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cial counsel to the provost, said the
quality of environmental research at
the University will be improved by a
new Web portal sponsored by GESI.
It lists all the relevant research being
done at the University.
But more importantly, GESI will
facilitate contributions from the vari-
ous schools toward the advancement
of environmental research into practi-
An ongoing Engineering research
project attempting to create an
improved type of cement is one exam-
ple of a task that could be .aided by
interdisciplinary research, Bierbaum
said. The cement, strengthened by
fibers, is less likely to crack or erode
than normal cement. But the substance
has implications that other schools at
the University need to investigate in
order for it to reach the ground.
"The School of Business could deal
in marketing the cement to construc-
tion companies, the School of Archi-
tecture and Urban Design could design
the uses for the new cement and the
School of Natural Resources and the
Environment could discern how much
waste and pollution is prevented by the
new cement," Bierbaum said. "Then,
the School of Public Health could ana-
lyze statistics to determine how that
decrease in waste and pollution affects
the health of the people living nearby."
The University's close proximity to
the automobile, pharmaceutical and
chemical industries make corporate-
sponsored research a distinct possibil-
ity, Hanlon said. Bierbaum said some
researchers at the University are cur-
rently working on developing hybrid
vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells, both
crucial to the future of the auto indus-
try as worldwide petroleum reserves
"The institute will be an entry
point for companies or federal agen-
cies that need expert assistance,"
Hanlon said. "Let's say a company
wants to make a new product but
wants to make it fuel efficient and
design it so all the parts can be dis-
posed of. They want to know, 'Does
the University have experts that could
help me with this?' The institute will
have that information."
Engineering alum Don Graham,
who is an industrial magnate and con-
tributed half of GESI's $10.5-million
budget, approached the University
three years ago with the idea to create
an institute to encourage cooperative
research in the field of environmen-
tal sustainability. Graham's dedica-'
tion to the field stems from the work
of his father, a former professor in
the University's School of Forestry,
the SNRE's predecessor. Sam Gra-
ham researched the consequences of
DDT, a type of pesticide, and falling
water tables before these dangers were
widely understood. The younger Gra-
ham pioneered the technology behind
the recycling of plastics with his Gra-
ham Engineering Company.
Kohrs, the special counsel to the
provost, spent more than a year creat-
ing an inventory of all the University's
research and courses in environmental
sustainability. University units that will
be involved with the institute include
the SNRE, the schools of Engineering,
Public Health, Business, Architecture
and Urban Planning, Public Policy and
the College of Literature, Science and
the Arts. The institute will be housed
in the Dana Building, interim Provost
Edward Gramlich said.
Gramlich and the deans of the
participating schools have begun the
search for the institute's director and
staff, both of which they hope to have.
in place by fall 2006.
"It's ambitious, but we're going to
try," Hanlon said.
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Khajuria, one of the residents cleared to move in, saw no immedi-
ate damage to her belongings, but was told that smoke damage could
take a few weeks to show up. Paron said renters' insurance will likely
cover the damages to property, but added that the parent's homeown-
ers insurance of the students living in the apartment sometimes pro-
University spokeswoman Kelly Cunningham said eight stu-
dents were unable to return to the apartment and are receiving aid
from the University. The University has offered these students tem-
porary housing on North Campus, but Sue Eklund, dean of students,
said some people are not accepting it. The housing arrangements are
in furnished apartments with two people to a unit.
Free housing will be offered for two weeks for the affected stu-
dents. After that period, the students must apply for University hous-
ing or try to pursue off-campus options, she added.
Eklund said that her office is also taking a number of measures to
assist the students, from providing counseling services to arranging
for loaner laptops.
The American Red Cross is also providing food, shelter and
clothing to the six others displaced residents who are not affili-
ated with the University, said Pamela Reading-Smith, director of
public support for the American Red Cross's local chapter. The
Red Cross will also assist by helping to find permanent housing
for those who need it.
Reading-Smith added that most people are able find temporary
housing with friends or family in less than five days. "It's amazing
how resilient humans can be," she said.
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displaced students must pay the New Orleans
university $16,673 - the cost of a semester's
tuition - even though the University of
Michigan's out-of-state tuition and fees cost
considerably less: $13,706 for underclassmen
and $14,675 for juniors and seniors.
At first, this policy caused a minor
uproar among Tulane students and par-
ents. The Chronicle of Higher Education
reported Sept. 30 that some thought the
arrangement was unfair because many stu-
dents could not access courses at cheaper
institutions that they needed to graduate
on time from Tulane. The Chronicle also
noted that some argued the "lower qual-
ity" education students received at other
universities does not match the value of
But Strecker said the complaints died
down once "students realized they would
receive Tulane credit no matter where
For students like Hines, who have with-
drawn from their home universities and are
trying to stay at the University, waiting to hear
from admissions has been nerve wrecking.
"Having applied over two months ago,
it is somewhat frustrating not knowing and
still waiting," Hines said in a phone inter-
view on his way home to Louisiana for
Anxious to see his hometown again and
tired of checking his mailbox for an admis-
sions letter, Hines left Michigan yesterday to
head back to the Big Easy.
"It's going to be interesting to see what it
looks like,"he said. "New Orleans is normal-
ly a populous city, but I hear it's pretty barren
right now, pretty naked."
Hines, who described his semester at the
University as "a tremendous experience,"
said if he is not admitted for the winter
semester, he will either accept an internship
in Washington or return home to help with
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