\\put \AZkdd Outlook The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper Volume 14 'Number 32 'July 18, 2000 Comcast Exercises Option to Include Floor Naming Rights in New Arena Terps Earn Top Prize, Comcast Corp. has exercised an option in its naming-rights agreement for the university's new arena to include naming rights for the playing floor. By exercising the option, Comcast's naming rights gift has increased from $20 million to $25 million, making it the largest known corporate naming gift in the United States for a collegiate athletic facility. In January, officials from Comcast and the university announced the gift as part of a business partnership that also includes provid- ing cable television services to university resi- dence halls. The $25 million gift is the largest single dona- tion to the university and represents a significant portion of the university's share of the cost of construction on the planned Comcast Center, which will replace the aging Cole Field House. "This generous addition to Comcast's already large gift to the University of Maryland is greatly appreciated," says President Dan Mote, "It signifies the enormous value Comcast places on a partner- ship with us. We are very grateful for the confi- dence and support of all our friends at Comcast." "We are thrilled to include the floor of the new Comcast Center as part of our naming rights agreement with the University of Mary- land," says Jaye Gamble, regional vice president for Comcast's Washington Metro/Virginia Region. "As a national leading telecommunications com- pany, Comcast looks forward to continuing its support of educational excellence at the Univer- sity of Maryland, one of the most prestigious public institutions of higher learning in the nation, as well as a leader in its information tech- nology programs." "We are extremely pleased that Comcast has elected to include the floor as part of its naming rights agreement," says Director of Athletics Deb- orah Yow." It is fitting that Comcast will have naming rights inside and outside the Comcast Center." Comcast, which provides cable service in Prince George's and 15 other Maryland counties, will provide basic cable, with dozens of chan- nels, to all residence hall rooms beginning this fall. Comcast will have its name on one of the most visible collegiate athletic facilities in the nation, including the playing floor, and will have major marketing opportunities within the arena, including the most prominent advertising loca- tions. The university plans to raise another $20 mil- lion for its share of construction costs through additional major gifts and through a campaign that will make available 1 ,600 of the Comcast Center's 17,000 seats to major gift donors. Tech-Savvy Teens from 28 States Converge On Campus to Address Digital Divide More than 160 tech-sawy teens and 40 adult educators from 28 states gathered at the Univer- sity of Maryland last week for the first-ever National 4-H Technology Conference. Their goal: to "slam shut" the digital divide. The conference, which made use of computer labs, teaching theaters, and classrooms on cam- pus, grew out of online conversations early last year among three teens, including Shelley Armour, a junior in die College of Agricultare and Natural Resources. During their Internet chats, the three discovered that they were each interested and involved in ideas and activities integrating technology and community service. "Technology is moving so fast," says Armour. "We want to expand our knowledge and skills, share the knowledge and teach those skills to others, and get all communities involved." Eventually, other people joined the conversa- tion, which led to a conference proposal. With support from National 4-H, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and several land-grant universities, including Maryland, the proposal became a suc- cessful reality. "It was a unique opportunity for youth and adult leaders to network with their peers not only for their own benefit but also that of their communities," says Kendra Wells, 4-H specialist with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources' Maryland Cooperative Extension. Through 10 focus groups and 28 workshops, conference participants exchanged ideas, experi- ences, and resources, and taught and learned Continued on page 3 Norma Allewell Appointed Dean of College of Life Sciences Norma Allewell has been appointed dean of the College of Life Sciences effective eariy faH. She brings to the position an exceptional background in teaching, research and administra- tion. "The search committee determined that Dr. Allewell is an excellent scientist, has extensive and successful administrative experience, and lias played a national leadership role in the life sciences. She brings outstanding skills to the position of leadership of this college," says John Osborn, search committee chair and professor of mathematics at Maryland. AUcwell comes to Maryland from Harvard University where she was associate vice president Jbr sponsored programs and technology transfer. Before her post at Harvard, she held the positions of vice provost for research and graduate/professional education and vice provost of arts, sci- ence, and engineering at the University of Minnesota. She brings extensive experience in building biological and life Set ences programs as a former founding chair of the molecular biology and biochemistry department at Wesleyan University and as a leader in the reorganization of the biological sciences Continued »i> page 2 Norma Allewell Teens from 28 states hone their technology skills In one of the workshops held in the new Plant Sciences Building teaching theater as part of the first National 4-H Technology Conference. The Foundation for Our Future It's the beginning of a new era of private support for the University of Maryland. The University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc., an affiliated 501 (c)(3) organization authorized by the Board of Regents, now accepts, receipts and manages new charita- ble gifts in support of the mission of the University of Mary- land, College Park. The foundation became fully operational July 1. The new foundation's purpose is to foster private support for the university, promote wider visibility for its economic and research programs, strengthen the university's economic development role in the state and provide the opportunity to build a portfolio of investments that will support and enhance the university's growth and initiatives in perpetuity. On June 23, the officers and members of the new Universi- ty of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees were elected.The Board of Trustees will govern the invest- ment and distribution of private funds on behalf of the uni- versity. "The importance of an institutionally related foundation cannot be over-emphasized ," says President Dan Mote. "For the first time, we have an organization exclusively dedicated to accomplishing the objectives of the university's strategic plan and a group of individuals personally committed to the success of this campus." Previously, private gifts were man- aged through the University System of Maryland's foundation, along with the funds of some of the state's other higher edu- cation institutions and research centers. Details about the University of Maryland College Park Foundation wiU appear in a later issue of Outlook. For more information, contact Doug Nelson, executive director for development administration and vice president and CFO for the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 405-191 1. 2 Outlook July 18, 2000 In Memoriam George Snow, Professor Emeritus of Physics George Snow, 73, professor emeritus of physics, died June 24 after suffering a stroke. He is survived by his wife, lila Snow, and their three children, Andrew, Zachary and Sara. A memorial service is planned tor Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m., in Memorial Chapel. Snow, who earned his Ph.D. in physics from Princeton Uni- versity in 1949, was professor of physics at the University of Maryland from 1957-1992. He served as acting chair of the physics department from 1970- 1971. His research contributions in experimental and phenomeno- logical high-energy physics had a considerable impact on the field. Beginning in 1958, he established and led the High Energy Physics Group at Mary- land, which gained a reputation as one of the strongest groups in the country. Snow led this group until his retirement. Since his retirement In 1992, he remained active in both experimental physics and in the university. He chaired the divi- sion of particles and fields of the American Physical Society, was a member of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel to the Atomic Energy Commis- sion and the Board of Trustees of the University Research Asso- ciation, Inc., and chaired many other advisory and review boards for organizations and laboratories. In 1986, former physics department chair John Toll remarked, "The arrival of George Snow at the University of Mary- land was an indication that we were going to be a leading uni- versity in high energy physics, and he has been our leader in both theory and experiment for over three decades, remarkably inspiring others to his high stan- dards. He has been the Universi- ty of Maryland's equivalent of Fermi, equally adept at theory and experiment, teaching and research." Personnel Services Training Room Upgrade* The Personnel Services Department training room is being upgraded for the first time to help meet the technological chal- lenges of today's workplace. The room, which is used for classes including faculty and staff administrative training and Perfor- mance Review & Development courses, will get updated equip ment taking advantage of the latest audio-video, computer and Internet technology. Located in the Chesapeake Building, the room was state-of- the-art when it was built in 1991 but was showing signs of age. Marvin Pyles, assistant director of organizational development and training, and others in the department decided it was time for an upgrade.The room will get a new VCR, projector, sound system and other equipment; however, the focus of the new classroom will be computer technology. Pyles looked to the computer-assisted classrooms at the Pat* apsco Training Facility and the Computer and Space Sciences Building to provide examples. "We wanted to create a true tech- nology classroom to integrate the technology into the training," Pyles says. With the upgrades, a permanent computer will enable instructors to use Microsoft PowerPoint and other computer presentation software, and there will be networked computers for all course participants. Additionally, faculty and staff will be able to use CD-ROMs and other technology, allowing them more freedom to self-schedule training sessions. The upgrade will occur in two phases, the first of which cost $21,000 and should be completed this month. It consisted of upgrading the technology and providing a permanent computer with a touch screen and projector for the instructor. The second phase, which will cost between $60,000 and $80,000, will consist of providing Internet jacks and computers for all class participants. Pending the availability of funds, the goal is to complete this phase during the fall semester. The department also is considering the installation of video cameras, which will allow courses to be broadcast across cam- pus. The upgrade, which is being supervised by the Office of Information Technology, will help the department keep pace with technology, Pyles says. -JONATHAN SHEIR Carter Named to Lead Continuing and Extended Education Science and Technology Initiatives The University of Maryland's Office of Continuing and Extended Education recently named Kenneth Carter to provide academic and administrative leadership for its continuing education programs in the science and tech- nology fields. Carter will serve as program manager and liaison between the academic resources of the university and public and private sector organizations. He has more than 10 years of experience developing successful science and technology continuing education programs, including five years with the department of bio- logical sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He most recently was employed as the director of edu- cation and project planning at the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) in Bethesda. ASCLS is the premier membership association for clinical laboratory scientists/medical technologists in the United States. Prior to joining ASCLS, he was the associate director of education at the American Type Culture Collection, a global nonprofit biosciences institution. "The tremendous growth of high-tech and biotech industries in our region demands that the university, as a public research institution, provide the education and training needed for suc- cess," says Judith Broida, dean of the Office of Continuing and Extended Education. "With the experience and expertise Ken Carter brings to the university, we expect to greatly expand our educational outreach in these areas." Carter's new duties will include curriculum development in cooperation with campus facul- ty; program budget development; selection of course formats; logistics; and program evaluation. He has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Gannon University in Erie, Pa. He earned a master of policy sciences degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and has done graduate work in the master of association management program at George Wash- ington University. Kenneth Carter Allewell Appointed Dean of Life Sciences continued from page I at the University of Minnesota. AllewelTs commitment to research, educa- tion, outreach and specifically to developing pro- grams in biology is what precipitated her inter- est in Maryland. "There are great opportunities for the life sci- ences at Maryland because of the high level of public awareness and support for biology at the present time, existing strengths in the college, and die proximity of the university to federal agencies, research organizations and unique nat- ural resources in the Washington, D.C., area," says Allewell. With a broad background and interests in the sciences, she has worked successfully with a diverse group of scientists nationally. She is a past president of the Biophysical Society and has served on numerous review panels and special committees for the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Research Council. Allewell hopes to not only advance the Col- lege of Lift: Sciences, but also promote greater linkages with other colleges and leverage the university's strengths in other areas. "These linkages are extremely important, because of the synergy that continues to devel- op between the life sciences and other disci- plines" says Allewell. 1 would like to see the col- lege of life sciences grow in terms of both size and excellence of its research, educational and outreach programs." AllewelTs research focuses on the general area of protein structure and function, with par- ticular emphasis on signal transduction and the functional roles of subunit interactions in multi- subunit proteins. She uses a wide range of approaches, such as X-ray crystallography, com- puter modeling and recombinant DNA methods to investigate these questions in several different proteins. A recipient of numerous grants, awards and honors, Allewell is frequently invited to partici- pate in site reviews of biological and chemistry programs at institutions across the country. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Biophysical Journal and is an Associate Editor of Biopoty- mers, Allewell is the co-author or editor of three books and more than 80 papers and reviews in biochemistry, protein science, biophysics and biomedical research. She grew up in southern Ontario, Canada, where she gained her bachelor's degree in bio- chemistry from McMaster University. She earned her doctorate degree in molecular biophysics from Yale University. Allewell succeeds Paul Mazzocchi, who left the deanship to return full time to the chemistry and biochemistry department. Michael Raupp, professor and immediate past chair of the ento- mology department, will serve as interim dean until Allewell arrives. Outlook Outlook Is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. Brodle Remington, Vice President for University Relations; Teresa Flannery, Executive Director of University Communications and Director of Marketing; George Cathcart, Executive Editor; Jennifer Hawes. Editor; Londa Scott Forte. Assistant Editor; David Abrams, Graduate Assistant. Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus Information are wel- come. Please submit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor. Outlook, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, MD 20742.Tele- phone (301) 405-4629; e-mail email@example.com; fax (301) 3149344. Outlook can be found online atwww.lnform.umd.edu/outlook/ Terps are Tops in FutureTruck Competition Teams of engineering students from around the country have sent a clear message to U.S. automakers: It is possi- ble to build sport-utility vehicles with much better fuel economy than the highway hippos now so popular. At the two-week FutureTruck compe- tition held under the blazing June sun at the General Motors Desert Proving Ground in Mesa, Ariz., University of Maryland students took a stock Chevy Suburban and figured out how to com- bine an electric motor with an ethanol- fueled smaller engine.The design netted the Maryland students top honors over- all and in the off-road category. FutureTruck 2000 was sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Depart- ment of Energy. In past years, the com- petition has focused on car fuel econo- my but this year the 1 5 teams took on the task of re-inventing the sport utility vehicle. The sponsors provided each team with a new Suburban and $ 10,000 seed money. "The first year of this competition has been a real 'everybody wins' situa- tion," says Mark Maher, director of pow- ertrain systems for General Motors Truck Group. "The student team mem- bers are leaving here with incredible experience in advanced automotive technologies, GM has developed great recruiting opportunities for the best tal- ent, and the rest of the country will eventually benefit from the types of cleaner, more efficient technologies we're seeing experimented with here." The task — maintain all the SUV's.abil- ity to carry cargo and pull heavy loads such as trailers while reducing fuel con- sumption and greenhouse gas emissions — coincided with soaring gasoline prices, the summer driving season and increasing concern about global warm- ing. Led by student project managers Kevin Denton and Blaine Woehr, and advised by mechanical engineering pro- fessor David Holloway, the 36 members of the university's team first exchanged the Suburban's stock V-8 engine for a smaller, more efficient V-6. The V-6 was then converted to run on clean-burning c thai ml fuel. The elec- tric motor was added to make up for the power difference between the V-6 and the original V-8 engine.A sophisti- cated system of computer controls auto- matically switches on the battery-pow- ered electric motor when the vehicle needs more power, such as during hard acceleration or towing. The result is a cleaner, more efficient vehicle that retains all the "muscle" of a gasoline- powered engine. The students began their participa- tion in the FutureTruck challenge in the fall of 1999, when they enrolled in a special six-credit class over two semes- ters. During the first semester, team members attended lectures on basic vehicle design and hybrid vehicle theo- ry. In the spring, the team did the actual hands-on work to convert the Suburban into what their written presentation described as "Proteus:The Truck You Wish You Had." The FutureTruck teams competed in more than a dozen events. They were evaluated on safety, performance, tow- ing ability, greenhouse gas emissions, Hard at work on "Proteus: The Truck You Wish You Had," are a few of the team members who won the FutureTruck competition sponsored by General Motors. fuel economy and consumer acceptabil- ity. Project sponsors say every entry demonstrated innovative approaches to the fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions even while 100-degree tem- peratures caused problems for many of the vehicles. Students from the winning Proteus team were able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent while still maintaining much of the Suburban's overall performance. The truck designed by the University of California, Davis, had the best fuel economy at 18,7 miles per gallon, a 13 percent increase over the average Suburban. Other competitors came from Con- cordia University, Cornell University, George Washington University, Georgia Tech, Michigan Technological University, Ohio State University, Perm State Univer- sity, Texas Tech University, University of Idaho, University of Tennessee, Universi- ty of Wisconsin-Madison and Virginia Tech. "We are gratified that we won such a challenging competition and finished ahead of the other extremely talented FutureTruck teams," says Holloway. "However, our focus is now on next year's competition. We've already started the process of bringing on new team members and beginning the hard work necessary to successfully compete again next year." University Libraries' Joanne Harrar Retires Tech-Savvy Teens from 28 States Converge on Campus to Address Digital Divide After a distinguished library career that spanned almost five decades, including 20 years as director of the University of Maryland Libraries, H.Joanne Harrar retired at the end of June. A native of Seattle who received her undergraduate education at Oberlin College and her master's and doc- torate degrees in library service from Rutgers Universi- ty, Harrar first became involved in library work at Duke and Oberlin and then taught in the Rutgers' Graduate School of library Service. She later served as head librarian at Winthrop College (now University) and was an associate director of libraries at the University of Georgia when selected on July 18, 1975 to be director of libraries at the University of Maryland, College Park. Harrar stepped down from that position on August 3 1 , 1995, and has been working in several special capaci- ties for the libraries since then. Many accomplishments took place during her direc- torate, including implementation of the CARL VICTOR Library Information Management System, creation of the Music Library and the U.S. Patents Depository Library, and expansion of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Library. Establishment of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Library on campus, the addition of a number of important special collections, expansion of the grants program, and reorganization of the library's internal structure also were notable. Interns continued from page I new computer skills and strategies for teach- ing those skills to oth- ers. Topics ranged from curriculum devel- opment and collabora- tive web pages to digi- tal imaging and cyber- ethics. Perhaps most impor- tant was the sharing of current successful efforts by teens to introduce new audi- ences to the benefits of the computer age, including • creation of bilin- gual web sites for Ore- gon's Latino communi- ty; • establishment of one of the nation's largest 4-H-run comput- er laboratories in Wash- ington; • wiring of an entire K-12 school system in Kansas; • creation of a program to bring technology to the Shoshone-Paiute Reservation on the Idaho/Nevada border; and • "Teens Teaching Technology," a program through which young people teach senior citi- zens how to access information on the Internet. "It's an awesome feeling to share information Actor Max Gall of Barney Miller fame, left, describes the success — and announces the expansion — of the Teens Teaching Technology program, through which teenagers educate seniors on Internet use, during a news conference on July 11. about these programs and help get them started in other parts of the nation," says Steven Worker, a 20-year-old junior at California Polytechnic Insti- tute who was instrumental in establishing the conference. Given the success of the conference, it's not surprising that many participants are already dis- cussing a possible follow-up next year. 4 Outlook July 18,2000 Urban Forestry Curriculum Established Nearly eight out of 10 Maryland resi- dents live In urban settings. A growing percentage of these individuals recog- nize the importance of urban forests, which cut energy needs through the shade they provide, reduce runoff, pro- vide wildlife habitat and enhance prop- erty values. With this recognition comes an increased demand for trained individ- uals to manage urban forest ecosystems. The University of Maryland is addressing the demand with the addi- tion of an urban forestry concentration to the natural resource sciences under- graduate program in its department of natural resource sciences and landscape architecture. Beginning this fall, students in the College of Agriculture and Natur- al Resources can begin taking courses leading to a bachelor of science degree with a concentration in urban forestry. This program will complement the thriving urban forestry program of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service, which has been a national leader in the development of efforts to pro- tect trees in urban settings. The new urban forestry cur- riculum meets the demand for trained tree care professionals in an increasingly urban state, as well as the entire Mid-Atlantic region. Its development was spearheaded by an Urban Forestry Steering Committee comprised of University of Mary- land faculty and representatives of public agencies and private tree care companies. State Forester Jim Mallow expressed pleasure that a state- based educational institution will be involved in essential forestry education. "The addition of an urban forestry program at the Universi- ty of Maryland goes a long way toward protecting and maintaining Maryland's trees for the future," he says. For more information about the urban forestry curriculum, contact Joe Sullivan, assistant professor, natural resource sciences and landscape archi- tecture, at 405-1626 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Kathy Hunt, administrative assistant, at 405-4355 or kh 2 ( > «i 1 1 m a i 1 . 1 1 m d . ■ Details about the DNR Forest Service urban forestry program can be obtained from Jim Mallow at (410) 26*8501. for your event* lecture* * temii * w * r d * Playing it Safe The Department of Envi- ronmental Safety is offering monthly laboratory safety training for all new laborato- ry personnel.Tbe next avail- able session is Thursday, Aug. 10, from 9:30 to 1 1 am., in room 3104 Chesapeake Building. New research training provides an introduction and overview to a wide vari- ety of safety issues, including chemical hygiene training, hazardous waste generator training and bloodborne pathogen training. The orientation is required for all new employ- ees who work in laboratory settings and with hazardous materials. Space is limited. Contact Jeanette Cartron at 405-3960 or jcartron@acc- mail.umd.edu to register. Traditional Chinese Medi- cine The Institute for Global Chinese Affairs is sponsoring an international conference on "Traditional Chinese Medi- cine: Science, Regulation and Globalization," Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 in the Stamp Student Union. The registration fee is $350 per person. The conference will intro- duce science, technology, clin- ical validation and giobaliza- chology department is offer- ing two free individual dream interpretation sessions to peo- ple interested in understand- ing their dreams. If interested, you would meet with a thera- pist or therapist-in-training who is trained in therapeutic dream interpretation. He or she will help you understand your dreams and gain insights into what your dreams might Presentations"Thursday,July 27, from 9 a.m. -4 p.m., in room 1 101U Chesapeake Building.The cost is $300. To register for this class on the Web go to www. person- nel, umd.edu. For more infor- mation, contact Natalie Torres at 405.5651. Rossborough Closing Schedule The last day for lunch at the Rossborough Inn will be Wednesday, July 26. The Inn will be closed Jury 27- Aug. 27 to undergo renovations and repairs. During the closing a ramp will be installed at the back entrance to make the Inn physically accessible to all patrons. Construction also will begin on the new Car- riage House Cafe and Bar. The Rossborough Inn will re-open for the Fall semester on Monday, Aug. 28. While the Inn is closed, the staff suggests trying one of the following other locations on campus for lunch: Adele's Restaurant 3 14-8022; (opens II a.m. Monday - Friday), University of Maryland Dairy 405- 1 41 5 (opens 8 a.m. Monday - Friday) or Mulligan's Grill 403-4182 (opens 11:30 a.m. Monday - Friday). tion of traditional Chinese herbal medicine. The empha- sis of the conference will be on Chinese herbal medicines and their acceptability as com- plementary medicines to western drugs. To register call 314-7884 or e-mail umdconf@accmail. umd.edu. For program infor- mation call 405-0208, e-mail rm 1 65@umail. umd.edu, or visit the Web site: www.infbrm . u md .e du/i gca . Dream, Dream, Dream Do you ever wonder what your dreams might mean? Through the Maryland Dream Interpretation Project, the psy- mean for you. For more information, con- tact Timothy Davis at (301) 583-9385 or d da vis® warn . umd . edu Compelling PowerPoint Master the tools and tech- niques to sharpen your pre- sentation and teaching skills. Microsoft PowerPoint has everything you need to put on a show that audiences wUl watch, enjoy and most impor- tant, learn from. Fred Pryor Seminars, a nationally renowned t raining organiza- tion, is coming to campus to present "How to Create Com- pelling Microsoft PowerPoint July Jazz Every Thursday in July, join AFTER HOURS for some cool jazz on those hot summer afternoons at the University Golf Course clubhouse. Bring your friends, come and relax, sip a cool drink and listen to great jazz every Thursday in July from 3 to 7 p.m. For more information call 403-4299. Student Affairs Search The university recently embarked on a nationwide search to fill the position of Vice President for Student Affairs. As chair of the search committee, Provost Gregory Geoffroy is soliciting nomina- tions and applications from members of the campus community. The committee particularly would like to receive suggestions of quali- fied minority and women can- didates. Send your nominations (name, address and telephone number) to Geoffroy or to Sapienza Barone in the Presi- dent's Office (sbarone ©deans. umd.edu, 405-5790). If you would like to see a copy of the position announcement, contact Sapienza. Oldsmobile Scramble The University Golf Course is hosting a four-person Oldsmobile Scramble, Satur- day, July 22. Total cost is $84, and includes round, cart, entry fee, one dozen Strata golf balls and a $50 golf shop gift cer- tificate from Oldsmobile. USGA handicap required. Call the Golf Shop for addi- tional information 403-4299 or visit the Web at www. scramblegolf . com. Vforkers' Comp Relocates The Workers' Compensa- tion Office, formerly located at the University Health Cen- ter, has moved to room 3115 Chesapeake Building under the auspices of the Depart- ment of Environmental Safety. Wlule the location for pro- cessing claims and obtaining workers compensation infor- mation has changed, injured workers should continue to report to the health center for necessary treatment. To contact the Workers' Compensation Office, the phone number remains 314- 8171.