The University Record, June 19, 2000


Next ‘Record’ is July 3

The next issue of the Record will be published July 3. All Calendar and Briefings items must be submitted by 5 p.m. June 30 for inclusion. The Calendar will include events held July 3–19.

New ergonomics resource is available online

The Council for Disability Concerns and the Office of Equity and Diversity Services have collaborated to develop a brochure on ergonomics. Ergonomics is the adaptation of the workplace and work task(s) to the worker to help reduce injuries and illness and improve production. The publication provides examples of ergonomic principles applied to the workplace, identifies resources for education and training, answers frequently asked questions and discusses legal considerations.

The brochure is on the Web at Contact the Office of Equity and Diversity, (734) 763-0235 or TTY (734) 647-1388, with any questions about the publication.

IRWG moves to Lane Hall

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) has moved from 460 West Hall to 1136 Lane Hall, 204 S. State St. 1290.

Exhibit Museum announces Farrand Public Lecture

The Exhibit Museum of Natural History will offer an annual public lecture on a natural history topic beginning in 2001. The Museum has raised $25,000 to establish an endowment for the lecture, which is named in honor of retiring Museum Director William R. Farrand.

The first lecture will be announced later this year. To contribute to the endowment or for more information, contact Amy Harris, (734) 936-5834 or

FASAP has additional North Campus location

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) has a new location in Bursley Hall on North Campus, adding to offices in the Administrative Services Building and at Health Services on Fletcher Street.

FASAP counselors offer all active and retired University faculty and staff members and their immediate family members help with issues of daily living and personal or work-related problems. Their free services are strictly confidential. To schedule an appointment at any location, call (734) 936-8660.

ACS honors U chemist’s discovery

At a June 25 ceremony on campus, the American Chemical Society (ACS) will designate U-M chemist Moses Gomberg’s 1900 discovery of organic free radicals as a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The University will receive a commemorative plaque from ACS President Daryle Busch.

Gomberg announced in 1900 that he had isolated an organic free radical—a carbon molecule with an odd number of electrons. Though his finding was at first met with skepticism, experimentation with organic free radicals later led to the development of polyethylene, Plexiglas® and other polymers used to make kitchen counters, telephones and other products. Organic free radicals also enhance our understanding of how the cardiovascular system functions, how DNA is synthesized in the body and other scientific phenomena, including global warming.

Sign up for IM programs June 28

The Intramural (IM) Sports Program will accept entries for its summer softball, sand volleyball, 3-on-3 basketball and roller hockey programs June 28. Games, beginning on July 2, will be played at 5:30 p.m. Tues., Wed. and Thurs. at Elbel Fields. Entry times and per-team fees are listed below.

  • Softball, 5 p.m., $55. Games also may be played on Sundays.

  • Sand volleyball, 6:30 p.m., $40.

  • 3-on-3 basketball, 7:30 p.m., $20.

  • Roller hockey, 8 p.m., $45.

    For more information, call (734) 763-3562.

    Sea Grant online publication receives award

    The Michigan Sea Grant College Program received an Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE) Gold Award for the online version of its quarterly newsletter Upwellings. “Upwellings Online,” on the Web at, was recognized by ACE for its design, readability and content.

    The Michigan Sea Grant College Program, a partnership between the U-M and Michigan State University, is one of 30 nationwide programs dedicated to the research and understanding of the Great Lakes and the oceans.

    View Tanzania expedition on Exhibit Museum Web site

    A team of researchers from the U-M Museum of Paleontology, Southern Methodist University, George Washington University and New York University will leave July 2 for a month-long expedition to Tanzania to study fossilized evidence of life in a largely unexplored region of Tanzania’s Singida district.

    Pictures and descriptions of traveling and of life at the research site will be posted each day on the Exhibit Museum of Natural History Web site, Learn how paleontologists and paleobotanists live and work in the field and how small discoveries help scientists fill in the puzzle of what life was like in past eras.

    Dentistry announces Dahn Endowed Fund

    The School of Dentistry has received an endowment gift from Norman J. Dahn, valued between $2.6 million and $3 million.

    “Dr. Dahn clearly demonstrated his concern for future dental students by creating this endowed scholarship fund,” said Dean William Kotowicz. “We are extremely gratified to have received this significant gift from the estate of one of our most generous alumni. This gift will help us meet one of our most pressing needs, support for deserving dental students.”

    The Norman J. Dahn Endowed Fund will be a source of need-based scholarships for dental students.

    Nemenzo to discuss Philippine nation-state

    Political scientist Francisco Nemenzo, president of the University of the Philippines system, will discuss “The Philippines: Deterioration of a Nation-State?” at noon July 12 in Room 1636, Social Work Bldg. A question-and-answer session will follow the free, public event.

    A political detainee during the period of martial law (1972–74) in the Philippines, Nemenzo is the author of several books and articles about the state of affairs in the Philippines before and after the period. He held several academic and administrative positions before assuming the University of the Philippines presidency in 1999.

    The lecture is co-sponsored by the International Institute, Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Philippine Study Group. For more information, call (734) 213-5028.

    Betty Ford Breast Cancer Symposium is July 29

    The Second Annual Betty Ford Breast Cancer Symposium for the Patient, sponsored by the Comprehensive Cancer Center, will be held 8 a.m.–5 p.m. July 29 at the Power Center for the Performing Arts. Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker will be the keynote speakers. Experts from the U-M and across the country will discuss advances in research, nutrition and herbs, alternative therapies, gene therapy, and other clinical trials.

    Register for the free symposium by calling (800) 669-8322, ext. 1267, or visiting the Web at Space is limited.

    ERIC documents are a click away

    The University community now has full-text access to documents collected by the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) via E*Subscribe. Reports, conference proceedings, government publications and other largely unpublished materials are included. About 80 percent of ERIC documents from 1996 to the present can be accessed at Click on Access E*Subscribe and type in the search you want to do—“express” if you already have an ERIC document number or “full” to search authors, titles, etc. Send e-mail to Darlene Nichols, with any questions or comments.

    Test drive a BMW to raise money for cancer research

    The public is encouraged to test drive one of 18 specially-marked cars 10 a.m.–6 p.m. June 21 at Auto-Strasse BMW as part of a national event called “The Ultimate Drive.” For every mile test-driven, BMW will donate $1 to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, which supports research at the Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    A special ceremony honoring Jane Deering, clinical social worker II, U-M Hospitals, and this year’s local “hero” in the fight against breast cancer, will begin at 11 a.m. The Auto-Strasse dealership is located on Auto Mall Drive off Jackson Road. For more information, call (877) 423-7483.

    Geriatrics Clinic hosts summer picnic

    The Turner Geriatric Clinic will sponsor a summer picnic 10 a.m.–2 p.m. June 24 at the Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. The free event includes lunch; bingo; musical entertainment; a spelling bee; demonstrations of exercise, massage, horticulture and computers; and blood pressure checks.

    The swing band “The Eclectics” will perform beginning at 10 a.m. Other highlights include bingo at 10:45 a.m., lunch at 11:45 a.m., a group sing-a-long at 12:45 p.m., and another musical performance at 1:15 p.m.

    Parking is free. Reserve a space for lunch and for free transportation by calling the Turner Resource Center, (734) 998-9353, or Turner Social Work, (734) 764-2556; or signing up at a senior residence by the end of the day today (June 19).

    Exhibit Museum outlines July events

    The Exhibit Museum of Natural History will offer an activity station for Huron River Day, dinosaur exhibition tours and two planetarium shows throughout July.

  • “Bugs and Mugs,” noon–4 p.m. July 9, Huron River Day. The Exhibit Museum will present an activity station called “Bugs and Mugs” for Huron River Day in Gallup Park. Visitors can assess Huron River water quality by taking a close look at some of the river’s insects and then view “mug shots” of some of the area’s “most wanted” wetland invaders. Contact Kira Berman, (734) 647-8574 or for more information.

  • Dinosaur Exhibition Tours, 2 p.m. July 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30. The 30-minute tour is limited to the first 15 people who sign up each day. This is a pilot project; participants will be asked to complete a short questionnaire following the tour.

  • Collisions! 2:30 p.m. weekdays in July (except July 4) and July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the 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, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays in July (except July 4) and July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the Planetarium. The program will highlight constellations and other objects that can be seen in the summer night sky with binoculars or small telescopes.

    Planetarium tickets, $3 for adults and $2 for children age 12 and under, can 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.

    ‘White House Collection of American Crafts’ to open July 1

    “The White House Collection of American Crafts” will be on display July 1–Oct. 22 in the Museum of Art’s Twentieth-Century Gallery. The exhibition features the work of more than 70 of America’s leading craft artists working today in glass, ceramic, wood, metal and fiber.

    The White House crafts collection was assembled in 1993 with encouragement from President and Mrs. Clinton as a tribute to the ongoing tradition of craft-making in the United States. For more information, call (734) 764-0395 or (734) 763-8662 (events hotline).

    Schacht to head Kresge Hearing Research Institute

    Jochen Schacht, professor of biological chemistry and of otolaryngology, has been appointed head of the Kresge Hearing Research Institute (KHRI). A specialist in the biochemistry of the auditory system, including regulatory mechanisms of the inner ear, drug-induced and noise-induced hearing loss, Schacht also heads KHRI’s biochemistry laboratory.

    KHRI was founded in 1961 and is one of the world’s leading basic hearing research institutes, fostering studies of the auditory system and hearing, the causes and treatment of hearing disorders, and head and neck cancer.

    New Greater Detroit MichNet numbers are in service

    Merit Network has announced a new set of MichNet dial-in numbers for the Greater Detroit area. The new Greater Detroit MichNet dial-in pool combines the former Metro Detroit and Pontiac pools into one larger, high-speed (V.90 “56K”) dial-in pool. The new pool should provide better dial-in access for individuals living in the metropolitan Detroit area.

    The new Greater Detroit dial-in pool is available for use immediately, and all Metro Detroit and Pontiac MichNet dial-in users should switch to the new numbers as soon as possible. Visit the Web at for the new numbers and a link to troubleshooting tips.

    Union offers swing dance workshops

    The Michigan Union Arts and Programs Office is sponsoring two swing dance workshops with live music June 28 and Aug. 2 in the Union Ballroom. Each program features beginners lessons at 7:30 p.m., intermediate lessons at 8:30 p.m. and open swing dancing at 9:30 p.m. The Johnstown Cats will perform June 28, and Paul King & The Rhythm Society will be featured Aug. 2. Admission is $4 June 28 and $5 Aug. 2. For more information, call (734) 763-3202.

    Health System ED hosts open house

    The Health System invites the public to tour the new, expanded Emergency Department (ED) 4–7 p.m. July 6. The new ED has many high-tech improvements in addition to expanded exam rooms and a larger trauma area.

    Free parking for the open house is available in the Taubman patient-visitor parking structure. Staff and/or signs will direct visitors to the ED.

    Hatcher elevators being replaced

    Hatcher Graduate Library patrons are urged to be patient for the next 18 months as the three elevators in the south (newest) portion of the building are replaced. Only one elevator will be out of service at a time.