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Award-winning poet to attend Hopwood ceremony, read

Award-winning poet Carolyn Forché, dubbed by Rolling Stone as "one of the most affecting younger poets in America," will read her poems at the Hopwood Underclassmen Awards Ceremony where the winter Hopwood winners will be announced.

The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in Rackham Auditorium.

Forché, author of four collections of poetry and numerous translations, is a poet of social and political conscience. Reviewer Katha Pollit has said her poems "have the immediacy of war correspondence, postcards of 20th century barbarism." She has won the Yale Younger Poets Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award and will read poems at the event.

The Avery and Jule Hopwood Awards in Creative Writing are among the nation's oldest contests for student writers. The awards are funded by a bequest from Avery Hopwood, a 1905 U-M graduate and successful Broadway playwright, and Jule Hopwood, his mother.

The ceremony is sponsored by the Hopwood Program.

Dabbling in data dilemmas; theme semester begins Jan. 21

Advances in computing power and measurement technologies have made it possible to collect and analyze massive amounts of data. Both the volume and complexity of these data are raising interesting challenges, many of which cut across different natural science disciplines.

The LSA winter 2005 research theme semester, "Data Dilemmas: Large Datasets in the Natural Sciences," will explore issues common across astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology and physics, as well as issues in disciplines such as mathematics, statistics, and computer science.

Several activities are planned to promote discussions and stimulate collaborations among faculty and graduate students in the various disciplines. The events get underway at 1 p.m. Jan. 21 with a symposium in 340 West Hall.

For more details, visit or contact statistics professor Vijay Nair at


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