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May 11, 1998

Advance calls for story tips on sabbaticals, emeriti
Did your sabbatical enable you to pursue a new direction in your research or develop new teaching strategies? Was it particularly productive in some other way? The Advance is seeking information for a future article on sabbaticals. A separate article will feature the ongoing scholarly activities of some of the University's emeritus faculty. If you are interested in being included in either of these articles, please send a brief (one to two-paragraph) description to Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, editor, at U-144, by fax: (860) 486-3530, or via e-mail: Interviews for these articles will be conducted during the summer break, so please indicate how you can be reached during the months of May through August.

Lamb's new novel to debut with quarter million copies

Wally Lamb, author of the best seller She's Come Undone, has a new book coming out June 3. The novel, I Know This Much Is True, is about 40 year-old twin brothers, one of whom has schizophrenia. Published by Regan Books, a division of HarperCollins, the book will have a first edition print run of 250,000 hard cover copies. "This is an unheard of number in publishing," says Sam Pickering, professor of English.

Lamb will embark on a 23-city promotional tour next month. Lamb's other upcoming activities include teaching at a writer's conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, an appearance at Book Expo America, the national trade book sellers show in Chicago, and giving an address at the American Library Association's national conference in Washington, D.C. The Connecticut Commission on the Arts has selected Lamb to receive a 1998 Governor's Arts Award.

Lamb, '72, M.A. '77, has been teaching creative writing and a fiction workshop this year. In the fall, he will join the English department as an associate professor.

Don't miss the Employee Benefits Fair, May 19-20
The ninth annual Employee Benefits Fair will be held in the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 19-20, complete with more than 45 booths offering free health screenings, and information about health insurance and retirement planning. Food, raffles, a therapeutic massage and other treats will also be available. The fair will include representatives of all the medical and dental health care carriers available to state employees, in conjunction with the open enrollment period - anyone wishing to change their insurance provider must fill out an enrollment form and return it to the Department of Human Resources by May 29. Descriptions of benefits, and cost schedules, were sent to employees' homes.

CRT seeking furnished accommodation for summer sublet
Connecticut Repertory Theatre wishes to sublet furnished apartments or houses within one mile of campus from June 9-July 25, or part of that period, to house professional employees coming to Storrs for the 1998 Nutmeg Summer Season. Call Jamie Gilpatrick at (860) 486-1629 for further information.

Center on Aging announces gerontology research fellowships
The Center on Aging is offering four to five graduate research fellowships in gerontology for 1998-99. The fellowship is an opportunity for extensive research on gerontological topics within the recipient's discipline. Fellows are required to participate in a research seminar covering perspectives and methods in studying aging, present a major paper in the first semester and a research report in the second semester, and present their research at a year-end symposium. The fellowship, which offers a stipend of $3,000, is open to full-time graduate students interested in pursuing a research career in the field of aging. Preference will be given to students with a background in gerontology. Applications should include an application letter, description of the proposed research topic, graduate transcript, and letter of support from the applicant's major adviser, and should be sent to Gerontology Fellowship Program Committee, Center on Aging, U-58, by Monday, June 15. For more information, call Nancy Sheehan at (860) 486-4043.