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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Thursday, September 25,2014


set to boost
cell display

LSA sophomore Ann Ludka, member of the University pompon team, rehearses in the Michigan League Wednesday.
LSA theme semester looks
at 'U' athletics, academia

Researchers overcome
technical hurdle
in construction of
longer-lasting diodes
Daily NewsEditor
Students often stare at their
phones in class. They may not
realize they're actually looking
at thousands or millions of tiny
red, green and blue dots called
pixels, but they most likely real-
ize - as their batteries are slowly
depleted -- that these displays
are major power drains for mod-
ern smartphones.
That is where researchers in"
the University's Department of
Electrical Engineering and Com-
puter Science come in.
New findings published this
week in Nature Communications
may allow smartphones to run
longer on less power thanks to
advancements in light-emitting
diodes - LEDs - the building
blocks of color displays on smart-
phones and the source of count-

less other formsof artificial light.
The research was conducted
in the lab of Stephen Forrest,
the Paul G. Goebel Professor of
Engineering and former vice
president of research for the Uni-
Traditional LEDs are con-
structed with a mixture of
indium, gallium, nitride and
other inorganic compounds. In
contrast, organic light-emitting
diodes - OLEDs - are carbon-
In 1998, Forrest and his team
demonstrated the first phos-
phorescent OLEDs, a subset of
the OLED family that has been
shown to be about four times
more efficient. However, these
PHOLEDs suffered from a cru-
cial flaw: They degraded under
blue light. While they performed
well with red and green wave-
lengths, it turned out blue light
was of too high an energy, break-
ing covalent bonds between mol-
ecules in the diode and rendering
it useless.
Mobile phone manufacturers
are currently able to incorpo-
rate the efficient PHOLEDs to

Courses examine
sports from varying
ManagingNews Editor
As the University's histori-
cally successful football pro-
gram receives criticism from
media and fans alike, the "Sport
and the University" theme

semester couldn't have come at
a better time.
Following theme semesters
titled "India and the World"
and "Understanding Race and
Ethnicity," the Fall 2014 semes-
ter strives to continue a 20-year
tradition of focused studies
within the school.
After a committee was
formed several years ago to dis-
cuss the curricula offered relat-
ed to sport and physical activity,
the ideas for the Fall 2014 theme

semester came into fruition.
English Prof. Anne Curzan, one
of the theme semester's leaders
and faculty liaison to the Athlet-
ic Department, said the theme
offers a unique perspective to
tie together athletics and aca-
demics - two defining aspects
of the University's culture.
"We decided it would be
really fun to sponsor a theme
semester on sport and the Uni-
versity to highlight all these
intersections - and to see what

departments would come up
with related to the theme," Cur-
zan wrote in a statement. "And
it has been exciting to see the
range of events and topics that
have come together around this
In conjunction with the
theme semester, a series of lec-
tures, panels and film screen-
ings will take place throughout
the fall. Some students are tak-
ing courses offered within the
See THEME, Page 2A

Health System
to expand with
new facilities

After regents'
approval last week,
UMHS will increase
operating space
The University of Michi-
gan Health System is making
moves to meet increasing patient
The University's Board of
Regents approved a plan last
Thursday to build four new
operating rooms in the UMHS
Department of Surgery. The
renovation will cover more than
24,00 square feet and cost about
$23 million. The expansion is due
to be completed in Spring 2016.
The new operating rooms will
encompass an area previously
taken up by neurology clinics,
which will be relocated to Uni-
versity Hospital South, adjacent
to the main hospital. In addition
to the new operating areas, the

expansion will make room for
new storage units, offices and a
staff lounge.
"This investment in adult
operating room capacity will
improve patient access and our
overall abilityto accommodate
the growing number of patients
who seek our care," said Antho-
ny Denton, acting chief execu-
tive officer of the University of
Michigan Hospitals and Health
Centers, in a press release, last
week. "The result will be abetter
experience for patients and our
care team."
Surgery Prof. Michael Mul-
holland, chairman of the
Department of Surgery, said the
renovation reflects the yearly
increase in patients at UMHS of
approximately 4 percent per year
over the last 20 years. Not includ-
ing the expansion, UMHS has 66
operating rooms.
As the number of patients
increases, so does the number
of surgery cases. In the past fis-
cal year, the number of surgi-
cal cases at UMHS rose by 3.8
See UMHS, Page 2A

Michael Blanding discusses his book, "The Map Thief," about E. Forbes Smiley 1ll, who stole millions of dollars'
worth of antique maps from libraries around the country..
Journalist recounts taes
of infamous art dealer

business to
expand to
other schools
University alumni
provide campuses
with local deals
Daily StaffReporter
For the past four years, the
student-created discount card
LegendsCard has provided Uni-
versity students with their "key
to VIP treatment at your favorite
local businesses," according to its
Business junior Josh Katzman
has been the company's CEO
since 2013. Last week, he host-
ed the unveiling of the physical
card's fourth iteration.
"People just love them," he
said, addingthathe feelsthe cards
add a special air of exclusivity and
cool. The company branded its
newest card to resemble a matte-
black ace of spades.
A LegendsCard costs $20 and
comes with a free mobile app. The
company currently pairs with 37

Michael Blanding
shares experience
"The Map Thief'
Daily StaffReporter
Stories of daring map thefts
may call to mind fantastical
Hollywood films featuring
Nicolas Cage, but a lecture

delivered Wednesday evening
by author Michael Blanding
detailed the real-life thefts
of infamous rare map thief E.
Forbes Smiley III.
Blanding recounted his
experience researching the
events that led to Smiley's
eventual arrest in 2005,
including an interview with
Smiley himself for Blanding's
book, "The Map Thief." Smi-
ley, a respected and charismat-
ic art dealer, was often given
nearly unrestricted access to

libraries' and museums' col-
lections of rare maps - access
that allowed him to steal a
total of 97 maps, together
worth about $3 million.
Blanding, an investigative
journalist, explained his own
fascination with maps.
"I think maps reach people
on a number of different lev-
els. They can be looked at as
beautiful art objects, but at
the same time they have real
historical value," he said. "You

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An in-depth look at the yearly
Grand Rapids art competition

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