The University Record, September 27, 1999


FOIA Office unveils Web site

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office has unveiled a Web site,, designed to help the public and University community understand the state’s public records disclosure law, its application to the U-M and compliance procedures.

“The University receives numerous requests for documents from a variety of sources,” notes Lewis A. Morrissey, chief freedom of information officer. “They involve records located in academic and administrative offices throughout the University, including the Flint and Dearborn campuses. In searching for responsive documents, we often find that staff and faculty are not fully aware of FOIA or its application to the University. The same holds true for many of the people making the requests. The Web site answers the more frequently asked questions regarding the law.”

Morrissey and Patricia Sellinger, administrative associate, are available to discuss FOIA and compliance procedures with faculty and staff groups throughout the year. The FOIA Office is located in Room 6070, Fleming Bldg. For information, call 763-5082, fax to 763-1399, or send e-mail to or

Several units in new quarters

Several units have moved. New addresses and their effective dates are:

  • Department of Statistics, 4062 Frieze Bldg., 1285, effective Aug. 2.

  • Extension Service, 1524 LS&A Bldg. 1382, effective Aug. 2.

  • South Africa Initiative Office, 100 West Hall 1092, effective Aug. 25.

  • Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation, 1210 Buhr Bldg. 3213, effective Sept. 20.

    Carson to read poetry

    Anne Carson, this term’s Norman Freehling Visiting Professor at the Institute for the Humanities, will read from her work at 5 p.m. Sept. 30 in Rackham Amphitheater. Michael Ondaajte, author of The English Patient, has called Carson “the most exciting poet writing in English today.”

    Director of graduate studies at McGill University, Carson is the author of Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse, a contemporary interpretation of the myth of Herakles and Geryon (Red). It was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her reading is part of the Visiting Writers Series sponsored by the Department of English and the Office of the Provost.

    The reading will be followed by a reception in the Osterman Common Room (1524), Rackham Bldg.

    Y2K e-mail fix a hoax, Microsoft says

    An e-mail message that claims to be from Microsoft’s support department offering a fix for Y2K problems is a virus that can cause serious problems, Microsoft has reported. The company says there are as many as eight different versions of the e-mail message circulating. The hoax e-mail comes with an attachment called Y2Kcount.exe that if executed causes the virus to spread. Users should immediately delete the message. Microsoft says it never attaches software to e-mail messages, and advises that users visit its Y2K Web site for any necessary patches relating to Y2K.

    Bollinger to address ABPAFS Oct. 6

    President Lee C. Bollinger will address the Association of Black Professionals, Administrators, Faculty and Staff (ABPAFS) and other members of the University’s African American community at the group’s general membership meeting noon–1 p.m. Oct. 6, Rackham Assembly Hall. Bollinger will address advancements and concerns of the African American community. ABPAFS officers for 1999 are Elzora A. Holland, president; Jeffery Harrold, vice president; Renoir Gaither, secretary; George Lee, assistant secretary; Alfreda Fleming, treasurer; and Evelyn Crafton-Robinson, assistant treasurer. Light refreshments will be served.

    Lecture series explores ‘library cultures’

    To help librarians and the public understand the changes in libraries and ways of sharing information brought on by changes in technology, the School of Information and the University Library are sponsoring a series of lectures this fall and winter on “Library Cultures: Exploring Dimensions of Change.”

    The free lectures will be 3–4:30 p.m. in the Founders Room, Alumni Center. For additional details, call 763-2285 or visit the Web at

    Scheduled this term are:

  • “Reaching People in Communities: Recent Trends in the Public Library,” Gary E. Strong, director, Queens Borough Public Library, and Christine Lind Hage, president of the Public Library Association, Sept. 29.

  • “Libraries Build Communities,” Sarah Long, president, American Library Association, Oct. 14.

  • “Libraries for the Community of Scholars: The Parable of the Talents,” Michael A. Keller, university librarian, director of academic information resources and publisher of High Wire Press, Stanford University, Nov. 17.

    Candle-lighting ceremony is Oct. 1

    Joining others at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and ceremonies nationwide, the Cancer Center will hold a Candle-Lighting for Hope and Remembrance at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 under the front entrance canopy of the Cancer/Geriatrics Centers Bldg. Names of individuals who have died from cancer will be recognized and candles will be lit in their memory. Free parking is available. For information, call (800) 742-2300, category 7880.

    CAMRC calls for research proposals

    The Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center for Cardiovascular Diseases (CAMRC) requests research proposals that focus on the small-scale testing of complementary or alternative medicine methods that prevent, treat or ameliorate major cardiovascular diseases. Both basic science and clinical proposals may be submitted.

    One-year grants of $1,000–5,000 will be awarded. The application deadline is Sept. 30. For an application or more information, contact Kathleen Mattingly, 998-7715, or send e-mail to

    Turner’s ‘Caring for Aging Relatives’ series starts Oct. 6

    The Geriatric Center’s Turner Clinic is hosting “Caring for Aging Relatives,” an informative support series, 6–8 p.m. Wednesdays Oct. 6–Nov. 10 in Room 1139, Turner Conference Room, Cancer/Geriatrics Center Bldg. Topics covered include caregiver’s roles, physical aspects of aging, managing medication, Medicare and Medicaid, legal issues, depression and dementia, substance abuse, community resources and nursing homes, adaptive strategies for sensory loss, and planning for the future. Fees are $30 per person, $50 per couple. M-CARE members fees are $15 per person, $25 per couple. Scholarships are available. To register or for more information, call Cassie or P.J., 764-2556.

    Nuclear weapons abolition is topic

    A “Community Forum on Nuclear Weapons Abolition” will be held Oct. 8 in Rackham Amphitheater, starting at 1:30 p.m.

    Topics include “The Current Dangers of Nuclear Weapons: Steps to a More Secure Planet,” Bruce Blair, Brookings Institution; “Environmental and Public Health Hazards of Nuclear Weapons Production and Testing,” Arjun Makhijani, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, and Keith Lewis, council member, Serpent River First Nation (tentative); “The Case Against Nuclear Weapons Abolition,” Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; and “The Need for International Agreements to Abolish Nuclear Weapons,” Merav Datan, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Provost Nancy Cantor will give an opening statement at the start of the evening session. The program will close with a panel featuring Blair, Makhijani, Bueno de Mesquita and Datan.

    U-M sponsors include the Office of the Vice President for Research, College of Engineering, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, School of Education, School of Public Health, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Philosophy, Department of Political Science, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies and the Institute for Social Research.

    For information, visit the Web at

    ‘Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop’ tickets on sale

    The U-M Latino Task Force presents Danny Hoch in “Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop” at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Mendelssohn Theatre. Hoch is the featured artist for the University’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

    “Jails” is a solo stage performance in which Hoch portrays an array of different characters.

    Tickets for “Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop” are $10 for students and $15 for non-students at the Michigan Union ticket office and all TicketMaster locations.

    For information, call 763-8587.

    Performance evaluations focus of CFW program

    “Enter the Millennium Prepared for Your Next Performance Evaluation” is the focus of a brown-bag presentation by the Commission for Women, noon–1 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League.

    Speakers Juliana Brown, Mary Ann Bryant and Deborah Nystrom will focus on how staff can make the most of the evaluation process. Topics will include the purpose of performance evaluations, effective models and changes in how evaluations are conducted, and what staff can do if they disagree with evaluations or receive no feedback.

    Brown is executive director of advancement services and annual giving. Bryant is chair of LS&A’s Work Planning, Feedback and Appraisal Committee. Nystrom, a staff development associate with Human Resource Development, is a consultant for a variety of U-M academic and business units.

    Turkey after the earthquake is focus of Oct. 4 program

    “After the Earthquake: Recovery and Rebuilding of Turkey” is the focus of a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in Room 1636, Social Work Bldg.

    Speakers will be Larry Ruff, associate professor of geological sciences, discussing earthquakes in general and the Turkish ones in particular; Sumer Pek, professor of internal medicine, who will give an eyewitness report on the earthquake and relief efforts; and Mete Turan, professor of architecture, who will discuss current and future building in Turkey.

    The program is sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies. For information, call 764-0350.

    CAAS holds open house

    The Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS) is holding an open house and homecoming celebration 4–6 p.m. Oct. 1. The program, which begins at 5 p.m., features a welcome by Interim Director James Jackson, a performance of traditional South African songs by the U-M Gospel Chorale, a presentation honoring former directors, and the unveiling of a sculpture by artist Inge Hardison, donated by alumni Dr. and Mrs. James Curtis.

    Free depression screening is Oct. 7

    The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program and Counseling and Psychological Services will offer free, anonymous screenings for depression and manic depression 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Koessler Room, Michigan League. The screenings are open to faculty, staff, students and their significant others. Those attending can take a self-test for depression, talk with a mental health professional, and analyze the suicide-risk of a friend or family member. Referral to treatment centers will be provided. For information, call 936-8660 or 764-8312. The screenings are co-sponsored by the Michigan League Programming Office.

    ‘I Can Cope’ starts Sept. 30

    The Cancer Center’s educational series for patients and their families, “I Can Cope,” begins Sept. 30 with “Recent Developments at the U of M Comprehensive Cancer Center,” presented by James L.M. Ferrara, professor of internal medicine and pediatric director, Combined Bone Marrow Transplantation Program.

    Other programs in the series are “Understanding Cancer and Cancer Treatments” Oct. 7, “Managing the Effects of Illness and Treatment” Oct. 14, “Self-Esteem and Intimacy” Oct. 21, “Keeping Well in Mind and Body” Oct. 28, “Mobilizing Resources and Communicating Thoughts and Feelings” Nov. 4 and “Celebrating Life: A Cancer Survivors’ Panel” Nov. 11.

    Programs are held 7–8:30 p.m. in Room 180, Floor B-1, Cancer/Geriatrics Centers Bldg. For information or to register, call 936-8700.

    Prostate cancer focus of free program

    “Be a Wise Guy: The Facts on Prostate Cancer” will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Livonia West Holiday Inn, Six Mile Road just east of I-275. Cancer Center specialists will discuss detection, treatment options, complementary care and quality of life following prostate center therapy at the free, public program. Registration is encouraged. Call (800) 742-2300, category 7870.

    Sign up for track & field meet

    The individual and team entry deadline for the Track and Field Meet sponsored by the Department of Recreational Sports is 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Intramural Sports Bldg., 606 E. Hoover. Fees are $5 for individuals, $25 per team. The meet will start at 3:45 p.m. Oct. 7 at Ferry Field. For information, call 763-3562.

    SPH hosts community service-learning fair

    The School of Public Health (SPH) will hold its Sixth Annual Community Service-Learning Fair, an open house for community-based organizations, on Oct. 4.

    A 2 p.m. reception will kick off events outside the auditorium, School of Public Health Bldg. I. The keynote address will be delivered at 3 p.m. by Terri D. Wright, program director for health policy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The fair follows, 3:45–5:15 p.m. on the third floor.

    More than 40 organizations from across the state are expected to participate. Students from all the health professions are encouraged to attend.

    For information, contact Nita Springer, 763-9234 or or Renee Bayer, 936-0932, Information is on the Web at