James Mulé, the Maude T. Lane Professor of Surgical Immunology, director of the graduate program in immunology and director of the Comprehensive Cancer Centers Tumor Immunology Program, has been named by the director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to serve on its 16-member Board of Scientific Counselors. As a board member, Mulé will be responsible for the review of the NCI intramural clinical research program and will serve as an adviser to the NCI director.
Regent Katherine E. White has been appointed by Acting Secretary of Commerce Robert L. Mallett to serve on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Offices (USPTO) Patent Public Advisory Committee. The committee was created by the 1999 American Inventors Protection Act to advise the USPTO director on the agencys operations, including its goals, performance, budget and user fees. The committee has nine voting members and three non-voting positions for the agencys unions. It is composed of independent inventors, lawyers, corporate executives, small entrepreneurs and academics with significant experience in management, finance, science, technology, labor relations and intellectual property issues.
White, assistant professor of law at Wayne State University, teaches patent law and enforcement. She was the 1999 recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholarship Award to the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law in Munich, Germany.
The Midwest Eye-Banks and Transplantation Center (MEBTC) has awarded research grants to five U-M faculty members. Grant recipients and proposed research topics are listed below.
MEBTC focuses on corneal transplantation and supports preliminary research into the causes of blinding eye diseases.
Mary Waite and Kelly Comfort, interior designers, Plant Extension, were recognized at the Association of University Interior Designers (AUID) annual conference. Each designer won awards for projects submitted to the conferences design competition.
Waite received first place in the Renovations $50,000$150,000 category for her project, the Yuri Kochiyama Lounge.
Comfort received second place in the Renovations $50,000$150,000 category for designing the Lawyers Club Main Lounge. She also received second place in Renovations over $150,000 for her Housing Administration offices project.