to open at U-M-Dearborn

    “Honoring Our Own—2000,” a free, public exhibition marking the professional accomplishments of U-M-Dearborn faculty and staff, will be on display Feb. 24–March 13 at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, Mardigian Library, Dearborn.

    In addition to faculty and staff publications and artwork, the exhibition will include a presentation on the Book of Kells prepared by Dearborn art history students and works recently produced by members of the Michigan Association of Calligraphers.

    A reception with Dearborn Provost Robert L. Simpson will be held 3–6 p.m. Feb. 24. For more information, call the library, (313) 593-5400, or the Art Museum Project, (313) 593-5058.

    Geriatrics Clinic hosts ‘Taking Care of Aging Relatives’ series

    The Turner Geriatrics Clinic will host an informative series, “Taking Care of Aging Relatives,” 6–8 p.m. Thursdays March 9–April 13 in Room 1139, Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Bldg. Topics will include the caregiver’s roles, physical aspects of aging, Medicare and Medicaid, legal issues, depression and dementia, substance abuse, community resources and nursing homes, and planning for the future.

    The series costs $30 per person or $50 per couple. M-CARE members qualify for a reduced fee, $15 per person or $25 per couple. Scholarships are available. The registration deadline is March 2. To register, call Jill or Jennifer, 764-2556.

    Orchids are focus of Matthaei displays

    The Matthaei Botanical Gardens and the Ann Arbor Orchid Society will showcase an orchid display March 4–17 in the lobby of the Gardens.

    The free, public Orchid Festival will be held noon–4:30 p.m. March 18 and 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. March 19. The display will be open to photographers 9–10 a.m. March 19. Orchid displays by competing orchid societies, vendors and special lectures will be included.

    For more information, call 998-7061 or visit the Web at

    OVPR, Grad School offer IGERT workshop

    A workshop to aid faculty interested in applying for a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Grant will be offered noon–2 p.m. March 10 in Rackham Assembly Hall. David Curtis, professor of chemistry and of macromolecular science and engineering, and James Teeri, professor of biology and director of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and of the Biological Station, have both been funded by IGERT and will discuss their experiences soliciting funds, implementing interdisciplinary training activities, and the opportunities and challenges the IGERT program presents.

    Workshop space is limited and pre-registration is required by March 3. To register, visit the Web at The workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. For more information, contact Mike Metzger, 615-3023 or

    ‘Amadeus’ performed at League

    A chamber production of “Amadeus” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24–27 in the Hussey Room, Michigan League. The production, directed by Nancy Heusel, stars James Nissen, adjunct lecturer in music history, Dearborn, as Mozart and Robin Barlow, professor of epidemiology, as Salieri.

    Tickets, $25, are available for the Feb. 24 dessert/chamber performance. To make reservations, call 647-7463 or send e-mail to

    Sign up for IM relays, softball

    The Intramural (IM) Sports Program is offering a relays meet and softball program. Entry deadlines and game dates and times are:

  • Relays meet (half-mile, 3/4-mile, one-mile and two-mile), entry deadline: 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22, $25 per team. The meet will be conducted beginning at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Track Bldg.

  • Classics Softball Program. Entries will be accepted following the mandatory manager’s meeting that begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 29. Entry fees, due Feb. 29: $515 for single-game leagues, $1,030 for double-header leagues. Games will be played Mon.–Thurs. beginning May 1 at the Mitchell Fields.

    For more information, call 763-3562.

    ‘Worship, Women & Politics’ focus of Feb. 23 lecture

    Rev. William B. Neenan, vice president and special assistant to the president of Boston College, former U-M economics faculty member and U-M alumnus, will discuss “Past and Present: Worship, Women and Politics” at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at St. Mary Student Parish, 331 Thompson St. Neenan’s free talk is sponsored by St. Mary Student Parish and Newman Catholic Student Association.

    A reception will follow the lecture in the Newman Center lounge. For more information, call 663-0557.

    Learn about new Web tools

    U-M students, faculty and staff can now create private, personal Web space, accessible only to authorized individuals or groups. Visit the Web at for more information.

    ASDL, a high-speed networking alternative for individuals who want to work from home, is now being offered as a for-fee service through ITCom to faculty and staff who reside in certain areas of Ann Arbor. For more information, visit

    Leap year may present technical difficulties

    IT professionals and users of IT resources should be aware that the leap day Feb. 29 could present a problem.

    This leap year required special programming based on the rules that determine leap years. If your computer has been programmed appropriately, you will not experience problems. If the programming is inaccurate, you will need to manually set your clock to reflect the correct date.

    To check, set the date and time ahead to just before midnight Feb. 28 and then watch to see if the date rolls over to Feb. 29. If not, you need to set the date manually on Feb. 29. For help, contact your departmental administrator or call 764-HELP.

    Register for Medstart Conference

    The Medical School’s Eighth Annual Medstart Conference, focusing on “Growing Up in a Violent World: Providing Hope for the Next Generation,” will be held 8 a.m.–4 p.m. March 11 in Hutchins Hall. The Medstart Conference, designed for students, community activists, teachers, social workers, physicians, parents and those interested in the future of the nation’s children, aims to raise awareness about issues affecting the welfare of children.

    Reuben Warren, associate administrator for urban affairs, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will deliver the morning keynote address 9–10 a.m. on “Violence: Prevention or Avoidance.” Joe Clark, former New Jersey high school principal and reformer featured in the movie Lean on Me, will discuss “Lean on Me: Eliminating Fear and Violence from Education” 1:40–2:40 p.m. in the afternoon keynote lecture. Conference attendees can select from numerous workshops for three separate sessions.

    Individuals who pre-register qualify for a reduced fee: $10 for students, $20 for non-students. On-site registration (if spaces are still available) will be $15 for students and $25 for non-students. For more information, visit the Web at, send e-mail to or call 528-1196.

    ‘Fine and Performing Arts of African Americans’ to be showcased

    Sponsored by the School of Music, the University Musical Society and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a symposium, “The Fine and Performing Arts of African Americans: Enhancing Education,” will host professionals March 2–8 from a wide array of arts, disciplines and musical genres, including creative writing, ballet, dance, opera, theater, and orchestral, jazz, rhythm and blues, instrumental and solo classical performances.

    The series of programs includes a specialized Detroit component, “Striking a Chord: Professional Classically Trained Musicians as Role Models for African-American Youth,” focusing on the importance of role models in the African American community and the positive influence that classical musicians can have on young people.

    Former Metropolitan Opera star and U-M Prof. George Shirley will open the symposium March 2. Lectures and discussions will feature such participants as Nikki Giovanni, Thylias Moss, and OyamO Gordon. Performances will be given by Patrice Rushen, the African-American Shakespeare Company of San Francisco, the Marian Anderson String Quartet, the Sphinx Competition Concert, the Harlem Girls Choir and soprano Audra McDonald.

    Registration is required. For more information, call Willis Patterson, 764-0586, or visit the Web at