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tests are a response to the eco-
nomic hardships confronting
many families and small business
owners throughout the country.
"The financial crisis caused a
deep recession in our economy,
and there are many individuals
who are struggling to make ends
meet and to get a job and to live
their lives given the economic
difficulties," Barr said. "I think
there's an understandable frus-
tration with the difficult eco-
nomic circumstances that many
families are experiencing now
and a desire for change."
But Barr said it is too soon to
tell what changes might come as
a result of the protests.

Michael Heaney, an assistant
professor in the Department of
Political Science, called the pro-
tests "part of a long-standing
social movement for greater eco-
nomic equality" that began with
the anti-World Trade Organiza-
tion sentiments in the late 1990s.
However, he said demonstrators'
use of Wall Street as a symbol for
economic inequality is a more
recent phenomenon.
Heaney added that when
recent rallies erupted in Los
Angeles, Chicago, Boston and
Washington D.C., the protests
proved more successful than
expected. However, he said the
protests are not likely to have a
long-lasting significant impact.
"The protesters are not going
to ... engage the political system,"
Heaney said. "They're not going

to get involved in elections, they
don't engage in lobbying, they
don't make any campaign contri-
butions - they don't do the kinds
of things that will allow them to
have a major impact."
But Heaney said the protesters
might see some results by rais-
ing awareness about issues such
as income inequalities, corpo-
rate accountability, the environ-
ment and rising student debt. He
added that the demonstrations
could alter some politicians'
agendas if the protesters spread
their message successfully.
"What politicians may do is
they may look at these protests
and see them as an expression of
the things that ordinary people
care about," Heaney said. "And
if they see them that way, they
may be more likely to take up

some of these issues in their
The protests could also bol-
ster the efforts of politicians as
they hope to push legislation
through Washington. President
Barack Obama's recent proposal
to create a minimum tax rate for
Americans earning more than
$1 million per year could receive
support from the protesters who
are in favor of higher taxes for
the wealthy, Heaney said.
Heaney said that though he
predicts the protests won't prog-
ress much further, he wouldn't
be surprised if he is proven
wrong given the proliferation of
groups nationwide mimicking
Occupy Wall Street.
- The Associated Press
contributed to this report.

From Page 1A
UMHS is at risk of losing $100
million from its clinical operating
margin in the next seven years,
she said.
Pescovitz also wants UMHS
to cultivate an "interdisciplinary
learning environment," improve
patient care experience and
engage in "groundbreaking" dis-
coveries. She highlightedUMHS's
success this past year, citing that
the University received the most
funding from the National Cancer
Institute out of any other academ-
ic medical center in the country in
the 2010 fiscal year.
U.S. News and World Report
ranked the University Medical
School tenth in research in the
nation in 2010 and the Univer-
sity Nursing School sixth in the

nation, Pescovitz added.
"We really have a lot to be
proud of," Pescovitz said in her
However, the mood of her
speech shifted slightly, as Pesco-
vitz addressed ongoing nego-
tiations between UMHS and the
Michigan Nurses Association.
The negotiations started in April,
and nurses at UMHS have not had
a contract since July.
Pescovitz emphasized the
importance of competitive wages
and benefits for the nurses at
"Our nurses are really on the
front line of seeing our patients,"
she said. "Our nurses are critical
to creating the ideal patient care
experience ... and ensuring qual-
ity patient care."
Ann Sincox, a member of the
Michigan Nurses Association,
said in August that UMHS's focus

on facility expansion is a main
reason for the current contro-
"The only concern UMHS has
expressed recently is how much
the new Mott Children's Hospi-
tal is costing them," Sincox said
at the time. "Their decision to
build at a time that the economy
slumped should not be paid for on
the backs of the nurses."
Despite the ongoing negotia-
tions, the hospitals and health
centers unit of UMHS recorded
strong year-end fiscal reports
in June. The unit showed an
expected operating margin of
2.1 percent on revenues of $2.1
billion for the 2011 fiscal year,
according to a June 16 UMHS
press release.
For its 2012 budget, which the
University's Board of Regents
voted on in June, the unit pro-
jected a 3-percent positive oper-

ating margin, the press release
states. Hospitals and health cen-
ters adjusted their projection to
a 1.1-percent negative operating
margin after accounting for the
opening of the newly renovated
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
and Von Voigtlander Women's
Hospital and the initiation of the
first phase of Mi-Chart - a new
information technology system
for UMHS. The updated hospitals
are set to open next month.
Despite the strain that the
two projects will place on the
UMHHC budget, Doug Strong,
chief executive officer of the unit,
acknowledged the long-term ben-
efits of the new hospitals.
"These two projects ... will
prepare us to serve even more
patients, and in a more effi-
cient environment, for decades
to come," Strong wrote in the

From Page 1A
ate businesses that improve the
Michigan economy," Coleman
Timothy Slottow, the Univer-
sity's executive vice president
and chief financial officer, said
in a question-and-answer ses-
sion after Coleman's speech that
the University is making a smart
choice by investing in start-
ups, and it may choose to invest
more in certain companies in the
"We're excited about it. It's a
little bit different than what we
typically do," Slottow said. "It
adds more diversification, and
we're long-term investors so
we're willing to stick with them
for as long as it takes."
After the event, Coleman told
the press that though the pro-
gram is exclusively supporting
faculty startups, it could eventu-
ally expand to aid student busi-
nesses. However, the student
startups would have to meet the
same requirements as faculty
With an eye toward the Uni-
versity's bicentennial in 2017,
Coleman also announced the
formation of the Third Century
Initiative. The $50 million pro-
gram is tasked with developing
multidisciplinary approaches
to solving problems associated
with climate change, poverty
and other societal problems.
Coleman said the initia-
tive will focus specifically on
"immersive learning experienc-
es" for undergraduate students,
like studying abroad or devel-
oping innovative projects in the
United States. The initiative
will also focus on "grand chal-
lenge problems," with students
from different disciplines col-
laborating to find a solution. She
gave an example of Engineering
and Medical students working
together to examine a body after
a car crash to better understand
vehicle safety.
"It's the multidisciplinary
approach," Coleman said. "It's
getting everyone who has to do

with any part of the problem to
see the whole problem and not
just their little piece."
Coleman said it was named
the Third Century Initiative
because she and University
Provost Philip Hanlon, who
assisted in the program's devel-
opment, want to move the Uni-
versity forward into its third
century as a public institution.
"(The initiative is called)
Third Century because we
believe the teaching, research
and service that grow out of this
initiative will propel the Uni-
versity into its next 100 years
with enormous momentum,"
Coleman said. "It will secure
Michigan's future position as the
world's leading public research
The Third Century Initiative
will be financed through exist-
ing University resources, as
funds from various schools and
colleges have been reallocated
for the initiative.
The Third Century Initiative
is intended to fund the activities
University faculty and students
are increasingly engaging in -
such as undergraduate research,
study abroad and entrepreneur-
ial work - Hanlon said.
"What the Third Century Ini-
tiative is really all about is, again,
taking the best ideas that are
emerging from campus and try-
ing to advance them and acceler-
ate them," he said.
In an interview with The
Michigan Daily after Coleman's
address, Hanlon said the new
initiatives are meant to usher the
University into its bicentennial
in six years.
"We want to really generate
a lot of excitement, spur a lot of
creativity, spur a lot of innova-
tion on this campus by the whole
community, students, faculty,"
Hanlon said. "Students can have
a lot of great ideas here too, and
what we want to do is really hit
the bicentennial with a lot of for-
ward momentum."
- Daily News Editors Caitlin
Huston and Joseph Lichterman
contributed to this report.

From Page 1A
lenger Stuart Berry. Berry said
he hopes funding reductions to
public safety departments haven't
adversely affected safety in the
city, and, if elected, he would work
to limit city funding to basic ser-
"When times are tough, council
has to make tough choices that are
not part of basic services," Berry
In an interview after the event,
Anglin said his ultimate concern
for students is safety.
"I want to make sure when,
late at night, when the students
are moving around much later
than the general population,
that they remain safe and that

we have enough police out there
to make sure (of) that," Anglin
said. "I'd like to change the light-
ing ordinances just to make sure
that landlords in the area need
to know they have to light their
The candidates also discussed
the annual street and sidewalk
mileages to improve city streets
and sidewalks that Ann Arbor resi-
dents will vote on in November.
Currently, residents are responsi-
ble for repairing sidewalks in front
of their homes, but the mileage
would transferthatcduty to the city.
Kunselman and Parker both
said they would support the annu-
al street mileage. Kunselman said
this year's mileage also includes
improvements to bridges, which
was not in past mileages. He also
noted that this could include the

East Stadium Boulevard Bridges
project currently being discussed
by City Council.
Republican Ward 4 candi-
date Eric Scheie said the current
sidewalk policy is inefficient and
expressed concern over whether
the city has repaired the sidewalks
of residents who contracted the
Berry said he was concerned
that money used for the street
mileage would not be used prop-
erly. He said he would vote against
the sidewalk mileage because he
believes it would be unfair to tax
people who had already improved
their sidewalks using their money.
Candidates were also asked
about the proposed Fuller Road
Station - a mass transit project
headed by the city, the University
and several state and federal gov-

ernment entities.
Citing the recent debate over
the station, Kunselman said there
is a lack of information regarding
the project, and the University
has not been forthcoming with
resources. He noted that current
plans only show the construction
of a parking structure rather than
a train station.
"I'm again very reluctant on
the whole project because unless
it actually includes a train station
... I will not support it," Kunsel-
man said.
Scheie said the project should
be voted on by residents, and not
just the council.
"I don'tlike the planand Ithink
it's undemocratic," Scheie said.
- Angela Son and Alexandra
Mondalek contributed to this report.

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objects work.
"I have a very fond memory
of beinga sophomore at William
and Mary, and my orgo pro-
fessor explaining how rubber
bands worked," she wrote. "I
just thought, wow, I never even
thought about how they work
and now I can explain it just
by understanding the chemical
structure of rubber."'
Upon arriving to the Universi-
ty four years ago, McNeil studied
structure-property relationships
in molecules in two separate
research projects.
"In one area we design small
molecules, which undergo a
solution-to-gel transition -
think Jell-O - when triggered
by analytes," she wrote. "We are
interested in these materials as
sensors, ultimately."
Much of her research centers
on the design of the molecules,
because scientists do not yet
understand why some mol-
ecules form gels and others do
McNeil's other research proj-
ect is concerned with conjugat-
ed polymers, materials that can
absorb and emit light as well as
conduct charge. The polymers
are used in solar cells and tran-
sistors, according to McNeil.
In her research, McNeil
works primarily on the synthe-
sis of new polymers or the com-
bination of large molecules with
The money from the grant
will be used to research gra-
dient copolymers, which are
molecules that have "a gradual
change in sequence from one
chain end to the other," McNeil
Jablonowski has been build-

ing virtual climate models
- computer models that help
scientists predict weather fore-
casts - using a technique called
adaptive mesh refinement that
can help in the understanding
of "future climate change sce-
narios," she explained.
"The system is an adaptive
grid ... because the resolution
of the grid spacing is not uni-
form," Jablonowski said. "In
some areas you have wider grid
spacing, and in some areas you
have smaller grid spacing, and
depending on the spacing you
capture different features of the
She added that the spacing
of the virtual grid is important
because a finer grid highlights
specific areas, while a wider
grid provides less detail. So if
scientists are tracking a particu-
lar storm, they can increase the
number of grids in the storm's
specific area and decrease the
number in other areas.
Jablonowski, who received
her Ph.D. in atmospheric and
space sciences and scientific
computing for atmospheric,
oceanic and space sciences from
the University, said this particu-
lar field of research combines all
her academic interests.
"My background is quite
interdisciplinary, so my back-
ground is an atmospheric sci-
ence background," she said.
"That's my home discipline,
but I was always interested in
numerical methods and applied
mathematics and also in com-
puter science."
McNeil and Jablonowski said
students made their work and
the awards feasible.
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that it also pays tribute to their
work because without their fun-
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