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Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 7A
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In a University press release dis-
tributed Monday, David Munson,
dean of the College of Engineering,
said he was happy with the part-
nership and that he looks forward
to the coalition's work.
"The coalition comprises a
unique industrial/university part-
nership dedicated to the study of
batteries for vehicles," he said. "We
are extremely pleased to be in the
position to speed realization of the
vehicles that society needs."
Ann Marie Sastry, Engineer-
ing professor and co-director of
the ABCD, echoed Coleman and
Munson's comments, saying in
the press release that the partner-
ship would increase the project's
"Working with GM allows us to
make an impact on large-scale pro-
duction electric drive vehicles and
develop regularized simulations
and knowledge-based method-
ologies for using batteries in drive-
trains," she said.
Sastry said batteries are the most
important part of an electric drive-
train, but few studies on automotive
applications have been conducted
due to the limited role of batteries
in gas-powered vehicles.
"Our shared ambition is to see
electrified drivetrains in a large
number of vehicle types and appli-
cations," she said.
The partnership was announced
on the same day GM shared its
plans to build a lithium-ion battery
factory near Detroit. When the
factory opens, it will employ more
GM also announced on Monday
it will open a new 31,000-square-
foot laboratory for battery testing
and research in Warren.
The University currently part-
ners with GM on other initiatives,
including the Energy Systems Engi-
neering Program, which allows
students to intern at GM and GM
employees to enroll in classes at the
"We are deliberately creat-
ing linkages between educating
knowledge works and developing
the underpinning science and tech-
nology," Sastry said. "We want to
build this infrastructure so that
we can produce meaningful tech-
nical results that move quickly to
application and make sure that the
University plays its needed role in
vehicle electrification research and
Members of the Michigan Student Assembly convene for their first meeting of the new semester.
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State of Tennessee
demands answers for
$1M a day mop up
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -
The state of Tennessee demanded
answers and cooperation yesterday
from the nation's largest public util-
ity in the aftermath of a massive
coal ash flood that is costing the
utility $1 million a day to mop up.
"I am committed to making sure
this spill is cleaned up and doing
everything we canto prevent any sim-
ilar situation in the future," Gov. Phil
Bredesen said in a statement. "I'm
also committed to make sure Tennes-
see taxpayers don't foot the bill."
Bredesen promised greater state
oversight when he visited the Ten-
nessee Valley Authority's Kingston
Fossil Plant shortly after the Dec.
22 spill sent 1.1 billion gallons of ash
and sludge into a rural neighbor-
hood surrounding the plant, about
40 miles west of Knoxville.
by Bredesen and Environment and
Conservation Commissioner Jim
Fyke reaffirms and formalizes that
process, Fyke spokeswoman Tisha
"TVA has been cooperative up to
this point and we are hopeful that
continues under the order," Cala-
The order requires the federal
agency's full cooperation in assess-
ing the mishap and developing a
corrective action plan within 45
days to "ensure safe operations in
the future." The order also says
TVA will reimburse the state for
overseeing the cleanup and could
be subject to fines later.
"TVA is committed to clean-
ing up and restoring this site, and
to managing all of its facilities in
a manner that will prevent a simi-
lar situation," according to state-
ment from TVA, which operates 11
coal-fired plants, including eight in
Tennessee. "TVA agrees with the
(order's) priorities and is working
hard to achieve them."
In a second incident, about
10,000 gallons spilled from a gyp-
sum waste pond at TVA's Widows
Creek power station in northeast-
ern Alabama on Friday.
events transpiring in Gaza and
what the assembly can do about it.
LSA junior Andrew Dalack, co-
chair of SAFE, urged the assembly
to pass the resolution in the hope
of contributing to a "peaceful reso-
lution to the current situation in
He said that the issue was very
emotional and contentious for
many University students and
members of the Ann Arbor com-
munity,butthatpeople should con-
tinue to learn about the situation.
"At the very least, we can all
take the time to take a step back,
read a couple books and try to
engage each other in meaning-
ful and productive conversation,"
Rep. Andrew Chinsky said that
MSA's actions related to the con-
flict should be limited to educa-
tional purposes, and that it was up
to other student groups to take a
position on the issue.
Any political decisions, he
said, were out of the assembly's
"This is what the United Nations
does. This is what the United States
State Department does," he said.
Rachel Goldstein, the chair of
AMI, who was present at the meet-
ing but opted not to speak, agreed
with Chinsky's sentiment in an
e-mail to the Daily.
"A resolution regarding an inter-
national conflict has no place in
the policies of our student govern-
ment," she said. "A vote in favor of
the proposed resolution demonizes
one people and state over another
in a conflict that is far too complex
for a 'yes' or 'no' vote."
Baydoun defended the prem-
ise of the resolution, referencing
many times in the history of the
assembly, when MSA took bold
positions on national and global
"I don't want us to be scared
of what our potential is," he said.
"And I also don't want us to be
When it came time for local
residents to give their input on
the resolution, some of the speak-
ers implored the assembly to take
action against what they depicted
as a humanitarian crisis in the
Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, who
is a research fellow at the Univer-
sity, appealed to the assembly to
"boycott" Israel, although she did
not elaborate on the details of such
"To continue to say 'peace' while
we throw bombs atpeople is lunacy,"
she said. "Everybody in this world
can see that we are lunatics. We are
immoral, barbarian lunatics."
The assembly plans to vote
on the resolution at next week's
Investigators call for closer
look at. Great Lakes pollution
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks at a news conference in Chicago last Friday.
11. Gov. bested
only 'sketchy' data
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -
Wrapping up an eight-year inves-
tigation of possible links between
industrial pollution and health
risks in the Great Lakes region,
federal researchers yesterday said
information was too sketchy and
called for more study.
The Agency for Toxic Substanc-
es and Disease Registry, part of
the U.S. Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention, released the
final version of a much-scrutinized
report after drawing criticism
from a scientific review panel and
accusations of a cover-up from
members of Congress.
"The data we have, as good as it
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an excellent student. During his
senior year, Gupta participated in
debate, theater and student leader-
ship. He was named valedictorian
of his class. Aware of his potential,
his peers chose him as the Most
Likely to Succeed in his senior
"We certainly all feel it's a great
honor to have one of our alumni
recognized by the Obama adminis-
tration," Lawrence said.
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events, social events, and a mini-
mum number of brothers in the
colony before we will become a
recognized chapter of Sigma Chi,"
Sigma Chi will be participat-
ing in both this winter and next
fall's recruitment along with all
other IFC fraternities on campus.
However, winter recruitment will
be slightly more challenging since
Sigma Chi don't have a house yet.
Next fall, the fraternity plans on
moving into the house that is cur-
rently being used by Sigma Phi
"It will be slightly difficult for
us to recruit because we don't
have the use of the house yet,"
Mathews said. "So we will be
doing our recruiting from the
is, isn't complete," said Dr. Howard
Frumkin, director of ATSDR and
the National Center for Environ-
mental Health. "We hope we can
focus researchers and decision
makers on the need for targeted
and careful data collection ... so we
can get a more complete picture."
The agency began its review in
2001 at the request of the Interna-
tional Joint Commission, a U.S.-
Canadian agency that advises the
two nations on the Great Lakes
and other boundary waters. The
commission wanted an analysis of
health hazards in 26 "areas of con-
cern" - rivers, harbors, lakes and
other locations severely degraded
by toxic pollution.
But the report said available
data doesn't allow firm conclu-
sions about cause-and-effect ties
between pollution and illness in
Jim Hanson, Gupta's Advanced
Placement chemistry teacher in
high school, said Gupta was one of
the best students he has encoun-
tered in his 41 years of teaching.
"You could tell that Sanjay had
high level achievement goals, and
he applied himself to the fullest in
reaching these goals," Hanson said
in an e-mail interview. "He was
never afraid to do that little extra
to be successful."
While studying at the Univer-
sity, Gupta wrote opinion pieces
for The Michigan Daily about
public health policies. He later
Union, Pamner Commons, and the
recreation buildings on campus."
As for ATO, the other frater-
nity returning to campus, this
semester will be spent expanding
and participating in winter rush.
Their housing situation is still yet
to be determined as well.
Mary Beth Seiler, director
of the Office of Greek Life, said
before sororities are invited back
to campus, the Panhellenic Asso-
ciation works with chapters indi-
vidually to figure out the details of
Seiler said Alpha Epsilon Phi
completed this process last year
and is now recruiting new mem-
"Alpha Epsilon Phi is consid-
ered a full chapter in the Panhel-
lenic Association," Seiler said.
"They did their process this fall
and they are just continuing to
recruit to bfild the chapter."
Statistics on problems such as
cancer and birth defects cannot
be matched with pollution data
because of differences in location
and timing, it said.
Earlier drafts had attempted
to do so, correlating countywide
health figures with environmen-
tal measurements from larger
or smaller areas. CDC officials
dropped such linkages from the
final report, saying they were
"Good science matters," Frum-
kin said in a written statement,
saying the early versions "could
have led to incorrect conclusions."
The Institute of Medicine,
an independent scientific panel,
raised the same concern last Sep-
tember in a critical review of the
Rep. Bart Stupak, chairman of
the House Energy and Commerce
returned to the University to
attend graduate school, Gupta
met his wife Rebecca Olson.
Today they have two daughters:
Sage and Skye.
After writing a series of
articles concerning health sys-
tems that were published in The
Economist, Gupta received a
White House Fellowship dur-
ing the Clinton administration.
Throughout the year-long fel-
lowship he wrote speeches about
health care for First Lady Hillary
Besides reporting for CNN,
Alpha Epsilon Phi didn't par-
ticipate in recruitment last fall
because it is still going through
the process of returning to cam-
pus. Next fall the chapter will
be able to participate in formal
recruitment and will be moving
back into their house on Church
Street, which is currently occu-
pied by the Alpha Epsilon Pi fra-
The Zeta Tau Alpha sorority is
just now beginning the process for
its scheduled return in the fall.
Seiler said the details of Zeta
Tau Alpha's return have yet to be
determined, but the sorority is
definitely coming back to campus.
"I met with some of their
National Executive Directors in
December and they are going to
be sending some representatives
to campus to meet with the Pan-
hellenic councils and we will work
out the detailsf she said.
Subcommittee on Oversight and
Investigations, began looking into
the CDC's handling of the report
last year. In a statement Tuesday,
he contended it was reasonable
to link the region's pollution and
"It doesn't take a scientist to tell
you thatthetoxinsdiscussed inthis
report are detrimental to human
health and need to be cleaned up,"
said Stupak, a Michigan Democrat.
"It is almost as though CDC is try-
ing harder to protect the polluters
than the victims."
The study presented other chal-
lenges thathelp explain why it took
so long, Frumkin said.
ATSDR had evaluated 146 haz-
ardous waste sites around the
Great Lakes. But they were not
identical to the 26 "areas of con-
cern," although there was some
overlapping, Frumkin said.
Gupta serves as a correspondent
for CBS, writes a column for Time
magazine and has published Chas-
ing Light, a New York Times best-
selling book about immortality.
He is also an assistant professor of
neurosurgery at Emory University
School of Medicine.
Upon learning about Gupta's
potential appointment as surgeon
general, CNN released a state-
ment that read in part, "his on-air
reporting has been on health and
wellness matters and not on health
care policy or any matters involv-
ing the new administration."
Stephenie Lazarus, Panhel's
Vice President of public relations,
said now is the perfect time for
the chapters to be returning to
"It lessens the load for other
chapters and allows them to con-
tinue to provide a quality experi-
ence in a smaller, more intimate
environment for their members
that they otherwise might not be
able to do if the number of mem-
bers they had was larger," she
Lazarus added that bring-
ing the chapters back provides
a chance for the campus to be as
diverse as possible.
"We really want to make our
campus more diversified, to bring
out as many chapters as we can
sustain and now we have the ability
to do thatbecause of the amount of
girls interesting in going through
recruitment in the fall," she said.
Despite uphill battle,
SPRINGFIELD, Iii. (AP) - On
one side stood the president-
elect, 50 Democratic senators on
Capitol Hill and just about every
politician in Illinois. On the other
side was Gov. Rod Blagojevich,
criminal defendant and national
Guess who won?
Blagojevich outfoxed everyone
who had warned him no to try to
fill the Senate seat he is charged
with trying to sell.
Despite the scandal around him,
the governor got his way by star-
ing down his opponents with the
perfect pick: Roland Burris, a black
politician who, had an unblemished
reputation and big ambitions, guar-
anteeing he would fight tirelessly
for the seat.
Blagojevich also had Illinois law
on his side. Moreover, his choice
put Democrats in the sticky posi-
tion of trying to d*ay entry to the
man who would become the cham-
ber's only black member - in the
seat that last belonged to Barack
Obama, no less.
"it did take a kind of perfect
storm, of a governor who is incapa-
ble of having scruples and a nomi-
nee incapable of shame, to go ahead
with it," said Mike Munger, chair-
man of political science at Duke
University. "This was the last card
Blagojevich had to play. At least he
gets to do something and thumb his
In the end, the Blagojevich-Bur-
ris combination proved to be such
a distraction that Obama himself
reversed course and signaled to
Senate leaders that they should seat
Burris. Finally, on Monday, they
said they would.
Exactly whyiBlagojevich appoint-
ed someone and what he hoped to
accomplish are something of a mys-
tery to some political observers.
The Democratic governor still faces
federal corruption charges. And
he has been impeached and faces a
state Senate trial later this month
that could get him thrown him out