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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 21, 2002 - 3A


By Kara DeBoer
Daily Staff Reporter

receives bioterrorism training grant

Liquid nitrogen
damages floor in
EECS Building
A caller reported Thursday morning
that a floor in the Electrical Engineer-
ing and Computer Science Building
was destroyed when someone left the
liquid nitrogen faucet on overnight,
according to Department of Public
Safety reports.
Student arrested
for possession of
marijuana, pipe
A student living in Mosher Jordan
Residence Hall was arrested Thursday
afternoon after he produced a plastic
baggie with suspected marijuana
which was hidden in his roommate's
printer, DPS reports state. DPS offi-
cers confiscated the marijuana along
with a glass pipe.
Pipe bursts in
second floor of
Weidenbach Hall
A caller reported early Friday that a
pipe burst in the second-floor custodial
closet of John Weidenbach Hall. The
flooding caused damage to equipment
in the general area, according to DPS
reports. Athletic staff was contacted
and took care of the cleanup.
Woman puts out
bicycle lock fire
A woman reported Friday afternoon
that while walking in the area of Ocker
Field, she observed a bicycle locked to
the bleachers, with the lock on fire,
DPS reports state. She put out the fire,
and there was no damage to the bike.
Car broken into in
parking structure,
items destroyed
A man discovered Friday afternoon
that his car parked in the Thompson
Street parking lot had been broken
into, according-to DPS reports.
He stated that he parked his green
Voyager minivan between 6 and 7 p.m.
Thursday and came back at 3 p.m. Fri-
day to find it damaged. Stolen and
destroyed items include CDs, a CD
player,. a Cobra radar detector and a
starter. There were no signs of forced
Hospital staffer
bitten by patient
An extremely agitated and combat-
ive patient at the University Hospital
bit a staff member Friday night, DPS
reports state. He was subdued until he
could be medicated.
Alarm set off by
sulfuric acid bottle
An alarm in the Electrical Engineer-
ing and Computer Science Building
went off Thursday afternoon, accord-
ing to DPS reports. The alarm was set
off by a sulfuric acid bottle which
dropped in a lab.
Staff members reported everything
was fine and they were cleaning up
the mess.
Gate damaged
9 after car drives
through barrier
A caller reported Thursday night that
the gate arm in gold parking at the
West Medical Center parking lot was
broken off, DPS reports state. It

appeared that someone drove through
it and then moved the broken piece off
to the side.
Pedestrian struck
S by vehicle while
crossing street
A female was hit Thursday night
by a vehicle while crossing Wash-
ington Street, according to DPS
reports. She was taken to University
Health Services to be treated for
Woman's wallet
stolen from one
of three locations
A woman's wallet was stolen from
her backpack Thursday, DPS reports
state. She claims it was taken when she
left her backpack unattended in one of
three places - the Michigan Union,
the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
or the E.H. Kraus Building.
ri Phnna haino' i mad

The University's Bioterrorism Preparedness
Initiative was recently awarded a $1 million
grant from the Center for Disease Control and
"The state has compelling circumstances for
terrorism, including over 1,000 miles of shore-
line and complicated, busy ports, both sites
where terrorist entry is likely," said Jenifer Mar-
tin, administrator for the University's Bioterror-
ism Preparedness Initiative.
Michigan is also home to the only known
producer of the anthrax vaccine, and accord-
ing to the Initiative's grant proposal, one of
the international border crossings highly iden-
tified as a significant target - the Ambas-
sador Bridge in Detroit. More than 40 percent
of U.S. trade passes through the Michigan-

Ontario border.
The proposal adds that bioterrorism is the
sole breed of security threat for which there
exists no detection system.
Only 6 percent of public health officials are
trained in bioterrorism, while 85 percent of
officials feel their departments are unprepared
for such an attack.
Contradicting its supposed vulnerability,
Michigan was chosen for its high level of aca-
demic expertise in the public health area.
"We have very good faculty," said Arnold
Monto, Initiative director. "We have been work-
ing on these issues many years."
Martin emphasized the quality of the Initia-
tive's training programs for health workers in a
bioterrorist situation.
"Our level of expertise on microbial agents is
very high," Martin said. "We have been
involved with training for 30 years."

"our level of expertise on microbial agents is very
high. We have been involved with training for 30
- Jennifer Martin
Administrator for the University's Bioterrorism Preparedness Initiative

The task of monitoring and preparing for
bioterrorist attack is complicated by many fac-
tors, including Michigan's place as the eighth-
most populated state in the country.
Although the training has yet to be worked
out, Monto said the grant will be invested in
three main objectives - raising public health
workers' recognition of symptoms; better
organizing response systems between law
enforcement, local and state health depart-

ments; and developing plans to utilize the soon-
to-be-compiled national vaccine stockpile.
The School of Public Health established the
Bioterrorism and Health Preparedness Center
after the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
The center cooperates with the Medicine and
Urban Planning areas of the University, as well
as the Institute of Social Research. The ISR
communicates public polls to the UMSPH to
enable more efficient response in case of attack.

Cute as a pumpkin

FormerU' professor, civil
nghts proponent dies at 71

By Carmen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter

Nine-month-old Noah Pike from Ann Arbor plays in pumpkins at
the Dexter Cider Mill in Dexter yesterday afternoon.
Engler sets asi'de
funds for nursing

Eugine Feingold was more than a former professor of
public health and department chair - he fought for equality
and social justice, Public Health Dean emeritus Myron Weg-
man said. Feingold was a strong supporter for civil rights,
freedom of speech and national health insurance.
Feingold died at age 71 of heart disease in Ann Arbor last
Sunday. He spent most of his professional career teaching
public health management and policy at the University until
retirement in 1989. He also served as acting dean and asso-
ciate dean of Rackham Graduate School.
"He was interested in all the rights of the human being,"
Wegman said.
Feingold was on the national board of the American Civil
Liberties Union and worked at a local level to work against
poverty and racial discrimination.
After retirement from the School of Public Health, Fein-
gold became a student at the University's Law School. He
earned a law degree, graduating cum laude, after which he
worked pro-bono on ACLU cases.
"He was a real pillar for the ACLU. He was strong and

effective," Wegman said. Feingold earned the Jerome Strong
Award in 2001 for his service to the ACLU of Michigan.
The former president of the American Public Health
Association, Feingold wrote extensively about Medicare,
Medicaid, health care reform, national insurance and neigh-
borhood health centers.
Feingold was a member of the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services Secretary's Council on Health Promo-
tion and Disease Prevention and of the Core Public Health
Functions Steering Committee. He was often consulted for
government agencies dealing with the organization and
financing of health care.
He also represented the state on the board of directors of
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
Feingold grew up in Brooklyn and attended under-
graduate at Cornell University. He studied further at
Syracuse University and earned master's and doctoral
degrees at Princeton University before coming to the
University in 1962.
"He was a very warm, friendly person, very deeply inter-
ested in people. His presence will be very missed," Wegman
said of Feingold, who left behind his wife of 42 years, Mar-
cia, and his daughters, Eleanor and Ruth.

By Louie Meizllsh
Daily Staff Reporter
Hoping to alleviate a shortage of
nurses, Michigan Gov. John Engler
signed a bill that will establish a pro-
gram to grant $16,000 scholarships to
any student enrolled in a nursing pro-
gram in the state.
But there is a catch. For every ye4r-.
ly payment of $4,000 that students
accept, they must sign an agreement
promising to spend a year working in
the nursing profession - in Michi-
gan - upon their graduation.
"This scholarship program address-
es the critical nursing shortage in our
state, attracting more students who
will eventually become nurses in
Michigan," Engler, a Republican, said
in a statement. "It's an important way
to increase the number of nurses
working in our state."
The scholarships are available to
nursing students who are citizens or
permanent residents of the United
States and who have lived in Michigan
for at least one year. Those who have
been convicted of violent felonies are
ineligible for the scholarship.
But junior Lina Sirgedas, secretary

of the Nursing Council, the student
government in the School of Nursing,
opined that the scholarships might
not make the impact they are expect-
ed to make.
"I don't think it'll be solving the
nursing shortage," Sirgedas said.
"This is about hitting people early
before they even go to college."
The University of Michigan Health
System, which currently faces a
shortage of nurses, is in the midst of
its "100 Nurses in 100 Days" pro-
gram to recruit 100 nurses by Dec. 15
to combat the issue.
Jan Lee, director of undergraduate
and nontraditional programs for the
Nursing School, said administrators
still have to tell students "nursing is a
clear option. Many young people
don't see that."
But Engler said the scholarship
program, which is funded through
surplus dollars in the MEAP Merit
Trust Fund, may be eliminated by the
passage of Proposal 02-2 on the Nov.
5 ballot. The proposal, if passed,
would mandate that $300 million dol-
lars from the state's general fund is
spent on smoking prevention and
health care.


the forum on religion and learning presents:
"the case for faith-informed scholarship"
dr. george marsden
francis a. mcananey professor of history
the university of notre dame
thursday, october 24th 2002
angett hall auditorium b 4pm
sponsored by the association of religious counselors and the history department
the university of michigan

The Michigan Head Pain & Neurological
Institute is conducting a research study
evaluating investigational medication as a
potential treatment for migraine. Participants must
be 16 to 65 years old and experience 3 to 9
headaches per month.
Study-related medical care and compensation
for time and travel are provided.

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