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One hundred nine years of editonralfreedom

Wednesday
October 13, 1999

'U'hopes
%or prestige,
recognition
By Jodie Kaufman
Daily Staff Reporter
Now that Prof. emeritus Martinus Veltman
been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics
any University faculty expect they will see
increased prestige and recognition in the future.
"There are few people who have won Nobel
Prizes at the institutions where they have done
their work. It is quite common for people to
move around a lot," physics Prof. Myron
Campbell said yesterday.
Two notable University physics professors
received Nobel Prizes in physics but bestowed
their honors on the universities at which they
Spleted the Prize-winning research.
ormer University professors Martin Pearl
and Lou Glaser both won Prizes during the
1960s but were at California institutions when
recognized for their work.
Society of Physics Students President
Conrad DeWitte, an LSA senior, said "we
were just discussing Monday night that we
didn't have any Nobel Prize Winners. It is
great that we've got somebody recognized
with outstanding research."
aculty members who remember working
W h Veltman said they expected a Prize for'
him while he was researching at the
University.
"We were hoping he would win while he

"You don 't dream for things like this - Nobel Prize winner Martinus Veltman, physics Prof, emeritus
VoBL ACCOM'IJSL iIIETS

Prof. emeritus
captures Nobel
Prize for physics

Physics Prof. emeritus Martinus Veltman, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics
Monday, celebrates at his home in the Netherlands. Veltman is the first University professor
emeritus to win the award.

was here," said physics department Chair
Ctirad Uher. "but those plans didn't work."
Because Veltman retired from the University
in 1997 he is considered a professor emeritus,
but he still is recognized as the first University
faculty member to receive a Nobel Prize.
"One has to realize that there is only one
Nobel Prize a year, and there are many insti-
tutions with first class research facilities. The
competition is indeed very keen," Uher said.
"This will help recognize the University as
a premier research institution, and the money
will come depending on the hard work of
See RECOGNITION, Page 2

Taking top honors:
e Prof. emeritus Martinus Veltman was
presented with the Nobel Prize for
Physics by the Swedish Academy of
Sciences for his research conducted at
the University of Utrecht in Holland
between 1969 and 1971 on particle
physics theory on firmer mathematical
foundations.
* Veltman retired from the University in
1997 after serving for 16 years in the
physics department.
* Veltman plans to write a book in the
near future explaining his theories.

By Jodie Kaufman
Daily Staff Reporter
University physics Prof. emeritus Martinus
Veltman won the Nobel Prize for physics on
Monday, marking the first time a University staff
member has received the prestigious internation-
al award.
"You don't dream for things like this," 69-year-
old Veltman said yesterday from his home in the
Netherlands.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the
deemers of Nobel Prizes, recognized Veltman's par-
ticle physics theory on firmer mathematical foun-
dations, which he completed between 1969 and
1971 while at the University of Utrecht in Holland.
Veltman retired from the University in 1997
after serving 16 years in the physics department,
where he specialized in applied physics.
Veltman plans to write a book explaining his
theories.
His research is an "extension of the mathemat-
ical models that are used to explain what parti-
cles do," he said.
Veltman's findings have enabled physicists to
predict mathematically properties of the sub-atom-

ic particles that make up all matter in the universe
and the forces that hold these particles together.
His theories also laid a foundation for the dis-
covery of quarks in 1995 by a group including
Veltman's University colleague Homer Neal, a
physics professor and former interim University
president.
Veltman's work has been crucial to further
understand nature and the universe, said col-
league and physics Prof. Myron Campbell.
"We made a big stride forward,"Veltman said.
No one quite knows who nominated Veltman
and his co-winner Prof. Gerardus t' Hooft of the
University of Utrecht.
"It is a unique system where anybody can
nominate anybody, we do not know who nomi-
nated Veltman or how many times he was nomi-
nated and was not successful," said Ctirad Uher,
chair of the physics department.
"The entire institution should be delighted.
Veltman is a high achieving scientist, and this
award is the product of 15 years of research,"
Uher said.
While at the University, Veltman "drew a very
See NOBEL PRIZE, Page 2

ormerd
roessor
esat
gec;82
tremy W. Peters
aily Staff Reporter
Former zoology Prof. Clement
arkert, best known to the University
mmunity for his suspension from the
culty after refusing to cooperate with
congressional investigation into
ommunist activities during the 1950s,
ied of cancer Saturday at the age of
2.
"He had many other achievements
* saddens me that people (only
member him for that. No one seems
want to remember what else he did,"
id Margaret Markert, the professor's
idow.
The controversy surrounding
arkert began in May 1954 amidst the
ass paranoia of the Red Scare in
hich Republican Wisconsin Sen.
seph McCarthy led a nationwide
a h for anyone associated with
unism.
The Red Scare sprea$ to the
niversity via Michigan native and
.S. Rep. Kit Clardy. Clardy, a
cCarthy sympathizer and member of
subcommittee to the House Un-
merican Activities Committee, began
search for Communist activity at the
niversity.
Clardy called Markert and two
ther Universitydprofessors. Chandler
a and Mark Nickerson, to testify
pe the HUAC subcommittee.
pon the professors' refusal to
nswer questions regarding their
olitical affiliations, University
resident Harlan Hatcher suspended
11 three pending a "thorough investi-
ation by the University."
The University then terminated
avis and Nickerson's faculty posi-
ons, while Markert, was re-instated
vihe support of the faculty govern-
eg Tody, the College of Literature,
cience and the Arts and the zoology
epartment. Markert left the University
oon thereafter.
Those close to Markert said they
vould like him to be remembered for
hings other than his susnension from

What an impression

House passes
GHB proposal

Two Michigan
representatives push GHB
bill through U.S. House
By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
The drug known as "liquid ecsta-
sy" is one step closer to being in the
same category as LSD and marijua-
na, after ' the House of
Representatives voted 423-1 last
night in favor of a bill sponsored by
two Michigan lawmakers that will
designate GHIB as a federal con-
trolled substance.
Inspired by the death of a Grosse
Ile, Mich., teenager in January, Rep.
Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) worked
with Rep. Bart Stupak (D-
Menominee) to draw up the legisla-
tion in June. Though gamma
hydroxybutyrate is banned in
Michigan and two dozen other
states, federal law only restricts the
marketing and sale of the drug.
"We've done a lot of work on it,"
Stupak said while awaiting the vote.
"We got a lot of bipartisan support on
it."
Stupak, a former Michigan State
Police trooper, introduced a similar bill
last session but that legislation stalled.

Several high-profile incidents linked to
GHB have helped propel Upton's bill
forward.
"There are very few roadblocks in
the way of getting it passed," said
Dave Woodruff, Upton's press sec-
retary. "We're hoping to capitalize
on the momentum of the House
vote."
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) cast the
lone vote of opposition.
"We've been on top of this for three
years, and I'm pleased to see it go
through," Stupak said.
Commonly referred to as a date-
rape drug, GHB is also called easy
lay, lemons, grievous bodily harm
and scoop. Effects of the drug can
progress from euphoria, drowsiness,
dizziness and confusion to black-
outs, comas and sometimes death.
"It's called a date-rape drug, but it's
probably being used more commonly as
a relatively new drug qf abuse," said
Hernan Gomez, a toxicologist in the
University Hospitals' emergency med-
ical center.
Noting that the hospital's emer-
gency room treated eight cases of
GHB overdose several weeks ago,
Gomez acknowledged that GHB use
is on the rise.
See GHB, Page 2

SAM HOLLENSHEAD/Daily
Vincent Frappier took advantage of yesterday's unseasonably warm weather to paint Hill Auditorium. Frappler attended
the University as an art student in the 1960s.

KKK opponents speak
out against conviction

By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter
Carrying signs bearing anti-racism slogans,
nearly 20 people rallied yesterday afternoon
outside the Washtenaw County Courthouse to
protest the conviction of anti-Ku Klux Klan
protester Tommy Doxey.
Doxey, a 21-year-old East Lansing resident,
was convicted less than two weeks ago for
assaulting a police officer during a demon-
stration in the summer of 1998. The 1998
demonstration was in protest of a KKK rally
held in front of the Guy C. Larcom Municipal
Building.

during the trail. Lencioni's testimony was
integral in convicting Doxey, she said.
Lencioni testified that at the rally, Doxey was
the only protester dressed all in black, Massie
said. Doxey's clothing matched the description of
a subject seen throwing rocks at a police officer.
Massie said yesterday that Doxey was not
the only person who fit that description.
"There were police photos showing people
around (Doxey) dressed all in black," Massie
said.
"We will of course be filing a motion for a
new trial in the next short while," Massie said.
She said that other motions pertaining to the

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