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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 28, 2000-
Medical prof. appointed to Nobel institute
A 19-year-old female student was
sexually assaulted early Saturday morn-
ing following a party in the 1300 block
of Geddes Avenue according to the
Ann Arbor Police Department.
The extent of the assault is being
investigated. The woman woke up in
her roommate's bed with her pants
unbuttoned, but "there was no sign of
sexual intercourse," said AAPD Sgt.
The woman said she had consumed
several drinks at the party and had been
drinking beer through a funnel before
going into a bedroom with a man at the
party. She said that the man had
touched her while they were in the bed-
room before she left to continue drink-
ing, and did not remember anything.
else before waking up.
* at Angell Hall
An unknown subject was assaulted
at Angell Hall in the "Fishbowl" area
Wednesday afternoon, Department of
Public Safety reports state. Both the
suspect and victim in the incident
were identified after the arrival of
Person slips on
orange peel at
A subject at Taubman Health Care
Center slipped on an orange peel and
fell as he was entering the building
Friday morning, DPS reports state.
The subject was not injured.
taken from Ingalls
Four ceiling light mounts were stolen
from the North Ingalls Building Thurs-
day morning, DPS reports state. DPS
does not report having any suspects.
falls off ladder
An employee of the Gerald R. Ford
Presidential Library on North Campus
fell off a ladder Wednesday morning,
0DPS reports state. The extent of the
subject's injuries were unknown, but
Huron Valley Ambulance was con-
A wet/dry vacuum cleaner was
stolen from the Medical Science
*Building Thursday night, according to
DPS reports. DPS did not report hav-
ing any suspects.
Subject slips in
A subject in Stockwell Residence
Hall slipped and fell on an "unknown
liquid substance" Saturday night,
IWPS reports state. A DPS unit was
dispatched to the scene.
Child scalded at
A two-year-old child was acciden-
tally scalded at the Northwood III
apartments Sunday, evening according
to DPS reports. The child was taken
~to Mott Children's Hospital for treat-
Bicycle tire stolen
near East Quad
The rear tire was stolen from a
bicycle locked near East Quad Resi-
dence Hall on Thursday morning,
DPS reports state. DPS did not report
having any suspects.
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AOL David Enders.
By Lindsey Alpert
Daily Staff Reporter
Many people commute to their jobs. But most
don't travel 12 hours in an airplane over the
Atlantic Ocean to get to their offices.
Medical School Prof. Josef Miller will make
the voyage several times a year since he was
recently named a foreign professor at Sweden's
Karolinska Institute - the organization that
awards Nobel prizes in physiology and medicine.
Miller is one of only 10 U.S. professors to hold
this position at the institute.
"I was nominated for and received a professor-
ship by a group of professors at the Institute,"
Miller said. "I now hold an appointment as a for-
The prestigious institute, which is the only
medical university in Sweden and is respon-
sible for 40 percent of all research conducted
at Swedish universities,
also holds the distinction
of selecting recipients
for one of the world's
highest honors for medi-
cine and physiology.
"I can nominate candi-
dates for (the committee's)
consideration and I have
an opportunity to partici-
Miller pate in the voting," Miller
said. "It's a wonderful
added encouragement for what I tried to do that
is very special and unique"
Miller has been conducting research at the
institute as well as other Scandinavian universi-
ties for many years.
Miller, who is also the Ruth and Lynn
Townsend Professor of Otolaryngology and was
the director of the Kresge Hearing Research
Institute from 1984-1999, has been involved in
many international collaborative research pro-
"I had begun a number of research projects
and this last time we started a substantive
research project involving about eight to 10
research faculty members from a number of
departments," Miller said.
The project, titled the Nordic Inner Ear Study
Group, works to identify new drugs and mole-
cules and to prevent and treat acquired deafness.
The lab is centered in Stockholm at the Karolins-
ka Institute but also involves other labs in Fin-
land, Norway and Denmark.
"It's been wonderfully exciting to work with
the students in other countries," Miller said. "The
added diversity for my own research has made
my research more interesting to me and hopefully
Others, such as Alice Mitchell, a health sci-
ence research associate and Medical student, wht
works in Miller's lab on campus, finds hi:
"It's a real privilege to work with him,
Mitchell said. "He's the kind of guy that encour
agcs the education of the people in his lab an(
always encourages collaborative investigations"
Miller's own education includes a doctorate ir
physiology, as well as two honorary medica
degrees from the University of Goteborg in Swe
den and University of Turku in Finland.
"I've worked with him for probably 15 years;
said Rick Altschuler, a professor of cell am
developmental biology. "He's very insightful ant
has done a lot of important research."
Miller will divide his time between the Univer-
sity and Sweden, and will continue to hold hi:
position as the Ruth and Lynn Townsend Profes-
sor of Otolaryngology as well as the director o
Online chatting draws
By Anand Giddharadas
For the Daily
As the tide of cyber-innovation submerges traditional media
like snail mail and the telephone, college students here and on
campuses nationwide are flocking to a radical new way to be
in touch - instantly.
In droves, they are discovering free online services like
America Online Instant Messenger and ICQ ("I seek
you") that enable Internet users to chat, exchange files,
keep track of "buddies" and leave messages for one
For its novelty and convenience, online chat is burgeoning
from coast to coast. AOL, which owns both services, had
500,000 free chat subscribers in 1997. Today it boasts of some
100 million, who send more than one billion messages each
With a high-speed Internet connection, one can leave it on
24 hours a day, to chat while in and receive messages while
Nowhere has the swell been more visible than on college
campuses, where students seem to live for the sporadic pop-
ping up of notes on their desktops and the breezy conversa-
tions that ensue. Whether with hallmates or family, staying
close has become easy - and free.
"It's great because it allows me to keep in touch with my
friends,' said Marisa Tanphaichiti; an RC freshman with 87
online buddies who said she spends up to two hours each day
chatting on AOL's Instant Messenger, or IM.
By any measure, she is not alone at the University. In inter-
views with student users, conducted over the Internet and with
online experts, it became clear that those who have never used
the messaging service are increasingly scarce exceptions to an
ever more entrenched rule.
When asked to estimate the spread of campus chat, stu-
dents said most or all of their friends were hooked up. In
quantitative terms, Business Prof. Scott Moore, who spe-
cializes in Internet commerce, estimated use at 90 percent
Overwhelmingly, students have gravitated to Instant Mes-
senger and ICQ, which command the lion's share of the
national market. But other companies, including Yahoo! and
Microsoft, offer similar online chat services.
Although the University's Information Technology Division
was unable to provide hard numbers tracking the growth of
online chat, a spokesman said long-distance calling has
dipped this year, due to a range of factors that may include the
growth of chat.
Many students say the technology - which has come
to permeate campus life only within the last two years
has made communication nimbler and encouraged more
To many, chatting online is also less formal than over e-mail
or the telephone. "On IM, you can give them a quick 'What's
upT and usually see if they're there right off the bat,' LSA
freshman Mike Bales said.
But students were quick to warn that the simplicity and
spontaneity of the medium can also be its pitfall. "My next-
door neighbor and I actually talk to each other online," Tan-
phaichitr said, "which goes to show that IM usage promotes
She added that it also gives the dilatory yet another way to
put things off. "If I were to write a paper, and actually intend-
ed to write it, it would not be a good idea to get online,
because then all these people would be messaging me" she
Even as the technology flourishes, many users went out of
their way to say that instant messaging should be enjoyed in
RC freshman Demoree Fritz, said instant messaging is "a
way to keep in contact with people, which is good." She said
she often chats with her little brother, Chas, who is 13 and
likes to know "what's going on with my sister, now that she
lives far away."
But she said she had reservations, which many others
"There's something to be said for talking to someone face
to face," she said.
Daniel Bode of Central Montcalm Middle School surveys the board as he
plays chess in Greenville, Mich.
Bill to ban ATMs
from casinos tabled
By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter
Those visiting Detroit's casinos may
find it harder to get their hands on cash
if one state representative has his way.
Rep. Wayne Kuipers (R-Holland) is
sponsoring a bill that would ban auto-
matic teller machines from casinos
and, in Kuiper's view, prevent compul-
sive gamblers from digging them-
selves deeper into debt.
Citing the fact that 350,000 compul-
sive gamblers reside in Michigan,
Kuipers said his bill aims to protect
these people and help them avoid the
life shattering consequences that often
accompany addictive gambling.
"The purpose of my bill is to curb
compulsive gamblers from having
easy access to cash," he said. "If it
helps a little, we've made a step for-
But Kuiper's bill has run into oppo-
sition in the state House and, as of last
week, probably will not find its way
onto the House floor any time soon.
Not much progress was made when
the bill was discussed by the House
Casino and Gaming Oversight Com-
mittee last Wednesday and Rep. Jim
Koetje (R-Grandville), the committee
chair, said he did not expect another
hearing on the bill in the near future.
"I'm concerned there might be
some other problems or consequences
with this bill," he said.
Koetje said he felt the bill, because
it is aimed at compulsive gamblers,
would inconvenience others.
"The majority of the people that go
to casinos aren't compulsive gamblers
... and they should be able to access
cash if they want to," he said.
Mentioning safety as a possible
problem with the bill, Koetje said he
was also concerned about the possibil-
ity of casino patrons having to leave
the casino to withdraw cash.
"The problem is two-fold," he said.
"One is there are people who should
be able have access to cash without
leaving the casino. And that leads to
the second, safety issue of people hav-
ing to leave the casino and load up on
Kuipers said he does not think the
bill will put anyone's safety at risk.
"I don't buy that argument," he said.
"People come into the casino and leave
the casino with money. That's an argu-
ment thrown out by bankers and peo-
ple who stand to lose money if we
move the ATM's out."
Kuipers added that if safety were a
concern, the casino could provide
security escorts for patrons wishing to
withdraw money from an ATM.
Daisy Romero, public relations
manager for the MGM Grand Casino
in Detroit, said the MGM Grand sup-
ports the American Gaming Associa-
tion's position on ATM's presence in
The American Gaming Association
does not object to ATM's being in
casinos, but they do suggest that
brochures describing addictive gam-
bling should be available at all ATMs
and the toll-free number of a compul-
sive gambling hotline should be posted
on all ATMs.
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