The University Record, September 7, 1999

Briefings

Committee appointed to help in search for Dearborn chancellor

A 15-member Search Advisory Committee for the Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn has been appointed by President Lee C. Bollinger to help him conduct a national search for a successor to James Renick.

The committee is chaired by Sidney Bolkosky, the William E. Stirton Professor of History. Other members are:

Ismael Ahmed, alumnus and executive director, Arab Community Center for Social and Economic Social Services, Dearborn; Bonnie M. Beyer, associate professor of education; Lars Bjorn, professor of sociology; Linda J. Brown, registrar and adjunct lecturer, School of Education; Elaine G. Clark, professor of history; Linda E. Fisher, associate professor of biology and microbiology; Suneel Gupta, student, School of Management, and president, Student Government;

Steven K. Hamp, president, Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum; John A. Helmuth, associate professor and chair, Department of Accounting and Finance; Leah J. Long, administrative manager, Office of the Dean, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters; Nausheen Masood, student, School of Education; Gregory Pochmara, alumnus and program management specialist, Minivan Platform Engineering, Truck Special Programs Engineering, Daimler Chrysler; Malayappan Shridhar, professor and chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Kathleen V. Wider, associate professor of philosophy.

Gary D. Krenz, special counsel to the president, will be liaison to the Office of the President. Adele J. Henry, secretary to the chancellor, will provide staff support.

LS&A faculty meetings and events scheduled

The first LS&A faculty meeting will take place at 4:10 p.m. Sept. 13 in Auditorium B, Angell Hall. Department chairs will introduce new faculty members.

A reception to welcome Dean Shirley Neuman and new LS&A faculty members will be held 3:30–5 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Museum of Art.

The following dates also have been reserved for the 1999–00 monthly LS&A faculty meetings: Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, March 6 and April 3. All meetings will start at 4:10 p.m. in Auditorium B, Angell Hall.

SSNs no longer on Mcards

Starting Sept. 15, social security numbers (SSNs) will no longer be included on newly issued student ID cards (Mcards). Students with cards issued before Sept. 15 who wish cards without the number may get a replacement card for $15, starting Sept. 15. For more information, call the Mcard Center, 936-2273, or send e-mail to mcard@umich.edu.m

Fun Run kicks off school year

The Third Annual Fun Run with President Lee C. Bollinger will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Washington Heights entrance to the Nichols Arboretum. Walkers and runners can register for the free 5-K event at the Burnham House beginning at 7 a.m. that day. Many early registrants will receive commemorative T-shirts.

Runners and walkers of all skill levels may participate. Along the course, participants will experience some modest hills and uneven footing. Water, juice and bagels will be available after the run.

Due to limited parking, participants are encouraged to use campus transportation or walk to Burnham House. From North Campus, take the Commuter Southbound bus to the Taubman Center stop or Mott lot on East Medical Center Drive. From Central Campus, ride the Commuter Northbound to Stockwell Hall or the stop near the Simpson Building. Buses run every 10 minutes. Visit the Web, www.transportation.umich.edu, for commuter bus routes.

Admissions lawsuits’ trial dates delayed

Starting dates of the trials in the two cases involving U-M admissions practices have been delayed until next summer following a status conference with the judges on Aug. 26.

The suit against LS&A was scheduled to start some time in September/October and the case against the Law School was set for trial on Aug. 30. The LS&A case now will start in July/August 2000, the Law School case Aug. 28, 2000.

The delays follow an Aug. 10 ruling by the sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati that will allow two groups of intervenors and their attorneys time to become familiar with the cases and gather information from the other parties.

The intervenors in the undergraduate admissions case include 17 African American or Hispanic students who applied or planned to apply to the U-M and the group Citizens for Affirmative Action Preservation.

The Law School case intervenors include 41 students and three pro-affirmative action coalitions—United for Equality and Affirmative Action, the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action By Any Means Necessary and Law Students for Affirmative Action.

The lawsuits were filed in October 1997 by the Center for Individual Rights, a Washington, D.C.-based, public interest law group.

For more information on the suits, visit the Web at www.umich.edu/~newsinfo/Admission/admiss.html.

Appelbaum to discuss privacy issues

Paul Appelbaum, a psychiatrist and expert on legal issues in medical practice, will present the Fourth Annual Raymond W. Waggoner Lecture on Ethics and Values in Medicine at 4 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Maternal and Child Health Center Auditorium. His free, public lecture, “No Place to Hide: Threats to Confidentiality and Privacy in Medicine,” is sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry.

Author of many articles and several books on law and clinical practice, Appelbaum chairs the Psychiatry Department and is director of the Law and Psychiatry Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is the current vice president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and a recipient of the APA’s Isaac Ray Award for “outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry and the psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence.” His research interests include informed consent, confidentiality, and ethics in medical and psychiatric practice.

The Waggoner Lectureship on Ethics and Values in Medicine brings a national or international expert to the U-M to explore cutting-edge issues related to ethics and value in medicine. The lectureship honors Prof. Emeritus Raymond W. Waggoner, past chair of the department. The program is supported by an endowed fund created through the generosity of alumni and friends of Waggoner and the Department of Psychiatry.

Turn in reimbursement account claims

To ensure reimbursement in a September paycheck, Health Care and/or Dependent Care Reimbursement Account claims must be turned in by Sept. 15 if paid bi-weekly, Sept. 20 if paid on a monthly basis. Claims may be dropped off or mailed to the Benefits Office, Wolverine Tower-Low Rise G405, 3003 South State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1278. Claims are considered within the deadline based on the date they are received in the Benefits Office.

Forms and a list of due dates are available in the Reimbursement Accounts Claims Kit or on the Benefits Office Web site, www.umich.edu/~benefits/. For more information, contact any Benefits Office: Central Campus, 763-1214; Medical Campus, 764-6584; Flint Campus, (810) 766-6845; Dearborn Campus, (313) 593-5192.

Dental ID cards distributed

The Benefits Office recently mailed dental identification cards to the nearly 31,000 faculty and staff members who participate in the U-M Dental plan. There are separate ID cards for Option I, Option II and Option III participants.

Plan participants should sign the card, fill in their social security number and take the card with them when they go to the dentist. Most dentists need the information contained on the card. For more information, contact the Benefits Office, 763-1214.

Open Enrollment set for October, November

Oct. 11–29—Open Enrollment

Faculty and staff can call the Benefits Enrollment Line (BEL) 7:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. seven days a week Oct. 11–29 and record benefits plan changes for 2000. BEL will close at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29. To use BEL: From the Ann Arbor area, call 763-0425; from elsewhere in the United States, call (800) 236-1492.

Callers with hearing impairments can contact the Benefits Office, 763-1217, through Michigan Relay , (800) 649-3777, and ask for Christina Miller, Monica Tyler, Karen Baer, or Brian Vasher.

Nov. 5—First Confirmation Statements mailed

The first Confirmation Statement reflects changes made during Open Enrollment. These should be reviewed for accuracy.

Nov. 8–24—Adjustment period

If Confirmation Statements do not reflect the changes, call and make corrections during the Adjustment Period. The phone lines are open 7:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m., seven days a week. BEL closes at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 24.

Dec. 3, 1999—Final Confirmation Statements mailed

If changes are made during the Adjustment Period, a final Confirmation Statement will be sent. If statements are not correct, contact the Benefits Office immediately.

January 1, 2000—Effective date of changes

Any changes made to benefits during Open Enrollment are effective Jan. 1, 2000.

U-M retirees to meet

The first U-M Retirees Association (UMRA) meeting of the school year will take place 3–5 p.m. Sept. 16 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. Barbara Zaret, coordinator of Medicare/Medicaid at Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, will be the featured speaker. She will provide an update on problems facing Medicare participants. Guests are welcome to attend.

The UMRA Annual Meeting will be held Oct. 14 at Wolverine Tower. For more information, call Charlene King, 764-9291.

Additions made to Y2K site

The U-M’s Y2K Web site now includes links to popular software and hardware vendors, as well as information on personal finance, travel, home safety and a variety of other topics. The site, www.year2000.umich.edu/individual.html, offers resources to help with frequently asked Y2K questions.

Join a vanpool

Two openings are available in a vanpool between Jackson and University Hospital. The van leaves Jackson Crossing between 6:15 and 6:20 a.m. It begins to pick up riders at designated stops at 4:15 p.m., departing Ann Arbor by 4:30 p.m. Interested individuals should contact Cindy Hendrickson, 936-8198.

Search for Music School dean begins

An advisory committee has been appointed by Provost Nancy Cantor to assist the president and the provost in the search for a new dean of the School of Music. She will ask the group to conduct a national search, with the intention of creating an unranked slate of final candidates next spring. Paul C. Boylan will retire next June after 20 years in the post. He joined the U-M in 1962.

“The School of Music has many programmatic and creative activities under way,” Cantor said, “and I anticipate the selection of a new dean who will continue the fine leadership that Paul Boylan has provided.”

The 16-member committee will be chaired by George I. Shirley, the Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Professor of Music. Other members are:

William E. Bolcom, the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Music and chair, composition; Evan K. Chambers, assistant professor of music (composition) and director, Electronic Music Studio; Richard Crawford, the Glenn McGeoch Collegiate Professor of Music; Glenda Dickerson, associate dean, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and professor of theater and drama; Julie Ellison, professor of English and director, Imagining America; Gabriela Lena Frank, graduate student, School of Music; Arthur Greene, professor of music (piano);

Gretchen N. Jackson, director of development and external relations, School of Music; Paul M. Kantor, professor of music (violin) and chair, string instruments; Andrew W. Mead, professor of music (theory) and chair, music theory; Christopher Peck, undergraduate student, School of Music; H. Robert Reynolds, director of University bands and professor of music (conducting); Ellen H. Rowe, associate professor of music (jazz studies); Donald J. Sinta, the Earl V. Moore Professor of Music and chair, wind instruments; and Peter D. Sparling, professor of dance.

LIR offers Russia lecture series

The Learning in Retirement (LIR) program of the Geriatrics Center will begin a weekly lecture series titled “Russia—A Country of Contrasts” on Sept. 8. The first lecture will be presented by Walter Moss, professor of history at Eastern Michigan University, on “Russia under Gorbachev and Yeltsin.” Each lecture is 10–11:30 a.m. in the Kellogg Eye Center Auditorium, 1000 Wall St. Other lectures in the series include: “Legal Reforms in Russia,” Sept. 16; “Russian Music,” Sept. 23; “Life on the Moscow Metro,” Sept. 30; “Art & Architecture in Modern Russia,” Oct. 6; and “The Economic Disaster in Russia: What Went Wrong?” Oct. 14.

The lectures are open to everyone over 55 years of age. The charge for the series is $25 per person for LIR members. Membership is $5. For more information, call 998-9353.

UROP seeks faculty research partners

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is recruiting faculty researchers from all departments for the 1999–00 academic year. Students in the UROP program assist faculty members with research projects by, for example, coding data, conducting library research or performing lab experiments.

UROP targets first- and second-year students, especially women in science and historically underrepresented minority students. Students who participate in the program receive either academic credit or Work Study funds, which are covered by UROP. Limited supplementary research funds also are available for faculty.

For an application or more information, call 998-9381 or visit the Web, www.umich.edu/~urop. The application deadline is Sept. 10.

Turner offers therapy group

The Turner Geriatric Clinic has announced a new therapy group for adults 60 years of age and older who are experiencing feelings of depression or anxiety. “New Ways to Feel Good” will meet for 10 weeks and focus on cognitive therapy techniques. For more information, call Janet Fogler or Sally Edwards, 764-2556. Group leaders will begin to interview interested individuals today (Sept. 7).

Fellowship applications available

Faculty Fellowship application packets were recently distributed to many departments by the Institute for the Humanities. The applications are for the 2000–2001 academic year, and all tenured or tenure-track faculty members in Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn.

Faculty may apply individually or as part of a two- or three-person research team. In team applications, co-applicants must each represent a different discipline, supporting the Institute’s mission of encouraging interdisciplinary, collaborative work.

Application packets may be downloaded from www.lsa.umich.edu/humin or requested by calling 936-3518.

U-M slide show available

A show featuring 58 slides of campus scenes, new and renovated buildings, student life and facts about the University is available in a traditional format or as a PowerPoint presentation. The show highlights the work of University photographers Paul Jaronski, Bob Kalmbach and Bill Wood.

The slides are intended for use in classroom lectures, presentations or displays and are suitable for a range of audiences, including prospective students and parents, alumni and donors.

The slide show includes a script with background information about the subject of each slide and costs $150, to cover duplication expenses. For more information, contact the Office of the Vice President for Communications, 763-5800. To preview the slides, visit www.umich.edu/~newsinfo/SS/sshome.html.

Workshops offered on searching electronic resources

The Health Sciences Libraries have designed six fall workshops for faculty, staff and students on searching electronic information resources.

They are:

  • Full-Text Electronic Medical Resources, 10:30 a.m.–noon, Sept. 30, LRC 3950, Taubman Medical Library (TML).

  • The Media and Medline: Keeping Up with the Informed Patient, noon–2 p.m., Sept. 22, Room 2C228, University Hospital.

  • U-M MEDSEARCH, noon–1 p.m., Sept. 23, 2C228, University Hospital.

  • Using Endnote with Biomedical Resources (demo only), 9–10 a.m., Sept. 28, Room 2901, TML.

  • Using Procite with Biomedical Resources (demo only), 10:30–11:30 a.m., Sept. 28, Room 2901, TML.

  • Using Reference Manager with Biomedical Resources (demo only), 12:30–1:30 p.m., Sept. 28, Room 2901, TML.

    Registration is required. Classes with fewer than six participants will be cancelled with 24 hours notice. For more information, visit the Web at www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Taubman.lib/classes.html. To register, call 763-2037 or send e-mail to medical.library@umich.edu..

    Faculty Grants and Fellowships Program accepting applications

    The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies is accepting applications for its 1999 Faculty Research Grants and Fellowships program. Faculty members may apply for both a grant and/or a fellowship to be used at the same time. The total amount for both may not exceed $15,000.

    The program is designed to help junior faculty establish an active research and scholarship program. Consideration also is given to senior faculty entering a new line of inquiry. The application deadline is Oct. 11. For more information or applications and guidelines, visit the Web at www.rackham.umich.edu/Faculty/Fgf.html; contact the Graduate School, Room 1004, Rackham Bldg., 936-1647; or send e-mail to kijewski@umich.edu.;

    FDA official to discuss nicotine investigation

    The U-M Tobacco Research Network (UMTRN) is sponsoring a lecture by Mitchell Zeller, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Program, titled “The FDA Nicotine Investigation: Why a Cigarette Is More Like a Syringe Than You Might Think.” The lecture will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in Room M3040, School of Public Health I. For more information, contact Jennifer Cash, jenncash@umich.edu.;

    Duct tape will do the honors

    The dedication of the new Walter E. Wilson Student Team Project Center at the College of Engineering will take place at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 9, with duct tape serving as the ceremonial ribbon.

    The 10,000-square-foot facility has been remodeled for use by teams in engineering competitions such as the solar car, solar boat, various alternative-fuel and high-performance race cars and human-powered helicopters and submarines. Several of these projects will be featured at the dedication.

    President Lee C. Bollinger and Stephen Director, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, will speak at the ceremony. Tours of the facility will begin at 3:30 p.m. The Wilson Center is located on North Campus at 2603 Draper, immediately east of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Bldg. and adjacent to Maya Lin’s “The Wavefield.” For more information, call 647-7000.

    Merajver to discuss national breast cancer study

    Sofia Merajver, assistant professor of internal medicine and director of the Breast and Ovarian Evaluation Program at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, will present two educational sessions on the Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR). Merajver will focus on breast cancer, cancer prevention strategies, risk vs benefits of study participation, study qualifications, enrollment procedures and follow-up during participation. Participants must be postmenopausal and cannot have a history of invasive breast cancer.

    The sessions will be held 10–11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 and 7–8:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Cancer Center Bldg., Room B1–180. For more information, call (800) 742-2300, category 7879.

    Turner hosts LIR open house

    The Learning in Retirement (LIR) program of the Geriatrics Center will have an Open House at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 in Suite C, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road.

    Individuals interested in LIR courses and study groups are invited to attend. For more information, call 998-9353.