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'U' prof outlines
research issues

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 4, 1987 - Page 3
'U' official puts
research report
in perspective

David Bassett, associate
professor of internal medicine,
yesterday recounted the history of
the ongoing controversy over
potentially harmful research at a
speech yesterday.
Bassett gave the first of a series
of- five lectures on classified
research at the International Center
on E. Madison St. called "An
Overview of The Classified
Research Debate at The University
of Michigan."
He focused on the "end-use"
clause of University classified
research guidelines - any research
with the purpose to "destroy or
permanently incapacitate human
In his lecture, Bassett forecasted
an upturn in spending with
increased government funding for
University military research. This
includes the Pentagon's University
Research Initiative program, which
will supply $2.5 million of the
University's military research funds
in the next two years.
B A S S E T T began his
chronology of events with the
Senate Assembly's recommendation
in 1983 to extend constraints on
larmful classified research to all
types of sponsored research. The
Board of Regents rejected the
statement by a vote of 7 to 1.

Bassett said that in 1983 he
asked the assembly to hold a
University-wide conference debating
the issue of academic freedom, the
right for researchers to research any
topic regardless of how harmful.
"It shouldn't make a difference
economically (to the University) if
we don't do harmful research,"
Bassett told his 30-person audience.
Students protested the regents'
decision at three sit-ins during
1983-84, fearing it would increase
the likelihood of nuclear war.
In the fall of 1985, University
President Harold Shapiro appointed
a committee to review the
guidelines for classified research,
chaired by Philip Converse,
professor of sociology. The com -
mittee then drafted two proposals
for the new military research
guidelines - the Majority Report,
favored by nine of the 12
committee members, and the
Minority Report, favored by the
other three.
. The Majority Report eliminates
the kill-maim clause and replaces it
with a provision that would force
all research contracts to be made
available for public inspection. The
report rules that all research results
must be published one year after the
sponsor's funding period has ended.
These guidelines govern all types of
sponsored research.

A University research official
said the University's drop from
second to 12th in federal research
funding among U.S. universities
did not reflect a decline in the
University's research status.
James Lesch, director of the
University's Division of Research
Development and Administration
(DRDA), was reacting to a report
released last week by Congress'
General Accounting Office (GAO).
Lesch said comparing the
University's federal research budget
with other universities' was like
"comparing apples and oranges."
According to statistics released
by DRDA, the University's total
research budget, which includes
federal, industrial, and professional
funding, has fluctuated between $73
and $97 million since 1977, after
adjustment for inflation. The federal
government sponsors 65 percent of
the University's total $183 million
research budget.
Lesch said while the University
remained constant in terms of
federal funds, other universities
have climbed quickly because of
special programs. He said Johns
Hopkins, for example, was ranked
first because of its Applied Physics
Lab, developed in the early 1970s,
and its $200 million military
research' budget. Colleges with
agricultural programs - which the
University doesn't have - also get
more research money from the
The University funded 13 percent

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of its research internally last year,
according to DRDA figures.
INTERIM Associate Vice
President for Research Alan Price
said part of the reason the
University fell in the GAO ranking
was the closing of the military
research-oriented Willow Run Labs
after anti-war protests in 1972.
Price said the University lost $10
to $15 million per year because of
the closing. Currently, the Univ -
ersity's military research budget is
4.4 percent of its total research
budget - lower than most
competing institutions.
The University, according to
DRDA figures, was ranked seventh
in terms of total research funding
for Fiscal Year 1984, behind Johns
Hopkins, MIT, Wisconsin, Stan -
ford, Cornell, and Minnesota.
The GAO's report was based on
an annual report by the National
Science Foundation's Richard
Bennof, a science resources analyst,
and said the University moved from
second to 12th between 1967 and
1984. It said the University ranked
behind Johns Hopkins, MIT,
Stanford, Washington, Columbia,
UCLA, Cornell, UC-San Diego,
Wisconsin, Harvard, and Yale in
terms of federally-sponsored
research in 1984.
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Medical School Prof. David Bassett speaks on classified research at the
International Center last night.

Survey studies faculty salary adjustments

Over 12 percent of University
:faculty members believe they
received market salary adjustments
In the last two years and 45 percent
say their colleagues received these
adjustments, according to a recent
"The survey, entitled Market and
Eqjuity Adjustments, was developed
by the Comrpittee on the Economic.
Status of the Faculty, one of the
groups under the faculty senate.
CESF surveyed the faculty about
Osalary questions during the last
academic year.
Market adjustments are made to
keep University salaries com-
petitive with those at peer
irfstitutions, while equity adjust-
ments aim to provide equal pay for
equal experience, ability, and
CESF is the lobby group for the
faculty, similiar to a union.
OAccording to Beth Reed,.associate

,. a

professor of social work and past
CESF chair, the group decided to
document what they were hearing
from faculty members.
The CESF salary survey is the
first part of a three-part study. The
second part on faculty
compensation and Part Three on
merit review procedures are now in
draft form and will be released later
this month, according to CESF
Chair Eugene Feingold.
The survey found that roughly
15 percent of faculty members
believe that there were equity
adjustments made on their salaries
and 32 percent feel adjustments
were made on others' salaries.
Faculty members in nursing
reported the highest belief that they
had experienced equity adjustments,
23 percent. LSA faculty followed
with 19 percent, while business
administration faculty reported 16
In market adjustments, business

administration- faculty reported the
highest, 26 percent. They were
followed by engineering, 18
percent, and public health, 14
The survey also showed that
more adjustments were made for
assistant professors and young
faculty members, age 25-35.
"(The survey) represents faculty
perceptions of adjustments that may
not necessarily be fact," Feingold
But deans agree that the
perceived adjustments may be
accurate. "The whole salary scale in
the country has moved up
dramatically," said Gilbert
Whitaker, Dean of the School of
Business Administration. "There are
so many openings and so few
people that to keep faculty we have

to pay market salaries," Whitaker
Some faculty members expected
the number of perceived
adjustments would be higher.
Feingold said market
adjustments may leave little room
for ordinary salary raises.
Virginia Nordby, director of
Affirmative Action, said she hopes
colleges are adjusting salaries on a
regular basis. She could not
speculate why some colleges were
perceived to have more equity
adjustments than others.
All three parts of the CESF
surveys will be presented to the
University's Board of Regents in
April, Feingold said. He hopes the
surveys will inform the regents of
faculty perceptions and grievances
concerning salary.



Campus Cinema
Tender Mercies (Bruce Beresford,
1983), CG, 7:00 & 9:00 p.m., Aud A.
Robert Duvall is a former country
music star who had it all and lost it to
alchohol. Now he's making a personal
comeback, learning to thank God for
the tender mercies in life.
Alice's Restaurant (Arthur Penn,
1969), Hill St., 8:00 p.m., Hill St.
The film version of Arlo Guthrie's
folk epic about a little diner where you
can get anything you want. Hippies,
litter, the draft, and turkey dinner -
they're all here in this acclaimed
La Cage Aux Folles (Edouard
Molinaro, 1979), MTF, DBL/7:00
p.m., Mich.
The owner of a gay nightclub is just
in an absolute tizzy when his son's
fiancee's family comes to visit, so he
has his transvestite lover pretend to be
his wife in this beloved musical.
French with subtitles.
Some like It Hot (Billy Wilder,
1959), MTF, DBL/8:50 p.m., Mich.
Two down and out musicians (Tony
Curtis and Jack Lemmon) witness a
gangland slaying, and seek to hide
from the mob by dressing up like a
couple broads and taking refuge in an
all-women traveling band. With
Marilyn Monroe..
Eternal Love (Ernst Lubitsch,
1929), AAFC, DBL/7:00 p.m., MLB
John Barrymore gets seperated from
his gal, but true love always finds a
way - that's why it's eternal.
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (Ernst
Lubitsch, 1938), AAFC, DBL/9:00
p.m., MLB 4.
Goldigging Claudette Colbert pursues
a millionaire. With David Niven and
Gary Cooper.
Dan Rose - "Accounting Ethics,"

Languages, 4 p.m., Rackham West
Conference Room.
Scott Seregny- "The Russian
Peasant Union," Center For Russian
and East European Studies, noon,
Lane Hall, Commons Room;
"Teachers in the 1905 Revolution," 4
p.m., Lane Hall, Commons Room.
Undergraduate Political Science
Assn.- 7 p.m., 439 Mason Hall.
LSA Student Government- 6
p.m., Michigan Union, 3rd Floor.
Archery Club Meeting- 8 p.m.,
Coliseum, Corner of Fifth and Hill
Hebrew Speaking Club- 4
p.m., 3050 Frieze Bldg.
LASC- 8 p.m., 1407 Mason Hall.
Psychology Career Fair- Psi
Chi and Undergraduate Psychology
Club, 4 p.m.- 6 p.m., Michigan
Union, Pendelton Room.
Career Planning & Placement-
"Polishing Your Resume to
Perfection" and "Investigating Careers
in Government," 4:10 p.m., 3200
SAB; "Interviewing Lecture," 4:10
p.m., MLB Lecture Room I.
Michigras- Battle of the Bands, 8
p.m.- 1 a.m., Michigan Union.
Women in Science- Videotape of
Careers in Biomedical Science, noon,
Comerica Bank, Corner of Thayer and
North University.

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The Michigan Daily, 420 '
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