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Dollars And Sense APRIL 1988


New beat
finds a pkwce
in her heart
By Jennifer Rich
The Review
U. of Delaware
U. of Delaware student Kim
Claudfelter underwent respiratory
heart surgery at Johns Hopkins
Medical Institute last fall. Thirteen
hours later she unexpectedly came
out with a new heart.
Kim, 22, was born with her heart
located on the right side ofher chest
cavity. It also had a hole in it.
The operation was to repair this
hole and the damage to one of her
heart's valves.
But when the doctors closed her
up and tried to take her off the
bypass machine, which operates all
patients' hearts during heart
surgery, Kim's heart would not
beat on its own.
The doctors immediately put
Kim's name, heart size and blood
tvoe into a computer to match with

Firms have designs on students

Shooting for the stars ... The world's
largest array of telescopes designed to detect milli-
meter-length radio waves emitted during the birth
and dying stages of stars will be developed by the U.
of California, Berkeley, the U. of Itlinois, Cham-
paign-Urbana, and the U. of Maryland, College Park.
By adding three six-meter telescopes to the existing
Hat Creek Berkeley grid, the consortium will achieve
a five-fold speed increase in obtaining evidence of
molecules and large structures in our Milky Way
Galaxy and beyond. Research time will be shared by
astronomers at the three schools, as well as by
outside scientists. .Wallace Ravmen, The,
UCSD Guardian, U. of California, San
Creative computer theme housing
... Next fall at North Carolina State U., a group of
students will learn computer graphics, synthetic
music, electronic mail, word processing and other
computer 'magic.' "Computers aren't just for num-
ber crunching," said Chuck Kesler, a physics junior.
For the Computer Theme Housing, student organiz-
ers are planning events "that everybody can under-
stand, not just a computer expert," said computer
science freshman Daniel Carr. Greg Reid, a sopho-
more in electrical engineering, said, "(Padticipants)
sill leave with a technical knowledge of computer
hardware and software... People are going to ex-
change information in a very natural way, learning at
rates at which they are ready." *Don Munk,
Technician, North Carolina State U.




U. of Texas, Austin, students Walter Keene and Rob Von Allen redesigned a
lightweight portable engine for an engineering design class. Corporations such as
IBM, Lockheed and Texas Instruments sponsor students to design their ideas and
then listen to students' presentations. Students choose which projects they want to
work on from a list of suggestions from the corporations.

Continued From Page 1
an actual religion. Founded in
1984, the religion helps followers
recover from using computers, pro-
viding the right balance between
humanity and technology. He
travels around the country giving
"sermons" to the "data weary," pri-
marily individuals in the computer
His religion is based on puns.
Armstrong said that CHIP is neith-
er left nor right, but "light." The
church's motto is "lighten up." He

said that most religions can lead to
overly serious thinking. His church
is there to help people understand
humility and openness in today's
computer age. The ultimate goal of
a CHIP follower is to achieve "nerd-
Armstrong explains that in to-
day's society we forget the real use
for technology, which is to make us
happy. To understand what's going
on with new technology and to keep
ourselves from becoming en-
dangered species we must get a
sense of humor and perspective ab-
out computers.

The Binary Bible provides this
perspective, and is loaded with
humor, and, of course, puns. One of
Saint Silicon's prayers is "Hail
Memory": "Hail memory, full of
space, the Mother Board is with
thee. Blessed art thou among Mic-
ros, and blessed is the Fruit of thy
Processor-data. Holy Memory,
Mother Board of ROM, pray for us
beginners, now and at the hour of
sign off. Enter." Even those who are
not computer-literate can find am-
ple humor just by marvelling at
how Armstrong managed to alter
the familiar Bible.

Kim Claudfelter
a possible donor. In what Kim calls
a miracle, a compatible heart was
found in one hour.
It took Kim several days to com-
prehend that she had had a trans-
plant. "At firstit didn'thitme, like I
didn't care.
"I wasn't prepared for it. A lot of
people worry about what I consider
silly, stupid things when they have
someone else's heart in their
body-the person's race or if the
person was a good or bad person.
That didn't bother me at all.
"I think they watched me more
emotionally than physically," she
Prior to the transplant, Kim suf-
fered from chest pains, excessive
fatigue, two blood infections,
weight loss and dehydration.
While Kim can now exercise and
dance, she must return monthly to
Johns Hopkins for a biopsy. Rejec-
tion could occur at any time in her
life, but medication can minimize
the risks.
Cost and side effects create a
downside to the medication's help-
fulness. The cost of the seven diffe-
rent medications, which she must
take the rest of her life, is currently
between $400 and $500 a month.
"(This medicine) gives me tre-
mors and chipmunk cheeks," Kim
said. "Sometimes I experience
mood swings."
But, shegsaid, "Even when I'm
depressed, I thank God that I had a
second chance."

Synthetic blood
can't be typecast
By Diana Pharaoh
The California Aggie
U. of California, Davis
Although not expected for five or 10
years, synthetic blood may replace real
blood in medical procedures, said U. of
California, Davis biochemist Leigh
"Synthetic blood can be used in
emergency situations more successfully
than real blood, as synthetic blood does
not need to be typed," Segel said.
Synthetic blood could also alleviate
some of the problems caused by blood-
transferred diseases and it would help
supply Third World blood-bank facili-
ties, she said.
Synthetic blood may prove useful in
donating organs. "At this point, organ
transplants are limited to about four
hours before the organ is useless," Segel
Organs are kept in low-temperature
storage instead of being soaked in blood,
because blood does not provide an organ
with enough oxygen to sustain it for any
length of time, she said. Synthetic blood
carries 50 times the amount of oxygen
that blood does, making it possible to
extend the transplant time to nine
"At this time, there is not a lot of fund-
ing for the synthetic-blood program,
which slows up research considerably,"
Segel said.

IOnly you
can stop
Recently, many leading software firms have removed copy protection
from their software. They have taken this action for one reason-you,
the user, have requested it. You say that unprotected software is less
trouble to use, and that it generally simplifies the use of your PC. Many
software firms responded and have given you what you requested.
Now the software industry requests something of you. Please do not
Illegally duplicate unprotected software. Unprotected software
enjoys the same legal protection as protected software. It is not a
violation of federal copyright laws to make a back-up copy, but making
or distributing additional copies for any other reason is against the law.
Remember, many people worked hard to produce every program you
use: designers, programmers, distributors, and retailers, not to
mention all the people who support users. They have a right to be
compensated for their efforts through legitmate software sales. By
removing copy protection from their software, publishers are relying
upon your good faith-and your trust. They assume that you want the
industry to continue developing even better and more innovative
software. Please do not abuse the trust the industry has placed in you.
Do not make unauthorized copies of software.
software is not freeware
Software Publishers Association
1101 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 901
Washington, D.C. 20036



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