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Childcare Taskforce surveying U-M faculty

The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) Childcare Taskforce currently is surveying 'U-M faculty members on their childcare needs. The Web survey at will run through Feb. 9. SACUA created the taskforce in 2003.

SPORE seeking pilot research projects

The Head and Neck Specialized Program for Research Excellence (SPORE) is seeking applications for new pilot research projects relevant to head and neck cancer. Through its Developmental Research Program, SPORE provides an opportunity to foster new translational ideas important to the advancement of the field of head and neck cancer research; allows development of preliminary data for future grants; and promotes high risk research endeavors.

The focus of the program is to provide investigators flexibility to generate data that would become preliminary data for an R01 application. The program offers $22,500 support per year for two years of research, or $45,000 for one year. In addition, each selected project grantee will be assigned a basic and clinical mentor selected from the SPORE Operating Committee.

Proposals will be reviewed and ranked based on the following criteria: relevance to head and neck cancer; translational strength; innovation; scientific impact; likelihood of success; and potential for enhancing the overall goals of SPORE. Deadline for proposals is March 15. For more information, contact Kimberly Mejia at (734) 998-6756 or

Mentors needed for 'Women on the Move'

"Women on the Move—College is an Option!"—a program that introduces U-M-Dearborn to women receiving services through area nonprofit agencies—is seeking volunteer mentors to assist 250 metro Detroit women who will visit campus in the coming months.

The one-day program will be held twice, March 18 and May 13. Volunteers are needed to mentor women for each day, but are not required to sign up for both days. Mentors will be needed 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the date they choose. The women participating in the program will learn about classroom expectations, campus support groups and how other women deal with problems they have encountered in returning to school. Accompanied by mentors, participants will learn how to apply to college, register for classes, and seek financial aid and scholarships.

The program is a collaboration between the Women's Studies Program and the Commission for Women at 'U-M-Dearborn, and numerous human service organizations in the area. To volunteer as a mentor, call Heidi Kasab at (313) 593-5520.''

U-M Library, other universities net funds to build Korean collections

The University Library has entered into a consortium with the Korea Foundation and several universities that will bring $20,000 to the University Library each year for three years to build specific areas of Korean interest. U-M has been assigned the auto industry, historiography, Koreans in Japan, Korean Unification, immigration and emigration, labor relations, human rights and student movements.

Other universities to join: the University of Chicago; Columbia University; Harvard University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Hawaii; University of Southern California; University of Toronto and University of Washington.

New building addresses

Following are addresses for new buildings on campus: Palmer Drive Parking Structure, 200 Washtenaw Ave.; Life Sciences Institute, 210 Washtenaw; Biomedical Science Research Building, 109 Zina Pitcher Place; Undergraduate Science Building, 204 Washtenaw; Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw; Computer Science & Engineering Building, 2260 Hayward Ave.; Ford School of Public Policy Building, 735 S. State St.; Cardiovascular Center 1425 E. Ann St.; Cardiovascular Center Parking Structure, 1421 E. Ann; Academic Center, 1110 S. State.''

U-M-Flint earns workplace award

U-M-Flint recently received the Silver Healthy Workplace Award from the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness. The Silver Award recognizes workplaces that have sustained participation or comprehensive programs in physical fitness, health and sports. The governor's council bestows the Healthy Workplace Award on companies or organizations with outstanding health programs. Recognition is given for initiating new programs and for long-term commitments to wellness activities. Organizations receiving the award have shown outstanding commitment to the health of their employees by establishing creative worksite health promotions programs with demonstrated success.

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