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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 3, 2003 - 3

CAMPUS
Libraries conduct
student survey on
extended hours
The Shapiro Undergraduate
Library and the Harlen Hatcher
Graduate Library are conducting a
survey to collect student feedback
on hours of operation.
Pick up a survey at the circulation
desks to voice your opinion.
Russian quartet
presents concert
at Rackham
The Grammy-winning St. Peters-
burg String Quartet and Maxim
Mogilevsky will be performing the
chamber music of Destyanikov,
Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky
today at 8 p.m. in Rackham Audito-
rium.
On Saturday, the musicians, grad-
uates from the Leningrad Conserva-
tory, will discuss their career and
the art of making contemporary
Russian music.
This event begins at 4 p.m. in the
School of Music's Stearns Build-
ing.
Exhibit offers
photographic
tour of the U.S.
An exhibit called "Fleeting
Urbanism" will display black-and-
white and color photography shot
across the United States Opening at
8 a.m. today, the exhibit runs until
Oct. 17 at the Atrium Gallery in
Pierpont Commons.
Break-dance
your way to the
big bucks
Eighteen teams will try to break
dance their way to $1,000 in Master
the Art's three-on-three battle.
There will also be a one-on-one
battle for $100 which students can
enter by signing up at the door.
The event is today from 8 p.m. to
1 a.m. at the Michigan Union Ball-
room.
Pastel exhibit
opens at Pierpont
Felicia Macheske's pastel paint-
ings will be on display in the Earth
and Sky exhibit in Pierpont Com-
mons' Wall Gallery. The exhibit
opens Sunday at 8 a.m. and contin-
ues until Oct. 25.
Attend services
for the high
holidays
University Hillel will hold Ortho-
dox and Reform Yom Kippur servic-
es at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Orthodox services will also be held
at 9 a.m. on Monday followed by
Reform services at 10 a.m. Conser-
vative services are at 6:30 p.m. on
Sunday and 9 a.m. on Monday, in
the Power Center for the Performing
Arts.
School of
Education hosts

recruitment day
Talk with current faculty and
graduate students from the School
of Education at Graduate Recruit-
ment Day. Learn about the best pro-
grams of study and about the
different degrees offered by the
school.
Research and professional oppor-
tunities will be discussed along
with the application and admission
processes.
The event will be held from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in the
School of Education.
Comedy Central
tour stops in A2
Lewis Black from "The Daily
Show" and Dave Attell from
"Insomniac with Dave Attell" will
do their stand-up comedy in "Com-
edy Central Live" at the Michigan
Theater tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and
10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.
Play offers
alternatives to
Shakespeare
In "Goodnight Desdemona," a
doctoral student believes the docu-
ment she studies in her thesis

'U' boasts rise in female faculty, enrollment

Coleman praises women's
progress on campus, but more
challenges ahead
By Nah Moreira
and Stefanie Trout
For the Daily
University President Mary Sue Coleman high-
lighted the achievements of University women, as
well as the obstacles to their continued advance-
ment, in a forum at the Law School yesterday.
A predominantly female audience gathered for
Coleman's address, which focused on a recent
report, "Women at the University of Michigan,"
that compares rates of hiring, retention and enroll-
ment of women from 1990 to 2001.
Coleman also acknowledged eight women in
nontraditional leadership roles at the University,
including Valerie Castle as the first female depart-

ment chair at the Medical School. Marilyn Knepp,
now associate vice president of University, budget,
planning and administration, started her career as
an elementary school teacher, rising to her post
after working as a University secretary and study-
ing simultaneously for her business degree.
More women than ever currently hold executive
offices and deanships at the University, said Cole-
man, with 50 percent of these positions now held
by women. Women also now comprise half of
undergraduate enrollment. However, gender equity
remains out of reach. The percentage of females
hired as assistant professors has stagnated at about
a third since 1980. Among staff ranks, females gen-
erally cluster in lower pay grades than men, and
women remain significantly underrepresented
among graduate students. Also, faculty hires have
not kept pace with the number of female doctoral.
students graduating nationwide.
Coleman said one major problem area concerns
women of color. "It is clear that we must work to

improve the representation of women of color at all
staff levels;' she said.
Carol Hollenshead is director of the Center for
the Education of Women, which prepared the
report for the President. "By having data we can
compare to historical data and national data, we can
focus efforts at the University on areas where it's
most needed," she said.
"There's a saying by the business community
that may be applicable here - what gets measured
gets done." Several initiatives are already in place
to improve the recruitment and retention of women
at the University. For instance, male or female fac-
ulty who are primary caretakers of a newborn child
can elect to stop the "tenure clock" and delay the
decision of whether they will receive tenure for as
much as one year per child.
Also, the CEW offers career counseling and
other support programs for students, faculty and
staff. Coleman also mentioned the ADVANCE ini-
tiative, a program aimed at increasing the number
New Cyclotr

of female faculty in science and engineering. Cur-
rently in its first year, ADVANCE has already
resulted in 43 new female faculty hires.
Engineering student Kristi Schmidt, one of only
a few students at the event, enjoyed Coleman's
words. "Women bring a unique perspective to aca-
demic endeavors. I see (being a woman) more as an
opportunity than a hindrance," she said.
Lynn Louchart-Kiefer, a School of Education
student at the University's Flint campus and a full-
time mom, attended the forum because she is per-
sonally affected by the University's progress.
"There's times when I get very discouraged and I
don't think I can do this, but ... the Women's Edu-
cational Center is very supportive and there are
professors who are very understanding."
Hollenshead expects continued improvement for
University women in coming years. "The kinds of
issues we see at Michigan, we tend to see at other
universities; she said. "But at Michigan, we strive
to do better."
on facilitates

Get out of town 1

cancer detection, aids in
brain, vascular research

By Aaron Adams
For the Daily

Art Institute of Pittsburgh student Jesse McQuown waits for the bus to Pennsylvania
last night at the Amtrak station on Depot Street. He was visiting family in the area.

Cyclotron is coming to campus. Don't run out
and buy bottled water and duck tape just yet.
Cyclotron is not a virus or a three-story fire-
breathing trash compactor that you might see at a
monster truck rally - it's a valuable life-saving
machine.
Cyclotron is a particle accelerator that pro-
duces radioactive tracer ions used in positron
emission tomography scans, which detect cancer
and various other brain and vascular diseases.
Last week the University Board of Regents
approved a project to replace the current machine
housed in the Kresge research facility, which was
purchased over 20 years ago.
The new machine alone will cost $2 million
and the project will total $8.7 million. Facilities
for housing the Cyclotron - a 7,900-square-
foot underground bunker beneath the Medical
Science Building - make up the remainder of
the cost.
The current machine was purchased in the late
1970s and has become outdated, requiring that
chemists and technicians spend much of their
time with repairs and maintenance.
The company that built the Cyclotron filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy many years ago, and
since then University staff has performed all
service work.
The new accelerator, built by General Electric,
will be "hands off, allowing researchers more
time for research," said Barry Shulkin, head of
the University's Nuclear Medicine Department.
Michael Kilbourn, director of the PET Chemistry
Section in Nuclear Medicine, said the new
"machine will have far greater reliability and

serviceability."
Because of the intense amounts of radiation
produced by the particle accelerator, perform-
ing maintenance can be very dangerous. In
order to guarantee the safety of researchers,
precautions are taken that can be time-con-
suming.
"Usually for any major repair, (the
Cyclotron) has to be turned off for several days
and researchers must work wearing appropriate
gear and in a protected area," said Kilbourn.
These lulls in productivity are not just incon-
venient for the researchers. The Cyclotron is
capable of providing enough particles to test eight
to 10 patients a day. When the machine is down
three days at a time for repairs, dozens of patients
must wait.
"Servicing the machine does impact patient
care," Kilbourn said. The time saved with the new
machine is extremely valuable, Shulkin said.
"Whatever (the price) is, it's worth it."
In 2002 the University's Department of Radi-
ology ranked number one in the country for
funding dollars received, $22 million, from the
National Institutes of Health. The NIH is the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
agency responsible for medical and behavioral
research for the nation. The replacement of the
Cyclotron will solidify the department's status
as one of the top medical research facilities in
the country.
The old Cyclotron will continue to run for
several years until it is disassembled and
removed for destruction.
The new Cyclotron will be built in General
Electric's Wisconsin facility and assembled at
the Medical Science building. The entire project
should be complete in 2005.

BUDGET
Continued from Page
from there the administration will
begin thinking about what to pro-
pose as possible reductions," she
said.
But further reductions may
impede the University administra-
tion's ability to serve its students.
"Whether higher education is
going to be hurt more than anyone
else, I don't know," said state Rep.
Ruth Ann Jamnick (Ypsilanti). "But
when you start facing budget cuts,
when everything's been cut as much
as it has, we're facing some really
difficult challenges."
University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson echoed her remarks.
"We're concerned if we see more
cuts (the size of last year's reduc-
tions), it's going to dig deeply into
our educational offering," she said.
Reflecting on the most recent round
of budget reductions, civil engi-
neering Prof. Victor Li said down-
scaled funds have affected his work

at the University, mainly by con-
stricting funds available for
research projects. He added that
future cuts resulting in more tuition
increases would deter prospective
students from attending the Univer-
sity.
"Generally speaking, I assume these
cuts (would) affect some students who
may be highly desiring higher education,
but cannot afford it."
During the past two weeks, the
state has tried to offset its losses by
raising fees on services such as new
driver license registrations, but Bird
said fee hikes will probably be one
of many pieces in the state's plan to
rebalance the budget. The fee
increases were part of the fiscal
year 2004, which started October
1," Bird said.
"Those bills have already been
passed, so people will see a number
of fee increases, from everything to
pet shop licensing fee increases, to
when you go into the secretary of
state's office and renew your driver
license."

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