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May 13, 1981 - Image 3

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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, May 13, 1981-Page 3
Ford addresses scientists
By JOHN ADAM center of remote sensing research and War, forced the University to largely realization of mankind's oldest
Former President Gerald Ford, scientists from at least 40 nations, in- divorce itself from the Laboratories. dreams," and the problems which it
speaking to an international sym- cluding the Soviet Union and China, The organization then moved off cam- can help to solve transcend man's ar-
posium of scientists at the University assembled here this week for the 15th pus and changed its name to ERIM. tificial national boundaries, Ford said
yesterday, said remote sensing-the Annual Symposium on Remote Sensing Remote sensing has both civilian and in his speech yesterday.
monitoring of the earth's environment of Environment. military applications. The data Ford emphasized that future
by airborne stations, primarily The symposium is sponsored by the gathered from satellites and obser- development of remote sensing
satellites-is a crucial scientific tool Environmental Research Institute of vation planes can be used to monitor technology should be a cooperative, in-
that must be shared by all nations. Michigan, a local "think tank." shifts in deserts, military maneuvers, ternational effort. He said that scien-
In his speech to about 500 students ERIM, while having no foimal ties to or to locate oil and mineral reserves. tific information obtained through
and scientists at Rackham Am- the University now, was formerly Although two-thirds of ERIM's resear- remote sensing should be available to
pitheater, Ford called remote sensing known as the Willow Run Laboratories, ch is done for the defense department, scientists of all nations for mutual
one of the most promising and exciting a University-run research this week's symposium focuses entirely benefit.
technological developments of our organization. But, in 1973 students who on the civilian applications of remote "We no longer live in the relative
time. opposed the Laboratories' research in sensing. isolation of earlier eras" and nations
ANN ARBOR IS considered the wofld surveillance operations for the Vietnam "REMOTE SENSING embodies the See FORD, Page 13

Daily Photo by JACKIE BELL
Lazy spring afternoon
There's no better way to spend an afternoon than "catching some rays" on a secluded roof surrounded by
your favorite foliage.
Doctor s-urplus may'
spur enro lment cuts
Fromstaffand wirereports health care funding. With the financial crisis
Michigan faces a large and expensive surplus of Michigan and other states are facing, "When you
physicians because of insurance reimbursement start talking about part of the budget that is a high
policies which weaken market controls, a state plan- cost - medical school - it's not surprising you would
ning office said yesterday. have a response that says it needs to be cut back,"
Jay Rosen, head of the Budget Department's office she said.
of health and medical affairs, said the need for a Cutting back medical school enrollment, Carpenter--
reduction in medical school enrollments is under con- said, is "easier said than done. There is a very strong
sideration. vocal constituency for medical care."
ROSEN SAID THE OVERSUPPLY of physicians CARPENTER WILL BE meeting with the health
will reach at least 35 percent in 1990 and perhaps as and medical affairs office tomorrow, to discuss the
high as 45 percent, with each extra doctor costing issue of medical care distribution. She said she has
$250,000. some questions about their findings and the con-
The oversupply, he said, adds "an enormous sideration of a reduction in medical school
amount of money to aggregate health care costs." enrollment.
At the same time, Rosen said, serious shortages Rosen said the state is caught between conflicting
continue to exist in the northern lower Michigan, the goals of promoting reasonable access to doctors for
Upper Peninsula and inner city areas. all segments of the population while holding down
HOWEVER, EUGENIA CARPENTER, an soaring medical costs.
assistant research scientist from the University's The office has in the past recommended a freeze on
School of Public Health, said "there is a lot of medical school enrollments and creation of a health
disagreement among experts as to how you define a service corps to aid students in return for their com-
medically underserved area." mitment to work in underserved areas.
Carpenter added that Michigan is not the only state THE CURRENT INSURANCE reimbursement
that is carefully scrutinizing medical school and See SURPLUS, Page 1Y'

Officials say
water at
'U' Health
The University Health Service ordered signs posted
over all drinking fountains and sinks which labeled
them contaminated and notified personnel and stud-
ents not to drink the water after persons reported.
"grossly discolored water" on the building's second
Dr. Ceasar Briefer, director of Health Service, said
that at about 8 a.m., lab personnel notified him that
their water supply was "brown" and seemed to be
THE WATER WAS tested immediately by the
University's Department of Environmental Health,
and initial results showed "no free chlorine" which,
Briefer said, would suggest organic contamination.
"A number of people drank the water with ap-
parently no ill effects," said Briefer, and the warning
signs are posted ass precaution until finalsegsfts are
The State Department of Public Health and the
University are both analyzing the samples for bac-
terial contamination and results are expected
sometime today.
PROF. WILLIAM JOY, director of Environmental
Health and Safety, said the contamination seemed to
be localized to the second floor, and particularly to
the laboratory area. "It could be the result of the
usual river turnover this time of year," said Joy, in-
dicating that the water didn't seem to be grossly con-
taminated with sewage, and was probably due to the
river bottom rising to water pump levels.
Dr. Briefer, however, said there are three
possibilities, river cross-contamination, a tree root
growing into the water main, and a "backed-up
toilet" on the second floor.
He said the University is currently investigating
the problem and further information would be made
available later today.

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