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ducted less frequently and protests involve
animals instead of explosives, the federal
government's involvement in research con-
Today, the National Institutes of Health
and the federal government support the
largest part of the University's $1.2 billion
research budget. Last year the NIH alone
gave the University more than $570 million
for health-related studies.
Forty-five percent of the research budget
goes to medicine-related studies, 15 percent
to engineering, 10 percent to public health
and 7 percent to social research.
Edie Goldenberg, a former LSA dean who
is now a public policy and political science
professor, saw the expansion of research not
only in biomedical but other fields as well,
while she served as dean from 1989-1998.
"During my time in LSA, Michigan
- became the (second) largest research Uni-
versity in terms of amount of funding, after
Johns Hopkins," Goldenberg said.
With increased funding and encourage-
ment of research, the work at the University
flourished. Other institutes were built and
soon garnered more national recognition.
The University's Institute for Social
Research is one of the leading centers for
survey research and houses five centers: the
Center for Political Studies, the Inter-uni-
versity Consortium for Political and Social
Research, the Research Center for Group
Dynamics, the Survey Research Center and
the Population Studies-Center.
ISR is not housed within a specific school,
but the Institute for the Humanities, the
University's humanities research center,

is in LSA. Goldenberg said the institute is
amongst the best of its kind.
"The social sciences here at Michigan are
very strong," Goldenberg said. "They are
really something to be proud of at Michigan
and they generate a lot of research activity,
perhaps more than most other social science
departments in other places."
The University prides itself on encourag-
ing interdisciplinary work between fields
and departments by housing strong core
areas for research, including medicine, engi-
neering, public health and social research,
Forrest said.
"All of these four schools are strongly cou-
pled to other schools around campus that are
much broader in scope and vision," Forrest
said. "We're so collaborative that it allows
us to look at multi-dimensions of the same
Ken Warner, dean of the School of Public
Health from 2005-2010, said that when he
was asked by Duderstadt to chair a commis-
sion to search for a new provost, the Univer-
sity's interdisciplinary work was something
many candidates said differentiated it from
other schools.
"I don't think you could find another uni-
versity that has as many schools and colleges
as we do that are ranked in the top 10 in their
fields," Warner said. "We have breadth and
we have depth."
Warner, who said he was attracted to
the University because of its reputation
for research, has developed classes he
said wouldn't be able to teach without his
"One of the advantages of a university
like this for the students is that they are
really learning state-of-the-art knowledge
and methods," Warner said. "Most of the

faculty are very '" " * *
active on their
scholarship and
their research.
It means they're
up to date, and
it means the stu -
dents are learn-
ing what's really
in research for
is something
the University
receives national
acclaim for now,
but it increased
tenfold while
Goldenberg was -
dean of LSA, she
"There was a
tiny little pro-
gram called . a.. . . . .
UROP that had
14 students when I
became dean, and
now it's, I think, pushing 1,000," Goldenberg
said. "So that was a big ramping up of that
University President Mary Sue Cole-
man, a biochemist by trade, openly supports
research growth. Coleman participated in
research as an undergraduate for a summer
and felt the experience was important.
"It was totally different from taking a
course," Coleman said. "I think it was one of
the reasons that I probably decided to go on
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successful and efficient network, as
opposed to other universities around the
"All the other proposals that were sub-
mitted to NSF would have built much less
capable networks," Van Houweling said.
"(Other university networks) would have
gotten saturated. There wouldn't have
been enough resources to make them
work, and the notion of these Internet pro-
tocols that we now depend on for every-
thing would have gotten a black eye.'It
might have been the end of the Internet."
Atkins said if the University did not step
up, the Internet could have ended up as a
much more closed environment that was
segmented between telecommunications
Echoing Atkins's words, Van Houwel-
ing said the telecommunications compa-
nies were against the open structure of the
Internet he helped create,
"Of course, none of the telephone com-
panies thought this was a good idea," Van
Houweling said. "From their point of view,
the only way to run a network was with a

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The University of Michigan Health System
is under review after it waited six months to
report the discovery of child pornography
that was found on an employee's flash drive.

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in graduate school."
The University has increased the diver-
sification of its funding by starting part-
nerships with industry and allowing
businesses to contribute funds, which less-
ens dependency on federal funds should
they diminish.
Last year, for instance, saw no increase
in federal funding.
Vice President for Research Stephen
Forrest said the lack of increase is to be
expected now as well as in the future.
"If we look over the next decade we're
going to see a slowing in the growth of
" federal funding."
Ultimately, what Duderstadt says
drives research at the University - soci-
ety's wants - is what Forrest calls the
" University's great asset.
"Michigan is spectacularly well posi-
tioned in that world," Forrest said. "We
* do a tremendous amount of really basic
" research, but where our greatest strength
is in doing research which somehow con-
nects pretty closely to societal needs,
* whether it's in the social sciences, engi-
neering or medicine."
hierarchical control structure, and the
Internet has a distributed control struc-
Looking back on what his team achieved,
Van Houweling said he believes the Inter-
net could have been created only in an aca-
demic setting.
"The only place in the world the Inter-
net could have been invented was.at a uni-
versity, because we're the only people who
understand that good things happen when
nobody is in charge," he said.

scabbed knees and mcdonald's
[status update] by marisa winter
How many phone calls have you gotten about
Walk of Shame Shuttle?
Too many. I've kept count of total number of states who
have tried to contact me - 28 states and Canada.
Where's the weirdest place you've woken up?
In my car in a field off of a visitor's parking
area. I ate a McDonald's breakfast. Mcdonold's
breakfasts: that's the story of my life.
Tell me your best drunk story.
I was walking (not running) and tripped on the cement.
The next day I had to go to UHS because my knees were
swollen. I had crutches for three weeks. At my sorority
mock awards, I got "Most Likely to Have Scabbed

TruMich, a student organization dedicated
to promoting mass transit on campus, is
working with the University to create an
MCard-based bike sharing program.

Kelly ann Wargo
creator of Walk of Shame Shuttle

The University is working to improve the
Central Campus Transit Center to ensure the
electronic boards at the bus stop show real-
time information.

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