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Prof. plans future of education

NICE TIE

GautamAhuja is the Harvey C.
Fruehauf Professor of Business
Administration and professor
of Strategy in the Ross School of
Business. He spent 12 years as the
chairperson of The Strategy Area
at the Business School and is a.
Ph.D. coordinator. BusinessWeek
ranked Professor Ahuja second on
their list of "Most Popular Profs at
Top Business Schools." He is cur-
rently on a taskforcefor redesign-
ing the MBA program.
Could you describe MBA task
force you are apart of?
We are basically looking at
the MBA program and what
should the MBA graduates from

our institution be prepared for
as they enter the work force
and look forward to the next 20
or 30 years. So from that per-
spective, we've gone deep into
trying to understand what are
precisely the skills required for
an MBA, and what are the ways
we can use the experience they
have at the Ross School of Busi-
ness to develop those skills.
What is the biggest change
the MBA program is going to
experience?
As of now, the task force is
still working. It's going to take
several months more yet. The
way things work, the task force

will come up with a draft. That
draft will then be reviewed fur-
ther by the school and faculty,
and at some time be voted upon
by the faculty. Right now, we're
nowhere near that stage yet.
What is your favorite class to
teach?
I teach this class on advanced
competitive analysis. I think
my problem is that, I find, that
every morning that I am teach-
ing the class, I am excited. It's
difficult for me to see which one
of the elements of the course is
more exciting. I tend to like all
of them.
- MAX RADWIN

ADAM GLANZMAN/Daily
LSA sophomore Ryne Menhennick marches with
United Students Against Sweatshops from the Diag
to Fleming Administration Building Monday.

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l Masterclass: Global Studies
Obama visits Birth control Ppm11,cin tol ;

BY JENNIFER CALFAS
It was confirmed Sunday
that the president would
be*coming to Ann Arbor to
give a speech about raising
the federal minimum
wage. He will speak at 2:30
p.m. on Wednesday at the
Intramural Sports Building
on South Campus. Tickets
are free to students.
Men's lacrosse
BY MINHDOAN
Despite a statistically
solid performance, the
men's lacrosse team
recorded a 15-12 loss against
Air Force this weekend.
After falling behind early,
the Wolverines were
unsuccessful in mounting a
second half comeback, but
showed signs of resilience
on the field.

BY EMMA MANIERE
Recent trials, Sebelius
v. Hobby Lobby Stores,
Inc. and Conestoga Wood
Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius
are ruling on whether
Obama's contraception
mandate interferes with
the company's desire not to
sell Plan B, Ella and IUD for
religious reasons.
HI W IREF
Student march
BY EMILIE PLESSET
Students marched and
sang around campus on
Sunday afternoon to raise
awarness about Taiwanese
rights, after the Chinese
government passed an
agreement that would
jeopardize the island's
future.
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with her own twist of
jazz, fusion and other
contemporary sounds.
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WHERE: The Ark, 316 S.
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WHAT: Associate Professor
of global urban studies
Xuefei Ren will discuss
urban transformations
taking place in India and
China and its implications
on citizenship rights.
WHEN: Today at 12 p.m.
WHERE: School of Social
Work Building - Room 1636
Greek Week
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Japan's whale hunting
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the scientific program that
Tokyo claimed it was. Japan
claimed during a three-week
hearing that the killing of
whales was ecessary, but the
court disagreed.
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of the Daily argues
that the University
should update its policies for
disabled students to create
better access to community
events and increase safety
during evacuations.
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an Intergovernmental
Panel commissioned
by the UN, climate change
is already taking effect more
than previously thought,
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Challenge aims to boost
interest in STEM fields

Virtual reality device allows
students to look at anatomy

Students across
several colleges to
conduct April event
By PAULA FRIEDRICH
Daily Staff Reporter

ground of technically challeng-
ingenough to be interesting and
to produce interesting results
and for people to learn some-
thing, but not so difficult that
someone who hasn't done this
before couldn't figure out how
to do it," said Stanford student
Robert Jackson, the projects

used for a variety of reasons.
The challenge will offer prizes
for highest altitude, best design,
best photograph and best
experiment.
The challenge sets param-
eters for what the most basic
launch should entail, including
a weather balloon with a para-

Almost 100 weather balloons team lead for the Stanford Stu- chute and a radar reflector so
across the world will attempt dent Space Initiative, which that it is detectable by planes, a
to reach the edge of the atmo- started the challenge. camera and a GPS locator.
sphere as part of the Global After teams launch their bal- "And then teams put in other
Space Balloon Challenge in two loons, they will send in their things," Jackson said. "Humid-
weeks. data and photographs to be ity sensors, temperature sen-
'The challenge -- run by stu- judged. The highest altitude sors, altitude sensors, wind
dents from the University, category is straightforward, speed, and then the projects
Stanford University and the with the highest altitude win- get exponentially complex from
Massachusetts Institute of ning, but best design and exper- there."
Technology - aims to excite iment willbe judged by industry While organizing GSBC is
people about science, technol- experts. The photo finalists will a collaborative effort between
ogy, engineering and math- be judged through social media students at their respective
ematics by introducing them to channels. schools, Engineering gradu-
a hands-on but achievable proj- High altitude balloons, or ate student Nathan Hamet, the
ect. Participants will release space balloons, are large weath- project lead for Michigan Bal-
their balloons the weekend of er balloons that can rise up to loon Recovery & Satellite Test-
April 18. 120,000 feet into the air. From bed, said it's also a collaboration
"Balloons are a good middle there, space balloons can be between every team participat-
ing. Organizers have set up a
forum to let teams talk to each
other to work out any kinks in
the process.
"Not only are we able to give
our knowledge to less expe-
rienced people, but the teams
8 1 5 7 that have more experience in,
let's say, electrical engineering
7 V6G may be able to help us out with a
problem," Hamet said.

Duderstadt Library
3D world brings
in-depth learning
experience to life
By KAITLIN ZURDOSKY
Daily StaffReporter
Inside the Duderstadt
Library is a three-dimensional
virtual world open to all depart-
ments, including the Michigan
Immersive Digital Experience
Nexus and one of its latest proj-
ects - the human cadaver.
Just one pair of 3D glasses and
a joystick gives users full access
to the hologram-like human
body. When the user steps onto
the platform, the image seems
to appear within centimeters
of their eyes and they are able
to control and perceive a vari-
ety of cross-sections within the
organs, tissues and bones any-
where within the body.
"It seems like it would only
be in movies you could do this,
but you are doing science,"
said Assistant Dentistry Prof.
Alex DaSilva, the director of
the Headache & Orofacial Pain
Effort lab. "You are learning and
doing research - you are going
one step further into a learning
experience,"
According to DaSilva, the

MIDEN is a tool that has helped
him to further his research in
a way that no other experience
has. He brings residents from
the School of Dentistry as well as
doctoral students to work inside
the virtual reality lab.
"It's a creative but effective
way to see information," DaSilva
said. "These are real slices of
data, and you can enlarge them,
rotate them and expand the area
in which you are interested.
Cuts that you can see here are
extremely hard to do in a tradi-
tional lab. The slices and ways
you can dissect and look at the
cadaver is amazing."
According to the software
developers, the 3D illusion occurs
from a process called active ste-
reo. Two images are projected
onto the screens, and the images
switch back and forth at about
110 times per second. The lenses
on the glasses are liquid crystals
that alternate from dark to clear
and are synchronized with the
images projected on the MIDEN
screens, powered by six comput-
ers. The glasses are accompa-
nied with trackers, delivering
a 3D illusion to the individual's
two eyes at his personal location
within the MIDEN.
"It's similar to the way we can
make amovingimage out of stills
because you have persistence
of vision - your brain stitches
them together into motion even

though it's a bunch of still pic-
tures," said software developer
Ted Hall. "It's a similar idea -
if we can switch back and forth
between the left and right imag-
es fast enough, you can perceive
the images in 3D."
The human cadaver is one of
many demos used in the MIDEN.
Students and professors in the
Taubman College of Architec-
ture and Urban Planning, the
mechanical engineering and
civil engineering departments
within the College of Engineer-
ing and the School of Art &
Design, among other schools,
have also used the MIDEN for a
variety of projects.
"I would say hardest thing is
that we have to deal with very
large data sets, in terms of per-
formance and backing up mem-
ory," said software developer
Sean Petty said.
DaSilva has been working
extensively with Eric Maslowski
and the other developers. He has
high hopes that these types of
experiences with real data will
be applicable outside of the lab
environment and eventually
within classrooms and other
accessible learning areas.
"This notion of these vir-
tual reality 'caves' (such as the
MIDEN) has been around since
the early 1990's," Hall said. "For
me, it's sort of the holy grail of
virtual reality visualizations."

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