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Statistics lab may be replaced

The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 9, 1983 - Page 15
BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIALI

By CHERYL BAACKE
The University's Statistical Research
Laboratory may be closed and replaced
by a larger statistics center if ad-
ministrators accept the recommen-
dations of a summer review committee.
The committee, which presented its
report to the University's executive of-
ficers in May, suggested replacing the
laboratory with a statistical consultin-
center and shifting its computing
"responsibilities to the University Com-
puting Center.
BY ELIMINATING the center's
computing burden, committee mem-
bers said the center could return to its
primary mission of research and con-
sulting.
The panel estimated the switch would
cost the University $105,000.
The laboratory provides statistical
consulting to students and faculty and
develops computer programs for
researchers.
The panel noted that many units
within the University, such as the
economics and sociology departments,
have in-house programs for statistical
Sresearch.
r BIO-STATISTICS Prof. Richard
3Landis, a member of the review panel,
M said the smaller labs would not be axed
if the committee recommendations are
approved, but said the new institute
,would centralize the University's
statistics research.
Statistical Research Laboratory

Director William Ericson said demand
for the program's services has in-
creased 20 percent annually, forcing
the lab to request more money.
Ericson said former Vice President
for Research Charles Overberger
commissioned the review as "am-
munition for increased funding."
HOWARD Finkbeiner, assistant to
the vice president for research, said a
decision on whether to restructure SRL
and boost its funding would probably be
made in the fall.
Under the panel's recommendations,
the new Institute of Applied Statistics
would receive $87,500 a year and the in-
stitute would spend $175,000 on its
computing unit. The cost of new com-
puter and printing equipment would be
a one-time expenditure of $18,000.
The panel also recommended that a
"user's group" oversee the computing
unit and the consulting center to "weigh

competing options against scarce
resources, and make reasonable
choices.'
THAT PROSPECT angers Daniel
Fox, associate director of SRL "The
creation of an executive committee (in
a unit which has directors) is un-
paralled," he said. "there is no unit at
the University that has such a commit-
tee.".
"The current arrangement has been a
successful arrangement," Fox added.
Fox is the man largely responsible
for SRL's current structure. He
designed the MIDAS and TEXTEDIT
data analysis and text processing
systems the lab uses.
Ed Rothman, chairman of the
statistics department said the lab "has
been doing a pretty good job generally
and we're looking at a step forward."
This story was reprinted from the
summer edition of the Daily.

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into a dormitory corridor and opened
fire into the smoke with a sawed-off
shotgun.
Kelly was convicted of murder and
'sentenced to life in prison without
parole in August 1982.
A year and two days after
McGreaham's death, his parents filed a
claim with the state Crime Victims
Compensation Board, hoping to collect
partial repayment for their son's
funeral expenses.
The board was established in 1977 to
compensate crime victims and their
families for expenses not covered by in-
surance. Medical and burial costs are
the usual basis for claims, which are
limited to $15,000.
But claims must be filed within one
year of a crime, and since the
,McGreah ams were two days late, the
request was denied.
"THE MCGREAHAMS were so
devastated by the loss of their son, they
couldn't fill out the forms for a long
time," said Washtenaw County
Prosecutor Lynwood Noah, who told the
McGreahams about the compensation
board.
Noah, the prosecutor in the case
against Kelly, then contacted House
Ways and Means Committee Chairman
Dominic Jacobetti (D-Negaunee) and
Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor).
Both agreed to help waive the deadline,
and to push the claim through the state
Slegislature.
The McGreahams' claim hit another
snag last winter, however, when state
officials proposed eliminating the com-
pensation board to save money.
BUT GOV. JAMES Blanchard later
withdrew his proposal to cut the
program because of "public outcry,"
according to Bullard, and the claim
passed the state Senate and House.
The money, however, has not erased
the trauma of losing their son, accor-
Sding to McGreaham's mother,
Rosemary. "The money doesn't make
me any happier-it won't bring Doug
Sback," she said.
She added that they would use the
Smoney to start a college fund for her
Sfourteen-year-old son Dan. "He used to
want to go to Michigan," McGreaham's
mother said. "But Ann Arbor has such
terrible memories that he won't go to
Michigan."
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