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Three research
teams receive
$4,000 grants
The Michigan Initiative for Women's
Health and the Office of the Vice Presi-
dent for Research have given three
University research teams $4,000 grants
to research women's health issues.
Recipients ofthe grants include: Lori
Mosca, assistant professor of epidemi-
ology and internal medicine; Sandra
Graham-Bermann, assistant professor
of psychology; and Joanne M. Pohl,
assistant professor of nursing.
Mosca, with her collaborator Victor
M. Hawthorne, a professor emeritus of
epidemiology, will examine the rela-
tionship between ethnicity, obesity,
cardiovascular disease and heart dis-
easeinmorethan 20,000 African Ameri-
can, Hispanic, and white women.
Graham-Bermann and Elizabeth
Shadigian, a clinical assistant professor
of obstetrics and gynecology, will in-
terview 30 pregnant women who have
been battered.
They will gatherinformationon strat-
egies that women use to cope with do-
mestic violence and will develop new
understandings of the effect of batter-
ing on physical and mental health.
Pohl and her collaborator, Cynthia S.
Ppmerleau, director of Behavioral
Medicine in the Medical School's psy-
chiatry department, will examine smok-
ing behaviors of50 low-income women.
Chem. prof. takes
teaching honor
Chemistry Prof. Billy Jo Evans is one
of eight educators nationwide to re-
ceive a 1995 Catalyst Award from the
Chemical Manufacturers Association
for teaching excellence in chemistry.
The award honors college faculty and
secondary teachers who inspire students
to pursue careers in science, chemical
engineering and chemical technology.
"Most of my work has focused. on
helping students in the laboratory, en-
abling them to be successful in careers
that can change the world for a lot of
people," Evans said in a statement.
National winners of the Catalyst
Award receive a $5,000 stipend.
Evans has taught at the University
since 1979.
Dept. of Energy
offering research
opportunities
Students could spend 10 weeks next
summer collaborating with federal sci-
entists in hands-on research in energy
production, use, conservation and soci-
etal implications.
Sophomores, juniors and seniors
majoring in engineering, physical and
life sciences, mathematics, computer
science or social sciences can partici-
-.pate in a program offered through the
Department of Energy's University/
Laboratory Cooperative Program. Re-
search projects will relate to academic
majors and career goals.
The program reimburses some travel
expenses and pays stipends of $250 per
week for seniors, $225 for juniors and
$200 for sophomores.
Students are selected on the basis of

academic record, aptitude, research in-
terest and the recommendation of in-
Sstructors. Participants must plan to pur-
-sue graduate study and scientific ca-
reers.
The application deadline is Jan.
6, 1996. Additional information and
application materials are available
through Pat Pressley, (423) 576-
1083, or the Student Research Par-
ticipation Program, Science/Engi-
neering Education Division, Oak
Ridge Institute of Science and Edu-
cation, P. O. Box 117, Oak Ridge,
Tenn. 37831-0117.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Cathy Boguslaski

RECYCLING THE EASY WAY

New facility
gives city, 'U'
more chances
to recycle
By Joyce Heyman
For the Daily
Bryan Weinert, Manager for Re-
source Recovery in Ann Arbor, pre-
dicts that University students will find
recycling easier than ever this year with
the opening of a new Material Recov-
ery and Transfer Facility.
The facility, located near the corner
of East Ellsworth and Platt roads, offi-
cially opens Saturday. In honor of the
grand opening, tours, activities and re-
freshments will be offered from 10a.m.-
1 p.m.
The facility enables anyone in Ann
Arbor to recycle a dozen new materials
while simplifying the collection process.
University Recycling Coordinator
Erica Spiegel said the new program
will help the University collect more
materials more efficiently.
The facility enables Ann Arbor resi-
dents to recycle all paper products in
one bin, sparing people the trouble of
separating them. All plastics can go in
a single bin as well.
The goal of the facility, Weinert said,
is to make recycling as easy as trash
disposal.
"Environmental protection and busi-
ness sense are working in harmony -
and it's great when that can happen,"
Weinert said.
Construction of the facility began in
1990 and was made possible by Ann
Arbor voter support of a $28 million
environmental bond - $5.4 million of
which was allotted to the facility.
The Resource Recovery System,
based in Connecticut, designed the fa-

ELIZABETH LIPPMAN/aily
Plant Manager Mike Bellinger stands in front of the new Material Recovery and Transfer Facility, which opens Saturday.

Now 'Recyclables
Paperback books
Textiles
Boxboard
Plastic containers No. 1 and No. 3
Ceramics
Empty aerosols
Scrap metal
Milk cartons
Juice boxes
Phone books
<tIassware.
cility and has a 10-year contract with
the University.
"While the project involved the sup-
port of Ann Arbor residents, U-M stu-
dents have been among the most enthu-
siastic and helped get recycling started

on campus," Weinert said.
Two recycling bins will allow resi-
dents to dispose of paper and all con-
tainers. The new bins can be found in
residence halls' waste closets. Curbside
carts will still be used for collection at
family housing. New tan- and green-
colored carts are located next to the
dumpsters for off-campus residences.
Although it has taken a full four
years to complete, Spiegel said that
with students coming back to school,;
September is an ideal time to institute
change at the University. She is excited
about the facility's potential to increase
student participation in recycling.
So far Spiegel said she has noticed a
favorable response from dormitory resi-
dents and that recycling is so popular

that it is difficult to keep up with the
demand for new bins.
Students say they recycle because it
is a positive way to affect the environ-
ment.
"Recycling is important because it
directly affects what we are able to use
such as the parks and lakes in our com-
munities," said Engineering seniorDen-
nis Podlack, who is majoring in marine
engineering.
More information on campus re-
cycling and waste management can be
found on GOpherBLUE under the "re-
cycling and waste management" menu.
Specific questions can be directed to
recycle.help@umich.edu. or call in to
763-5539.

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Free Press
pickets
DETROIT (AP) - A judge said yes-
terday he would limit picket activity at
akey Detroit Newspapers printing plant
where protests by strikers have resulted
in clashes with police and hours of
delays in getting the newspapers out.
The National Labor Relations Board
issued an unfair labor practice com-
plaint against Teamsters Local 372.
Macomb County Circuit Judge
Raymond Cashen, after hearing testi-
mony on picket line problems at the
Sterling Heights plant north of Detroit,
said he would limit the pickets to 10 in
the main driveway of the Sterling..
Heights printing plant
"This situation is beyond the power
of the police to restore order," Cashen
said. "It is just an act of God that some-
one hasn't been seriously injured up to
this point."
Detroit Newspapers, the agency that
runs business operations of the Detroit
Free Press and The Detroit News, had
gone to court last week seeking to limit
the number of pickets. Large crowds
have gathered outside the plant the past
two Saturday nights as the strike by six
unions against the newspapers became
more heated.
The plant is the only one the papers
have used since the strike began July 13.
Police and pickets have clashed in
some incidents. Police at times have
sprayed pepper gas into the crowd and
demonstrators have thrown objects at
delivery trucks.
Cashen watched tape yesterday morn-
ing of pickets, whose numbers some-
times went over 1,000, blocking gates
to the plant and throwing picket signs
and other objects at trucks moving
through the crowd after Saturday night's
printing run.
John Jaske, senior vice president for
labor relations for Gannett Co. Inc.,
which owns the News, said he saw
pickets throwing small metal rods onto
the plant property. He also read from a
United Auto Workers letterseeking500
volunteers to "successfully hold the
gate" at the plant this weekend.
Detroit Newspapers has had to push
deadlines earlier and has had hours of
delays getting papers out as a result of
picket activity the last two Saturday
nights. Jaske said the problems make
the paper less valuable to both readers
and advertisers.
Sterling Heights Police Chief Tho-
mas Derocha also asked Cashen to limit
pickets. Derocha said more than 200 or
300 prevents his force from safely clear-
ing a path for newspaper trucks. I
Meanwhile, Detroit Police Chief
Isaiah McKinnon told City Council
members his department would be on
hand if the newspapers decided to re-
sume using their printing plant in down-
town Detroit.
Susie Ellwood, a Detroit Newspa-
pers vice president, said the plant was
used last weekend. She said any deci-
sion to use the plant this week wouldbe
made "at the last minute."
McKinnon told the council that pP-
lice were prepared if activity picks up at
the Detroit plant.

to
News,

Requirement focuses on logc, reasoning skills

Quantitative reasoning mandate
to be reviewed next year
By Laurie Mayk
For. the Daily
In an age when society reaches for a calculator to
balance a checkbook, simple 2+2 doesn't necessarily
add up to a well-prepared college student any more.
Stemming from this philosophy, the Quantitative
Reasoning Requirement is entering its second year as
an LSA graduation requirement, designed to teach
logic and reasoning skills to the entering classes of
1994 and beyond.
Although many math classes fulfill the require-
ment, originators stress that its purpose goes beyond
mere computation.
"The philosophy behind the requirement was that
society has become very quantitatively oriented ...
some proportion of students (20-25 percent) were not
getting properly prepared for dealing with this sort of
thing," said math Prof. Peter Hinman, chairman ofthe
LSA task force responsible for developing the pro-
gram and designating courses to fulfill the require-
ment.
"We (the LSA faculty) felt that it was just as
important for students to be able to deal with quanti-
tative material ... than it was for them to have writing
skills," said communication studies Prof. Michael
Traugott.
Traugott's communication course on evaluating

information prepares students to interpret data col-
lected for and by the media, including political polls,
economicastatistics, medical research and audience
studies. Emphasis is placed on conducting and inter-
preting research, rather than dealing just with compu-
tation of the actual numbers. This course and others
such as astronomy, economics and oceanography are
welcome alternatives for some students dreading a
math class.
"I don't like math and that kind of reasoning
doesn't really apply to my field," said LSA sopho-
more Matt Bonney, who earned his QR credit by
passing an economics course corresponding to his
political science major.
As well as allowing students to avoid number-
crunching, the requirement should provide students
with quantitative abilities beyond the pencil and
paper problems.
"In math classes it's usually like, 'When are we
ever going to use this in the real world?"' first-year
student Ellen McGuinness said in support of the
requirement's wide range of options.
"Hopefully people can take what they've learned
and apply it to problems they will have in real life,"
said sophomore Kim Wyllie, who fulfilled her re-
quirement last year by supplementing her oceanogra-
phy class with a lab.
The requirement's language focuses on student
ability to "analyze quantitative information to make
decisions, judgments and predictions." Various

What is it?
Goal: To make sure LSA graduates are proficient
in analyzing quantitative information to make
decisions, judgments and predictions using
formulas, logic or other methods.
How to fill it: Various astronomy, chemistry,
communication, economics, oceanography, math,
physics, sociology and statistics courses,
courses in the natural and social sciences and the
humanities were approved by Hinman's task force,
which included faculty representatives from econom-
ics, math, statistics and communication and two stu-
dent representatives.
Other than the addition of a few courses, the re-
quirement was renewed in its same form this year and
is scheduled to be reviewed next year, said Phil
Gorman, administrative associate for undergraduate
education.
Gorman said that although it may be possible to
fulfill the requirement through outside research, such
a project is rare and would need approval by the
Academic Actions Committee. Advanced Placement
credit is not accepted toward this requirement.

Oakland Cty. citizens grand
jury to investigate homicides

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A major-
ity of Oakland County's 17 circuit court
judges approved the prosecutor's re-
quest for a citizens grand jury to inves-
tigate unsolved homicides, attempted
murder cases and major drug conspira-
cies.
Oakland County Prosecutor Richard
Thompson and the judges met for less
than an hour Tuesday behind closed
doors before the judges voted in secret
to authorize the citizens grand jury.
"He's got it," Chief Judge Hilda R.

Gage said. "We'll have to put it in
writing this week."
Gage declined to reveal the vote tally,
other than to say it was a majority. Only
Judge Alice Gilbert, whose husband,
Dr. Herbert Bloom, died Monday, was
believed to be absent.
Other judges declined to comment.
With his chief assistant, Lawrence
Bunting, and John Skrzynski, who
will be the grand jury prosecutor, Th-
ompson answered the judges' ques-
tions.

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