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engineering faces challenges in building
an academic and research infrastructure
that this gift should alleviate.
"It's going to have a big impact on
the college, money is going toward
expansion of facilities for biomedical
and microtechnology, which (will)
keep us competitive and allow us to
do things we couldn't do," EECS and
biomedical engineering Prof. Ken

July 10, LVUL

Wise said.
"The gift is necessary to sustain the
momentum we have now," he added.
Transitioning to the status of a
nationally renowned department is
one of the goals that Lurie's gift
will support. New facilities will be
a recruitment tool as the department
draws new faculty.
"We have been hiring outstanding
faculty and we can now give them
research facilities (in one central
location)," Director said.

Biomedical engineering senior Craig
Poster said he believes his department is
"still trying to getstarted."
"Research will help in building
up the reputation of the depart-
ment," he said.
The new facilities will allow cutting
edge research by professors and stu-
dents. The resources available will
allow new avenues of investigation.
"It's a dream come true," biomed-
ical engineering Prof. Matthew
O'Donnell said.
Continued from Page 1.
major projects, as well as additional
long-term projects. Officials said they
are hoping to raise money for the proj-
ects within the next few years and
focus on building a new academic suc-
cess center.
Department CFO Jason Winters said
they hope to break ground on the cen-
ter, which will be similar to Michigan
State's Clara Bell Smith Student Ath-
lete Academic Center, during the next
12 months.
Other projects include an indoor
fieldhouse similar to Osterbaan
Fieldhouse on State Street and base-
ball and softball stadiums, as well as
a practice facility to be built next to
Crisler Arena for the basketball and
wrestling teams.
The department is currently seeking
potential donors to raise money for the
"You have to find people who are as
passionate about that project as you
are," said Mike Stevenson, executive
associate director of athletics.
Once the department has enough
money for the next project on its priority
list, it will present that project to the
Board of Regents for approval, he
The plan was created two years ago
with the help of a Kansas City archi-
tectural firm and is the department's
first master plan for the improvement
of its facilities.
Winters said other schools have been
spending more money to update facili-
ties in an effort to impress recruits,
while the University has taken a more
conservative approach.
Ohio State University, for example,
has spent millions of dollars toward its
new basketball and hockey aren,
Value City Arena, as well as its new
baseball stadium, among other proj-
ects. But Ohio State now also has mil-
lions of dollars of debt, Winters said.
"We haven't joined the arms race so
to speak," he added.
While many schools have new aca-
demic support centers for team study
tables and tutorial sessions, the Univer-
sity has no such facility. Teams now
have study tables and meet with team
academic advisors in various buildings
around campus. A new facility would
allow these various activities to be con-
solidated into one building.
When Osterbaan Fieldhouse was
built 20 years ago, it was one of the
first indoor practice facilities of its
kind. But a new building is necessary
because the facility is too sarrow and
its ceiling is not high enough for foot-
ball practice, Stevenson said.
"We've got people running into the
walls because they are only seven yards
off the sideline," Stevenson said. "And
because of the pitch of the roof, you
can't throw patterns to the sidelines and
you can't punt or place kick in there.:

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Several officials said recruitment is
the biggest challenge facing the LSI.
"It's up to us now to build the reputa-
tion of the Life Sciences Institute here
by recruiting the best people," LSI
Associate Director Alan Saltiel said.
"The biggest challenge is going to be
recruiting great people who share the
vision of the Institute."
To bring professors to the LSI, the
University must convince scientists to
leave places like UCSD and the White-
head Institute at the Massachusetts Insti-
tute of Technology in Boston, which
houses the world's largest human
genome sequencing center.
"There are a number of places around
the country that are trying to do similar
things," LSI Managing Director Liz
Barry said. "The Whitehead Institute
has been around for a while and they've
really done something special there. But
Michigan is really an up-and-coming
state in this field. We are a rival for
places like that."
Barry added that because of steps
already taken to find a new director for

the LSI - the formation of a search
advisory committee and a promise from
President-elect Mary Sue Coleman that
filling the position will be one of her
first priorities when she arrives in Ann
Arbor Aug. 1 - she does not believe
Dixon's leaving will greatly affect the
Institute's momentum.
"President Coleman has committed to
making our decision very quickly,"
Barry said. "Because of that, I don't
thinkwe'll miss a beat."
But members of the advisory commit-
tee said replacing Dixon won't be easy.
"The time frame is the challenge.
We really need to have somebody
soon. We should be continuing to hire
this year," said committee member and
chemistry Prof. Carol Fierke. "But I
think there are a lot of good people
both on campus and off campus, so I
think it is doable."
As far as recruiting others, Barry and
Saltiel said the LSI has a few qualities
going for it, including the strength of the
University's other departments and
schools, its financial support, the design
of the facility itself, the quality of life in
Ann Arbor and the collaborative idea
behind the Institute.

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ledgable audience"
Visitors will be perusing not only
the Street Fair, which began in 1960
and is the oldest of the Ann Arbor
fairs, but also the Summer Art Fair in
the Main Street area, theArt Fair Vil-
lage on Church Street and the State
Street Art Fair.
They can also listen to various bands
and watch musical and theatrical artists
perform on the streets. There will be
comedic jugglers, a boogie-woogie
pianist, fiddlers and improvisational spe-
The four art fairs will close down 28
blocks of campus and the downtown
area, Brown said.
"People who try to see the whole
fair in one day need to take care of

themselves," she cautioned. The
Huron Valley Ambulance's 25-per-
son paramedic bike team will be
available to provide emergency serv-
ices to those who may forget to
hydrate themselves or spend too
much time in the sun.
With thousands of extra cars on
an already crowded campus, stu-
dents can expect traffic and parking
problems, but they have been down-
sized in recent years due to an
agreement between the art fairs and
the Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority, which will shuttle visi-
tors in from the Briarwood Mall and
Pioneer High School parking lots.
"The shuttle bus system has solved a
lot of the access issues," Brown said.
"The traffic jams that might occur
downtown don't occur because of the
shuttle system"

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