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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 8, 1998 3A

40REEARCH !E~l
FDA approves
new heart device
The Food and Drug Association
recently approved a heart device cur-
r ently being used by the University
* Medical Center.
The implantable machine is called
,he HeartMate and is attached to the
abdomen. Once installed, the device
pumps oxygenated blood into the
body.
The patient wears a battery pack in a
holster, which is connected to the device
through a small hole in the abdomen.
Batteries can be recharged and warn the
user if power is low.
Prior to the approval of this version
of the HeartMate, patients had to stay
in the hospital, attached to a large
power machine. Now, patients using
the HeartMate can go home and wait to
regain enough strength to undergo a
heart transplant.
The University Health System is
one of few sites participating in the
clinical trial of the mobile version of
the HeartMate.
*Study shows
surrogate mothers
disappointed
A study authored by Nursing Prof.
Nancy Reame shows that six out of 10
surrogate mothers were, to some
extent, disappointed about being surro-
gates when they became older.
For the study, Reame and fellow
{ researchers interviewed 10 women who
*gave birth to healthy children for other
couples. All the surrogate mothers had
given birth before 1988 and ranged in
age from 37 to 47.
Six of the women no longer had any
contact with the children to whom they
had given birth. Two of the women still
visited regularly with the child and two
others did so infrequently.
Four women said they were satis-
fied with having been surrogate moth-
ers, while the six others expressed
some level of disappointment.
Since giving birth, four of the
women divorced and remarried at least
once. Three of the women repeated the
experience and acted as surrogate
mothers again.
Reame presented her study at a con-
ference in San Francisco on Monday.
School of Nursing
receives grant
School of Nursing researchers have
received a $1 million grant by the
National Institute on Aging. The four-
year grant will be used to test the theory
that menopause in women starts in the
brain, instead of the reproductive organs.
Researchers will study hormone pro-
duction in the bodies of young women
*ages 20 to 30 and older women 40 to 50
years of age in order to test this theory.
Researchers currently are looking for
=t women with regular menstrual cycles,
women who have gone through
menopause and women who have had
hysterectomies and are taking hormones.
Participants in the overnight study
will receive $250. The study will take
place in the General Clinical Research
Center at the Medical Center. For more
Weekend physics
program set to go
information call 936-3590.

For the fourth year in row, the
physics department will hold its
v "Saturday Morning Physics."
The program features research fel-
lows from the physics department, who
give presentations and answer ques-
tions from the audience. The program
is targeted at a general audience and
refreshments are served.
The next one will be on "dark mat-
ter" and how gravity affects the way the
galaxy is viewed from Earth. All the
programs are held at 10:30 a.m. For
more information, call 764-4437.
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud.

Activist Palmer
speaks on campus
Dialogues focus on teaching

By Katherine Herbruck
For the Daily
Creating a community of discourse about
teaching and learning on university campuses
will be the topic when Parker Palmer - a
writer, teacher and activist who works on
issues of education, community, leadership,
spirituality and social change - takes the floor
today at the Counsel for Ethical,
Spiritual and Religious Dialogue's
day of dialogue.
The day-long event is scheduled to run Pk
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Vandenberg room
of the Michigan League.
The Counsel holds a day of dialogue Vandn
once a year and this year's speakerr
promises to be interesting, said Matthew W y>
Lawrence, a member of the Counsel.- " m.>
"A number of people on the Counsel
of Dialogue had read (Palmer's) books
and were big fans of his work. We felt he would
bring a lot of insight to the discussion" said
Lawrence, a chaplain at Canterbury House.
Palmer earned his Ph.D. in sociology from the
University of California at Berkeley and was the
1993 recipient of the national award from the
Council of Independent Colleges for
"Outstanding Contributions to Higher

Education."
"The Courage to Teach," "The Active Life"
and "The Company of Strangers" are among
his many published works. He currently is
concentrating on exploring the inner landscape
of a teacher's life.
"Teaching and learning are very important
activities in our society. We need to learn to think
more deeply and care about teaching
and learning more than we do,"
Palmer said.
almer Teaching and learning often get
lost in the shuffle at big universities
such as the University of Michigan,
Palmer said.
"At the University of Wisconsin,
am. t 2 there has been something of a tax
payers' revolt," Palmer said. "In their
four years, students weren't seeing
anyone but teaching assistants and
taxpayers said they were tired of it. In the last five
to six years though, teaching and learning have
come back on to the table."
Palmer also said the responsibility for teaching
and learning is shifting from universities to other
aspects of society.
"In our society, over 50 percent of secondary
education is being done by business and the mili-

RORY M{CISDi>ldy~
Parker Palmer discusses education yesterday at the Michigan Union. Palmer, a teacher, activist and aq
writer, earned his Ph.D. In sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.

tary," Palmer said. "Part of the reason universities
have lost their corner on the market is because we
continue to teach and learn in the 19th-Century
style, not the 20th-Century style."
Today's discussion will focus on teaching
and the need for a focus on not only the tech-
nical aspect of teaching but the emotional

demands as well.
"In other fields, people are talking every day
with their colleagues. But we've privatized
teaching," Palmer said. "The professor can close
the door. Without a community to support therm,
a professor is likely to burn out or become cyn-
ical."

' services help
students get home
safely late at night

ANDI MAID/Daily
Author of The Dexter Cider Mill Cookbook Katherine Koziski demonstrates yesterday how to prepare various apple dishes at
the Kitchen Port in Kerrytown.
Statistics show ewer fires,
but higher infant mrta

Safewalk and Yellow
Cab offer safe alternative
to walking home alone
By Niidta Easley
Daily Staff Reporter
In an effort to keep students safe after
long hours of studying, the University
is continuing late-night programs to
look after its students into the early
morning hours.
Five years ago, the University and
Yellow Cab created a program to pro-
vide free, late-night rides for students,
giving them an alternative to walking
alone after shutting their books.
Between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Yellow
Cabs drivers will transport University
students with valid identification from
the Shapiro Undergraduate Library, the
Michigan Union and the Media Union
on North Campus to locations in Ann
Arbor.
"The cab is the most popular form of
transportation for students," said John
Heed, Yellow Cab manger.
Heed also said the company is
responsible for getting students home
safely.
In 1993 the University realized that
Night Owl, another late-night ride ser-
vice for students, Was not cost efficient
after a certain time of the night. They
hired Yellow Cab to replace Night Owl
from 2 a.m.-5 a.m.
"Yellow Cab was the only company
that was the most cost effective for the
University," said Bitsy Lamb, a bus
supervisor at the University's
Transportation Services. "Yellow Cab
was the only service that would bill by
the ride and not by the hour."
Heed said that the cab service
conducts about 35 trips originating
at the Media Union and UGLI to
locations within city limits during
the fall. The numbers increase dur-
ing the winter.

Not only are the UGLI and the Media
Union bases for Yellow Cab late-night
pick-ups, they also house Safewalk and
Northwalk.
Since 1986 the Department of Public
Safety and the Sexual Assault and
Awareness Center has organized hun-
dreds of volunteers to walk University
students and faculty to locations within
a 20-minute radius of the UGLI and
Media Union.
"I have used the service myself late
in the evening" said Linda TerHaar,
head of the undergraduate library. "We
are thrilled to have them here."
"A lot of students think they will
inconvenience us if they call," said
Ben Hess, an Engineering senior
and four-year employee of Safewalt.
"We want to help and walk students
home."
Hess added that many students are
not aware of Safewalk and Northwalk
because they think they have to be 4t
either the UGLI or Media Union to use
the service.
Safewalk and Northwalk provides
either a co-ed or all-female walking
team for students.
"It is a really valuable resource for
the University community," DPS
spokesperson Elizabeth Hall said.
"We will pick people up at class, thte
library or a friend's house, " Hess said.
"All they have to do is call."
LSA first-year student Erin Beere
said she does not really think to call
Safewalk because she is usually with
friends when she decides to walk home.
"I have never used it, but I know a
lot of people that have," volunteer
walker and LSA junior Katie Fromnie
said.
Fromme said she is still in training
for becoming a Safewalk walker and
believes it is "important that students
feel comfortable at night when leaving
their houses and not feel captive
because it is not safe."

LANSING (AP) - People who died
in fires last year were more likely than
not in a home without a working smoke
detector, a state insurance agency said
yesterday.
Fifty-one percent of the 182 people
who died in fires last year were in
homes that either didn't have smoke
detectors or had detectors that weren't
working when the fire broke out.
Fires also injured 730 people in
1997, according to statistics gathered
by the Michigan Association of
,Insurance Agents from the state fire
marshal's office.
"There have been actual cases where
we've discovered someone took batter-
ies out of the smoke detector and put
them into an appliance or a toy," said
Gary Mitchell, a spokespersoq for the
insurance group.
"It's hard to be critical when you have
a member of a family die, but it really
drives us off the radar screen when
we're investigating a fire and someone

turns around and says there's no batter-
ies in (the smoke detector)."
Mitchell said that while the overall
number of deaths was down last year
from the five years preceding 1997, the
percentage of child deaths grew.
Children under age 9 accounted for 27
percent of the deaths last year, up from
14 percent the year before.
Mitchell said adults have an obliga-
tion to protect children with working
fire alarms.
"We have a very low tolerance level
for families failing to use what amounts
to about a $20 investment," Mitchell said.
John Sanford, director of emergency
service for the Mid-Michigan Chapter
of the American Red Cross, said well
more than half the 100 to 150 families
the chapter helps each year find cloth-
ing and shelter after a fire don't have
working smoke detectors.
"We definitely do see it as a prob-
lem," he said. "Unfortunately, the fami-
lies that get burned out do not get the

same kind of warning they would have
had if they'd had a smoke detector. And
we've seen a few deaths as a conse-
quence, or injuries."
Mitchell said dollar losses from fires
reached a record high in 1997, hitting
$654 million from 49,627 fires. The
total, which includes the loss of proper-
ty and contents, was up 22 percent from
the year before.
The bulk of the dollar loss came from
Wayne County, which reported $402
million in damages from 18,196 fires in
1997.
With 21 percent of the state's popula-
tion, Wayne County had 61 percent of
the fire losses. Wayne has about 2.1
million people, while Michigan has
about 9.8 million residents.

Corrections:
* Music student Nicole Staker was incorrectly identified in a photo caption in yesterday's Daily.
m B.B. King holds an honorary doctorate from Berkley College of Music. This was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.
Michigan Student Assembly College of Architecture and Urban Planning Rep. Nathan Tracer was incorrectly
identified in yesterday's Daily.
University Libraries Director William Gosling was misidentified in a photograph in yesterday's Daily.

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