The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 8, 2004 - 3A
New journal showcases undergrad research
Flying trash can
lid smacks woman
in back of head
According to DPS crime logs,
heavy winds caused a trash can lid
to hit a woman in the back of her
head late Friday morning outside
Wolverine Towers. The woman
declined any medical attention and
maintenance staff was notified
about the incident.
Man with burglary
tools arrested on
A caller reported to the Department
of Public Safety on Saturday afternoon
that a suspicious man was seen outside
the Medical Science Research Build-
ing. The man possessed burglary tools,
including a cart and a black duffle bag.
DPS found and arrested the man on
two outstanding warrants - one for
failing to pay child support and the
other for failing to appear before the
court on a home-invasion charge. The
case is under investigation and the man
is in jail.
at East Quad
An incident involving criminal sexu-
al conduct was reported at East Quad
Residence Hall late Wednesday morn-
ing. The incident consisted of unlawful
touching. DPS is currently investigat-
ing the case.
0 for stealing items
from sealed locker
DPS reports show that a caller's cell
phone, wallet, key and clothing were
stolen from a locked locker in the
Central Campus Recreational Build-
ing late Saturday night. The suspect is
being prosecuted for the theft by
another police department because the
stolen property was used outside
A University Hospital employee
reported being harassed by a col-
league while in the hospital on Satur-
day afternoon. DPS is investigating
rthe caseand would not provide further
hits car while
speeding in lot
DPS reports show that a parking
:attendant was driving fast in a parking
lot on 900 Baits Dr. when he hit anoth-
er car that was backing out of a parking
space late Friday morning. The parking
attendant was arrested for driving with
a suspended license.
Ten gallons of
paint stolen from
DPS reports show that 10 gallons of
paint were stolen from the School of
Information's loading dock Tuesday
night. The stolen paint is valued at
$250 and there are no suspects.
Theft of key
reported at South
Quad res hall
A key was reported stolen from
South Quad Residence Hall early Sat-
urday afternoon after the key had been
checked out by someone who failed to
return it. DPS has no suspects.
warned not to
return to UGLi
DPS crime logs show that a 37-year-
old male and a 46-year-old male were
found trespassing at the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library late Wednesday
morning. DPS read the men a trespass
notice and warned them not to return.
Ladder goes missing
in West Quad hall
DPS crime logs show that a ladder
-was stolen from a maintenance closet
in West Quad Residence Hall Saturday
night. DPS does not have any suspects.
By Naila Moreira
For the Daily
The University's first undergraduate research
journal can be found in residence halls and
libraries across campus starting this week.
The entirely student-run Undergraduate
Research Forum features articles by undergradu-
ates involved in academic research ranging from
engineering to law.
"The purpose here is for those students who
want to go through the process of actually writing
a fully refereed journal article to do that as under-
graduates," said University Vice President for
Research Fawwaz Ulaby at a kickoff event held in
Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall Friday afternoon.
"It's a very rare experience, it's a learning expe-
rience, it's a tremendous experience," he said.
Ulaby said a group of students, led by Engi-
neering junior and journal editor in chief Wei Gu,
approached him with the idea for the journal a
year and a half ago. The students, who had met
each other through the Undergraduate Research
Opportunity Program in Residence, asked Ulaby
for guidance and funding for the project.
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Reitz, an Ann Arbor resident, explained how thejI
helped her second-grade son Duncan with his writir
"I like that it reinforces writing," she said. "They ar
ing punctuation; they are learning to ask question
other people. They are learning to talk about their li
The children at Kids-Fair expressed their feelings a
day's events and the program itself.
Jennifer Hooper, a fourth-grade student at Dicken
tary, said Kids-Fair was a good experience for her
friends. "I like the activities," she explained. "My favc
Hooper also enjoys the pen-pal letter exchanges
and her classmates participated in. "I tell what my
are and I like answering back questions," she said.
Duncan Reitz, who attends Dicken Elementary,
liked the Kids-Fair but wished his pen pal had beer
attend. "I like being downstairs," he said, referrinj
lower level of Crisler Arena. "I did lots of stuff. I di
and I did a dance with ice cubes. I really wish (my1
were here on this wonderful day."
More than 1,000 University students were present,
ing members of K-grams and representatives f
groups on campus.
LSA sophomore Eric Chisholm, a member of
grams mentoring program BookMARK, said1
was planned so that children could learn more al
University. "The kids learn a lot about differe
grams and opportunities at the school," he said.
Kids-Fair, Chisholm accompanied four childre
LSA junior Cherice Johnson, a member of the prc
al business organization Alpha Kappa Psi, staffed
with candy and a game called "Pin the Organ on th<
She said the purpose of the fair included both entert
and education. "I think for a lot of kids it is achi
them to go out to a big university and play with U o
dents and learn" she said.
Ulaby's office agreed to provide $6,000 for the
journal, which is also sponsored by UROP,
Women in Science and Engineering and other
campus administrative groups.
According to its web page, the journal is a non-
technical publication aimed at communicating
research to a broad audience.
"For the undergraduates who read our journal,
they are getting a further insight into the diverse
research opportunities on this campus," Gu said.
The first issue sports a photo collage of
campus laboratories and research buildings
on its cover. Its pages include a wide variety
of student-written articles, from original
undergraduate research on cancer, interna-
tional law, human hormonal systems and
child development, to short synopses of this
year's most important research findings at the
University. Research-oriented letters to the
editor are also printed.
Although the editorial board is currently large-
ly comprised of engineering and science students,
Gu said there are many humanities articles in the
journal as well. "We're trying to be as multidisci-
plinary as we can."
When a student submits an article for publica-
tion in the journal, the student editorial board
first reviews it for content and style, Gu
explained. A faculty reviewer then checks the
submission for technical accuracy.
UROP Director Sandy Gregerman, who co-
advises the journal with WISE Director Cinda-
Sue Davis, emphasized that students did most
of the work to bring the journal together over
the past year.
"It's all volunteer," she said. "They've worked
long and hard doing this."
The Undergraduate Research Forum joins the
ranks of only a small number of undergraduate
research journals in the nation, Gregerman said,
including similar publications currently produced
by undergraduates at Stanford University, the
California Institute of Technology and the Massa-
chusetts Institute of Technology.
Ulaby said the University's support for the
journal is a way for it to show its commitment to
"We have many avenues for graduate students
to publish the results of their research, not only in
the form of the theses they write but in profes-
sional journals," he said. "Undergraduates do not
have an outlet today for publishing research,
scholarly work. This (journal) makes it possible."
Engineering junior Shahzad Zafar, the jour-
nal's internal relations representative, has big
ideas regarding the journal's eventual impact.
He manages distribution for the publication
and plans to give copies to the University's
undergraduate admissions and to local high
schools. Copies will also be sent to interested
libraries at other universities.
"We'll take it out to high schools ... to get high
school students excited about research," he said.
"Our goal is, besides increasing interest in
research here at the University, to get other peo-
ple excited about undergraduate research - and
maybe some other universities might also start
such a journal."
The journal is currently looking for students to
serve on its editorial board, work in graphics and
publicity and contribute articles. A full copy of
the first issue is available at University libraries,
residence halls and academic departments, as
well as on the journal's web page,
www. umich. edu/-umforum.
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juvenile facilities to teach arts workshops to the prisoners.
Through the PCAP program, prisoners are given the oppor-,
tunity to participate in workshops covering topics like the-
ater and creative writing.
"The student response to English 319 has been very pow-
erful and the class led to the formation of the PCAP pro-
gram. The response from the University and from the
English department has also been wonderful, and the
response from the incarcerated youth and adults has been
more than we could have imagined," Alexander said.
Saturday's event was run by LSA junior Jessica
Schwartz and LSA senior Jenifer Scheyer. Scheyer and
Schwartz were enrolled in English 319 and given the
opportunity to be trained in teaching arts programs for
young people who are in prison.
Scheyer and Schwartz said they believe that PCAP is not
only beneficial to the prisoners, but also to the student vol-
unteers. Schwartz, who teaches a writing workshop at W.J.
Maxey Boys Training School, said she has been greatly
affected by her volunteer work with PCAP.
"I've been so inspired by the incarcerated people I've met
through PCAP and their families. The people have so much
wisdom and talent and they're so honest in their writing, it's
truly inspiring," Schwartz said.
An article on Page 1 of Friday's Daily should have said
students with sexual harassment complaints should visit the
Office of Institutional Equity in the University's Human
Resources and Affirmative Action division.
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