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prof wins award
Dawn Tilbury, an assistant profes-
sor of mechanical engineering and
applied mechanics, has been recog-
nized by the U.S. Department of En-
ergy of excellence in computational
science teaching.
Tilbury was one of 23 winners in
the 1995 Undergraduate Computa-
tional Engineering and Sciences Pro-
gram, a national program. She wrote a
series of tutorials distributed over the
Internet via the World Wide Web for
teaching control systems and design
to engineering students.
Nine of the honorees received $1000
cash awardsand some were guests of
the Department ofEnergy at an awards
banquet in Washington, D.C. Aug.
The contest is sponsored through
the Department of Energy's Math-
ematical Information and Computa-
tional Sciences Division and is ad-
ministered through the Ames Labora-
tory, a Department of Energy lab on
the Iowa State University campus in
Ames, Iowa.
The awards are designed to rec-
ognize outstanding instructional
projects that incorporate computer
technology, especially in problem-
solving activities in science and
World Wide Web
server expands
Network traffic levels, on the Col-
lege of Engineering's www server -
www.engin.umich.edu - have in-
creased so much that CAEN is now
providing a separate server.
The separate server is for personal
home page use and has been operat-
ing since Sept. 15. The change was
prompted after heavy use of the web
server caused slow transfer rates and
frequent connection timeouts over the
summer, the CAEN newsletter re-
More information about the server
change is available from
Remote library
access changed
Computer users worldwide can ac-
cess the University Libraries' on-line
system, "mirlyn," over the Internet.
The library system can be accessed
at: mirlyn.telnet.lib.umich.edu. This
route requires that the user have a
University unigname.
The libraries also provide limited
access to users who do not have
uniqnames. This is accessible through
mirlyn.telnet.lib.umich.edu, with the
login of library@umich.edu, using
guest as the password, according to
the CAEN newsletter.
News servers
The CAEN Usenet news server was
upgraded over the summer to keep
pace with the growth of traffic on the
Internet, according to the CAEN news-

The upgrade included an increase
in disk space from 6 to 36 gigabytes,
and memory was increased from 64 to
96 megabytes. Twelve-thousand dif-
ferent newsgroups are now repre-
sented on the server.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Cathy Boguslaski.

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 28, 1995 - 3A
Survey says jobs
for gmaduates are
more plentiful

A parking enforcement official places a ticket on a car parked In front of an expired meter yesterday.
'U to honor Detroit Free SS
publisher with honorry degree

By Stu Berlow
For the Daily
Jobs for graduating seniors have be-
come much more plentiful in the past
year, and they generally pay better, a
new survey says.
The Salary Survey - released ear-
lier this month by the National Associa-
tion of Colleges and Employers - re-
veals that hiring increased at 66 percent
of the schools that responded to the
group's survey, while on-campus re-
cruiting was up 60 percent in 1994-95.
"There isn't anything in particular
that causedthis,just a stronger economy
and job market," said Dawn Oberman,
the association's director of employ-
ment information.
A statement from the employment
group noted: "After several years of
downsizings, layoffs, and
restructurings, it appears that employ-
ers want to grow and expand their op-
erations and may now be in aposition to
bring on more employees, thus opening
the door for new college graduates."
The University last year experienced
dramatic improvement in campus re-
cruiting over recent seasons.
"We definitely saw an increase; we
were up 37 percent in campus visits,"
said Jennifer Niggemeier, an assistant
director for employment development
at Career Planning and Placement.
"A lot of employers pulled back with
the bad economy, but last year we saw
new employers and a return of those
who had been away," Niggemeier said.
"Companies are being selective in the
schools they go back to and luckily
we're one of those schools."
The report showed that opportunities
were greatest for graduates in com-

"That makes me
feel like I'm nott,
going through
school for7P
- Andy Tong
Computer science sophomore
puter-related fields.
"That makes me feel like I'm not
going through school for nothing, that
all my years of hard work will pay off in
the future," said computer science
sophomore Andy Tong.
According to the associatioi re-
port, starting salaries in many fields
also experienced growth. Last yL r, in-
dustrial engineers received avcragpsala-
ries 5.1 percent higher than in the P93-
94 study. The only large discipline with
salary decreases was accounting, with a
modest drop of 1.6 percent.
Niggemeier said that although the
recruiters visiting campus displayed di-
versity, newer fields tended to be most
"The recruiters are well distributed,
but we see more in the technologies and
quantitative fields - we've seen a big
increase in Internet-related employ-
ments," Niggemeier said.
The survey reported the findirgs of
the 136 schools that responded to the
poll of 365 colleges and universities.
"The schools in the study range'.from'
large universities to very small liberal
arts colleges," Oberman said.

By Josh White
Daily Staff Reporter
Neal Shine, publisher of the Detroit
Free Press, will receive an honorary
doctorate of humane letters at com-
mencement Dec. 17 along with three or
four others.
Charles Eisendrath, director of the
Michigan Journalism Fellows Program,
nominated Shine, 65.
"I recommended him for the degree
because for many years he has been a
special kind of journalist and he com-
bined that with a real sense of com-

munity dedication, ethics and news
judgement," Eisendrath said of Shine,
who has been at the Free Press since
"He is deeply concerned about the
city, and he does something about it. He
is deeply concerned about journalism
and does a lot there too."
Eisendrath said Shine has been con-
tributing to the University community
for years through the journalism pro-
"I ran the master's program for 10
years and he was a regular part of the

program," Eisendrath said. "He cri-
tiqued work, talked to students about
how to do journalism and had students
in the newsroom. He talked to fellows,
gave seminars and has taken students
on tours of Detroit so they could learn
from his experience."
University spokesman Walter
Harrison said no other honorees have
been named for the Dec. 17 com-
mencement, nor has a speaker been
He said one or all of the honorees will

Report: Govs staff has few mnorities

® Engler has hired the
most white women in
state government
LANSING (AP) - Gov. John
Engler's executive staff had the lowest
percentage of minorities of any state
department last year and the largest
percentage of white women, a state
report says.
Only two of the governor's 58 classi-
fied staffers in fiscal year 1994 - 3.4
percent-were black; none were Asian,
Hispanic or Native American.
Classified employees work with civil
service protection andpay scales, though
in the governor's office the protection
only lasts for the governor's term.
The average minority employment
among 24 state departments and major
offices was 24 percent, according to the
annual Work Force Report compiled by
the Civil Service Department.
Engler spokesman John Truscott said

the report didn't count five blacks and
one Hispanic who are unclassified em-
ployees in the governor's office. The
total staff is 78, not 58, Truscott said.
That would mean minorities com-
prise about 10 percent of Engler's staff.
That's slightly more than minority staff-
ing among classified employees in the
Attorney General's Office, Department
of Natural Resources and the Auditor
General's Office.
The report shows that Engler's Demo-
cratic predecessor, Gov. James
Blanchard, filled 30 percent of his ex-
ecutive staff with minorities in 1989-
90, the last year Blanchard served.
Truscott said that figure is probably
overstated because Blanchard counted
many white appointees as members of
other departments, not his executive
Truscott said Engler has been dili-
gent in appointing minorities to state
boards, commissions and judgeships.
Louis Green, deputy director of the
state Department of Civil Rights, agreed

generally with Truscott's observations.
Green worked for both Blanchard
and Engler, and said the conservative
Engler is more sensitive to minority
issues than the public believes.
It often is difficult to hire anyone to
work in a political job with an uncer-
tain future and, in some cases, lower
pay than in the private sector, Green
"I've encouraged them to hire more
minorities," he said of the Engler ad-
ministration. "I wouldn't say I was sat-
isfied with the numbers. I am satisfied
with the effort."
Green said some minorities, includ-
ing himself, worked for Engler's staff
but were promoted to otherjobs in state
The Work Force Report shows that
of the largest state departments, the
Michigan Employment Security Com-
mission leads in minority employment
with 39 percent. Minorities comprise
about 33 percent of the Department of
Social Services workforce.

Crash leaves LSA student
in critical' condition

By Jodi Cohen
and Zachary M. Raimi
Daily Staff Reporters
Saloni Raval, an LSA junior who
sustained severe head injuries in a car
accident last Thursday, remains in criti-
cal condition at University Hospitals, a
spokesman said yesterday.
Arjun Kumar, an LSA junior, was
driving a borrowed 1995 green Mus-
tang GT in the middle of a rainstorm
when he lost control of the car.
The accident occurred shortly after 8
p.m., as Kumar was driving west on
Eisenhower Boulevard, police said. He
had just turned right from State Street.
"For whatever reason, he lost control,
started to rotate around,jumped the curb,
slid sideways into a light pole and spun
around the light pole," Officer Gary
Oxender said in an interview yesterday.
Kumar was treated for head injuries

Institute of Social Research impacts policy, perc

at University Hospitals and was re-
leased Friday.
The front-seat passenger, Arpita
Patel, an LSA junior, was treatd and
released the night of the accident.
Kumar said he was driving 253mph
when the car fishtailed off the wetpave-
ment into the pole. There was noindica-
tion of alcohol use, police reports said.
Oxender said police are conducting
an investigation to determine officially
the cause of the accident. The investi-
gation will not be concluded for at least
a week.
When the results are found, Oxender
said that the department will share its
findings with the Washtenaw County
Prosecutor's Office, although Oxender
said it is doubtful that anyone would be
Oxender added that this is regular
vey Research Center, the largesrdyi-
sion, analyzes consumer attitudes and
environmental factors affecting l h v-
Some of the other visible studies are
the National Election Studies, .p4en-
nial analysis of voting behavior; the
Panel Study ofIncome Dynamicsdhich
annually studies income cha!ge in
American families; and the stuy on
aging and retirement which beiin in
Understanding how people de4cde to
retire is important now and in thq near
future, Juster said, because it ~affects
labor supply, the collective standard of
living and other socioeconomicfac-
Also, "baby-boomers are going to
enter the retirement stage ... by 2 10,"
Juster said.

By Marisa Ma
Daily Staff Reporter
From its inception almost 50 years
ago as a small center with a modest
staff, it now flourishes as a giant in
social science research.
Established in 1946, the University's
Institute of Social Research was un-
usual in its formation and its quantita-
tive approach, helping to transform the
study ofsocioeconomic phenomena into
a science in the 1950s and 1960s.
Its forerunner was an agricultural
team created by the federal Department
of Agriculture during the late 1930s

that interviewed farmers concerning
governmental farm programs.
"It's considered one of the premier in
the social science areas," said Peggy
Norgren, assistant director at the insti-
It is also the largest university-based
social science research organization in
the United States, employing more than
80 PhD-level social scientists and sev-
eral hundred researchers.
The impact of ISR studies on policy-
making and public perception is evi-
dence of its stature.
For instance, an annual survey on

drug use by teen-agers has become a
resource for policy-makers.
This 20-year-old survey, called
"Monitoring the Future," reported last
year that drug use and cigarette smok-
ing rates have increased among teen-
"Our job is to inform the country of
what's happening," said Lloyd
Johnston, the principal investigator of
the study.
This information spurred Secretary
of Health and Human Services Donna
Shalala to establish the Marijuana Pre-
vention Initiative last year, Johnston
Johnston also said the study was cited
when President Clinton announced his
plan to restrict tobacco industry adver-
tising that targets young people and to
reduce accessibility of cigarettes.
Those who work at the institute ap-
preciate its unique qualities.
"It is a very much bottom-up organi-
zation," Norgren said. "Researchers
pursue their own area of interest and
they prepare grant proposals to the gov-
ernment, and state and local agencies."
Johnston said he agrees that the mde-

pendence of researchers to initiate their
projects "does distinguish the institute
from other peer institutions."
Johnston also said its reputation is
earned, because results of past studies
have proven reliable.
Unlike most other social science re-
search organizations, ISR enables re-
searchers to acquire new data for their
studies instead of using old data, said
Juster, former ISR director and present
investigator in a study on aging and
The multidisciplinary institute con-
ducts a wide variety of research and is
affiliated with many University depart-
ments, including economics, political
science and public health.
ISR consists of three divisions-the
Survey Research Center, the Research
Center for Group Dynamics and the
Center for Political Studies. The Sur-


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