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By Rachel Green
Daily Staff Reporter
With a donation of 23 microprocessing
atents from Ford Global Technologies,
c., the University will not only be able to
improve research and education, but.
increase revenue.
Ford Global Technologies, Inc., a division
of Ford Motor Company, announced yester-
day it will donate the patents to the Univer-
sity.
Valerie Mayle, technology public affairs
administrator for Ford said she could not
comment of the precise value of the dona-
n for tax reasons. But she said this is the
largest gift FGTI has given to a public insti-
tution to date, surpassing last year's dona-
tion to the National Center for
Clases-
resume at
1,MU after
strike ends
Efaculty, university
come to an agreement
*arly yesterday morning
By Robert Gold
Daily Staff Reporter

Lonates
Manufacturing Sciences valued at more
than $22 million.
Chris Johnson, technology venture fund
manager for FGTI, said the patents are of
more than a monetary value to the Universi-
ty.
"The patents belong to the University
now. They can use the technology, license
the technology for royalty income, sell the
patents and use the technology for educa-
tional purposes," Johnson said.
Judy Malcom, director of development
communications and donor relations, said
the University is very enthusiastic about the
gift.
"In general the University accepts gifts of
patents only when they assist a specific unit
of the University with research," Malcom
said.

patents
"When Ford came to us with the offer of
these patents they were of particular interest
because one of Ford's primary investigators
had worked on this topic as a student at
Michigan, so this was in fact building on
some work that had been conducted at
Michigan."
The patents are grouped into four major
sub-categories: Micro machine technology,
involving machines the size of tiny comput-
er chips; sensors and micro-valves; hermet-
ic seal technology, which make chips more
robust; and pressure and gas sensor technol-
ogy.
Formerly owned by Ford Motor Compa-
ny, "the patents are not of strategic value to
us," Mayle said, but with further research
and development by the University, the
patented chips turn into a commercial com-

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modity, generating money for the Universi-
ty.
"Most of the patents are micro-systems
related," Mayle said, including, for example,
the small sensor in airbags and blood pumps
used in surgery.
The patents are of particular importance
to the College of Engineering and the Med-
ical School. Both schools have done exten-
sive research with microelectronics. The
patents will help to further educational
opportunities for both schools.
"The reason we wanted (the patents) was
that it furthers what we've already been
doing. It opens the door for other partnering
with other companies,' said Tim Faley, direc-
tor of technological transfer and commercial-
ization for the College of Engineering.
See FORD, Page 2

In the middle of the downpour

ALEX WOLK/Daily
RC sophomore Luke Carmichel searches through
Napster's Website yesterday for mp3 music files.
Universities
asked to ban
Napster use

Artists'

letters

A faculty strike that canceled
about half of Eastern Michigan
University classes last week has
ended.
The university and the faculty
union, the American Association of
niversity Professors reached a ten-
ive agreement early yesterday
morning.
Neither side would release details
until AAUP presents the new four-year
contract to its general membership
tomorrow afternoon.
The faculty's previous four-year
contract ended at midnight, Aug.
31. A contract extension expired at
midnight, Sept. 4. The strike began
few hours later. Sides sparred
er issues including intellectual
property rights and salary and ben-
efit increases.
All striking teachers returned to
class at 1 p.m. yesterday.
EMU spokeswoman Pam Young
said the administration is studying
issues resulting from the strike, includ-
ing making up lost class time and
scheduling of exams. She added the
administration is considering adding
nutes to each class, independent
dy and adding days to the semester
to make up the time.
The deadline for dropping a class
and receiving a full refund has been
extended from Sept. 12 to Sept. 19.
Young said about 49 percent of
classes were canceled last week and
qualified administrators filled in for
some striking professors.
The agreement was reached after
* hours of negotiations with a state
mediator beginning Sunday. Talks
also took place for 17 hours Friday
and Saturday at Michigan Employ-
ment Relations Commission offices
in Detroit.
"Both sides were working very dili-
gently for a fair and equitable" agree-
ment, Young said.
AAUP spokesman Phillip Arring-
ton said its union's executive com-
'ittee and bargaining team will
amine the agreement tomorrow
and present information to the 687
full-time faculty it represents. Uni-
versity members will have seven
days to examine the contract in the
written form.
The faculty will vote on the propos-
al next Tuesday. Arrington said it is
likely that the general membership
will agree to the contract but nothing
#ertain.
"You never can tell," Arrington
said.
He said the vote will likely be
done by a show of hands. The agree-
ment will pass if there is a "clear
majority vote." EMU regents must
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NORMAN NG/Daily
LSA freshmen Adam Hoipkemier (right) and Melissa McGinnis play in the flooded Diag near the West Hall arch during yesterday's downpour
which brought flooding rains to southeastern Michigan .
WI SE wins nationalhor

target campus
By Jodie Kaufman
Daily Staff Reporter
The opponents of one outlet for free music are
trying to push universities to restrict access to the
Web-based mp3 file sharing site napstercom.
Acting on behalf of artists who oppose the site,
such as Dr. Dre and Metallica, Attorney Howard
King sent a letter to 11 universities - including
the University of Michigan - urging the institu-
tions to ban access to napster com.
"All we've asked is that the universities engage
in discussion to protect the individual properties of
students," King said.
In a written statement, Napster CEO Hank Barry
said he hopes universities will not let these letters
stop them from allowing their constituents the free-
dom to choose where they go on the Internet.
"These letters are a heavy handed attempt by
Metallica's lawyers to increase university bans as
part of their effort to shut down Napster," Barry
said.
Wanda Monroe, media relations officer for the
Office of the University Chief Information Officer
said "the letter is under discussion and we have
until the 22nd to respond. We are not sure of the
final outcome, but we are engaging in a high pro-
file poster campaign to alert users and help them
understand the problems of downloading music."
Monroe said the dangers include the excessive
use of the network's bandwidth, which is one rea-
son Indiana University had to first shut down it's
community access to Napster.
Indiana University Information Technology Offi-
cer Mark Bruhn said his institution has shut off
See NAPSTER, Page 7

By Undsey Alpert
Daily Staff Reporter

Adding to the excitement of the Women in
Science and Engineering Program's 20th
anniversary, the group won a Presidential
Award for Excellence in Science, Mathemat-
ics and Engineering Mentoring.
The award, established by President Clin-
ton in 1996 and administered by the National
Science Foundation, is given to up to 10 indi-
viduals and 10 institutions each year.
"The award was established by the the
Travelers a
aim to aid
students'
career*,s
By Jane Krull
For the Daily

White House Office of Science and Technolo-
gy Policy," said Charles Drum, Public Affairs
Specialist for the NSF "It came out of the '94
policy document called Science in the
National Interest."
The NSF, an independent agency of the
federal government, selects winners from a
pool of entries and nominees.
"The award is given for excellence in men-
toring underrepresented groups in science,
research and engineering," WISE Director
Cinda-Sue Davis said. "Underrepresented
students being minorities, women and stu-

dents with disabilities."
Female faculty members created WISE
in 1980 to encourage women to pursue
careers in science, engineering and mathe-
matics.
"I think we have one of the best programs
in the country," Davis said, "but I was still
very honored."
"The individuals and institutions apply
and are selected via a selection commit-
tee," said Elizabeth Gregory, a special
assistant in the Office of Research and
See WISE┬░, Page 2

Local democrats
set up shop in A

By Hanna LoPatin
Daily Staff Reporter

LSA senior Arvinger Singh saw a
bus outside Rackham Auditorium
with the slogan "Find your dream
job here!" written on it. The promise
was enough to lure in Singh, a soon-
to-be graduate.
Inside the bus, decorated in bright
orange and blue, Singh found free T-
shirts, Frisbees and an opportunity to
check out careerbuilder.com.
Careerhuildercom, which recently
merged with careerpath.com, is a job
search Website. The site's main feature
is the megajobsearch, which searches
50 sites with job listings and many
mnior newsnaners.

With its bright teal porch and
blood-red roof, the house at 352
East Liberty St. is an unlikely home
for the Ann Arbor Democrats.
But incumbent State Rep. John
Hansen (D-Dexter) says that the
newly opened headquarters is exact-
ly where the Democrats want to be.
"The advantage of having it on
Liberty Street is just tremendous,"
said Hansen, who is running against
recent Eastern Michigan University
graduate Scott Wojack to represent
the state's 52nd District - which
includes the University's North
Campus.
"It's a wonderful bit of exposure,"
he said.
The office had its official open-
ing Sunday night, but they are "still
working on volunteers." Ann Arbor

events."
An opportunity to meet the can-
didates at 7 p.m. this Sunday, will
be one of the new office's first
events. Hansen will be joined by
U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Rivers,
who is running for re-election
against in the 13th U.S. District;
Chris Kolb, who is seeking to
replace state Rep. Liz Brater in the
53rd State District and Mayoral
candidate John Hiefjte.
Minority Floor Leader in the state
House Kwame Kilpatrick (D-
Detroit) will also be making a guest
appearance.
Hansen said the colorful posters
will probably lure mostly Gore-
Liberman supporters to the office.
Greenberg said that the presidential
and vice-presidential candidates
have yet to schedule an appearance.
But the candidates may come to
the Ann Arbor office before

MARJORIE MARSHALL/Daily
Careerbuilder.com's travelling bus makes a stop outside the Rackham Building on
East Washington Street yesterday.

"I'll go back and use it. Every-
body is concerned about getting a
ioh" said RBrklev

college bus tour last Friday at Michi-
gan State University. The tour will
continue for the next two months vis-

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