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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 6, 1997 -5A

'U'

profs given

science honor

AATA opens
new commuter
lot on State

Three professors
named "Outstanding
Young Scientists" by the
Presidential Awards
Committee
By Sarah-Elizabeth Langford
For the Daily
Three University professors were
named "Outstanding Young
Scientists" by the Presidential
Awards Committee this week ---
which secured them a VI1P trip to the
White House. and generous federal
funding for research initiatives.
The recipients - Michele
Swanson, Timothy McKay and Ann
Sastry - traveled to Washington on
Monday for
a special
W h i t e "The White

Swanson, an assistant professor
of microbiology and immunology in
the Medical School, received a
National Institute of Health grant.
She said her work is far from glam-
orous, but very rewarding.
"I investigate how bacteria causes
disease," Swanson said. "My work
deals specifically with understand-
ing how bacteria grows inside white
blood cells."
The federal grants that accompa-
ny each award ensure the
researchers will receive up to
$500,000 over the next five years.
McKay, an assistant physics pro-
fessor, received a National Science
Foundation-sponsored grant.
"The White House ceremony was
fun. My grant was awarded due to
my commit-
ment to cre-
HouSe ate a large

r

a1 wq wa a s e

H o u s e
Ceremony.
Presidential
Science
Adviser

ceremony was fun,"
- Timothy McKay
Assistant physics professor

scale map
of a larger
region of
the universe
than has

J a c k
Gibbons presented the trio with the
1997 Presidential Early Career
Awards for Scientists and Engineers.
"My grant awards me half a million
dollars over a five-year period," said
Sastry, an assistant Engineering profes-
sor. "Receiving this award was a thrill,
a blast. I work on scientific problems
alone in my lab, and it's great to find
out that other people think these prob-
lems are significant, too."
President Clinton established the
awards in 1996 to recognize the
achievements of exceptional
researchers nationwide.
In addition to the presidential
honor, one government agency picks
researchers who have significantly
impacted their specific field of
study and awards them with fund-
ing.

previously
been mapped," McKay said. "This
project is known as the Sloan
Digital Sky Survey."
The National Science Foundation
awarded Sastry the same $500,000
grant.
"I am studying the mechanics of
structural components such as
human nerves and battery materials,"
Sastry said. "Presently, I am trying to
find how you design material that is
not susceptible to damage."
Swanson said the honor and the
grant will further her research career.
"I am extremely excited about
being chosen to receive such great,
distinguished honors," she said.
"The grant that I receive will be
very beneficial. It will extend the
grant that I am presently working
with for some time."

EMILY NV -
Above: Assistant
physics Prof. Tim
McKay and Michele
Swanson, an assistant
professor of microbiolo-
gy and immunology at
the University Medical
School, sit outside of
West Hall yesterday
after returning from
Washington, D.C.,
where they received an
award for their
research.
Right: Assistant
Engineering Prof. Ann
Sastry sits outside
North Campus
Commons
yesterday.

By Steve Horwitz
Daily Staff Reporter
Students, faculty and staff who
commute to campus will have a new
place on Nov. 10 to stash their cars,
relieving them of parking headaches
downtown for free.
The Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority, in conjunction with
University Parking Services, has cre-
ated a new bus service that will allow
commuters to park their cars in a
freeway-accessible lot on South State
Street and then catch the bus to
Central Campus.
The new service will be free for
lniversity students, faculty and staff,
but will cost S.75 for the general pub-
lic.
Liz Margolis, AATA manager of
community relations, said the new lot
and bus service was designed to help
solve the lack of parking spaces
around campus and in downtown Ann
Arbor.
"We hope that more students will
take advantage of it and (so will)
downtown business people on State
Street and South University Avenue,"
she said
The AATA recently funded an
expansion of the University's South
State lot, enlarging its capacity from
150 to 500 parking spaces.
"We are working jointly with the
University on these type of parking
issues," Margolis said.
Margolis said she hopes that once
students become familiar with the new
service, they will take advantage of
the 15-minute ride to campus instead
of trying to find downtown spots.
But some students, like Nursing
student Anitha Raja, said the new ser-
vice only alleviates parking problems
in the downtown area and not North
Campus.
"The lot doesn't have enough spots
for us. By 9:30 a.m. all the spots are
filled up," said Raja, who regularly
uses the Glacier Way commuter lot

"We hope that
more students
will take
advantage of it.
- Liz Margolis
AATA manager of community
relations
on North Campus.
Raja also said she would not use
the new lot on South State Street
because she commutes from Troy and
approaches Ann Arbor from the
opposite direction.
Crisler Arena's parking lot is one
of the major commuter lots south of
campus. Many students who regular-
ly use the Crisler lot said they could
benefit from the extra parking avail-
able at the South State lot,
Engineering senior Anthony
Davis, who lives on South Industrial
Street, said he might use the new
service depending on his class
schedule.
"One thing that could sway my
decision is parking," Davis said.
"Now it's hard to find parking spots
at Crisler."
Pat Cunningham, manager of
University Transportation Services,
said that both Glacier Way and
Crisler lots are usually filled to
capacity during the week.
He said that the University is
"looking to expand (the number of
spaces) on North Campus also."
Cunningham said several locations
are currently under evaluation.
The bus route will take com-
muters up South State Street and in
a loop through Central Campus,
traveling on South University,
Geddes and North University
Avenues before returning to the lot
via South State Street.

Four parties file for fall MSA elections

By Susan T. Port
Daily StaffReporter
The Michigan Student Assembly's candidate list for
fall elections was issued on Monday. Among the par-
ties running in the MSA election are the Liberty Party,
Michigan Party, Students' Party and the United Rebels
Front.
MSA officials originally said that only the Michigan
Party and Students' Party had candidates running in
the election.

Sixty-eight students are running for representative
seats on the assembly. The deadline for candidates to
file with MSA was Friday at 5:30 p.m.
LSA first-year student Roy Diamond said lie chose
to run with the Liberty Party because he liked their
platform.
"I like the Liberty Party's platform," Diamond said.
"The party wants to represent all students."
Diamond said the Liberty Party's reputation is build-
ing on campus. "At this level, it will be more difficult,"

Diamond said. "'We don't have as much recognition."
Pak Man Shuen, chair of the United Rebels Front,
said his party has a strong platform. Shuen admitted
that potential candidates of his party feared the party's
name would hurt their chances of being elected.
"To be honest, potential members were afraid their
chances of winning would be eroded by the name of
our party," said Shuen, an LSA senior. "(The party's
name) is a shameless plot to capture attention. My
name is very eye-catching.

'Analysts predict
Detroit casinos

at s

NeWE

u Atwater and
Greektown groups will
nost likely land casino
licenses
DETROIT (AP) - When Mayor
Dennis Archer announces his three
casino finalists, one group of analysts
says the smart money is on the Atwater
and Greektown groups along with
tither the Mirage Resort or MGM
Grand groups.
Archer is scheduled to pare the list of
rospects from seven to three on tomor-
row.
The Atwater and Greektown groups
are considered front-runners because
-they helped financed a successful gam-
ing referendum in Detroit in 1996.
Analysts with the Merrill Lynch bro-
kerage firm predict the third casino
operator will likely be one of the Las
Vegas-based groups, Mirage or MGM,
The Detroit News reported yesterday.
The other prospective operators are:
Barden Detroit Casino, Paradise Valley
Rio and Detroit Entertainment of
Southfield and Trump Motor City
Hotel Casino of Atlantic City, N.J.
The report released this week by
Merrill Lynch projects that three casinos,
scheduled to break ground in the second
half of 1998 and open in the year 2000 at
the earliest, will generate a combined

S1.3 billion in gaming revenues in their
first full year of operation.
Meanwhile, some Detroit residents
told the Detroit Free Press that they
would like to see Archer select casino
groups that will invest in the city
Residents said new jobs and invest-
ment in Detroit should determine
which companies get the licenses, the
newspaper reported yesterday.
Carmen Howell, 21, of Detroit, said
she would pick Trump for a casino
license because of his association with
local auto dealer and former Detroit
Lions player Mel Farr. Farr would own 5
percent of Trump's Motor City casino.
Trump's proposal is viewed by indus-
try insiders as a long shot in the casino
race, the newspaper reported.
Archer has emphasized that the casi-
nos' financial standing is of utmost
importance in awarding those licenses,
and industry experts have said that
Trump's organization doesn't match up
to some other bidders.
Inez Brown, who said she would pick
more established companies like
Mirage or MGM Grand to run Detroit
casinos, said she wanted businesses
with track records that proved they can
make it through bad times.
"They've been around for a while. I
figure if they get in, they'll be able to
keep it going," said Brown, 65, a part-
time cosmetologist.

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