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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 7A
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MSA to make a positive impact on
campus. But it can't be achieved
until we have the right people up
at the plate," she said. "We need
students to read the platforms,
pick out which ideas they think
are good, pick out which can-
didates they believe can really
achieve the potential that MSA
There are four incumbent
representatives seeking re-elec-
tion in their current positions:
LSA representatives Liz Hadeed
and Jordan Salins; Rackham
Graduate School representa-
S tive Michael Benson (who also
holds the Student General
Counsel position), and College
of Engineering representative
Sarah Mynhier. LSA representa-
tives Andrew Chinsky and Tim
S Bekkers, both of whom were
appointed last year, are looking
to keep their seats.
Three current representa-
tives are running for positions
in new schools. Ashley Sch-
neider, currently an Engineer-
ing representative, is running
for an LSA seat. LSA repre-
sentatives Jason Raymond and
Alex Serwer are both seeking
seats representing the Ross
School of Business.
About 40 students are compet-
ing for 30 open seats. Twenty-five
of the positions are full-year seats
beginning in January and five are
half-year seats made available by
vacancies on the assembly.
The half-year positions will be
awarded to the candidates who
are runners-up for the full-year
Sixteen candidates are running
on the Michigan Action Party
platform, 14 for the Defend Affir-
mative Action Party and seven are
Students may vote for represen-
tatives from the college in which
they are enrolled by logging on to
http://vote.umich.edu and filling
out an electronic ballot.
Platform summaries are avail-
able for candidates who chose to
submit them. Spaces are also pro-
vided for write-in candidates.
Using nanotech, 'U' scientists create Obama portrait
'Nanobamas' are smaller
than a grain of salt
By ELAINE LAFAY
Using hundreds of millions of tiny carbon
tubes, University researchers used nano-
technology to craft a likeness of President-
elect Barack Obama smaller than a grain of
John Hart, an assistant professor in the Col-
lege of Engineering who headed the project,
said he undertook the project for fun but also
as a way of making nanotechnology accessible,
which is used to create everyday items like as
batteries and electronics.
Hart came up with the idea about six months
ago and found time to work on the "Nanobam-
as" in his spare time between other projects,
finishing the first set five days before the presi-
Each Nanobama is composed of about a
hundred million carbon nanotubes, which are
hollow cylinders of carbon.
Engineering graduate student Sam Taw-
fick, who worked on the project, said each
nanotube is about 8,000 times smaller than a
Hart and his students also created Vice
President-elect Joe Biden's image out of nano-
Hart said the researchers didn't make nano-
tube images of the Republican candidates, Sen.
John McCain or Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, but
that the decision not to had more to with the
fact that the word "Nanobama" rolls off the
"I do support Obama, but I didn't mean --I
thought of Nanobama and it sounded cool, so
we did that," he said.
The scientists made the Obama likeness by
first forming the nanotubes on silicon wafers
by heating chemical catalysts in an oven
filled with carbon gas. Once the oven reaches
between 700 and 800 degrees Celsius, the gas
turns into a solid nanotube.
The tubes shoot up quickly from the wafer.
For comparison, if each nanotube were a tree
one foot in diameter, it would grow at 500
miles an hour.
Nanostructures are often used for batter-
ies and solar cells, better imaging inside the
body for medicine and in high performance
materials like cars and planes. Much of Hart's
research focuses on the formation of nano-
Engineering graduate students Sameh Tawfick (left)
and Michael De Volder display the "nanobama", a min-
iature likeness of President-elect Barack Obama.
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Engineering students have gone
overseas than from other University
programs. Last year, just 250 stu-
dents - about 3 percent of the col-
lege's enrollment - studied abroad
on a program or internship.
Munson's emphasis on interna-
tional experiences stems from his
. own experiences abroad, which he
described as rewarding and broad-
ening, citing his first trip abroad as
a faculty member to Paris and Rome
in the early 1980s.
"As a regular faculty member, I
S traveled overseas pretty much every
year, and I just never had a trip that
wasn't amazing," he said. "For our
students to have some of those same
experiences is really valuable."
Munson increased staff support
for the college's international pro-
grams office and earlier this semes-
ter created an international minor
The international minor requires
as well as a study abroad program or
Amy Conger, director of Inter-
national Programs in Engineering,
said engineering-specific study
abroad programs aren't new. What
is, though, is faculty members'
emphasis of the programs.
"For (Munson), international
education is clearly a part of a
Michigan Engineering education
rather than something you do in
addition," Conger said.
Munson said he hopes half of all
Engineering students will eventu-
ally have international experience
"Idon'twantfor one ofour students
to go to a company and have their boss
come to them Monday morning and
say, 'Susan, I need you to go to Beijing
on Wednesday,' and for the U of M
alum to say, 'Oh, golly, I don't know
what's involved, I've never done this
before,"' Munson said.
One complaint some engineers
have about their field is that the
work is isolating and doesn't allow
them to work in other fields.
"All our classes are with other
engineers," said Holscher, the pres-
ident of the University's Engineer-
ing Council. "We're surrounded
by other engineers, and there's the
School of Music and Art and Archi-
tecture, but they have their own
giant buildings separate from our
giant buildings, so there's not too
much running into other fields."
Coming into the job, Munson
sought to dispel that notion. In addi-
tion to his push for more emphasis
on international programs, Munson
has also encouraged interdisciplin-
ary programs and cross-campus
collaboration with other schools.
Munson said the college's other
minor, multidisciplinary Design,
grew from watching comprehensive
projects like the Solar Car Team draw
students from multiple disciplines.
Munson said he sees a strong par-
allel between engineering and the
To illustrate the similarities, he
teamed up with the deans of the
School of Music, Theatre and Dance,
the Taubman College of Architec-
ture and Urban Planning and the
School of Art and Design for the Arts
on Earth initiative in fall 2007. The
annual program sponsors multidis-
ciplinary artprojects and events.
"There's an aspect of the work
that's very creative and design-ori-
ented," Munson said. "But there's
another aspect of the work that's all
about refinement and optimization
and making something better and
better, whether it's the design of a
bridge or playing a piece by Bach."
Munson also said the interdisci-
plinary push is an effort to mimic
"In the engineering world, it's not
like your team is all electrical engi-
neers or all mechanical engineers,"
he said. "A lot of products that are out
on the market use some engineering
and technology, but there may be
some artistic content, as well."
Munson has also teamed up with
Ross School of Business officials to
sponsor more courses in entrepre-
While the College of Engineering
and Ross School of Business have
offered joint courses in entrepre-
neurship in the past, Munson said
he wanted to focus a program more
specifically on engineering to draw
more interest from his students.
The partnership came to fruition
in the form of the Center of Entre-
preneurship, which launched last
year to provide support to Engi-
neering faculty and students. This
semester, students can earn a certif-
icate in entrepreneurship after nine
credits of approved coursework.
Sayed, who is considering pursuing
a business career, said the entrepre-
neurial aspect of the college gives
Engineering students "all-rounded-
ness that's really essential."
"People haven't really empha-
sized that in the past," she said.
ROOM TO BREATHE
The college's new interdisciplin-
ary and international programs may
take time to catch on. Many engi-
neers don't have extra time under
their current course loads.
Many Engineering programs
have less than 12 hours of general
electives, and some have as few
as eight, leaving very little wiggle
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"If our students want to have the
flexibility to do some of these other
programs, they need more space in
their curriculum," said James Hol-
loway, associate dean of undergrad-
uate education for the college.
Holloway said as the list of new
ideas and technologies grows, so
does the required course list for
many Engineering majors.
"We seldom step back and try to
unpack it," he said.
To address this, Munson assem-
bled a commission to discuss light-
ening the required course load
for undergraduate engineers. The
commission, slated to present its
findings this spring, is considering
whether the intense specialization
of some of the Engineering majors
deprives engineers of a broader edu-
cation. Holscher said the push for
engineers to broaden their educa-
tion is a marker of the cultural shift
led by Munson.
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seek the chairmanship in a state-
ment released Nov. 5.
"Enacting comprehensive ener-
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will not be easy," Waxman's state-
ment said. "But my record shows
that I have the skill and ability to
build consensus and deliver legis-
lation that improves the lives of all
Dingell's chairmanship has
allowed him to have significant
influence over the committee,
which oversees the issues of con-
sumer protection, energy, health
care and transportation. Dingell's
biggest critics - mostly environ-
mental groups - believe the state's
longest-serving congressman has
acted as a shield forthe auto indus-
try by setting lax efficiency stan-
dards on cars.
Jodi Seth, the Committee on
Energy and Commerce spokes-
woman for Dingell, said she was
confident Dingell would continue
to serve as the committee's chair-
"To date, this challenge appears
to mainly have engendered an out-
pouring of support for Mr. Ding-
ell,"she said in an e-mail interview.
"Mr. Dingell enjoys support from a
diverse range of members within
the Democratic Caucus represent-
ing different backgrounds, dif-
ferent regions of the country and
varying points on the political
Seth said Dingell is the most
qualified candidate and he has
been reaching out to other mem-
bers of Congress to make his case.
"Quite simply, his experience,
and his legislative expertise make
him the best qualified to lead the
Committee," she said. "Mr. Ding-
ell has been an effective Chairman
and there really is no basis for this
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