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July 6, 1998
By Jennifer Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
Clouds and cool weather did not
keep University students from enjoy-
ing barbecues and fireworks during
the Fourth of July on Saturday.
Many University students chose to
use the holiday weekend to visit with
family and friends and attend local
"I had a little picnic with the fami-
ly," said Dave Constant, an LSA
sophomore. "I went to a couple of
parties (Saturday) night and set off
Constant said he traveled to Ohio to
purchase fireworks illegal in the state
"I bought some fireworks in Ohio,
down on the border. The ones that add
a little color are an important part of
July fourth, Constant said. "It's kind
of a tradition - the first half of my
day was a patriotic holiday, but toward
the end of the day, it was more of a
In addition to the variety of local
In its 10th year,
For the Daily
The Undergraduate Research
Opportunity Program celebrates its
10th year of expanding education using
the world of research for first- and sec-
Research partnerships between under-
graduate students and faculty members
in the fields of Bio-medicine,
Humanities, Science/Engineering and
Social Science permit historically under-
represented minority group and women
students to reach into their community or
discipline through firsthand experience.
UROP was founded in 1989 to further
undergraduate education with research
based projects. Partially funded by Coca-
Cola Foundation, WK, Kellogg
Foundation, Baldwin Foundation and
Dupont grants, UROP is able to provide
services for research projects through the
University. This summer, 10 students
received fellowships to conduct commu-
nity-based research for 12 weeks.
LSA senior Tanya Myers said she has
worked with the program since her fresh-
man year. Myers added that she has come
away with hands on experience in her
field of study and a sharpened sense of
the direction of her career.
"UROP has been a great program,"
Myers said. "I recommend it to every-
body. There is only so much you can
learn in the classroom. Sometimes you
have to go out and learn for yourself"
Myers has had the opportunity to work
in partnership with Prof. Patrick West in
the School of Natural Resources and
Environment. They are coordinating a
community garden and a farmers' market
to provide alternative food sources to the
polluted water of the Detroit River, from
which residents of the Detroit Rosa Parks
district fish for recreation and subsis-
tence. Myers is currently doing research
for the development of an aqua culture
for the residents.
Through UROP, Christina Brearly
works with the Father Patrick Jackson
House, whose goal is to help pregnant
parenting working women continue their
education and learn parenting and indi-
vidual living skills. Brearly has designed
an evaluation tool through community-
based research to assess the changing
needs of the women at the house.
"I have a sense of accomplishment,
and I really feel like what I'm doing is
See UROP, Page 2
During a parade Saturday near North Campus, a boy scout carries the U.S. flag-
The cloudy skies and cooler temperatures did not dampen patriotism.
fireworks shows, many patriotic Fourth's festivities. It's just another
parades are conducted each year, reason to drink."
including one in Ann Arbor. Another local event that community
"I went to Ann Arbor's parade. It members enjoyed was the Ann Arbor
was cool," said Mike Rosen, an LSA Jaycees carnival at Pioneer High
senior. "I'm not too big into the See JULY 4, Page 9
'U' medical team travels to
Guatemala to care for children
By Amit Pandya
Daily Staff Reporter
A team of University medical specialists will leave for
Guatemala on August 1 to treat children with neurological dis-
orders. The group, in conjunction with the Pediatric
Foundation of Guatemala, is attempting to meet the medical
needs of children whose families cannot afford such proce-
The group is an eight-member surgical team, composed of
neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, a pediatrician, nurses and a
scrub technician. The team is led by Nick Boulis, M.D., a senior
resident in the University Neurosurgery department.
Boulis, who has been involved in the project for the past
year and a half, said that the week-long trip in August is more
than just a surgical trip.
"A few doctors in Guatemala will be assisting us during our
time there," Boulis said. "Since they will be doing the follow-
up examinations in the future with the treated children, we will
be educating these doctors and local families, as well as per-
forming the surgeries."
The University team will treat neurological disorders such
as neural tube disorders and congenital hydrocephalus.
During the embryo stage, the nervous system of a child forms
a flat surface, folding in on itself and sinking down into the body,
causing a neural tube to form. Sometimes, the tube does not fully
form and does not sink down, thus exposing flat nervous system
tissue or causing a failure in spinal functions.
"We will, in children with such cases, use a reconstituting
structure to finish what nature started." Boulis said.
Boulis said that hydrocephalus deals with a disorder con-
cerning cerebro-spinal fluid. In the human body, the brain is sur-
rounded by this substance. The cerebro-spinal fluid is, ideally,
constantly produced and absorbed by the body. But at times
See SURGEONS, Page 2
Two members of the surgery team, including physician Nick Boulis (right), pack
medical supplies for a trip to Guatemala to treat poor children.
University researchers work
on improving X-ray technolo-
gy. Page 3.
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