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losed for
Rachel Groman
ily St Rne orer
In early September, the
niversity's Ford Nuclear Reactor,
cated on North Campus, will sus,
nd its operations to ensure the
cility's most efficient compliance
ith the specifications of the United
tates Nuclear Regulatory
During the four-week break, the
aff will hold a retreat to review and
alyze operation techniques, facility
aintenance, administrative organi-
tion and staff training.
"I have called for the staff retreat
September because it has become
ear to me that the staff cannot
tch up on a number of chores
Ie they are simultaneously run-
g the reactor," said Frederick
eidhardt, University vice president
r research.
"It is my hope that a four-week
reather will allow the staff to
ccomplish several tasks, such as
preparing updated manuals that
interpret health physics regulations
and NRC reporting requirements,
preparing the building for anticipat-
ed renovations by the University,
viding refresher and continuing
ucation workshops (and) review-
g the mission and goals of the reac-
r and the Michigan Memorial
'hoenix Project," Neidhardt added.
The MMPP, which operates the
eactor, was founded in 1948 as a
emorial to alumni, students and staff
ho lost their lives in World War II.
rough the years, it has served as a
mbol of the peaceful, useful and
eficial applications of nuclear sci-
nec and technology.
The Nuclear Reactor Lab provides
niversity students and faculty with
he facilities necessary for nuclear
nergy research and testing. The lab
s used by other schools, industries,
lectric utilities and hospitals as
In June of last year, recommenda-
ions were iade by the FNR Review
ommittee, a group consisting of acad-
c and governmental officials from
utside and within the University.
"The report called for improvements
n the business management of the
facility, and better record keeping about
ts educational snd research functions'
eidhardi sad.
But the comrmttee strongly recent-
ended that operations continue
The facility wa also cted fot two
hticat vtolattons in April by the
s _ The violations were not safety
issues, Neidnardt said, but violations of
echnical specifications of the license;
and the University was not fined,
"In general, the NRC considers our
safety record to be excellent,"

Psych. prof. receives
an award for research

By Amit Pandya
Daily Staff Reporter
University Prof. Carol Mowbray, a
researcher in the field of mental
health, recently received a presti-
gious international award for her
work in psychosocial research.
The 1998 Armin Loeb Award, an
annual honor bestowed by the
International Association of
Psychosocial Rehabilitation
Services, is presented to a researcher
who has conducted influential work
in the field of psychosocial rehabili-
tation in the past year.
When considering candidates for
the award, individual research pro-
jects are assessed based on their
intrinsic importance to the future of
the field.
Mowbray, also an associate dean
for research at the School of Social
Work, is "currently working on a
project regarding mothers with men-
tal illness, and how their children
and other community factors affect
their parenting and community
adjustment," said Paula Allen-
Meares, dean of the University's
School of Social Work.
Allen-Meares, a colleague of
Mowbray, said she strongly supports
Mowbray in her work and readily
agrees with the decision of the IAP-
Allen-Meares described Mowbray
as "an outstanding researcher and
"She has had a number of projects
focused on mental health and has
always had a commitment to mental
health services," Allen-Meares

Dr. Mowbray is scry active in state
and national orgattizations, is ini tie
advocacy for the mentally ill, is a con-
sultant for many research projects, and
is most deserving for this awed,"
Allen-Meares said, adding what an
honor it is to receive an award.
The IAPSRS is not the only group
that has found importance in
Mowbray's work.
The National Institute of Mental
Health recently presented Mowbray
and her team with a grant for her
study regarding mentally ill moth-
"We have received funding from
the NIMH for this study," Mowbray
"The majority of the data comes
from interviews with the women
themselves, all of whom are recruit-
ed through public mental health ser-
vices in southeast Michigan."
Mowbray has also explored meth-
ods to help individuals with psychi-
atric disabilities pursue higher edu-
Mowbray said the psychiatric dis-
abilities which are examined include
"major depression, bipolar disorder,
schizophrenia and some individuals
with traumatic brain injuries, if
there is also psychiatric involve-
"The service we have is called
'supported education,"' Mowbray
said."There are other such programs
all over the U.S. and Canada."
The Armin Loeb Award is present-
ed in honor of the long-time director
of research at the Horizon House, a
center for psychiatric support in

The Phoenix Memorial Laboratory is home to the University's Ford Nuclear Reactor
on North Campus. The reactor will be closed for three weeks.

Neidhardt said.
Review of the FNR takes place about
once every three years with scheduled
and non-scheduled inspections taking
place two or three times a year by FNR
Every month, for three or four days,
the reactor is shut down for routine
maintenance. There is also a regular
shutdown every year over the Labor
Day holiday. This year, the reactor will
be started four weeks later due to the
staff retreat.
"Since there are fixed expenses ..
the shutdown costs money,"
Neidhardt said. "For this reason, if
we judge that the goals of the retreat
have been satisfied before the four

weeks have elapsed, we shall resume
The operation of the Cobalt-60
Irradiator will also be suspended during
the period beginning Sept. 8. The
Irradiator is used for sterilization of
medical devices and materials and is
located within the MMPP
The shutdown will not affect the
operation of the other laboratories run
by the MMPP. University faculty and
students can still use such facilities dur-
ing the break.
"It takes constant review and updat-
ing to keep the staff current about regu-
lations," Neidhardt said. "And the
retreat provides an opportunity to do
just that."

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