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New 'U' laser
company gets
license approval
A new University company,
traLase Corporation, has received a
license approval from the University
Board of Regents.
The company will be formed in con-
junction with Escalon Medical
Corporation of New Jersey, and will
dtevelop new laser technology for eye
surgery and other intricate medical oper-
The new ophthalmic laser systems
Will fire bursts of laser light thousands
if times a second, focusing on parts of
the eye such as the cornea while not
damaging other tissues, said Ron
Kurtz, assistant professor of ophthal-
mology at the University Medical
-School and a co-founder of the compa-
ny, in a written statement. This kind of
precision is not achievable with current
Waser systems, Kurtz said.
This new technology will first be
used to treat vision problems such as
at-sightedness. The company then
plans to develop procedures to treat
glaucoma and perform cataract surgery.
Scholars to study
weather patterns
The most extensive study of
Midwest meteorology will begin next
month as 50 scientists from 20 univer-
sities gather at the University to per-
orm the Lake-Induced Convection
xperiment (Lake-ICE).
'Lake-ICE will determine how the
Great Lakes affect weather patterns
over the eastern parts of Canada and
the United States.
One of the goals of the study is to
attempt to determine how warm water
b6dies, such as the Great Lakes, affect
the cold air above them.
This heating process unpredictably
4ters "lake-effect" snowstorms, which
quickly deposit huge amounts of pre-
cipitation over a small area. Scientists
hope to gain a further understanding of
wpather patterns from this study.
Scientists will gather data from spe-
cial airplanes that fly over Lake
Michigan and from ground-based
detectors in the Great Lakes region.
This information will help them to help
build a complex computer model of the
ittle-known weather pattern created by
e Great Lakes, named a "mesoscale
aggregate vortex" by Peter Sousounis,
rssistant professor of atmospheric,
6ceanic and space sciences.
Grants awarded
for cancer -study
-The National Cancer Institute has
awarded grants to several University
aculty members for the study of the
, sychosocial quality of life and service
needs of cancer survivors.
Recipients include Sociology Prof.
-bark Chesler and Bernadine Cimprich,
director of behavioral oncology.
NCI awarded a grant to Anne Schott, a
medical oncologist and lecturer in inter-
nal medicine, for a study of lymphedema
caused by breast cancer treatment.
The NCI Office of Cancer
survivorship has awarded more than $4
Willion in grants in the past two years for
20 different studies of cancer survivors.
Prof. emeritus

;receives medal
w The Institute of Electrical and
lectronic Engineers awarded the 1998
einnch Hertz Medal to Chen-To Tai,
9professor emeritus of electrical engi-
neering and computer science, for his
'ork in the fields of electromagnetism
and wave propagation.
He recently released a new edition of
his book "Dyadic Analysis."
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Sam Stavis.

Police identify body found in Huron River

Ann Arbor Police rule out the
possibility of foul play in
man's drowning on Nov. 24
By Alice Robinson
Daily Staff Reporter
Police have determined that the body mysteri-
ously found in the Huron River on Nov.24 was 58-
year-old Ann Arbor resident Leonard Marceau.
Medical reports show that Marceau, who was to
celebrate his 59th birthday in a month, drowned
after falling into the river early that Monday morn-

ing, possibly due to heart failure.
"The primary cause of death was drowning. One
of the contributing factors was that he had an
advanced form of arterior sclerosis," said Sgt.
Larry Jerue of the Ann Arbor Police Department.
Jerue also said alcohol may have played a role in
the man's death.
Marceau was discovered at around 8 a.m. on
Nov. 24 by a passerby who saw his body in the
river and notified police.
"We could draw probably 10 different scenar-
ios" as to what exactly happened to Marceau,
Jerue said yesterday.

Jerue said it is possible that Marceau's death
may have been caused by him hitting his head after
falling into the water, or that he could have gone
into shock from the water's coldness after falling
The man probably died almost immediately
after hitting the water, as there were no signs of a
struggle, Jerue said. "It does not appear that there
was any attempt to get out of the water" he said.
Jerue said AAPD is no longer investigating the
possibility that homicide was a factor. "Any foul
play has been ruled out," he said.
Police found "only one set of footprints to the

Films help mark
25th anniversary
of deprtent

By Diba Rab
Daily News Reporter
Images of women at the
University marked one event hon-
oring the 25th anniversary of the
Women's Studies Department.
Only 25 students watched old
films created by former female
University students.
The program,'titled "Women at
the U: Past, Present and Future,"
included three videos, from the
1930s, '50s and present, about the
lives and roles of women at the
After the film presentation, they
held a panel discussion, led by
researchers whose work involves
women's issues.
The program was organized by
the Undergraduate Women's
Studies Association, a student
organization formed just a month
"It started to serve as a network
between Women's Studies and stu-
dents," said LSA junior Carla
Pfeffer, a member of UWSA. "We
believe in empowerment through
The first film, "Women at the
University in the 1930s," enter-
tained the audience with scenic
views of campus and pictures of
professors and administrative
Alice Lloyd and other famous
University women were featured in
the silent film for their impact on

The second film portrayed panel
discussions consisting of
University students and a faculty
member from a Women's Studies
class held in the 1950s.
The third and final film, titled
"Lives and Work in Progress,"
examined the role and status of
women on campus today. Five
University students, who are cur-
rently involved in UWSA, debated
the progress of women at the
"The rules of the game have to
change," said one of the students
from the video, regarding the
patriarchal system of today's soci-
Some in attendance said they see
the department as important but
"The department is very impor-
tant, but people don't realize it's
important, and people don't take
the study of women studies seri-
ously," said Keshia Trotman, a
graduate student instructor for
Perspective on Women's Health
class. "This needs to change."
In classes students students talk
about issues other than women,
such as race and gender, Trotman
"It gives students a forum to talk
about issues they wouldn't talk
about in other classes, and to talk
about them in a feminist perspec-
tive," Trotman said.

the snow,' and matched them to the prit
hoes Marceau was wearing, accordingo
say they are labeling the case as accidn
would not speculate if the man may have
ted suicide. "1 hat's way out o our e ,
: estimate that the body had probably fcu
iver for less than two hours betore it -As
nan's drowning was an unusual and upet-
ident, Jerue said. "The bottom line (is), it
accident:' he said.
8,000 payrepet
to Young
DETROIT (AP) - Jacqueline
Williams, walking slowly and brea h-
ing with the aid of a portable respirator,
was the first of thousands to catch a last
glimpse of the man who for her came to
personify the city.
"I'm going to miss a great friend,"
she said as she left the building. "He
understood his people because we're all
going through the same things. He
made the load lighter for us
At least 8,000 people had fill past
the open casket of Coleman Young by
4:30 p.m. yesterday for the first of two
days the former mayor will lay in state
at the Museum of African-America
Some brushed away tears, olcheJ
at their chests and shook their hads a
the sight of the body of the fom
mayor who died Saturday at the age o
79 following a long illness. k
Two members of a Detroit Polic
Department honor guard stood stiffly
on either side of the mayor's bod
dressed in black suits and glasses. A
10-foot by 10-foot portrait of the mayor
hung on the wall behind him. 1
About a dozen members of th
Tuskegee Airmen, wearing light-,M*
sport jackets, stood near the casket anQ
shook hands with some members of th:
public as they passed. Young serve&
with the airmen during World War II at
a bombardier-navigator.,x
A series of musicians perfore a
the crowd streamed into the ;glas'
domed building, including 15-earola
Bertrina Thomas, of the Detroit Hig
School for Performing Arts, who dre
sad strains from her black violin.
Even White, a volunteer at the
museum, could not help bu,sl
tears, adding that it was thelrs
time she had ever laid eyes ft the
"I thought I would handle it, b'l'm
not," she said. "I guess it's the music
and knowing that that is it." ,
Carolyn Johnson arrived at °4-
a.m., with the mercury still in h
and took the second spot in line:.
"It's very important that w ,
to be here and show our lovi~
said. "I want to know I say mg
byes and to tell him thank yn ,
Eddie Rachal stood in line fo two
"It's tne first time in my life I'vjeever
stood in line for somebody's funral,"
Rachal said. "I owe it to him for all the
things he did for black people in
Young's funeral will be held tnor-
row at Greater Grace Temple.
Funeral organizers said yesteday
roughly 80 percent of Greater Grace's
4,500 seats would be available t the
public on a first-come, first-sved

Transportation Secretary Rodney
Slater will represent the White

Dr. Patricia Coleman-Burns, right, sits on a panel discussing the role of women
on campus since the 1930s. The panel discussion honored the 25th
anniversary of the Women's Studies Department.
LSA senior and Women's see the role that women play in

Studies major Sadia Razaq also
"When you take a Women's
Studies class, you can't ignore
issues like class, race and religion.
You need to deal with all aspects
of a person," Razaq said.
The department helps students

society and points out that women
have gone into different areas and
have made an impact on the world,
Razaq said.
"The department allows recog-
nition that women, as a group, are
worth analysis at an academic
level," Razaq said.

New study surveys math curriculum

School of Education
researchers warn high
schools not offering
enough high-level math
By Angela Delk
Daily Staff Reporter
In order to steer students toward
academic excellence, high school
educators must offer more high-
level math courses.
This was the finding of a recent
University study conducted by
School of Education Prof. Valerie
Lee, Education lecturer David
Burkam and graduate students Todd
ChowAoy, Becky Smerdon and
Douglas Geverdt.
The group was asked by the
National Center of Education
Statistics to perform research on
high school math curriculum.
"If schools stop offering so many
undemanding courses, if the cur-
riculum becomes narrower and

more academic, our research sug-
gests that all students would take
math courses that would be advan-
tageous to them in terms of
achievement on important gateway
tests," Lee said.
The 'study looked at 3,430 stu-
dents in public and private high
schools from the nation's 30 largest
The researchers found that stu-
dents who completed more
advanced math courses, such as pre-
calculus and calculus, attained
scores 40 percent higher on a 12th
grade math test than students at
high schools offering low curricu-
lum math programs.
The results from the study have
recently been submitted to a journal,
and some of the data will be used to
perform other studies on high school
Lee said schools that offer a vari-
ety of low-level math courses to help
students meet their desires are "tak-
ing the easy way out."
She said classes that do not allow

students to reach high levels of aca-
demic potential should not satisfy
graduation requirements in mathe-
matics - they should only serve as
remediation to prepare students for
more challenging courses.
According to the study, students
who attend school with fewer selec-
tions of low-level math courses
progress further and achieve to high-
er levels.
"High schools should steer stu-
dents into more vigorous math
courses by offering fewer lower-
level classes," Lee said.
"Offering too many low-end
courses keeps many students from
moving very far into the more acade-
mic end of the curriculum," she said.
The study examined the perfor-
mance of students with low family
incomes in public schools and stu-
dents at private schools.
The result was that students from

private high schools progressed fur-
ther in the math curriculum.
Some students believe that hav-
ing vigorous math courses is not a
vital element to surviving in col-
"It is important to know general
concepts ... but it is not necessary to
make good grades in college, it just
depends on your major," said LSA
first-year student Josh Sellers.
Lee said both classes and social
activities affect students' education.
"It is clear that both the academic
and social composition of high
schools influences students' acade-
mic development ... but we argue
that these elements should not be
taken as a given," Lee said. "We
believe that sturdy and consistent
findings about unequal access to
high-quality education should be
actively debated in the policy




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