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'U' creates first geriatric research center
by Diane Cook
Daily Research Reporter
The University Medical Center
was awarded a five-year, $6.1 mil-
lion grant this week from the
National Institute on Aging to create
the nation's first Geriatric Research
4nd Training Center.
The center will unite 77
University researchers, who are prin-
ciple investigators on grants totaling
more than $20 million from the
National Institute of Health and
other federal agencies. The center
will emphasize research and training
of geriatricians in brain disorders,
impaired mobility, and impaired
The University was awarded the
grant for the center after a competi-
tive search by the NIA involving
nine other institutions - including
Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Case
Western Reserve - an NIA
spokesperson said. The aging insti-
tute looked for strengths in the areas
of scientific excellence and a suitable
environment for training.
"Today's serious shortage of geri-
atric educators and researchers is hav-
ing a negative influence on our soci-
ety's ability to provide quality care
for older Americans," said NIA
Director Franklin Williams. "In
funding this first Geriatric Research
and Training Center, the NIA con-
tinues its commitment to stimulate
scientific leadership in aging research
and to develop the teachers who will
train future geriatricians."
The NIA anticipates an inadequate
number of geriatricians in the coun-
try to handle the volume of elderly
patients expected by the year 2000.
The Institute of Medicine of the
National Academy of Sciences esti-
mates that the number of Americans
older than 85 - now 2.7 million,
which is 12 percent of the total pop-
ulation - will double by the end of
the century. By the year 2000, the
use of short-term hospital care by
older people will have risen 50 per-
cent, and more than one million ad-
ditional older people will be receiv-
ing long-term health care.
The program will work in con-
junction with the Geriatric Research
Education and Clinical Center at the
Veterans Administration Medical
Center in Ann Arbor.
by Christine Kloostra
James McCrory spent a week on campus this
summer and "came back with a new attitude
McCrory, a sophomore at Detroit's Pershing
High School, took part in the Office of Minority
Affairs' College Day program, designed to en-
courage Black, Hispanic, and Native American
students to pursue a college education.
Participants in the program and their families
composed an audience of more than 80 at the
Chrysler Center last night as the Michigan
Department of Education's Office of Minority
Equity launched its "Higher Education Is
Justified" media campaign.
The campaign's goal is to motivate minority
youth to complete a college education.
Audiences at all 15 of Michigan's public uni-
versities participated in the teleconference.
Through an interactive hookup, audience mem-
bers from around the state were able to phone in
questions to the panelists at a television studio in
The highlight of the hour-long teleconference
was the premiere of a video designed to motivate
underrepresented youth to attend and complete
college. The video, which will be distributed
throughout the state, features several role models
for minority youth, including Jaime Escalante,
subject of the movie "Stand and Deliver," and
Ben Carson, a University Medical School gradu-
ate who is now Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery
at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Following the teleconference, a panel of
University representatives from the pre-college
programs sponsored by the Office of Minority
Affairs, the College of Engineering, and the
Comprehensive Studies Program fielded ques-
tions from the audience. Concerns voiced by au-
dience members ranged from financing a college
education to support services for minority stu-
dents at the University.
The media campaign, as well as the College
Day program, was developed as a part of the
King-Chavez-Parks Initiative, an effort by the
state legislature to increase minority enrollment
at Michigan's 15 public universities.
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fense Forces headquarters in down-
town Panama City yesterday morn-
The rebels' claimed in a broadcast
around noon that they had over-
thrown Noriega and retired top offi-
cers, but that communique was not
repeated. Loyalist forces later an-
nounced they were "ready to give
their lives" in resistance.
An officer loyal to Noriega later
said the general was at an undis-
closed location controlling the opera-
tions against the insurgents.
White House spokesperson Mar-
lin Fitzwater said Tuesday afternoon
in Washington that officials had
heard "rumblings" of the uprising.
He said later it appeared that Nor-
iega's forces "are back in control.
A communique by loyalists, read
over Channel 2 television, said,
"The nationalist officers of all ranks
and in all the barracks countrywide
have confirmed their loyalty to the
fatherland... and to our Commander-
in Chief Gen. Manual Antonio Nor-
"The few who allowed them-
selves to fall prey to cowardice, to
foreign money and to treason are a
minority who advocated foreign in-
tervention," the communique added.
"In the next few hours, this group
will appear before justice.
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"allows Residence Advisors and
Residence Directors to be able to
work toward a comfortable living
environment for the people who live
LSA senior Chris Yeh, a second-
year RA, said the policy has worked
effectively. "The policy makes it
easier for us to enforce restrictions
without being strict about it," he
"At Markley, all the residents
have to do is keep (alcohol) outof
public areas," Yeh said. "If we don't
see it in public, and it's not causing
a problem in private, we're not go-
ing to take it away."
Yeh said if students are consum-
ing alcohol and the door to the room
is open, he will ask them to close it.
For huge dorm room parties, "we
give one or two warnings, and then
if it gets bigger, we just break it
up," he said.
First-year LSA student Erica
Stone, a South Quad resident, said
227 E. Liberty
her experiences with the policy have
been favorable. The RAs "basically
respect people's privacy, but (the
policy) is effective when it needs to
be," she said.
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The Ann Arbor Ecology Center,
in response to the suspension of the
mandatory recycling ordinance, has
begun circulating a petition which
calls for the city to enact required re-
cycling as soon as possible.
Ruth Kraut, who works at the
Ecology Center, said Ann Arbor has
received a grant from the state to ini-
tiate and help finance mandatory re-
cycling and said the city should not
put it off any longer.
In conjunction with the recycling
ordinance, the council passed a com-
posting ordinance last month stating
city garbage collectors will not pick
up yard waste as of Oct. 15. This or-
dinance&a come under heated debate
in past weeks.
Schleicher, who said the council
rushed into a vote on the compost-
ing ordinance, said Republicans are
trying to make sure the same thing
doesn't happen with recycling.
A study is presently being con-
ducted by R.W. Beck Inc. for the
council which will report on the
cost-effectiveness of mandatory recy-
cling. Schleicher said the council
should wait to get this information
before the ordinance is put up to a
But councilmember Liz Brater
(D-Third Ward) said of the delay,
"Every day we delay we are costing
the taxpayers money."
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Mexico and U.S. pledge trust
WASHINGTON - Mexican President Carlos Salinas De Gortari and
President Bush on Tuesday pledged mutual trust and understanding on
cross-boundary issues, agreeing to conduct trade negotiations and to clean
up Mexico City and Tijuana pollution.
To mark Salinas' visit to Washington, the two governments signed
seven agreements on trade, environment, investment, and tourism.
The agreements, Bush said in praising the "closeness" of U.S.-Mexico
ties, "are concrete examples of how our administrations have worked
closely together during the last 10 months. They show what can and must
be done to make relations between our two great nations even closer than
they are today."
Salinas also cheered for a close relationship, but said his primary goal
in facilitating U.S. investment in Mexico was to "open up additional
sources of employment in Mexico for Mexicans."
Soviet legislature oposes
Gorbachev on strike ban
MOSCOW - President Mikhail S. Gorbachev suffered his first major
policy defeat in the 4-month-old Soviet legislature yesterday when it
rejected his call for an emergency ban on workers' newly won right to.
But Gorbachev told lawmakers he was satisfied with a compromise
that imposes a selective ban in strikes in critical industries. He said it
would "help restore a normal life."
Gorbachev said Monday he wanted a ban on all strikes for the next 15
months to prevent anarchy from overwhelming the shaky Soviet
economy. A wave of strikes, largely over ethnic and political conflicts,
cost the country $6.5 billion in July and August alone.,
It was the first time the new Supreme Soviet legislature stood up to
the government and opted for its own policy, though it had previously
rejected several Cabinet nominees.
E. Germany bans emigration
PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia - East Germany issued an order yesterday
banning free travel to Czechoslovakia but agreed that at least 10,000 of its
citizens already in Prague could emigrate to the West.
East German leader Erich Honecker accused West Germany of
"insolently breaking promises" by letting the East Germans into its em-
bassies in Prague and Warsaw.
"They believe in West Germany that they can destabilize East
Germany with a broad-based attack, but it will not work," he said in his
first major speech since returning to work after a long convalescence from
gall bladder surgery. ADN, the official East German news agency, carried
The crackdown on travel came after hundreds of East Germans stormed
through police lines to get inside the embassy in Prague.
They climbed facades, rooftops, and a fence to reach the crowded com-
pound. Many were left blood-spattered by the police and some fell uncon-
scious inside the grounds.
Kemp plans to clean up HUD
WASHINGTON - Housing Secretary Jack Kemp on Tuesday un-
veiled a plan to clean up the Department of Housing and Urbin
Development, including elimination of a program and a special fund he
said were used to reward politically connected developers.
"Many past funding decisions were, frankly, based on political influ-
ence rather than merit," Kemp said in releasing his 58-point plan. "Under
my stewardship, no decisions will be made at HUD for the political ad-
vantage or personal gain of any one person or of a political party."
Kemp, in his first news conference as secretary, also announced that
HUD has barred from doing government business a mortgage lender
whose defaults in a HID program total more than $700 million.
Kemp praised the congressional investigation of influence peddling,
fraud and mismanagement at HUD during the Reagan administration.
Reps busted for Polyester
LANSING - Police slapped handcuffs on a group of lawmakers
yesterday before escorting them off the House floor and to the jail where
they were each forced to raise about $300 in bail. Their crime: wearing
polyester and failing to wear socks.
The mock arrest was coordinated by WITL, a Lansing radio station,
and state Rep. Nelson Saunders (D-Detroit) to raise money for the
American Cancer Society.
Allan Gibbs, WITL program director and self proclaimed "hanging
judge," showed up as the session was ending wearing a judge's black robe
and old fashioned gray wig.
Gibbs said he had been ordered to arrest all House Republicans for
"possession and distribution of polyester" and "socklessness on the
The reference to socklessness applies to Rep. David Honingham, R-
West Bloomfield, who says he only wears socks while competing in
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