The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 2, 1992- Page 7
Chem building to re-open in '93
by David M. Powers
Students walking past the old
Chemistry Building during the past year
may have noticed danger signs and sounds
of construction coming from within.
However, building administrators say ren-
ovations could end by April.
The old Chemistry Building, erected in
1908, has been closed since May, 1991.
U-M Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer Farris Womack said the building is
undergoing $19.9 million in renovations.
Jack Novodoff, director of laboratories
and administrative manager of the chem-
istry department, said these changes are
the final step in a process to physically
improve chemistry department facilities as
well as create modern laboratory space for
the biology and biophysics departments.
The process was originally divided into
three phases. The first was the construc-
tion of the New Chemistry Building -
finished in 1989 - which cost the univer-
sity $45 million. The second phase was
the renovation of the two older chemistry
buildings, one built in 1908, and the other
in 1948. All three buildings are connected.
The third phase, an underground chem-
istry library, was aborted due to the over-
run of cost in building the New Chemistry
Novodoff said the new building and
the renovations are part of an attempt by
the U-M to improve the department.
"The university made a commitment to
the chemistry department to really give it a
boost so that it can once again work its
way up and be one of the top 10 or 15 in
the country," Novodoff said.
With this program, and with the ex-
panded facilities, Novodoff said he ex-
pects an increase in enrollment in chem-,
istry as well as in other sciences.
Novodoff said the renovations were
necessary due to problems such as decay-
ing ceilings and unacceptable lab hoods.
"After 40 years of use you really can't ex-
pect more out of it. For safety's sake it had
to be done."
The buildings are being redone to fit
the needs of their users, Novodoff said.
The first two floors of the 1908 building
will be occupied by biology teaching labo-
ratories. The third will be divided between
biology and biophysics labs, and the entire
fourth floor will be biophysics
The 1948 building, which reopened
this past June, now houses chemistry ad-
ministration and faculty offices. It also
contains upper-level teaching labs and re-
Jack Warner, administrative manager
of the biology department, said he is ex-
cited about moving his labs into the 1908
building. The new labs will enable profes-
sors to be more innovative in their course
Microscopes attached to video moni-
tors will be in every classroom. VCRs can
also be hooked up to these monitors,
making educational videos more accessi-
ble, he added.
The library facilities will be moved to
the UGLi, replacing the Engineering
Library which is moving to North
Novodoff said, however, that even with
the expanding facilities, the university will
need even more space.
"Within the next ten years we will be
extremely short of research space ... The
push right now on a national level is to
improve the science and math skills of our
i Workers labor on repairs to the old chemistry building. Renovations are expected to be
finished by April.
Mann addresses gender issues in media
Speechfocuses on journalists' overlookingofnursingpmfession
by Nate Hurley
by Adam Anger
tParking in Ann Arbor is notori-
ously difficult, but lately even bikers
are having problems finding a spot.
However, the U-M Departments
of Landscape Architecture and
Public Safety are working together
''to provide students with safer, more
secure parking for their bicycles.
t The U-M Department of
Landscape Architecture is in the
process of installing more bike racks
around university buildings to ac-
count for the parking problems
caused by increased bicycle use on
The department has installed
more than 100 new bike racks this
fall - each designed to accommo-
date two bicycles. In addition, more
than 200 racks were installed this
The installation began at the be-
ginning of the school year and
should be completed sometime next
The racks were placed in four ar-
eas identified for their inadequate
*.bicycle parking - the Business
School, the Law Quad, Burton
Tower, and the Central Campus
"These areas have been problem
areas for a long time and we hope
additional racks will provide safe bi-
cycle parking for the students," said
Ken Rapp, a landscape architect in-
volved in the current installation
The U-M Department of Public
Safety (DPS) is involved in the pro-
ject because it reports the complaints
received from staff members and
students who use the buildings with-
out adequate bicycle parking. DPS'
then presents its record of com-
plaints and crime reports to the
Journalism and the way it has
traditionally ignored the nursing
profession was the focus of a speech
given by prize-winning Washington
Post columnist Judy Mann last night.
Mann attributed the fact that me-
dia often puts nurses in the shadow
of other medical professionals -
"such as doctors - to the lack of
women journalists in editorial,
"Story conferences are over-
whelmingly dominated by white
men; they decide what's news,"
Mann told a crowd of about 100 in
the Rackham auditorium. "To claim
our space in the news, we have to
understand men and the differences
in the way men and women think
and value news."
One example Mann offered as
support was a recent abortion story
in a major national newspaper which
quoted 10 experts on abortion. None
of those experts were women.
It is not enough for nurses to
make medical advances. They must
also be assertive when telling about
them. Registered Nurse Regina
Kudla, who was in attendance last
night, cited an article from the New
'We have to understand men and the
differences in the way men and women think
and value news.'
- Judy Mann
Washington Post columnist
York Times about "kangarooing,"
the practice of premature infants be-
ing held against their mothers.
"The whole article talked mainly
about pediatricians. Only at the bot-
tom it said that nurses were the ones
who first observed it," Kudla said.
Mann offered hope for improved
coverage of the nursing profession
with several statistics. The number
of adult women who read newspa-
pers has dropped drastically from 78
percent in 1970 to 60.5 percent in
1990. This is one reason why news-
papers need to print what women
consider news - to attract more
The other ray of hope is that esca-
lating health care costs are currently
a hot topic, Mann said. Nursing of-
fers preventative medicine which has
been proven to cut medical costs
In addition, Carolyn Sampselle,
president of the Rho chapter of
Sigma Theta Tau, the international
honor society of nursing, said nurses
are moving into new areas as scien-
tists and researchers, even here at the
U-M. For example, nurses are exam-
ining diverse areas such as
Alzheimer's disease, teenage preg-
nancy, and substance abuse.
The audience was receptive and
responsive to Mann's statements.
Margaret Reynolds, director for re-
search at Catherine McAuley
Hospital said, "It would be very
valuable if the work that we do gets
heard by the general public."
Reynolds said nurses have much to
offer to women's health care.
The Rho, Eta Rho, and Kappa
Iota chapters of Sigma Theta Tau
and the U-M Medical Center co-
sponsored the event.
LSA Sophomore Tim Stypinski searches for an empty spot in the bike racks
near Angell Hall. New bike racks are being installed around campus.
Mon. Oct. 5
Department of Landscape
The crime reports state the loca-
tion and type of bicycle theft for
every case that is reported to them.
Records from DPS report at least
$30,000 in bike thefts over the past
"Installation of the additional
bike racks will make parking bicy-
cles safer, provided faculty and stu-
dents utilize them with appropriate
bike locks," said DPS Lt. Vernon
The Department of Landscape
Architecture is currently.planning to
replace the obsolete concrete "tire
bender" bike racks at East
Engineering and in front of Angell
Hall with modern loop-style racks.
As well, the department plans to in-
stall 100 bike racks. on the central
campus in addition to the racks al-
Baisden encouraged students to
use the new bike racks to secure
their bicycles for safety. Locking
bicycles to the newly-installed racks
with a durable lock (U-bar) reduces
the possibility of theft, he said.
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