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CoE Excellence in Staff Service awards

The College of Engineering is seeking nominations for its 2004 Excellence in Staff Service Award Program. All full- and part-time regular, non-faculty employees in the college, regardless of length of service, are eligible. Nominations will be accepted for individual staff members or staff work groups (two or more), as well as teams that have taken on time-limited tasks. A nomination form, guidelines and a list of criteria used to review the nominations are available at http:// All nominations and supporting materials must be received by March 19. Nomination packets should be addressed to CoE Excellence in Staff Service Awards Selection Committee, c/o Jamie Rutledge, 2437 LEC, 2102. For more information, call (734) 647-7060.

Netsky virus hits computers

The Netsky, which affects computers running Windows, hit campus last week. The virus spreads through infected attachments and via mapped drives. It sends itself to addresses found on the victim's machine and by copying itself to folders on drives C: through Z:. Netsky forges the "from" field of the messages it sends.

Information Technology Central Services reminds users to delete these e-mails without opening the attachments. Visit for more information.

Arts of Citizenship grants available

The Arts of Citizenship Program has announced its sixth annual grant program to support public and community-based scholarly and creative projects in the arts, humanities and design on all three U-M campuses. For 2004-05, grants will be open to two categories of applicants: teaching and research faculty (tenure-track and non-tenure-track), lecturers, emeritus faculty, adjunct faculty, primary researchers, librarians and information technology staff, awards up to $15,000; and Rackham-enrolled graduate students, awards up to $5,000, offered with assistance of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Proposals are due by 3 p.m. March 22. For a copy of the request for proposals, visit

Alumni award

The University community is invited to nominate individuals for the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. The award is presented to graduates who have distinguished themselves "by reason of services performed on behalf of [U-M], or in connection with its organized alumni activities." The Alumni Association bestows the award, the highest honor it gives to an alumna/us, at the request of alumnus S. Spencer Scott (1914). Recommendations are due March 31. For a recommendation form, contact Phyllis Taylor at (734) 763-9752 or phtaylor@umich.eduor visit

Senate Assembly passes anti-hazing resolution

The Senate Assembly passed an anti-hazing resolution at its Feb. 16 meeting. The resolution states: "The Faculty Senate Assembly supports efforts by [U-M] to eliminate hazing practices with the potential to result in psychological or bodily harm." Senate member Dan Remick, professor and assistant dean of admissions in the Department of Pathology, brought the resolution to the assembly.

Prostate SPORE grants

The Comprehensive Cancer Center is soliciting applications for funds available from the Prostate SPORE grant. Support of up to $70,000 is available for a 12-month period for translational projects attempting to understand the mechanisms involved in prostate cancer development or to find a prostate cancer cure. The application deadline is April 15. For more information, contact Jill Miller at (734) 998-6761 or jsmiller@umich.ed

Coalition gives highest ranking to U-M Hospital

A health care quality report released by the Michigan Health and Safety Coalition has awarded its highest ranking to the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers in all eight categories of treatment that were evaluated. As the only hospital surveyed that earned the highest "five bullet" rating in every category, U-M Health System ratings exceeded the recommendations set forth in the coalition's guidelines. For the second year in a row, the coalition sponsored the survey, and posted its results on the organization's Web site for the public to access. The eight categories in the survey were: open heart surgery, percutaneous coronary interventions (angioplasty and other ways of opening clogged blood vessels near the heart), abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (to strengthen weakened areas in the largest blood vessel), carotid endarterectomy surgery (to clear blockages in blood vessels in the neck), esophagectomy surgery for cancer (to remove cancerous areas of the esophagus), treatment of low-birthweight infants (who weigh less than three pounds at birth), treatment of infants with congenital abnormalities ("birth defects") and intensive care physician staffing.

M-CAID quality recognized by state of Michigan

M-CARE, the not-for-profit health plan owned by U-M, has announced that M-CAID, its Medicaid HMO, has been honored with a Benchmark Award from the state of Michigan for the second year in a row. The award is given to the top five Medicaid health plans in the state that demonstrate high-quality health care services in the areas of clinical and consumer satisfaction. M-CAID's performance in key areas such as cervical cancer screenings, prenatal care, asthma and diabetes care, and childhood immunizations earned M-CAID the benchmark designation.

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