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been an active participant in the planning
process, but Wednesday's speech in the
Michigan League ballroom was signifi-
cant because Coleman spoke directly to
the groups that would have space in the
new research facility.
"Devoting our resources to Great
Lakes research is one of the most effec-
tive ways the University of Michigan can
be of service to the state of Michigan and
the nation," Coleman said in her speech.
"I'm pleased to tell you we are work-
ing with five Great Lakes organizations,
based here in Ann Arbor, to develop a
consolidated home on our campus for
these 300 scientists and policy analysts."
Electrical Engineering Prof. Fawwaz
Ulaby will head the project. Ulaby was
the vice president for research until he
resigned last year. He estimated that about
a quarter of the building would house labs
where University faculty and students
could assist with research.
Though the project is years away from
a schematic design, Crane said he hoped
to have auditoriums in the facility as well
- not just for classes but also to bring in
Mark Gaden, a communications officer
at the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, is
also a University graduate student in natural
resources policy. He said that, in addition to
fostering a better working atmosphere with
the other organizations housed in the build-
ings, the center will help improve relation-
ships with the University as well.
Ulaby declined to say which architec-
ture firm he was working with or how
much the project would cost. But he said
that the project's next step is to pick out
a spot to build the research center and
decide how to pay for it.
Ulaby said the challenge is figuring out
how the other groups are going to work
For example, Ulaby said working out
rent schedules could be difficult for a
building that is home to five different
organizations. There have also been tech-
Though Ulaby did not delve into specif-
ics, he said a couple project participants
questioned if they will even be able to
enter into long-term lease agreements.
Crane said that he thought the project
would be a huge success because of the
collaborative advantages of having col-
leagues from other organizations readily
He envisioned discussions at the water
cooler among experts from different back-
grounds. But he said that rent could be a
problem, especially for some of the smaller
"There will likely be an increase in
facilitation costs in the short term, such as
moving costs and monthly rent increase,"
Crane said. "But if financing can be worked
out, everything else can be a positive."
Even with the positives, Ulaby said that the
project is still far from coming into fruition.
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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Prof. John Laird said before the dot-com bust
when computer science careers were a hot job field,
enrollment levels in the department exceeded the
"You could make lots of money (by going into
the field)," Laird said. "There were lots of people
not because they had a love of computer science but
because they saw it as ... a lucrative career."
But with the hemorrhaging of jobs that followed
the dot-com bust, coupled with fears of outsourc-
ing, the computer science degree gained a negative
image it has yet to recover from, Laird said. Now
enrollment levels in these subjects have declined so
dramatically that experts and software developers
fear there may be shortage of computer scientists in
the near future.
"Without having the right number of computer
science (students), it's going to cause problems and
will affect our competitiveness internationally,"
Ronald Gibala, interim dean of Engineering,
said although he does not anticipate a shortage of
computer scientists in the future, students need to
realize there are many careers available to com-
puter science majors despite the outsourcing of tech
"Bill Gates would not be coming to speak. Larry
Page (co-founder of Google) would not be coming
back to hire for Google. (There are) many large
and small companies that want this kind of tal-
ent." Gibala said. "I (would) be very surprised if the
computer science major diminished to nothing."
In response to lagging enrollment figures, the
electrical engineering and computer science depart-
ment devised new programs to encourage student
enrollment. David Munson, chair of the depart-
ment, said administrators created a learning study
program to aid freshman and sophomores who have
difficulties with their computer science courses.
Laird also said the department established the
CSE scholars program in fall 2004. Currently led
by about 40 computer science students, the program
mentors, along with promoting computer science to
high school students.
In the past few years, Bill Gates has addressed
this issue by holding college tours and inviting stu-
dents and professors to meetings calling for more
Along with the efforts of software giant Micro-
soft, computer-chip manufacturer Intel has also
worked to encourage students to enroll in computer
science majors, but at earlier levels of a student's
Intel spokeswoman Tami Casey, said the com-
pany has focused its efforts on expanding math and
science education in K-12 schooling.
"We truly believe that if you don't equip students
in middle school and high school with basic math
and science they need, they don't arrive to college
prepared for those type of degrees," she said.
Gates's speech will be the Goff Smith Lecture,
the most prestigious external honor awarded by the
College of Engineering and given for outstanding
achievement in science and engineering.
On the significance of Bill Gates's lecture, Laird
said, "You can say this is a somewhat selfish because
it will help Microsoft down the road. But clearly it's
not.... He's not doing this just for Microsoft. He's
doing this for the whole country. He's made this a
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Civil Service Commission with a provi-
sion of the state-employee contract granting
The state has presented the contract to the
commission but has not yet presented the
provision. The commission must approve the
contract before it takes effect.
Boyd could not say whether Cox's decision
to appeal the ruling would affect the imple-
mentation of the provision because she said
she was unable to reach the state employer.
"We are not surprised (by Cox's action),
but we expect to prevail in the appeal," she
The University continued to offer part-
ner benefits to its employees even after Cox
issued a nonbinding opinion in March, over-
turned by Tuesday's ruling. Cox's opinion
stated that Kalamazoo's policy of offering
partner benefits was not permitted under the
new amendment to the state constitution.
Kalamazoo has said it would defer to last
week's ruling, but it is unclear what the city
will do after Cox's announcement. The city
planned to stop providing partner benefits
January before last Tuesday's decision was
A third potential challenge to last week's
ruling comes from a pending appeal of a
2003 decision in favor of the Ann Arbor
Public Schools' policy of providing same-sex
benefits. A ruling in the case conflicting with
the Ingham court's decision would provide
an avenue to a higher court.
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A Solar Eclipse on your birthday heralds
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more control than you realize, especially
if you don't fight the inevitable. Many
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r - - The Solar Eclipse opposite your
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