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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 14, 1999 - 3A

Student receives
award for study
on transportation
University graduate student Talia
cCray was one of 10 students in the
nation recognized recently by the U.S.
Department of Transportation.
McCray, a doctoral student in the
College of Architecture and Urban
Planning, received a Student of the
Year Award from the University
Transportation Centers Program for
her studies on the transportation
needs of women in South Africa and
McCray identified several factors
of transportation that influence
women's decisions on whether to
obtain health care, including travel and
waiting time involved, pregnancy and
crime rates at bus stops.
McCray's research in Detroit
involved work with the Healthy Baby
Service, a private transportation service
dedicated to making transportation to
jrenatal care more accessible.
With a grant from the National
Institutes of Health, McCray spent four
months in South Africa in 1998 com-
paring the transportation issues there to
those in Detroit.
McCray was one of 20 students
named in 1990 by USA Today as the
All USA College Academic First Team
and one of five people to receive the
Young American Award from the Boy
Scouts of America.
4wo honors given
to physician
University physician Paul Watkins
recently received two prestigious
awards for his research in clinical phar-
macy - a MERIT award from the
National Institutes of Health and the
1998 Therapeutic Frontiers Lecture
Award from the American College of
linical Pharmacy.
Watkins, a professor of internal
medicine and director of the
University's General Clinical Research
Center, received the awards for his
research elucidating why some drugs
have difficulty entering the body when
administered as oral drugs.
The NIH's MERIT Award will pro-
vide Watkins with long-term grant
funding. The ACCP's Therapeutic
[rontiers Lecture Award is given annu-
ly to outstanding investigators in clin-
ical pharmacy.
New book to help
teachers writing
science stories
A reader titled "Exploring Science
Writing: An Environmental Focus" was
ublished recently by the Michigan Sea
rant and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.
The 74-page reader, developed in col-
laboration with more than 100 teach-
ers, describes a host of issues facing the
Great. Lakes and oceans, helping
instructors teach high school students
the basics of writing science-based sto-
The Michigan Sea Grant is a joint
program of the University of Michigan
and Michigan State University that pro-
motes the stewardship of the Great
Takes and ocean resources. Copies of
"Exploring Science Writing" may be
obtained from Michigan Sea Grant in
Ann Arbor for $10.

Number of teen
smokers declines
Despite a trend of increasing smok-
ing rates among high school students
*ince the early 1990s, the latest results
from the Monitoring the Future Study,
which has tracked national smoking
rates among American teens since
1975, show some evidence of a turn-
Smoking rates declined slightly in
1997 among age groups from 13 to 18,
according to the report.
Lloyd Johnston, research scientist
at the University's Institute for Social
Research, headed the study, which is
*ponsored by the National Institute on
Drug Abuse, one of the National
Institutes of Health in the U.S.
Department of Health and Human
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Asma Rafeeq.

Dance Marathon kick-off boosts morale

By Jody Simone Kay
Daily Staff Reporter
Five-year-old Briggs Parry is a Miracle
Child through the Children's Miracle Network
at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak,
Mich. Earlier in his childhood, Parry was
deprived of oxygen for 30 minutes and was
thus diagnosed with anoxic brain damage.
When he emerged from a coma, he was con-
fined to movement with a walker.
Last year, he was one of the children who
attended the University Dance Marathon,
which builds funds and support for the CMN.
His father, Gary Parry said that after the event,
Briggs "went home with this love for danc-
ing," although he physically was unable to
dance at the time.
"You could see it in his eyes that he just wanted
to be a part of it so badly," said his mother Julie
Parry. At home after the marathon, Briggs dropped
his walker and started to walk and dance. "It was

the turning point of his whole rehabilitation,"
Parry said.
Briggs Parry is one of many children at the
Barnum Pediatric Rehabilitation Center at
Beaumont that benefits from the Dance
Last night in the Michigan Union Ballroom, the
Dance Marathon hosted a kick-off event consisting
of dancing, games and speakers.
"The kick-off is about getting the families and
dancers together," said LSA senior Cali
Mazzarella, a member of The central planning
Dance Marathon is a 30-hour philanthropic and
social event that takes place at about 30 universi-
ties across the nation.
The University held its first Dance Marathon
last year, and had the most successful first-year
Dance Marathon ever, raising more than $35,000
and involving hundreds of volunteers.
"We didn't really even know if it was going to

happen last year," said LSA senior Evan Meyers,
the executive director of the marathon. "The
turnout we got was the most moving and memo-
rable day of my life."
This year the campus response to Dance
Marathon has increased greatly. More than 100
people already have volunteered, and the number
of dancers from last year quadrupled to about 260
The event also is sponsored by corporations
such as Princeton Review and Anderson
Consulting. Tom Hemr, a consultant at Anderson,
said they not only give monetary donations but
volunteers from Anderson also will work at the
event. "It was really amazing, the number of peo-
ple there" Hemr said.
"We've been working on it since March last
year," said LSA senior Jen Resenberger, the
marathon's public relations director. "It all
pays off when you see the smiles on the kids

Dance Marathon benefits children in numerous
ways by subsidizing costs for programming. After
last year, Beaumont created therapeutic programs
such as an eight-week horseback riding program
for the children.
Neal Alpiner, director of Pediatric Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation at Beaumont said,
"certain programs couldn't have been possible
without the financial support of Dance
Marathon. The students are also involved in
other ways."
Michelle Freeman, an occupational therapist in
the pediatric ward, said one new program being
developed for 1999 is a therapeutic dance program
that will help disabled children to learn movement
and become physically active.
Dance Marathon is scheduled to take place from
10 a.m. Feb. 6 to 4 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Indoor Track
& Tennis Building. The next mass meeting for vol-
unteers is set for Jan. 19 in the Anderson room of
the Union.

Weather causes flight
delayvs; more snow expected

The Associated Press
Michigan residents' battle with the
elements was stepped up a notch yester-
day as a new coat of snow complicated
daily routines across the state.
The latest storm forced cancellation
of several flights at Detroit
Metropolitan Airport, closed hundreds
of schools and snarled traffic.
"Any snow now is really causing a
mess everywhere," said Danny
Costello, a National Weather Service
forecaster in Oakland County's White
Lake Township. "I guess the snow plow
people are just tired"
Statewide, hundreds of elementary,
middle atld high schools, colleges and
universities shut their doors yesterday
because of an overnight storm that
brought up to a foot of new snow.
And the beleaguered Detroit Public
Schools canceled classes indefinitely
beginning today so crews and volun-
teers could clear snow blocking the
paths of the 180,000 students.
Clearing off roofs, streets and side-
walks was hitting a snag in some areas
because of the sheer volume of snow.
"After a while, you don't have any
place to put it," said Dane Rossato,
administrator of the Dickinson County
building inspection department in
Building codes for his part of the
Upper Peninsula call for roofs to with-

"Any snow now is really causing a
mess everywhere.f
- Danny Costello
National Weather Service forecaster

stand 50 pounds of snow per square
inch, Rossato said. He said most mod-
ern construction far exceeds that stan-
dard, and most collapses involve older
buildings that fail to meet code.
This month, southern Michigan has
been experiencing an Upper Peninsula-
style winter - repeated snowfalls without
thaws. That has left growing piles of snow
everywhere, including building roofs.
Several roofs collapsed in the Detroit
area, including one at the Golden Gate
Shopping Center in Wayne County's
Canton Township. A coney island
restaurant and an electronics store were
damaged in the collapse Tuesday night,
but no injuries were reported.
Flat roofs present the greatest risk of
collapse, Rossato said.
"The lesser of your pitch, the greater
is your risk," he said.
Most people are best advised to hire
someone with the right tools - and
insurance - to clear the snow off their
roofs, he said.
The snow has been falling at a
record-breaking pace in January, the
weather service said.

Detroit's 23.1 inches through 11 a.m.
yesterday was tied for the fourth-high-
est January total ever, with 18 days to
go. The snowiest January ever was
1978, when the area got 29.6 inches!
Saginaw's total so far this month was
25.3 inches, compared with the record
30.9 inches for January 1967. And
Flint's 19.4 inches was on pace to top the
record 28.5 inches set in January 1976.
A foot of new snow fell Tuesday
and yesterday at Lexington in Sanilac
County, and 10 inches fell in
Montcalm and Gratiot counties in
central Lower Michigan. Detroit got
three inches.
The snow had let up by yesterday
afternoon in most of the state, but sev,
eral inches of fresh snow were expected
in parts of the southern and central
Lower Peninsula by today.
Detroit schools were closed for four
days last week, and only a fraction of
students attended class Friday. The dis-
trict held classes Wednesday, but
Superintendent Eddie Green decided
the condition of streets and sidewalks
made it too dangerous to continue.

Keith Hettinger, a resident of Arbor Hospice, talks with his minister yesterday.
U hospiC
mayalter care

By Asma Rafeq
Daily Staff Reporter
Once terminally ill patients decide
to move to hospice care, they must
also give up cutting edge medical
But investigators at the University
Comprehensive Cancer Center and
the Hospice of Michigan could help
ease patients' decisions between
aggressive treatment in a hospital and
hospice care while simultaneously
cutting medical costs.
A study, called the Palliative Care
Project, will offer participants hospice
care at the beginning of their treatment
while allowing curative care to contin-
ue. Hospice care provides holistic sup-
port for the dying and their families.
Patients often receive hospice care
only during the last few weeks of life
when attempts to actively fight the dis-
ease have ended.
"Therehas never been a study like
this that attempted to merge hospice
and curative care," said Kenneth
Pienta, lead researcher of the study
and professor of internal medicine
and surgery in the University Health
With earlier hospice intervention
in treatment, researchers hope to
achieve better symptom and pain
control to increase quality of life. The
new approach will cut medical costs,
researchers said, by reducing the
number of hospitalizations and trips
to the emergency room, as hospice
staff are on-call 24 hours a day.
Co-investigator John Finn called the
study a response to Jack Kevorkian's
challenge that patients should have the
right to assisted suicide and to the fact
that currently, end-of-life care is many
times inadequate or too late.
"If we don't fix this system, then

Dr. Kevorkian is right," said Finn, the
Hospice of Michigan executive med-
ical director. "Patients should come
to Michigan to die, not to see
Kevorkian, but to seek expert pallia-
tive care and dignity during death"
The three-year study will evaluate
160 patients diagnosed with either
advanced prostate cancer, advanced
breast cancer, advanced lung cancer
and congestive heart failure.
Late referrals to hospice can hinder
the effectiveness of the hospice care,
said Bill Champion, resident adminis-
trator of the local Arbor Hospice.
Hospice staff, he said, address psycho-
logical, spiritual and social issues and
require patient trust.
"It's very hard to begin achieving
that kind of trust during a time of crisis
at the very end of life," Champion said.
Finn said the late referrals to hos-
pice are partly the result of the struc-
ture of medical reimbursement,
which is heavily weighted on aggres-
sive acute care.
"It's an awkward system for physi-
cians," Finn said. "The incentives are
poorly aligned."
Families of patients, especially
those of child patients, often find it
hard to give up hope for a cure and
delay hospice care, Champion said.
Researchers hope the study increas-
es patient freedom and flexibility in
terminal illness medical care.
"When it comes to end-of-life
care, most decisions are made around
the patient,' Finn said. "It's almost as
if we've failed to ask patients what
they want."
The study is being funded by a
grant from the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation as part of a national pro-
gram of studies called "Promoting
Excellence in End of Life Care."

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