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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Profs. to receive ulty member at the Universitylast
earned a MacArthur Fellowship
$500,000 as - nicknamed a Genius Award
- in 2005. Twenty-four Univer-
MacArthur fellows sity faculty members, including
Miles, Sanford and Yamashita,
By CAITLIN HUSTON and have been named fellows since
JOSEPH L ICHTERMAN the MacArthur Foundationbegan
Daily News Editors naming them in 1981.
University President Mary
Three University professors Sue Coleman wrote in a Univer-
were awarded MacArthur Fel- sity press release sent today that
lowships worth $500,000 by the the fellowships awarded to the
John D. and Catherine T. MacAr- University professors marks "a
thur Foundation to further their remarkable day in the life of the
research through any means of University of Michigan."
their choosing. "The exceptional contributions
Tiya Miles, director of the of professors Tiya Miles, Melanie
Department of Afroamerican & Sanford and Yukiko Yamashita
African Studies, Melanie Sanford, deepen our understanding of life
an Arthur F. Thurnau professor of - from a single molecule to the
chemistry and YukikoYamashita, sweep of human history," Cole-
an assistant professor in the Life man wrote.
Science Institute and an assis- Miles, Sanford and Yamashita
tant professor of cell and devel- each said they plan to spend their
opmental biology in the Medical grants inways that differ as much
School, were among 22 research- as their specialties.
ers nationwide to be awarded the "It's an awful lot of money,"
prestigious fellowship. Miles said in a telephone inter-
The University of Michigan view last night.
tied Harvard University for the The $500,000 is paid out to
most recipients this year. A fac- See FELLOWSHIP, Page 2

University President Mary Sue Coleman addresses UMHS surgeons at a question-and-answer session in Rackham Auditorium yesterday-
Coleman 'U' management
similar oprivate in i tio

'U' endowment
worth $7.8 billion
for FY 2011
S The University's endowment
fund and fundraising efforts
were among the primary top-
ics University President Mary
Sue Coleman discussed during

a question-and-answer session
with University of Michigan
Health System surgeons yester-
Coleman said the University's
endowment is currently worth
approximately $7.8 billion - up
from its 2010 fiscal year value
of $6.6 billion. State-allocated
funding continuously dropped
throughout Coleman's 10 years
at the University, she said. When
Coleman took office in 2002,
state contributions to the gener-

al fund came in at $368 million
- a number that has since fallen
to $240 million for this year.
"We have lost a pretty sub-
stantial amount of money each
(year)," Coleman said. "I'm not
under any illusion that we're
going to go back to wonderful
funding from the state."
Coleman explained that the
general fund's "unrestricted
money" allows for the pursuit
of faculty innovation and entre-
preneurship. Most donations to

the University can be used only
in the method prescribed by the
donor, and nearly 96 percent of
the"endowment is limited in its
use by donors or grant regula-
tions, according to Coleman.
Though Coleman said man-
agement of the University is
becoming increasingly similar
to a private institution, she said
it will always be a public univer-
"We made some very, very
See COLEMAN, Page 5

'U' halts Orphan Works
Project in light of lawsuit

Mistakes made in
HathiTrust Digital
DailyNews Editor
After acknowledging ' that
its Orphan Works Project
is "flawed," the University
announced Friday that it decid-
ed to suspend the pilot program

The Orphan Works Project
is an initiative to identify books
that may have unsuspectingly
become part of the public domain
after their original copyrights
lapsed. The suspension of the
program comes just days after a
lawsuit was filed against the Uni-
versity claiming that the institu-
tion doesn't have permission to
use digital scans of more than 7
million copyrighted books.
Before halting the program,
the University was scheduled
to make 27 orphan works avail-

able for download through the
HathiTrust Digital Library on
Oct. 13 and another 140 books
were planned for release in
November. Any member of the
University community with a
uniqname would have access to
the scanned books.
The lawsuit against the Uni-
versity was filed by the Author's
Guild, the Australian Society
of Authors, Quebec Writers
Union and eight other individual
authors. The suit was also filed
See LAWSUIT, Page 5

VP of research warns faculty of

Ann Arbor City Council members discuss city funding for public art at a council meeting last night at City Hall. The
council is delaying a proposed ordinance until November.
With new A20penBook website, city
aims to increase financial transparency

future cuts to federal

Forrest tells faculty
to limit spending,
number of hires
Daily StaffReporter
In a meeting before the Uni-
versity's leading faculty gover-
nance body, Stephen Forrest,
the University's vice president of
research, said the University will

have to make significant changes
in the coming months to remain a
top research institute.
Though the University receives
federal funding for research -
particularly from the National
Institute of Health, the National
Science Foundation and the U.S.
Department of Defense - Forrest
said budgets from those institutes
are shrinking and told the Uni-
versity's Senate Assembly yester-
day that he's not yet sure how this
will affect the University.

"2012 is looking at signifi-
cant budget cuts across all agen-
cies, and we don't know what
that's going to mean or how deep
they're going to be," Forrest said.
Forrest suggested that
researchers plan ahead for
research funding reductions by
being efficient in their work and
only hiring people they will really
need and can afford.
"This is what we have to be
aware of so we can position our-
See RESEARCH, Page 2

Residents can view
city expenses,
revenue on site
Daily StaffReporter
For students and Ann Arbor
residents, city financial data
now reads like an online open
At a press event before yes-
terday's city council meeting,
Tom Crawford, the city of Ann

Arbor's chief financial offi-
cer, introduced A20penBook,
an-interactive website, www.
a2gov.org/a2openbook, that
will give users a daily in-depth
look at the city's expenses and
revenue sources.
People who access the web-
site can look at expenditures
and revenue for any vendor that
received city funds. The infor-
mation can be viewed for dif-
ferent areas including expense
type, department or service
area, or by a specific budgeted
fund such as the city's water and

sewer fund.
Joshua Baron, senior appli-
cations specialist for the city,
explained that financial data
will be automatically uploaded
to A20penBook every 24 hours
from the city's internal financial
"It will give you some
insights into our financial status
... in ways that have been harder
for citizens to see before," said
Crawford, who was formerly
the interim city administrator.
The site also has a system
See WEBSITE, Page 3


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@2011 The Michigan Daily

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