The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 19, 1996 - 3A
Kids able to
Teachers and students can now mon-
itor the location and intensity of earth-
quakes with the same real-time seismo-
logical data used by scientists.
' Teachers from elementary, middle
and high schools can either purchase a
ssmall seismometer for use in the class-
room, or access data from the
-University Seismological Laboratory
using a Macintosh computer.
A software program developed by
niversity geology professor Larry
Roff can be distributed to teachers for
free. The program monitors the seis-
mometer 24 hours a day, recording the
signature signals of earthquakes -
those with magnitude 6.0 or higher -
occurring anywhere in the world. Three
Michigan high schools currently par-
ticipate in the program.
tour virtual plant
To help engineering students visual-
ize the interaction between molecules
during chemical reactions, University
chemical engineering instructor John
Bell and Prof. H. Scott Fogler offer stu-
dents a journey inside a virtual chemi-
Using the virtual reality education
*ware VICHER and a head-mounted
display, chemical engineering students
can browse a modern chemical plant,
seeing color photographs of equipment,
'and observing or controlling chemical
and physical reactions as they occur.
Bell's virtual reality modules are
tested by University Engineering
juniors and seniors enrolled in reactor
and chemical plant design courses. Bell
es the students' comments and sug-
'astions to improve the modules and
learn more about the benefits and limi-
tations of virtual reality as an educa-
When improved further, the modules
will be distributed to engineering
schools nationwide by the CACHE
Corp. Bell said his goal is to create a
computer simulation so realistic as to be
indistinguishable from the real world.
beb site offers
Combining K-12 students' natural
curiosity about planets and stars with
historical and artistic parallels
between science and humanities, sci-
entists in the University Space Physics
Research Laboratory are developing a
web site called "Windows to the
With funding by NASA, the scien-
tists will merge text about astrophysics,
astronomy, mythology, art, music, liter-
ature and philosophy with a series of
user-friendly graphics, movies and ani-
"Windows to the Universe" gives
users access to more than 2,000 images
taiken by NASA satellites. The proto-
type version of the program went
'online last March and is currently
Oing evaluated by the Ann Arbor
' ands-On Museum.
A new version will be available in
October. The address for the World
.Wide Web site is http://www win-
Last year the University Math-
*ence Learning Coalition found
tutors for 91 K-12 students in Ann
Arbor and Ypsilanti.
Funded by the National Science
Foundation and the University Center
or Ultrafast Optical Science, the Math-
Science Learning Coalition brings
together University, business, commu-
nity and government resources in pro-
moting science literacy for children.
Eighty percent of last year's tutors
re University undergraduate and
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
By Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporter
Mike Bishop promises to effectively
represent undergraduates if elected to
the University Board of Regents.
The Bloomfield Hills attorney and
regent candidate delivered this mes-
sage to more than 140 listeners at a
mass meeting of the University's chap-
ter of the College Republicans last
He encouraged students to be active
"I know your frustration at being
students and wanting to make a differ-
ence in the system," Bishop said. "I
encourage you as students to get out
there and be a part of the election."
While Bishop mostly spoke to the
group about activism and pride at the
University, he said afterwards that he is
well prepared to deal with the policies
that dominate discussion at the regents'
Bishop said if he is elected regent,
he will work to ensure the quality of
the University Hospitals.
"1 think the hospital is a facility that
has world-class quality," Bishop said.
"We have to be up to date.... That hos-
pital represents 38 buildings. It has
over 1 million patients go through it a
He also elaborated on the traits he
hopes to see in the next University
"I want someone who believes in
character, integrity, good traditional
values and is not afraid to convey that,"
Bishop said the educational quality
of the institution is directly tied to the
acquisition of high quality faculty. He
said the University should "seed (its)
faculty with world-class professors and
Nicholas Kirk, president of the local
College Republican chapter, said he
expects the group to work actively to
elect Bishop and re-elect Regent Deane
Baker (R-Ann Arbor).
race is probably on
par with the Senate
race and the presi-
dential race with
importance to stu-
dents at the
Members of the
board of regents
Bishop frequently put
aside partisan dif-
ferences when discussing University
affairs. Bishop said he is not prepared
to compromise his beliefs.
"I'm here on principle and will con-
tinue to be on principle," he said.
But Bishop also said his obligation
to the University would come before
"I will not breach my obligation to
this school in order to advance my per-
sonal agenda," Bishop said.
After speaking, Bishop talked with a
crowd of enthusiastic supporters.
Engineering senior Jim Yurko said
he walked away impressed by Bishop's
"I thought he was great and quite a
dynamic speaker," Yurko said.
Yurko said a conservative with
Bishop's philosophy might change
some of the "liberal policies" at the
Republican congressional candidate Joe Fitzsimmons speaks to College Republicans at their first mass meeting last night in
the Chemistry Building.
College Re, p6ublicanfs -draw'
By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
After several years of dwindling
membership, the University's chapter
of the College Republicans pulled in
more than 140 students to its first
mass meeting last night in the
On what is considered a liberal
campus, the record turnout easily
matched the attendance at the College
Democrats meeting Monday. In addi-
tion to recruiting members, the group
hosted Joe Fitzsimmons, GOP chal-
lenger to U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-
Ann Arbor), Republican regent candi-
date Mike Bishop and Ann Arbor
Mayor Ingrid Sheldon at the meeting.
"I haven't seen this many
Republicans together on (this) cam-
pus in 30 years," said Fitzsimmons, a
local business executive and adjunct
lecturer in the School of Information
and Library Studies.
College Republicans President
Nicholas Kirk said since the last pres-
idential election the group has "only
had one good year and that was not
last year." Kirk said the group has suf-
fered from leadership problems.
College Republicans member Amy
Paulsen said the tendency for college
campuses to vote Democratic has not
discouraged the group.
"We don't really see it as a disad-
vantage," said Paulsen, an L SA
sophomore. "We see it as a rallying
point - it just strengthens our con-
Officers presented the group as the
"eyes and ears of the campus," and
stressed a need to express conserva-
tive views at the University.
"We combat basically the sentiment
of liberalism that's on campus," said
Vice President Elias Xenos.,
Audience members ranged from
the unsure to the impressed and
"I thought they were more impres-
sive than I thought they would be,!a
little more emotional," said Mary
Lee, an Engineering sophomore.
Todd Stockard, an LSA sophomore,
said Bob Dole's tax plan will revitlf-
ize the economy and create-jobs. r
"Basically I think (Bob Dole ii)
going to bring back the Reagan years
if he's elected - but I don't think
he'll be elected," Stockard said. I:
House candidate Fitzsimmloi$
quoted his latest polling statistics and
predicted a GOP victory in his race
this fall. Voters aren't familiar wi6h
Rivers and won't support her, he SaidL
"She's about as close to being;a
socialist as I can think o'
Fitzsimmons promised Republicar
programs would help relieve the-bd-
den of deficit payments young, i4-
payers will bear in the coming years.
"We'll run a surplus," Fitzsinmons
said. "We'll do in Washingtonwhat
we've done in Michigan."
President George Bush paid off a polit-
ical debt to an old friend yesterday,
helping Republican Ronna Romney
raise about $90,000 for her U.S. Senate
About 90 people paid $1,000 each
for a breakfast buffet of cold cereal,
fresh fruit, sweet rolls and tidbits
from Bush about why Romney
should beat Democratic incumbent
"Ronna may be behind ... but I'll
guarantee you it's going to close and
close fast;" Bush said. "We saw today
why - (Ronna is) aggressive, bright,
able. Those are character traits that I
think people of Michigan identify
Michigan voters crave the values
Romney represents, including better
schools, less crime and family-friendly
policies, he said.
"And I believe that she can attract the
interest of the business community
because she knows that a job is far bet-
ter than some failed government pro-
gram;' he said.
Bush called Romney's race one of
his top political priorities after only the
careers of his sons George and Jeb and
the presidential campaign of Bob Dole.
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