The University Record, July 17, 2000


Cable damage causes phone outages

Some voice and data services to the Medical Center were interrupted the week of July 3 when outside contractors working in the area drilled through three of the four cables that supply the telephone services. Approximately 350 telephone lines were affected out of the 43,000 lines that provide services to the campus. Services to the critical areas of the Medical Center were not interrupted.

Information Technology Communications (ITCom) staff quickly identified the location of the problem and provided continuous around-the-clock repair until services were fully restored the morning of July 8. While services are once again available, a complete replacement of the cables will be necessary.

“The damage to the cables was quite extensive,” says Cheryl Munn-Fremon, director of ITCom Services. “A temporary repair was completed until the cables can be replaced.” The damaged cables will be replaced in sequence over the next few months to keep service disruptions to a minimum. However, outages are expected while the work is being done. The University community will be notified when the expected outages are confirmed. The replacement project is expected to be completed by mid-September.

Next ‘Record’ is Aug. 14

The next issue of the Record (and the only August issue) will be published Aug. 14. Weekly issues of the Record resume Sept. 5.

Briefings and Calendar items for the Aug. 14 issue should be sent via e-mail to or by fax to (734) 764-7084 by 5 p.m. Aug. 8. The Aug. 14 Calendar will include events held Aug. 14–Sept. 7.

The Aug. 14 display advertising deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 7.

August reimbursement accounts deadlines set

To ensure reimbursement in an August paycheck, health care and/or dependent care reimbursement account(s) claims are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 16 if paid bi-weekly or Aug. 21 if 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.

Meeting to focus on Sick Pay Plan changes

A meeting to discuss changes to the Sick Pay Plan, Standard Practice Guide 201.11, that went into effect July 1 will be held 9–10:15 a.m. July 26 in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union. This meeting is an additional session for individuals who were not able to attend meetings held in June.

The entire text of the Sick Pay Plan is available on the Web at An article on the Sick Pay Plan changes appeared in the June 5 Record and is on the Web at For more information, call Employee Relations, (734) 763-2387, or visit the Human Resources and Affirmative Action Web site,

Turner Clinic presents ‘Ask the Doctor’ program

Turner Geriatric Clinic will present the next “Ask the Doctor” lecture with Karen Hall, assistant professor of internal medicine, 10 a.m.–noon July 28 in Room 1139, Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Bldg.

The topic is “Gastrointestinal (GI) Function in the Golden Years: A Potpourri of Practical Tips for Maintaining Bowel Health.” Hall will discuss normal changes in GI function that occur with aging and summarize the current recommendations for improving bowel function and decreasing cancer risks. Hall also will field questions.

On-site parking is available. For more information, call (734) 764-2556.

U will host Women in Philanthropy Web site

The University will host and provide research to support the Women in Philanthropy Web site, The site was created and maintained by Ann Castle, a nationally recognized consultant on women and philanthropy, who died in February after a brief illness. Castle served as director of development research at Wellesley College, Harvard University and Hamilton College. She also worked as an independent consultant in development research for at Microsoft, the United Nations Foundation, the White House Conference on Philanthropy, and many colleges and universities, including the U-M.

The Web site compiles and catalogues newsletters, journals and dissertation resources on topics concerning women in philanthropy. The site will continue to accept new citations.

New databases are available online

University Library has acquired online access to several of the Janes publications at The U-M community has access to All the World’s Aircraft, Aircraft Upgrades, Armour and Artillery, Armour and Artillery Upgrades, Fighting Ships, Space Directory, World Railways and Urban Transport Systems. IP users do not need to log in and may proceed to any area from the left navigation menu on the site.

The American Reference Library, available online at, provides a searchable text of national political party platforms since 1840, the published presidential papers since George Washington, approximately 1,100 source documents and classic textbooks on American history, and the Dictionary of American History. Individuals can access the database through campus workstations and local campus dial-in.

Golf scramble is July 28

Individuals interested in the Intramural (IM) Sports Program’s two-person team golf scramble must register by 2 p.m. July 26 at the IM Sports Bldg. A $22 entry fee will be charged per team. The golf course fee, $21 per person, is not included in the entry fee. The tournament will be played beginning at 10:30 a.m. July 28 at the U-M Golf Course. For more information, call (734) 763-3562.

‘Women at Michigan’ is published

The University of Michigan Press, with the Center for the Education of Women, has published Women at Michigan: A Dangerous Experiment, 1870s to the Present by the late Ruth Bordin, former curator, Bentley Historical Library, and author of The University of Michigan: A Pictorial History, Frances Willard: A Biography and Alice Freeman Palmer: The Evolution of a New Woman. Using archival photographs and the personal stories of many “Michigan” women, the book explores the admission of women to the University; the experiences of women students, faculty and staff; women and athletics; and academic conflicts and triumphs.

To order a copy for $29.95 plus postage and handling, call (734) 764-4392 or visit the Web at

Arboretum sponsors national Wild Ones conference

Nichols Arboretum is teaming up with five Wild Ones chapters to sponsor a natural landscaping conference, “Celebrating Our Native Landscape: Bringing It All Home,” on Aug. 12 at the Arboretum. The conference will introduce participants to principles associated with natural landscaping, with particular emphasis on the Great Lakes region and southeastern Michigan.

Talks will be given by Craig Tufts, chief naturalist for the National Wildlife Federation, and author of The Backyard Naturalist and The National Wildlife Federation’s Guide to Gardening for Wildlife: How to Create a Beautiful Backyard Habitat for Birds, Butterflies and Other Wildlife; Joan Nassauer, professor of landscape architecture; and Bob Grese, associate professor of natural resources and director, Nichols Arboretum. The program includes a series of workshops on assessing one’s landscape (landforms, soils, habitats), plant identification, identifying and managing invasive exotic plants, prairie wildflowers and grasses, and woodland groundcovers.

Individuals can pre-register through Aug. 1 on the Web at, via e-mail to or by calling (248) 601-2553. The registration fee, $35 for Wild Ones members and Friends of Nichols Arboretum and $40 for non-members, includes a box lunch. Walk-in registration, space permitting, will be $50 (lunch not guaranteed). A variety of books and plants will be for sale during the conference.

University community service, resources guide is available

The Office of Government Relations has made available Impact: A Guide to Community Services and Resources at the University of Michigan. The guide outlines resources available to the general public and describes ventures the University undertakes with civic partners. Sections on health, the arts, family life, resources for teachers and more are included.

An electronic version of the guide will soon be available on the Web at under “Community Assistance.” For more information, contact Susan Fielder, (734) 763-5554 or

‘Presidential Politics with a Song’ on display at Clements

“May the Best Man Win: Presidential Politics with a Song,” an exhibition looking at presidential campaigns of the 19th century, is on display 1–4:45 p.m. Mon.–Fri. through Sept. 29 in the main room of the Clements Library.

The exhibition uses political sheet music and other campaign materials in the Clements Library collections to demonstrate the imaginative ways in which political parties presented and promoted their candidates.

For more information, call (734) 764-2347.

Cancer Center offers grant for prostate research

The Comprehensive Cancer Center Prostate Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) Committee is offering grants for translational research projects on prostate cancer. Tenure-track faculty requesting support for research that will focus on understanding mechanisms involved in prostate cancer development or working toward a cure for prostate cancer are encouraged to apply. Applications are due at 5 p.m. Sept. 8. Exceptional applications will be included in a five-year, RO1-type competing application to the National Cancer Institute that will begin funding July 1, 2002.

Applications should include a one-page abstract that contains some evidence of preliminary data. Abstracts will be judged on the basis of scientific merit, relevance to prostate cancer and translational component. Investigators whose abstracts are deemed appropriate will be invited to present and discuss their research during a proposal development workshop in October.

Formal proposal presentations and final selections will take place January 2001. For an application form, contact Julie DeFilippo, (734) 763-3455 or For more information, contact Ken Pienta or Kathy Cooney (principal investigators), (734) 647-3421, or Jill Miller (administrator), (734) 615-2068.

Exhibit Museum outlines August events

Dinosaur exhibitions tours and two planetarium shows are featured in August at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History.

Highlights include:

  • Weekend Dinosaur Exhibitions Tours, 2 p.m. Aug. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27. Participants can take a free, 30-minute, docent-led tour of the Museum’s dinosaur exhibitions. Each tour is limited to the first 15 individuals who sign up each day. The tours are a pilot project, and participants will be asked to complete a short questionnaire.

  • Collisions! 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26, and 2:30 p.m. weekdays and Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27, Planetarium. The program looks at the many kinds of collisions in the Universe, from tiny grains of sand that streak across the night sky to stars and galaxies that collide.

  • The Stars of Summer, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26, and 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays and Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27, Planetarium. The program highlights constellations and other objects that can be seen in the summer night sky with binoculars or small telescopes.

    Planetarium show tickets, $3 for adults and $2 for senior citizens and children age 12 and under, may be purchased in the Museum Store one hour before each show. Museum members receive a 20 percent discount. For more information, call (734) 764-0478 or (734) 763-6085 (recorded message) or visit the Web at The Museum is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat. and noon–5 p.m. Sun.

    CJS sponsors summer film series

    The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) is presenting a free summer film series, “Speed, Greed and Misdeeds: Fortune and Fate in Six Japanese Films,” at 7 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 18 in the Lorch Hall Auditorium. The series, which began July 14, features Japanese films of the past half-century of all genres. Unless otherwise noted, all films are in Japanese with English subtitles. Upcoming films include:

  • July 21, Rajio no jikan (Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald), 1997, directed by Koki Mitani. In this comedy, a chaotic scene unfolds when the leading actress in a live radio performance refuses to go on air unless she is made a lawyer in New York City in the script instead of a fisherman’s wife in rural Japan.

  • July 28, Nora inu (Stray Dog), 1994, directed by Akira Kurosawa, for mature audiences. Based on a true story, this suspense film depicts a rookie detective’s search through the seamy Tokyo underworld to find his missing gun. The detective finds his gun, but also acquires a much more complicated view of the world.

  • Aug. 4, Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi (The Yellow Handkerchief), 1977, directed by Yoji Yamada. The comedy, Japan’s top film of 1977, focuses on a jilted boyfriend, a young girl and an ex-con who “hook up” on the road to Hokkaido.

  • Aug. 11, Gekitotsu! Satsujinken (The Street Fighter), 1974, directed by Shigehiro Ozawa, for mature audiences, dubbed in English. After a wealthy businessman dies and leaves billions to his daughter, the “yakuza” try to hire a tough, mercenary master of martial arts to kidnap her. When they cannot meet the man’s exorbitant price, he offers his services to protect the daughter. The film was first rated “X” for violent content in the United States.

  • Aug. 18, Wandafuru raifu (After Life), 1998, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, for mature audiences. Focusing on memory, the film takes place at a way station midway between heaven and earth where the recently deceased choose one moment that they will take with them for eternity, creating a personal heaven.

    For more information, visit the Web at, call (734) 764-6307 or send e-mail to Web space to offer personalized resources

    This fall, students will be able to personalize their own Web space to immediately access U-M resources and services. The Web space can be accessed through a single login from any Internet-connected computer in the world.

    The my.umich space will include general resources (University bulletins, news headlines and summaries, classifieds, U-M Online Directory lookup, weather information) and personalized services (bookmarks, Web-based e-mail, and a personal information manager that will provide students with their own course schedule, calendar, to-do list and address book). Future plans for the environment include designing Web space for prospective students.

    For more information, visit the Project Information Web site at The site also provides instructions for joining an e-mail group for those who want to learn about upcoming presentations on project development and plans.

    Individuals can see a my.umich preview at the next my.umich brown-bag meeting noon–1 p.m. Aug. 3 in the Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union.

    Pediatric ophthalmology practice joins Kellogg Eye Center

    The ophthalmology practice of Gary S. Sandall has become the Kellogg Eye Center—Ypsilanti Reichert Location. Sandall will continue to lead the practice, which specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus (a disorder of the eye muscles in which both eyes cannot be focused on the same point at the same time).

    The Kellogg Eye Center now has six locations: Ann Arbor, Brighton, Livonia, West Bloomfield, and two locations in Ypsilanti, the other in the Barron Professional Building on Clark Road.

    For information about the Kellogg Eye Center, call (734) 763-1415.

    U-M to observe National Night Out

    The University will join forces again this year with thousands of communities nationwide Aug. 1 to observe National Night Out, an event created to foster partnerships between citizens and law enforcement officials to heighten crime and fire prevention awareness.

    The U-M observation, which is open to the public, will occur 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Aug. 1 on the Ingalls Mall between Burton Memorial Tower and the Michigan League. Many emergency vehicles from throughout the county will be on display; fire extinguisher operation will be demonstrated; and refreshments will be available for faculty, staff, students, visitors and families. For more information, call the Department of Public Safety, (734) 763-3434.

    Scholarships available for children of faculty, staff

    Undergraduate students who are children of University faculty and staff members with at least a 50 percent appointment are eligible for eight $1,000 scholarships through the Office of Financial Aid (OFA). Funding for the scholarships came from prior balances in the University’s prepaid medical and dependent care reimbursement accounts.

    Applicants must demonstrate financial need, as determined from the 2000–01 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who wish to apply must submit:

  • A scholarship application form, available at OFA or on the Web at

  • A 2000–01 FAFSA, available at OFA or on the Web at

    Application deadline is Aug. 15. Recipients will be notified by Sept. 1. Scholarships are for one year, but students may reapply in following years. Send applications to: Scholarship Office, 2011 Student Activities Bldg. For information, call (734) 763-4119.

    Memorial service for Raymond Waggoner is July 27

    The memorial service for Raymond W. Waggoner, a U-M psychiatrist, medical administrator and government adviser who died June 27 at age 98, will be held at 3 p.m. July 27 at the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Ave.

    Waggoner’s family has asked that contributions in his memory be made to the Raymond W. Waggoner Lectureship on Ethics and Values in Medicine, c/o Philip Margolis, Waggoner Lectureship Committee Chair, Department of Psychiatry, 900 Wall St., Ann Arbor, MI 48105.