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This has compelled researchers like
Ruth, who is researching a potential
therapeutic solution for arthritis-
proposals to a broader audience.
"I don't know if the best science
is going to get funded since things
are going so quick," Ruth said. "You
may have (a reviewer) who's an
expert in science but not necessar-
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physical exams for job applications,
or getting prescriptions refilled for
the next six months or a year, get-
ting birth control pills and general
female checkups."
But once students graduate, they
no longer have free access to the ser-
vices at UHS, and many health care
may have don't cover students once
. they graduate. As a result, 34 per-
cent of college graduates didn't have
health insurance a year after gradu-
ation, accordingto a 2006 study in a
U.S. News & World Report article.
LSA senior Tracy Lent, made one
last visit to UHS, said she is anx-
ious about a possible future without
health insurance. She added that she
is keeping her fingers crossed she
won'tget sick in the near future.
"I don't think I can afford getting
my own policy right now without

ily someone in your field."
Despite its drawbacks, Ruth
said there may be some advantag-
es to the new application process.
While the stimulus grant appli-
cations are not as rigorous as they
have been in the past, Ruth said
they may offer a testing ground
for novel ideas that may not have
had sufficient backing to receive
grant funding in the past. For new
research investigators in particular,
the stimulus plan may ultimately
provide an opportunity to establish
having a real job," she said. "Right
now, it's kind of like playing a game
of Russian roulette."
LSA senior Julie Foster, said she
headed to UHS for one final check
up because she doesn't know if she
will have health insurance during
graduate school.
"I want to make sure I am up to
date with all my prescriptions and
am healthy and am getting every-
thing checked out before summer,"
she said.
Foster added that if it turns out
she doesn't have health insurance
in graduate school, she will make
do without.
"The day I graduate is the day
my (parents') insurance coverage
ends," she said.
But LSA senior Chanel Hamilton,
who also took advantage of UHS's
services before her upcoming gradu-
ation,said she needs health insurance
to pay for her monthly treatments
and she's not sure if she'll be able to
afford it after she graduates.

themselves in the field.
At the "State of Research at the
University" discussion last week,
University Vice President for
Research Stephen Forrest com-
mented on the importance of the
boost in federal funding, despite
the nation's economic troubles.
"It's one of the ironies of our age,"
Forrestsaid."The United States seems
to be going broke, but we've never
found so much money in research."
Forrest said research funding
nationwide has been sagging for
Being without health insurance
will search for jobs with sufficient
health benefit packages, making the
job hunt even more challenging.
Winfield said with the current job
market, students willhave even more
trouble than usual finding jobs that
offer adequate health insurance.
"Thebiggestproblemis withthe job
marketas it is - my guess is that more
students will go out and get jobs that
will not have health insurance," he
will try to get into graduate programs
because the job market is so weak
right now, but those programs gener-
ally don't have health insurance."
LSA senior Jessica Maurice also
recently went to UHS for a last min-
ute checkup. She said she is fortu-
nate that she found a jobwith health
insurance but, because she has lung
disease, is concerned about the kind
of coverage she will get.
"I need to have a low co-pay to
afford all of the medication and

more than six years with renewed
interest coming only recently with
the stimulus plan and the federal
budget outlined for the 2009 fiscal
"We finally have an adminis-
tration that really gets it," he said
referring to the Obama adminis-
tration's focus on research. "They
understand, ina fundamentally dif-
ferent way than we've seen in the
last 20 or 30 years, the relationship
between innovation and economic
treatmentthatIneed,"said Maurice.
"AndIam off my parent's insurance
as soon as I leave school."
But LSA senior Mike Tikh said
though the company where he will
be working won't be providing
health insurance he has a noncha-
lant attitude about the situation.
"At first, I guess I will have to go
without it for a little bit. And hope-
fully when I start earning enough,
I'll try and try to buy health insur-
ance privately," he said.
Tikh added that during his time
at the University, he has rarely used
his UHS benefits.
"I haven't really been using it
all that much the past few years -
I haven't had physicals," he said.
"It's more of a convenience know-
ing that it's there."
Though some students might rush
in for checkups and physicals before
their times at the Universityend, stu-
dents who purchased health insur-
ance through the University are still
covered through August, Klever said.

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and Oklahoma State University
- are reducing their fundrais-
ing staffs. Other schools - like
the University of California at
Los Angeles and the University of
Michigan - have continued to fill
vacant positions in their develop-
ment offices.
The University is not cut-
ting back on its development
staff, even though its operations
are already considerably larger
than other peer institutions,
like UCLA. The Chronicle of
Higher Education reported that
UCLA employs 270 development
staffers, while the University of
Michigan has approximately 480
May said the larger operation
at the University can't be attrib-
uted to one factor, but that there
are several contributing causes
- including the University's
extremely large alumni base of
approximately 475,000 people.
May explained that paired
with the sheer size of the alum-
ni base, is the fact that they are
spread throughout the country -
requiring a national fund devel-
opment strategy. On the other
hand, May said UCLA's alumni
are more heavily concentrated in
California - meaning their fund
development office doesn't have
to reach out to as many alumni
or travel across the country as

Thursday, April16, 2009 - 7A
"Forty percent of our alumni
live outside the state of Michi-
gan ... but they give about 60
percent of the money," May said.
"We have to go a lot of places to
bring out alumni to the Univer-
Additionally, May said the
University's fundraising opera-
tions are so large because they
support the Athletic Department,
the Flint and Dearborn campuses
and the Museum of Art, in addi-
tion to each of the University's
schools and other University
The University finished its
national record-breaking Michi-
gan Difference Campaign in
December. The capital campaign
raised about $3.2billion,breaking
the previous record for a public
institution fundraising campaign
set by UCLA in2006.
May said another capital cam-
paign would be implemented
in the future, but that until the
economy improves, the Develop-
ment Office will focus on improv-
ing internal operations and
thanking donors who gave in the
last campaign.
"We sort of call this year the
year of the big thank you," he
said. "It's just too soon to tell, but
we'll (start another campaign)
as soon as the United States
and everybody starts feeling a
bit more optimistic about their
finances and the condition of the

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effectively controlling heat losses
during the process.
Funding for the project stands
currently at $50,000 per year, but
officials at the institute are hoping
to increase funding to $200,000
per year.
Students at the University and
around the state are also working
to develop biofuel technology.
Algal Scientific Corporation,
which is made up of students from
the University of Michigan and
Michigan State University, devel-
oped a wastewater treatment sys-
tem that grows algae in order to
simultaneously treat wastewater
and produce the raw materials for
The team won the inaugural
Clean Energy Prize on March 20
in a competition sponsored by DTE

Energy, the University, the Masco
Corporation Foundation and The
Kresge Foundation that awards
entrepreneurship in the develop-
ment of clean energy technology.
Team Algal Scientific Corp. took
the top prize of $65,000.
Paul Kirsch, program man-
ager of the Zell Lurie Institute for
Entrepreneurial Studies at the Ross
School of Business, said the insti-
tute helps to develop more clean
energy sources by supporting many
student groups like Algal Scientific.
"ZLI does not provide directsup-
port for outside firms," Kirsch said.
"We have provided a tremendous
amount of coaching and funding
for some student-based teams like
Algal Scientific that won the Clean
Energy Prize."
According to Algal Scientific's
website, the technology is used to
"design, build and sell treatment
systems incorporating - factory
assembled modules, then operate
them for fees based on pollutant
Team member Robert Levine,
a Chemical Engineering Ph.D stu-
dent, said biofuels, although biofu-
els are important to the company,
they're really justbyproducts of the
team's project. The main purpose
of Algal Scientific is to serve as a

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choose to use biofuels or not," he
said. "Rather, we're treating waste-
water while producing a biofuel:
Our unique system allows us to
grow algae on wastewater which
are then converted into a liquid
transportation fuel like ethanol."
Levine added that there is still
much progress to be made in order
for biofuels to become a feasible
alternative for traditional energy
sources because manybiofuels cur-
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Levine said the University has
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