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He's got chemistry
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ANDREW WEINER KIRBY VOIGTMAN
Editor in Chief Business Manager
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Brian Coppola teaches
chemistry, is an editor of sev-
eral scientific journals,and is
the associate chair of educa-
tion development and practice.
Coppola holds degreesfrom the
University of New Hampshire
and the University of Wiscon-
sin, Madison, and was named
an Arthur F. Thurnau Profes-
sor in 2001.
What made you want to
I had an absolutely awe-
some teacher in the sixth
grade, Mrs. Marie Smith, who
in science in general. I liked
the subject in high school,
but it was my introduction to
organic chemistry in college,
and starting research as an
undergraduate, that finally
sealed the deal.
Howhave Ann Arbor and
the University changed
since you came to
town in 1986?
The physical structure of
the University has changed a
great deal in almost 30 years.
Not only are there new build-
ings, but many of the older
ones have been remodeled.
And while the campus was
always a beautiful place, the
exterior landscapes and other
structures and the increase in
LSA sophomore Chiara Kalogjera-Sackellares chalks the Diag
to advertise the Circle-K mass meeting Monday.
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
MLK exhibit Mhealthy event
WHEN: Monday at about
WHAT: Food items were
allegedly taken from the
cafeteria without payment.
The 52-year-old subject was
escorted out of the premises
by an officer.
WHERE: 900 North
WHEN: Monday at about
WHAT: A 21-year-old
student was arrested after
grabbing a pedestrian
and was taken to the UM
Emergency Department for
observation. The victim was
Writing on the
WHEN: Sunday at about
WHAT: A threatening
message was carved into
a door. There is a possible
suspect. The student
WHEN: Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
WHAT: A laptop was
thought to have been stolen
from the third floor of the
library. The investigation
revealed it did not occur
on University property and
was thus directed to Ann
WHAT: A year-long
interactive exhibit featur-
ing historic documents
and images associated
with the work of Martin
Luther King Jr. and other
civil rights activists.
WHO: University Library
WHEN: Today from 7 a.m
to 10 p.m.
WHAT: Featuring studio
glass art housed at the
University of Michigan,
Dearborn, the collection
includes pieces made by
key influential artists
working in the medium,
Labino, Marvin Lipof-
sky and Richard Ritter.
WHO: Gifts of Art
WHEN: Today from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Cancer Center
WHAT: The play day and
wellness clinic is open to all
students and staff. Heathy
snacks, games, information
booths and program
registration groups will be
WHEN: Today from 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Ingalls Mall
costumes from last year's
productions in the gallery.
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Today at 12 p.m.
WHERE: Media Union in
the Duderstadt Center
" Please report any
error in the Daily to
closed-off streets for pedes-
trian space have benefited
the campus environment
greatly. Something that has
not changed at all is how ter-
rific the student body is at the
University of Michigan. This is
one of our singular strengths.
University students are social-
ly engaged, incredibly diverse
in their experiences and inter-
ests and they have their collec-
tive noses poked into all sorts
of interesting things, often
on a global scale. Even after
all this time, I continue to be
impressedbyallthe things our
students are involved in and
how much of real substance
- ROBERT ARNELLA
TIHPREE T HfNG YOU
SHOULID( WNOW TAY
Iowa as recently voted
the least-indebted state
in the country, with
an average of $2,904 credit
card balance per citizen,
according to CBS. The high-
est balances are in Alaska,
with an average of of $4,706.
About 15,000 Universi-
ty of Michigan students
are considered "food
they're "unable to acquire
adequate food ... because they
had insufficient money and
other resources for food."
>> SEE OPINION, PAGE 4
released its list of the
richest Americans for
the year, led by Bill
Gates for the twentieth time.
Runners up include CEOs
Warren Buffet and Larry
Ellison, CBS reported.
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Drug resistant bacteria
is proven common killer
CDC sends message
about germs that
are hard to fight
ATLANTA (AP) - For the first
time, the government is estimating
how many people die from drug-
resistant bacteria each year - more
than 23,000, or about as many as
those killed annually by flu.
The Centers for Disease Control
and Frevention released the num-
ber Monday to spotlight the grow-
ing threat of germs that are hard to
treat because they've become resis-
tant to drugs.
Finally estimating the problem
sends "a very powerful message,"
said Dr. Helen Boucher, a Tufts
University expert and spokes-
woman for the Infectious Diseases
Society of America. "We're facing a
Antibiotics like penicillin and
streptomycin first became widely
available in the 1940s, and today of the last lines of defense against
dozens are used to kill or suppress hard-to-treat bugs.
the bacteria behind illnesses rang- Germs like those have prompted
ing from strep throat to the plague. health officials to warn that if the
The drugs are considered one of the situation gets much worse, it could
greatest advances in the history of make doctors reluctant to do sur-
medicine, and have saved countless gery or treat cancer patients if anti-
lives. biotics won't protect their patients
But as decades passed, some from getting infections.
antibiotics stopped working "If we're not careful, the medi-
against the bugs they previously cine chest will be empty" when
vanquished. Experts say their over- doctors need infection-fighting
use and misuse have helped make drugs, said CDC Director Dr. Tom
them less effective. Frieden.
In asnew report, the CDC tallied It's not clear that the problem
the toll of the 17 most worrisome is uniformly growing worse for
drug-resistant bacteria. The result: all bugs. Some research suggests,
Each year, more than 2 million peo- for example, that MRSA rates may
ple develop serious infections and have plateaued and a separate
at least 23,000 die. CDC report released Monday in
of those, the staph infection JAMA Internal Medicine found
MRSA, or methicillin-resistant that serious MRSA infections
Staphylococcus aureus, kills about declined 30 percent between 2005
11,000, and a new superbug kills and 2011.
about 600. That bacteria withstand MRSA bacteria have been the
treatment with antibiotics called target of many hospital infection
carbapenems - considered one control efforts. These germs often
live without symptoms on the skin,
but also can cause skin or tissue
infections, and become more dan-
gerous when they enter the blood-
Serious, invasive MRSA
declined in all settings for a total of
4 80,461 infections in 2011, the jour-
nal report found. Most were linked
with health care in people who'd
7 6 recently been hospitalized or
received other medical treatment.
But for the first time, the more than
16,000 infections picked up in com-
munity settings outnumbered the
14,000 infections that began in the
7 3 A 2005-2010 study in the same
journal suggests that pig manure
might be a cause of some mostly
1 6 9 less serious MRSA infections in
people living near fertilized farm
The study is based on patients
from Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger
Health System. but the authors said
the MRSA link is plausible because
3 9 2 antibiotics are widely used on pig
farms and other livestock opera-
tions to enhance animal growth,
and the drugs are found in pig
Flash floods in
New Mexico cause
damage, takes at
least one life
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -
New Mexicans remained on high
alert Monday to possible flash
flooding as rain was expected to
continue during the next few days,
adding more runoff to already
swollen rivers and streams.
The tiny community of Mogol-
Ion in southwestern New Mexico
was isolated after weekend rains
destroyed the paved road leading
to it. About 16 residents live per-
manently in the former mining
town nestled in the mountains.
"The water washed away the
road and pretty much made it a
creek bed," said Joe Tafoya, a state
Department of Transportation
supervisor in nearby Cliff.,
Authorities were trying to get
a bulldozer "to get a road at least
scraped off to see if people want to
come out," he said.
Food, water and sanitary sup-
plies will be airlifted to the com-
munity on Tuesday, according to
Enrique Knell, a spokesman for
Gov. Susana Martinez. Details of
the mission were being worked
out, he said.
The governor traveled to sever-
al communities Monday to inspect
damage from the flooding since
last week when heavy rains inun-
dated what had been a drought-
In eastern New Mexico, Mar-
tinez was to stop in Santa Rosa,
a community withea population
of 2,800. Local officials are seek-
ing a disaster declaration because
flooding washed out roads and
buckled pavement last week.
"It felt like the storm of the
century for the second time this
year," interim City Administra-
tor Raymond Mondragon said in
a telephone interview before the
Heavy hail pounded the city
earlier in the summer, damaging
roofs that are now leaking, he said.
Officials warned of the poten-
tial of flooding because even mod-
erate rainfall can push swollen
rivers out of their banks and nor-
mally dry washes quickly fill with
But parts of the state should get
a breather as rains Tuesday were
expected mostly in the north-cen-
tral mountains and eastern por-
tions of the state, said Christopher
Luckett, a meteorologist with the
National Weather Service in Albu-
"Comparing this week with last
week, we're definitely going to be
quieting down," Luckett said.
In the west-central community
of Grants, two schools were closed
early as a precaution in case roads
in low-lying areas become water-
covered, Grants Police Lt. John
Castaneda said. Many students
travel to and from school by bus.
Runoff is high from rains that
have pounded the area since Fri-
"The water is getting into the
sewers now. We're having a lot
of backup from that," Castaneda
In southwestern New Mexico,
the Gila Cliff Dwellings National
Monument remained closed.
Heavy rains raised the Gila River
by 15 feet Sunday, prompting the
closure of a road to the monument.
The monument's acting super-
intendent, Rodney Sauter, said
the river near the monument had
dropped but power to the visitor
center was knocked out after atree
fell across an electrical distribu-
tion line. He said trees and other
debris littered the river bank.
"We're still dealing with a flash
flood watch. It's better now but
we've had multiple surges since
last week," Sauter said.
However, he said the 700-year-
old cliff dwellings aren't threat-
ened because they're about 180
feet above the flood plain.
Some areas have received close
to 10 inches of rain since last
Tuesday. More than 4 inches fell
in parts of Albuquerque, marking
the wettest September on record
for the state's most populous city.
So far, one person has died
in the flooding. The body of a
53-year-old man was found over
the weekend in southern New
Mexico's Sierra County. Authori-
ties say Steven Elsley of Phoenix
died after his car was washed into
a ravine and carried away.
La Union resident George Enriquez, left, and Pablo Romero of Las Cruces, N.M. survey the damage along Sentenario Street
Southwest storm causes
destruction and death