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National organization honors biomedical engineering faculty

The University's biomedical engineering department - already one of the top in the country - took another step forward last month in furthering its national reputation. Last month, the American Institute of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering elected Klaus Ley and Thomas Skalak as two of 66 fellows in its 2001 class of inductees.

Students prepare for NASA launch

Gabriel Laufer, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and a team of mostly undergraduate engineers seem to have struck the right balance between theory and reality. On April 26, they plan to launch a payload with infrared atmospheric sensors to the edge of the sensible atmosphere.

Casteen, Board not liable in suit

U.S. District Court Judge Warren G. Moon ruled yesterday that University President John T. Casteen III and the Board of Visitors have no supervisory liability in former student Richard Smith's $1.25 million lawsuit. While the decision effectively dismisses both Casteen's and the Board's liability in the lawsuit, individual UJC members and William W.

Improvements add to stadium budget

With its construction deadline rapidly approaching, the expansion of Scott Stadium at the Carl Smith Center is set to open before the Cavs kick off against the Brigham Young Cougars at the first home football game Sept.

Lawyers settle balcony suits for $790,000

The Commonwealth has settled two of the five lawsuits that resulted from the Pavilion I balcony crash that killed a 73-year-old woman and injured 18 others during the 1997 Medical School commencement ceremonies. The two settlements, which totaled $790,000, go to the family members of Mary Brashear, who was killed when a section of the balcony fell during the ceremony.

Students cite Proposition 209 for decline in campus diversity

BERKELEY, Calif.-Nearly three-and-a-half years after Californians voted to ban affirmative action with Proposition 209, Phong La, president of the Associated Students of the University of California-Berkeley, maintains that passing the controversial referendum was a "premature" decision. Many students and administrators at University of California schools said they feel the same way, and view the ballot initiative as a mistake. The initiative, passed in November of 1996, outlawed public institutions from using preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity or gender. Despite increased outreach programs targeted at underrepresented minority students - specifically Hispanic, Latino and black students - admissions officials at the University of California-Berkeley and the University of California-Davis admit it has been difficult to maintain previous levels of representation of these minorities. Richard Black, vice chancellor for admissions and enrollment at Berkeley, said many members of the university community recognize the benefits of affirmative action. "Many individual staff members feel affirmative action is important," Black said. Ultimately, however, the University of California Board of Regents and California state laws control the university's admissions criteria, he said. "We are professionals and we follow policies of the Regents and the laws of California, even when those don't agree with our own personal positions," he added. Yvonne Marsh, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment services at Davis, said the administration and student body were generally in favor of affirmative action despite 209's passage. Related Links See the stats! University of California @ Berkeley University of California @ Davis But much of the decision-making process went over their heads.

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