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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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ENCOURAGING COLLABORATION
Faculty rush
to apply for
pilot phase
of MCubed
University Burns, the chair of the depart-
ment of chemical engineering,
program funds and Alec Gallimore and Thom-
as Zurbuchen, associate deans
interdisciplinary in the College of Engineering.
reseach .Duringthe interaction phase,
S research researchers will post their proj-
ect ideas on the MCubed web-
By ASHWINI NATARAJAN site, browse the listed projects
For the Daily and find collaborators.
Burns said the response thus
Faculty researchers across far has been overwhelmingly
campus have begun to take positive, with more than 1,600
advantage of MCubed, the new investigators registered on the
funding program, which seeks website and 60 projects posted
to aid projects at the University. so far.
The program, which initiat- Zurbuchen said he is excited
ed its pilot interaction phase on at the prospect of new research
Oct. 8, allows faculty research- possibilities at the University.
ers from 23 departments to "Researchers all over cam-
collaborate on projects while pus are meeting new and dif-
allocating $15 million in Uni- ferent researchers to create
versity funds to 250 research new and different projects,".
projects. Zurbuchen said. "What we're
Projects require a minimum really trying to do is learn how
of three researchers from dif- our faculty interacts with ot-.
ferent disciplines, and each ers and create that innovative
researcher is allotted $20,000. scourge."
When they join together, they Initially, funding was to be
form a "cube" and use their allocated on a first-come, first-
cumulative $60,000 to hire a serve basis, but the abundance
postdoctoral researcher, grad- of researchers and projects
uate student or undergradu- intensified the competition. In
ate student to assist them with response to the overwhelming
work on the project. response, MCubed will now
The program is led by Mark See MCUBED, Page 5A

Engineering junior Hobey Kuhn plays the mandolin while he and other members of the Theta Xi Fraternity defend the Diag in advance of the Michigan-Michigan
State football game this Saturday. Fraternity members plan to stay on the Diag until Saturday morning.
STATE BALLOT PROPOSALS

Measure would
amend constitution
to preserve union
rights in Mich."
By TUI RADEMAKER
Daily StaffReporter
Michigan voters will have
the opportunity to impact the
future of collective bargaining

in the state when they vote on
the controversial Proposal 2 on
Nov. 6.
The union-backed measure
would permanently place col-
lective bargaining rights in the
state constitution and prevent
the passage of anti-union legis-
lation.
The proposal comes in the
wake of a series of anti-union
legislation that passed in Wis-
consin, Indiana and Ohio within
the past two years. The proposal

is an attempt by union sup-
porters to proactively prevent
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder
from enacting.laws-similar
to those passed in the nearby
states that restrict union rights.
According to Gregory Saltzman,
an economics professor at
Albion University and a public
health lecturer at the Univer-
sity.
However, Saltzman said he
believes Snyder currently has no
plans to suggest such a contro-

versial piece of legislation.
"I do think Michigan is a
state where labor unions are
stronger than average in the
United States," Saltzman said.
"Governor Snyder has specifi-
cally said he doesn't want to
stir up a hornet's nest by having
legislation like Wisconsin, Ohio
and Indiana had ... essentially
this constitutional amendment
maintains the status quo."
LSA senior Rachel Jankows-
See PROP 2, Page SA

WATT ARE YOU TALKIN' ABOUT? UNIVERSITY RESEARCH
New oral drug aids patients
battling Gaucher disease

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For
diseas
a who
Un

ral compound recently completed a third
drug trial phase for eliglustat
)uld replace IV tartrate, a new oral compound
developed to treat the malady
treatments that affects about 10,000 peo-
ple worldwide, thus, treatment
By DANIELLE normally administered via
RAYKHINSHTEYN IV will be available as an oral
For the Daily compound.
People who have Gaucher
patients with Gaucher disease lack an enzyme which
se, a new drug could mean breaks down substances stored
le new way of life. in the liver, spleen and other
iversity researchers places in the body. The defi-

ciency causes the substances to
build up and can cause enlarge-
ment of the spleen and liver,
bone disease, anemia and low
platelet counts in the blood.
The disease is especially prev-
alent in people of Ashkenazi,
or Eastern European, Jewish
heritage.
The inspiration for eliglustat
tartrate originated in 1972 with
Medical School Prof. Norm
Radin, who collaborated with
See GAUCHER, Page SA

Members of Kill-A-Watt, a student organization that promotes energy saving initiatives on campus, hold a lightbulb drive
in South Quad Residence Hall on Wednesday.
ELECTION 2012
Saline mayor challenges
Ouimet in52nd district

WINTER COMMENCEMENT
President of Grinnell College to
speak at Winter Commencement

Candidates vie for
seat in the state
House
By KATIE BURKE
Daily StaffReporter
State Rep. Mark Ouimet (R-
Scio Twp.) is fighting to keep his
seat in the Michigan House of
Representatives.

Ouimet, who represents the
52nd district which encompasses
western Washtenaw County, is
running for re-election against
Democratic candidate Gretchen
Driskell, the mayor of Saline.
Driskell is challenging the
incumbent, who was elected in
2010 as Republicans swept into
office statewide.
Driskel, who has held office
for 14 years, said if she is elected,
she would like to make the state

an attractive place to live for peo-
ple of all ages.
"I think
if we were
investing in * *
the right way 2012
we could be
getting a lot u
more people
making the choice to live here,"
Driskell said.
Driskell said her principal
See 52ND DISTRICT, Page SA

Kington, leader of
Iowa school, is a
University alum
By PAIGE PEARCY
Daily News Editor
It's almost like they're
switching places.
Raynard Kington, the presi-
dent of Grinnell College in.
Grinnell, Iowa - University
President Mary Sue Coleman's

alma mater - will address the
graduating class of his alma
mater at the University's winter
commencement ceremony on
Sunday, Dec. 16.
Kington will receive an hon-
oraryDoctorofLaws in addition
to serving as keynote speaker at
the Crisler Center event. Before
becoming the 13th president
at Grinnell College, Kington
was the Deputy Director of the
National Institutes of Health.
A Baltimore native, Kington
received a joint undergradu-

ate and medical degree from
the University through the
now-defunct Inteflex program,
which admitted high school
students to attend the Univer-
sity for their undergraduate
and medical degrees. He also
received his MBA and Ph.D.
from the Wharton School at the
University of Pennsylvania.
Kington said he plans to reit-
erate the value of receiving a
degree from the University and
inspire a multifaceted class of
See COMMENCEMENT, Page 5A

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