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In Other Ivory Towers Michigan Myths
Chemistry and Macromolecular Now in its second y
Science and Engineering Assistant said she's continually
Professor Anne McNeil is taking her improve the project and
teaching talents beyond University for students. The next st
lecture halls. With her Wikipedia is to get undergraduates
revision project, she's trying to help "Instead of having (
teach the world. an entire site, they'll id
The project, which is currently thing they can add," she,
available to two of her graduate Though McNeil's
classes, gives teams of students the focused on Wikipedia,l
opportunity to develop Wikipedia field of interest is scienc
web pages that effectively commu- began studying at a you
nicate a topic of interest to an audi- said she enjoyed reading
ence. McNeil said that the challenges science and performingE
include selecting appropriate infor- at home as her fascir
mation to share and following Wiki- chemistry grew.
pedia's style guidelines. "(Chemistry) appeal
"I thought, 'we don't teach grad because I could under
students how to communicate some- thing at the molecular
thing they're learning with their said.
parents or friends,"' she said. "This Her desire to teach
project's goal is to get people to fig- arose once she enter
ure out how to take an advanced McNeil said a series o
concept ... and explain it in layman's fessors at the College o
terms." Mary, where she got her
Masturbator Lock can't stop
strokes again textbook thief
Campus Clubs Photos of the Week
hWikip e dia
ear, McNeil uate degree, inspired her to follow in
working to their footsteps.
make it fun "I felt drawn to teaching," she
tep, she said, said. "Even when I doubted it, it
involved. would always pull me back."
them) revise Today, McNeil teaches under-
entify some- graduates and graduates in and out
explained. of the classroom. In her research lab
project is in the Chemistry Building, she leads
her primary 11 students on projects involving
e, a topic she the creation of organic materials. In
ung age. She years to come, these materials may
books about be useful in the fields of medicine
experiments and renewable energy, she said.
nation with Lookingto the future, she said she
hopes to involve more undergradu-
led to me ates in her research, inspiring in
stand every- them her own love for science.
level," she "I'm always on the lookout for
talented students," she said. "I
the subject find students develop more, and
red college. more passion comes out, when they
f good pro- start (researching) earlier in their
f William & careers."
r undergrad- - CLAIRE GOSCICKI
Engineering Assistant Prof. Anne McNeil oversees a project
in which graduate students develop Wikipedia web pages to
cover and conwunicate an issue of interest.
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Mich. governor looks cratic opponent Virg Bernero. this is a way for the public to see
t h iIn turning to social media for what I'm doing," said Calley, who
to reach constituents his official duties, Snyder is follow- recently posted a photo of his
through Facebook ing a handful of other governors young daughter and the results of
already active on the Internet. her heart surgery. He says he uses
and Twitter Massachusetts Gov. Deval Facebook "as a tool toform a closer
Patrick tweets, has a Facebook relationship with my constituents,
page and puts videos on YouTube showing I'm just a regular person
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Rick and photos on Flickr to tell citi- with a real life."
Snyder says he won't be giving up zens what's happening. So does The 33-year-old lawmaker said
the mantle of "one tough nerd" Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman of he also gets a sense of what con-
when he becomes Michigan gov- Nebraska, whose Facebook page stituents are thinking from the
ernor next year. shows him and his wife recently comments and e-mails they send
The "techie" and former presi- announcing their inauguration to his Facebook page. He expects
dent of computer maker Gateway plans. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell that will be a major help for the
Inc. transformed himself from a posts his weekly addresses on new Snyder administration as it
relatively unknown Ann Arbor iTunes. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert tries to restructure not only the
venture capitalist to governor- tweeted Friday he was "chatting budget and state government but
elect during his first run for public with President George W. Bush as Michigan's entire economy.
office largely through the use of he signs copies of'Decision Points' "It can be a way to connect peo-
social media and a savvy television in Sandy." ple to information that they other-
ad campaign. That's different from the way wise wouldn't just naturally come
Now, the Republican wants to state government traditionally has across," Calley said. "It's not like
use those tools to reach Michigan used the Internet to let citizens people tool around (the official
citizens as he tries to reinvent the renew their vehicle registrations Michigan website). for fun. People
economically troubled state in online, reserve a state park camp- do tool around Facebook for fun."
a far more interactive way than site or check whether a building Tom Shields of Lansing-based
Democratic Gov. Jennifer Gra- contractor's license has been sus- Marketing Resources Group sees
nholm, who tweets but doesn't pended, said Nicco Mele, a social social media as a crucial part of
interact with citizens through media expert at the Shorenstein any public relations campaign but
Facebook. Center in Harvard University's says it has its limits.
Snyder promises citizens will be Kennedy School of Government. Even with more than 37,000
able to find out how much the state He expects social media will fans on Snyder's Facebook page,
is spending on everything from transform the way citizens inter- there are still 9.5 million Michi-
public education to prisons and flu act with government. gan residents he'll have to reach in
vaccines through an easily under- "Using the Internet in ways to some other fashion.
standable budget spreadsheet really engage people online, to "You can't forgo the usual media
posted online. He already is wel- get their increased involvement, ways of reaching people, or you'll
coming job applicants and ideas to create value in different ways, miss 80 percent," Shields said.
on how state government can run to shape how you think about and Still, he sees a lot of advantages
better on his transition website. approach issues, that is really the in using social media for the new
And he hired a communications new piece of this, the piece that's governor and his administration,
director who has a record of using just starting to emerge," Mele especially if Snyder feels his mes-
Facebook and Twitter to make said. "This is like when Gutenberg sage is getting bogged down in the
government more accessible. handed the first printed Bible to Legislature and wants citizens to
It's a page right out of the one of the clergy." call lawmakers and complain.
campaign. With the help of New Michigan Lt. Gov.-elect Brian "The whole idea of social media
Hampshire-based social media Calley already uses his personal is you don't go through the filters
consultant Chris Stewart, Snyder Facebook page to talk about what of legislators or the traditional
put up a dynamic campaign web- he's doing in his job as a state media," Shields said.
site and tweeted as "onetough- representative, such as meeting Stewart at b-fresh consulting
nerd." More than 37,000 people with Iraq's investment minister, a expects Snyder will check citi-
have clicked "like" on his cam- Michigan State University gradu- zens' comments often once he gets
paign Facebook page - exceed- ate who wants Michigan compa- his official Facebook and Twitter
ing the combined total for his four nies to invest in his country. sites running as governor, just as
GOP primary rivals and Demo- "I work for the public, and he did while a candidate.
A TSA officer searches a passenger at a security check-point at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Nov. 19. There are new
requirements at some U.S. airports that air passengers must pass through full-body scanners that produce a virtually naked images.
Don't touch m jun TS
workers face opposition
Amid debate over
TSA officials stress
importance of safety
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - They've
been called molesters, threatened
with violence and ordered not
to touch "my junk." One woman
headbutted a TSA officer who
was searching her laptop. Other
screeners report being punched,
kicked and shoved during pat-
downs. Security officers know the
new searches are more invasive
but want Thanksgiving travelers
tokeep in mind they arejust doing
their jobs to keep people safe.
"We just want the public to
understand that we're not per-
verts," said screener Ricky D.
McCoy, who heads a local TSA
union for Illinois and Wisconsin.
TSA chief John Pistole has
heard the complaints and seemed
more open to trying to balance
safety with invading people's pri-
vacy with the pat-downs.
"We are exploring again ways
that they might be less invasive
and yet with the same outcomes
in terms of detection, but that
is really the challenge that we
have and that dynamic tension
between security and privacy and
reasonable people can disagree as
to exactly where that blend is as it
relates to you as a passenger," Pis-
tole told reporters Tuesday.
To be sure, most passengers
are docile when going through
an airport's security checkpoint,
though McCoy said the atmo-
sphere has changed in the past
Last week, for instance, McCoy
explained the search to a passen-
"The guy looked me straight in
the face and said, 'I don't know
what I might do to you if you
touch me,"' said McCoy.
McCoy stared the man down
and told the passenger that touch-
ing an officer would be the worst
mistake he's ever made because
authorities would be called. The
search went smoothly.
"About 10 minutes later his wife
came back and apologized for
what he said," McCoy said.
The new pat-downs began
about a month ago, and early on,
an officer was assaulted. Since
the story made headlines, McCoy
said officers atleast six times have
been punched, pushed or shoved
after they explained what would
He blamed TSA for the uproar,
saying the agency didn't reach out
to passengers enough.
"We have major problems
because basically TSA never
educated the public on what was
going on," McCoy said. "Our agen-
cy pretty much just threw the new
search techniques out there."
The collective unease of some
Americans over possible inva-
sions of privacy, intimate touch-
ing and general discomfort have
led to a near-instant backlash.
News stories and videos of dis-
abled passengers and children
being screened aggressively
haven't helped, either.
The nation has also paused to
laugh. After all, this is the news
story that spawned the phrase:
"Don't touch my junk."
Those words were made
famous a week ago by a Southern
California man who uttered them
to a TSA officer while captur-
ing the verbal showdown on his
iPhone. A Google search of the
phrase on Tuesday registered 4.2