The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 7, 1996 - 3A
"Prof. James Borders has been
appointed associate dean for graduate
s:dies at the University's School of
SBorders, who teaches musicology,
succeeds Prof. Paul Lehman, who held
Latino doctor ventures to
South America to practice
the position for 19 years.
'Borders received his
4niversity of Chicago.
includes medieval and
ocal music and focuses
opment of plainchant.
on the devel-
Besides chant, Borders has an abid-
ing interest in rock and contemporary
Borders has received a Fulbright
award for study in northern Italy and
major research grants from the
National Endowment of the Arts, the
National Endowment for the
fumanities, the American Council of
earned Societies and the University's
Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
lectures to return
The University's department of
physics has organized a second series
of Saturday morning multi-media
physics lectures for general audiences.
*eginning this Saturday, the lectures
will present physicists explaining their
research and work in layman's terms
that are easy to understand.
"Our goal is to share the excitement
and demonstrate the importance of
contemporary research in physics with
people who appreciate the thrill of dis-
covery," said Timothy McKay,
University assistant professor of
Shysics and co-organizer of the series.
The series is sponsored by the
department and M. Lois Tiffany of Ann
Arbor, who received her master's
degree in physics in 1946 and a doctor-
ate in biophysics in 1971, both from the
The lectures will take place from
10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturdays in 170
Dennison and include the following
The Physical Cell - Oct. 12, 19
* Quarks: Pieces of Everything -
Nov. 2, 9 and 16
EThe Laser- Dec. 7 and 14
'U' series to
Alcohol treatment options, success-
I aging, and women and sex are
among the topics to be discussed in the
University's fourth annual Workshop
Series on Critical Issues in Health Care
Co-sponsored by the University's
School of Social Work and the Health
System Department of Social Work,
the series consists of six workshops
that begin this week and run through
All workshops will be held at the
Medical Center's Ford Amphitheater,
and include the following:
'U Abstinence vs. Moderation: New
Treatment Options for Alcohol
problems, Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-I p.m.
M Couples Therapy: Current Trends
no the Assessment Treatment of
:ouples, Oct. 17, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
° Aging with Grace: A Positive
pproach to Successful Aging, Oct.
, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The New Frontier: Social Work
Practice in Primary Care, Oct. 31, 9
Women and Sex: Life Issues, Nov.
5, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
-.0 The Phoenix is Rising: Medicine
in the New Millenium, A New
Prescription for Body, Mind and Spirit,
Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Compiled from staff reports
By Ann Stewart
Daily Staff Reporter
Wilmer Perez was afraid of heights.
Because of this fear, the University of
Colorado professor decided to climb
down the tallest waterfall in the world.
Stretching the limits of one's abilities
was the main theme of Perez's presenta-
tion to students Friday night in the
"Trying new things in nature - the
way people go to God and books in the
Bible - this is my religion. This gives
me my sense of humanity," Perez said.
Perez, a native Venezuelan, has been
a physician for 24 years and now has a
private practice in Trinidad, Colo.,
where he is "the only Dr. Perez in
town." He also teaches internal medi-
cine at the University of Colorado. He
spoke Friday as part of the month-long
Latino Heritage Celebration.
"I would like to present how being
Hispanic applies to being universal,"
Perez said. "I have no plans to be a role
model. I just want to share my experi-
Perez has traveled various places
around the world - including the
Amazon - where he stayed for one
year with a group of indigenous people.
One slide he presented showed two
Indian children with tiny bows and
arrows used to hunt lizards. Perez said
the children were his "companions:"
"I was so noisy the adults wouldn't
let me go with them to hunt so I stayed
here with these two," Perez said.
Perez emphasized the importance of
learning about and sharing with other
"My opinion is that you have got to
be so knowledgeable about other soci-
eties that you respect them," Perez said.
Perez also presented slides showing a
number of his daredevil adventures,
across the Takla
gasped at one
slide of Perez
as a mere speck
Angel Falls in
hang-gliding and an
"A book is always the way to go. If
people don't read, they are in trouble."
Perez said. "The more you read, the
more open-minded you are."
Slides showed that Perez included his
wife and three children in many of his
adventures. He said family should be
included in every part of life.
"Sometimes people isolate complete-
ly their family ... from life and I think
life is only one," Perez said.
Students attending the presentation
said they found it
I adn 't"I thought he
was breaking a
are in lot of stereotypes
about what it is to
be Hispanic in
i and speaker
the U.S. and on
level," said Public
said it was vital that
people not limit themselves to a one-
"You would be astounded at the 'illit-
eracy' of many physicians. So many
physicians read only medicine. You've
got to be cultivated," Perez said.
Perez encouraged students to read
more, saying that books are the path to
"He linked us not by nation or identity
but as human beings in a global sense."
Students also said they were amazed
by the slides and felt encouraged to
"He has a really refreshing approach
to life - not to go day by day mun-
danely but to seek out other things you
may not be familiar with," said LSA
senior Dana McAllister.
Dr. Wilmer Perez gives a slide show on his travels and adventures, including slides
from his climb up the world's largest waterfall, Angel Falls.
1st living liver
Marilyn Quayle, wife of former Vice President Dan Quayle, Ann Arbor congressidonal candidate Joe Fitzsimmons, and
local student Calvin Green (front) react Saturday to a toppling archway at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.
Detroit Lieons ak the Bi 3 for
$40M to buld new stadilum
By Brian Campbell
Daily Staff Reporter
Brayden Bennet was born without a
Last Tuesday, University transplant
surgeons performed the first successful
liver transplant from a living donor,
giving Bennet a chance to grow up.
Bennet, who is from Taylor, Mich:,
suffered from biliary artesia, a rare liver
disease, so was born without bile ducts,
said Dr. Jeffrey Punch, assistant profes-
sor of surgery.
"Without a transplant, the boy likely
would have died within six months to a
year," Punch said at a press conference
Friday. "Now he has an excellent
chance at a long, healthy life."
Punch, with Dr. John Bromberg,
associate professor of surgery, removed
the boy's failed liver in a seven-hour
operation and replaced it with 20 per-
cent of the liver of James Stone -
Bennet's mother's fiance. Punch said
the boy's new liver will grow as he
grows and Stone's liver will grow back
to its normal size within several
Punch noted the advantages of a liv-
"We didn't have to bring him in on
the spur of the moment whenever an
organ just happened to be available
from a cadaveric donor," he said. "And
because the waiting list is so long, it
probably would have been another year
before Brayden's name came to the top
of the list."
Only about 200 living-donor liver
transplants are performed each year
worldwide, half of which occur in
Japan where the concept of brain death
isn't accepted and cadaveric-organ
donations are culturally taboo.
Dr. Jeremiah Turcotte, director of the
University liver transplant program,
said he anticipates more living-donor
transplants in the future.
"It's rapidly growing and with the
great shortage of donors from cadavers,
I think there will be more and more of
these procedures performed, both in the
United States as well as throughout the
world," he said.
Bromberg said the boy made it
through surgery with flying colors and
is now doing well in intensive care,
where he is breathing on his own, play-
ing with the tubes and wires, and
Stone, 23, returned home Saturday
"The medical staff here is great -
the people are really treating us well,"
Stone said. "We haven't had a bad
report yet and we feel everything is
going to go well here."
Before this latest surgery, Brayderi
underwent a traditional bile-duct
bypass surgery, in which his small
intestine was joined to his liver directly
for excretion of toxins. Punch said the
bypass surgery allowed Bennet to live
for his first two years, but that his liver
had deteriorated in the past three
months, and the transplant was neces-
sary to save his life.
"If he makes it through this first year,
he has a good chance of making it to
adulthood," Punch said.
Punch said he was confident the boy
would survive through his first year.
The one-year survival rate for adult
and child liver-transplant patients at
University Hospitals is 81 percent.
More than 650 liver transplants have
been performed at University Hospitals
since the program began in 1985.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit
Lions want to call the stadium they
hope to build downtown the
Motordome and are asking the Big
Three automakers to contribute a com-
bined $40 million to help build it, The
Detroit News reported yesterday.
"The plan was outlined to all three of
the automakers," a senior Big Three
executive briefed on the Motordome
plan told the newspaper Saturday.
"They want to name a stadium gate
after each company."
The Lions have proposed building a
stadium near a new Detroit Tigers open-
air stadium in a $485 million complex
that would stretch over about 40 acres
across from the Fox Theatre and restau-
The Lions need to acquire the land
and persuade private industry to kick in
$50 million, all by Nov. 1. The Lions
are contributing $70 million, Wayne
County adds $20 million from the sale
of surplus land, and $45 million comes
from the Detroit Downtown
Development Authority, which would
sublease the stadiums to the teams.
Wayne County voters on Nov. 5 will
that Chairman Robert Eaton received a
briefing on the stadium sponsorship
plan. Chrysler sources told the newspa-
per they were not sure how Eaton views
the Lions' proposal.
decide the fate of
a proposal that
asks for excise
taxes of 1 percent
on hotel rooms
for stays less than
30 days and 2
percent on car
rentals to raise
$80 million over
They want to
name a stadium
gate after each
ed that GM
that the com-
appear to be
cities in which
senior Big Three
the Big Three funding proposal is
whether Chrysler and GM can set
aside competitive differences to
finance a project closely tied to the
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concern is Pontiac, a key center for
GM manufacturing and the home the
Lions would abandon in a move down-
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