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Thursday, April 6, 2012

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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FEDERAL FUNDING
Grant to
aid health
initiatives

TERESA MATHEW/Daily

Students and Ann Arbor residents take to the streets chanting as part of Take Back the Night yesterday.
Take Back the Night -marches
"O "* 1
tfight against sexual violence
More than 100 The group is part of a national "The biggest goal we have is for Holistic Healing and Aware-
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'U' to receive $5
million to foster
global health
research efforts
By AARON GUGGENHEIM
Daily StaffReporter
The University received a
$20.3 million grant yesterday
from the National Institutes of
Health to fund global health
initiatives.
The grant is part of a part-
nership with the NIH's Fog-
arty International Center, an
organization focused on global
health programs, and will be
distributed over the next five
years to help foster the devel-
opment of the next generation
of University researchers and
doctors. The University was
named a partner in one of the
five consortiums of universi-
ties, and each consortium will
receive $5 million over that
period to sponsor the research
of 12 to 15 Global Health Fel-
lows for a one-year traineeship.
The University will join
the University of Minnesota,
the University of Washington
and the University of. Hawaii
to form the Northern/Pacific
Universities Global Health

Research Training Consor-
tium, according to a University
press release.
The Global Health Fellows
will be selected from a pool of
young doctors and health scien-
tists, according to the release.
In addition to a stipend for liv-
ing and traveling expenses, the
fellows will be granted $t0,000
each to research a subject of
their choice in one of six differ-
ent countries - China, Ghana,
Kenya, Peru, Thailand or Ugan-
da.
Kate Restrick, linkages and
education officer for the Uni-
versity's Center for Global
Health, said the fellows will
split their time between their
assigned country and a consor-
tium university.
Restrick said the program's
mission is to mentor and train
new global health researchers
and doctors, adding that the
program has been parallel to
the University Medical School's
mission for the field of global
health over the past several
decades.
"Health, as it pertains to the
world around us, has a direct
impact on what we learn and
how we do medicine," she said.
Restrick said the research
projectswill vary depending on
interests, but could be science
See HEALTH, Page 5

r

people chant
through downtown
By CHANNING ROBINSON
Daily StaffReporter
More than 100 University
students and Ann Arbor resi-
dents gathered in the Diag last
night for Take Back The Night,
an event featuring a variety of
speakers and performances to
raise awareness about sexual
assault.

organization almea at prov -
ing comfort and assistance to
survivors of sexual assault said
Pam Swider, community leader
of Ann Arbor's chapter of Take
Back The Night. During the
event, participants rallied in sup-
port of assault prevention before
marching across campus and
through the streets of Ann Arbor
chanting, "Out of your homes
and into the streets! We won't be
raped! We won't be beat!"
Swider said the organization
primarily works to assist survi-
vors of assault by establishing a
solid support system.

to ceieorate surviving ana iet
survivors know that they don't
have to feel shame and that you
can get through it, and also to
raise awareness so people know
how to get help," Swider said.
Ann Arbor Mayor John
Hieftje spoke at the event and
said the issue of sexual assault
important in the wake of the
string of sexual assaults that
occurred in Ann Arbor last
summer.
Kalimah Johnson, assis-
tant professor of social work at
Marygrove College and founder
of the Sexual Assault Services

ness center, spoxe about ner
experience as a survivor of sex-
ual assault and coping with the
incident.
"Healing is possible - that's
the message I want to send,"
Johnson said. "My goal is to
come here to remind folks that
one, they're not alone, and two,
they have the capacity within
themselves even to just start the
first step towards healing."
Johnson added that it is
especially important to spread
communal awareness about
sexual assault in April, which is
See AWARENESS, Page 5

EVENT PREVIEW
J. Cole to perform
SpringFest concert

MUSIC Matters
and Pike bring
Grammy-nominee
to campus
By GEOFF MARINO
Daily Arts Writer
The University undoubtedly
has a large student body, but
it's also true that once football
season ends, it can be easy to
forget the
majesty of C~
our collec- SpingFest
tive presence. Today at
MUSIC Mat- 11a.m.
ters, a stu-
dent club o Dag
campus, has Free
made its mis-
sion to rectify I Cole
this.
The club Tonight at
has gener- 8p.m.
ated about Hill
$100,000 in
five months From $20
from spon-
sors - such as the Office of
the President, the Office of
University Development, UMS
and LSA - in order to attract
a major performer and orga-
nize a sizable event. This year,

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
will receive proceeds from the
event which will be headlined
by J. Cole, who was nominat-
ed for Best New Artist at this
year's Grammys.
Phil Schermer, MUSIC Mat-
ters president and LSA sopho-
more, emphasized the club's
intention to draw the student
body to this major "capstone"
event. Today, MUSIC Matters
will host this two-part event,
dubbed SpringFest.
The first part, which takes
place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
today, will feature student
groups advertising their clubs
to passing students in a setup
similar to Festifall on the Diag.
Unlike Festifall, though, the
clubs will be accompanied
by a capella groups and other
student entertainers aimed to
create a lively vibe to attract
students to the Diag.
The second event, co-host-
ed by Pi Kappa Alpha frater-
nity and MUSIC Matters, will
occur tonight at 8 p.m. at Hill
Auditorium, as J. Cole brings
his talent back to Ann Arbor.
But he won't be alone.
MUSIC Matters hosted a
video competition between
local dance and rap groups
to determine the openers
See J. COLE, Page5

LOCAL BUSINESSES
Lab co-owner
launches new
business
Company praises
importance of
handcrafted goods
By ANNA ROZENBERG
Daily StaffReporter
Students who enjoy relaxing with
a cup of coffee and a macaroon at
Lab Cafe on East Liberty St. may be
interested in a new incubator busi-
ness currently being developed by
one of its co-owners.
Lab co-owner Tobias Wacker and
Rackham student Pablo Quinones
recently teamed up to create dapp,
a business that will sell an eclectic
combination of handcrafted elec-
tronics cases and furniture made
from local reclaimed barn wood.
According to Waker and Quinones,
the company will feature various
crafters with differing skills and
interests in an effort to emphasize
the value of handcrafted items in the
era of mass-produced products.
"It's more about craft, care and
quality of the product," Wackersaid.
"Using materials that are meant to
last as opposed to dissolve in a few
years."
Wacker explained that dapp is
See BUSINESS, Page 5

Magician Alan Smola made a table float during Michigan's Got Talent competition yesterday.
LOCA L BUS INESSES
'U'prof. studies woolly mammoth

Ancient specimen
discovered in
Sibera
By AUSTEN HUFFORD
Daily StaffReporter
Rather than venture to
the Caribbean during spring
break to take a break from
cold winter weather, Paleon-
tology Prof. Dan Fisher trav-
eled to Yakutsk, Siberia to

study Yuka, a unique woolly
mammoth specimen.
Fisher and a group of about
a dozen other scientists from
various universities, includ-
ing the Russian Academy of
Sciences, examined the speci-
men over a week-long peri-
od, which was documented
by a film crew as part of an
hour-long documentary that
premiered in England on
Wednesday. An American ver-
sion is scheduled to air on the
Discovery Channel in May.

The animal appears to have
been killed by a large preda-
tor, most likely a lion, before
being butchered by humans,
Fisher said, adding that evi-
dence of humans interact-
ing with mammoths existed
before, but these new findings
help answer questions about
the prevalence of those com-
munications. He noted that
the distinct cut marks and
complex incision patterns in
its hides indicate that humans
See MAMMOTH, Page 5

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