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.. .............Tuesday' May 26,;1408- The Ms chigdr Daily - 3
ugPhoe study revel poiive
~7Jp~attitude baclki'nga research

j~e College of Engineering, located on the University's North Campus, has added
Wnew laboratory to study ergonomics and benefit University students.
NewI 'U' laboratory
enthances ergonomw H--ic
By Am9t Pandys

For thes lDail
S 'Ihe creation of a new laboratory in
the IUiversity College of Engineering
may benefit workers and companies by
making the workplace a safer environ-
mettt anid decreasing -lost wages and
medical costs.
Jtohnson Chairprolessor in
Ergonomics Iron Chaffin, whto led the
elf'ort to open the facility, said the new
laboratory will analyze individutal
human tiovemenits and predict the
.6man body's behavtot in centain sitna-
'I'lis project will focus on recogniz-
ing the human body as part of an overall
system;" Chaffin said. "It will visualize
nortual (body) movements as well as do
biomechanical and ergonomic analysis
of the movement."
With the new ergonomic data
acquired in tlse lab, scientists can sue-
cessflly anticipate how new products
*ill alfet the average worker.
Trgonontscs, a subset of Industrial
Isug ineering, emphasizes thte techniical
knowsledge necessary to understand thse
body's performasnce in human-mainse
systems.
Onse of te project's goals is to finid
ways to avoid oserexertion inijuries in the
workplace. hIe program will attempt to
alleviate common job-related injuries
which result from tasks itch ais improp-
erly litlisig heavy niaterial's or continual-
*typing on a keyboard, Chatffist satd.
'tionaljy, store thatn $111( billions ts
squsasnderedl itt lost wsages, medical bene-
fits rindl tither cosots related tom workplace
tiie
1l3se College of I"ngitneering has a
leansg-stsninsg trations of studyinig
C l 1its.r sstq. Itt the '60~s, scientis;ts. extin-
ed i.)stita mtovemetit inth le I!tldittrial
Inseri sector at-the lisriyIs
ts7th issd 'tsthe stusdiesinrprt
._ ic'. ippriscliv, aimsed at phiisgy.
iniomystjblaioral psychology
Sissce its openisig its 1980,. the (e nter
of Ergononmics ha~s pubhlished numeros
article, ranginig fiomn the specifics of
os'cexersion'. ijuis to. thedencriptioti

ofsmovetucit which avoids such injuries.
lime new lib will continue the research
by analyzing thouusands of individual
movenments anid programming coimpuiter
software to predict hsuman motion,
Chaffin said.
D~ean of Enginteering' Stephten
Directors said the laib's research will
directly besnefit University sadents.
'"lids lab will provide oppiortunities
for research and for the eduscation of stu-
dents,,'lDirector said. "It will allow theme
to work on meaningful problems anid
build on sttengths that they have
The new lamb has already received
$3t00,(t00t a yeair in grants from industri-
al sposnsors, including (Chrysler, Generatl
Motors, Ford, Johnson Controls and
Navistar
"Navistar is excited to apply the
hituan movement information gamned by
the new lab at the University of
Michigan," said R. Diavid Price, a
Navistar international representative.
ISA sophommore Stephanie Spears
sad site is hopeful that the tUniversity
will besnefit frismifutture products.
I've seen keyboards that tire
ergusnonmic.ally correct," Spearssid.
"It's interesting to knuow that jU of M
isginwerts are wsorkinig ott creating snore
isstertis like this."
I igineeringuitor I lilutKim sal le
dujssl-bts the project will be s 'ei ir ie
esntire 1j isiversisy "Ibis (lab) ss1illaid te
lep irtuist of Inidustrial Operatios
, - ssgyerng"Kittisaid. "A tews lah inth~e
fiesid of ergonsomsics, a reqttiremnesst ittflist
fiseld, is motst defintely a tuu
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Hether WI 7nkitssieig"Usis s - lcpl esi
Ih liel otsfi clinical researchs i y res stssnd eIc:' 111i. Isit
extenditb,,eandsth liv tesindslaboshtosites OVuitisid sh le i n sis : U uris en
oif dosctors acrssthe iatiotn.sssgli h e Iv sts ito C slires
A recestsrvey sof 801 Mi'ii,ii . - "I thsin 'sill hlp allknds , Iresearcis
idenits inidicated thsit people believe it is - not justs medica12' Visieun sii.
important tos spenid mot,-y isis medical (tisesin said liestits to stisitlite
reseairchs since it raises the issoeisueof msore researcht sit specific digseassetsr-
msmny residents asid creates ness jobs. gets, begisissg siths ctncer.
'Vise survey nas cosiducted over te Medicali School Associate Deass (for
telephonie ansd funided primnarily by lie research stud graduate studies) iDeans
University Hllth System. Irini Goldstein sait bionmedical
Research!Amuerica, the nets-profit research sit only iimproves the ihealtht
medical research aidvocatcy group, com- and we-lfare of the popudlation otn a
missioned the poii. raitonali lesel, but also has ecionomic
'I wanited tio be smietocmput Michiguan besselfits fist the state.
on the national map for a high visibility "It also indicates that people asre will-
initiative wvith time United States Congress lug timsupposrt researchi shit doesn't itave
amid/or masny patient advocacey groups?" immediaite benefits," Goldsteinisaiid.
said (ilbert Omenn, the tUniversity's 'Ise increased suspport for research is
executive vice president of smedicali transilited ito increased fundinge;ifor the
affaiirs. "Resesirei!Ansericai is an tirguil- isNatinal hIstitutes iii heaslth, stud tisere-
zatisit thast brings togethter sutch guups" fisre fur suany reseaircers tiatioimie,
OImenn said the IHelth System fund- (Goldstein said.
ed the pull tom determine time Michtigamn Manty research projects sre pitt on
residents' attitudes isi the issue ofhealith hold slie tim ashlck oii granlt funinlg,
care itn Michigain. wiscihs is knownvtoislohw downs scientific
"'Ilse results are quite ssting ii in dvances, C(tihcieisaisid.
terms of peiople ere its Michigan," "Ptesople ge t i little ismatient'
(liuenu said. Gosldsteisa sid. "hIsey wanut results"
Ilime poll iutdicated that a msajiority (if Recetiduiscoveries its cancer tretmenst
residemits believe limit clinical reseairch is hiave ell msansy peisple tailkiing abotandl
especially vsa~be, and 59 percenst of anticipasluggPftime cures,
respiondents would be willing tio parties- lint Goldsiein pointied tint thiat "it can
pate in a cliiail trial themselves. tsske yeairs for these thsings to bear
"People are rnst satisfied wisht presenmt fruitions" clie tinsahintng psiscess of cell-
Saying farewell..
There wvill be a reception honoring Vice Prenident of University Rlations
>Walt har-ris. Students are invited to hid Ilarrisun farewell as he leaves ihe
University to act as the fifth president oh the Utiversity ofH lartford.
The reception wilt he held in the Fotundiers Ploon t a the Alumnwi Center on
Thursday. May 28 from 4 p.ma. to 6m P..
Corrections
Mast Shegos was in New Yorks and not in attendance at the NCAA West Regional
at Yost Arena. This was incorrectly reported in the March 30 issue of The Daily.
* The address oh Ulrich's Bookstore was incorrect in the April 16 Pest of Ann Arbor
section oh The Daily. Thme address s 549 E. hUniversity Asenue

cultuie espeiisenii-,aisal1tias ad. s
lismss is.t
(Goltin sil t)h i l lssindic hy
soi iany o thy ii ii hi iiei dents Ic i-il
veyed-.sai luey wuld oluntaseserctoipistic
pite ini a irserchli study oemCissictialI
"itmespe rlie tliiasieoreer'is bisga
drug iiiote poipulationm isis csry ii
carry omt cinicl tiails"(Goiseicn sid
And for thsme whim sufer fom tcrminau l
iless, these timal, sles unoting to icse
stinc cverytliigto gain,. (Gold tcrnsid.
"hieis Congressmen atnd sentors see
these polls, it gives theim tmoctivatiomntto
(support) these funds"(Goldsteinusasid.
"Is inspires them tosvoe he 'right' way"
Stevenm (olshtein, Medical Sciool
sassistant cests of researchs adu gradate
stucies, said tie sate Understanuds tha~t te
unmiversities sre contributigtosoisciety,
atud thast tie stte should give uiversities
support
"Vie govenment is particuilrly inter-
ested its mist these laaces are tlkctisg
econssomic devesopment," Stees
Goldsei si.
Stevent (oldsien saddedchadiite bess
way tco see theimutpc sof Uiverity
researchssitsoieity is troutgh asinhushcomm-
msercisuied prouct Sistme projcts ut the
Unmivesity hive temed in5o "spin-o coms-
psaries"uwdics began s University ies
and thrugh reearschlinusued ito mectal
treastments forr de public
"le Unmiverity'P s ndertandiig sn
ho mossvemm iithistsdsirectionm is continum-
isg t cystic,"Stvn G(lstisai d. u
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