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July 29, 2002

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NEWS Highest paid
looks forward
Brater and
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each other
before the
primary for the
18th District
state Senate
Page 3
The Daily
endorses Lynn
Rivers for U.S.
Rep. and John
Schwarz and
Granholm for
governor as the
Aug.6 primary
closes in.
Page 4
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By Maria Sprow
Daily News Editor
Before he steps down from his posi-
tion as executive vice president for
medical affairs Wednesday and begins
pursuing his goals as a researcher
again, Gil Omenn is taking a vacation.
He has spent the last week traveling
around the country talking to others
about his research specialties - pro-
teins and genetics - and will continue
to travel around the world in coming
weeks to lecture
about health policy.
He also plans on
g a year sabbat-
ical bfore he bgin
teaching classes.
Omenn, the first
person to hold his
current position,
c to the Univer-Omenn
sity in September
1997 after bing dea of the School of
Public Health as the University of Wash-
He graduated summa cum laude
from Princeton University in 1961
and magna cum laude from Harvard
Medical School in Boston in 1965,
gaining his Ph.D. in genetics from
Washington in 1972.
Despite his ties to other universities,
Omenn now speaks highly of his five
years here and said he is looking forward
to his future here and seeing the develop-
ment of the Life Sciences Initiative.
"For myself, I've had a large role in
the development in the Life Sciences
Initiative, for the campus and the state.
I'm still very active on the scientific
side, not just the management side, of
the health system," Omenn said. "This
is my chance to get deeply immersed
in the modern medical sciences again."
He said he is looking forward to
continuing his research in proteonics
and sees the next couple of years as a
key period in the field.
"Everybody has heard about
sequencing the human genome, so
once you know what the genes are, you
See OMENN, Page 3

U.S. Reps. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor) shake hands after their only schedul
primaries, hosted by the American Association of Retired Persons in Dearborn.

"We shouldn't just
automatically rubber
stamp or agree to
things just because
-somebody said it's
national defense."
- U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers
"(Republcans) tried
their best to load this
education bill with
* extremist proposals,
but their ideas were
- U.S. Rep. John Dingell

Dbhgell andi
issues with oi
By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily News Editor
U.S. Reps. John Dingell and
Lynn Rivers are racingtoward the
finish of their campaigns, trying
to grab support of the last remain-
ing undecided voters before the
Aug. 6. 15th Congressional Dis-
trict Democratic primary.
Dingell supporters have pointed
out his 46 years of experience in
Congress, as well as his place
with many pieces of historical
legislation, while Rivers touts her
positions on issues, which she
says are closer to the views of the

ed debate before the Aug. 6
ng of f
Rhers debate
ie week to go
district's residents.
"I have not been alive for 46
years," said Rivers, an eight-year
lawmaker from Ann Arbor "I was
not part of the (Civil Rights) land-
mark legislation in 1964 because in
1964 I was in second grade."
Despite a tough race, the two
candidates have similar views on
many critical issues. Rivers and
Dingelf are both strongly in
favor of public education, in
keeping public college tuition
affordable and thereby support-
ing programs such as Pell
Grants. She said she relates to

in Goldmember,"
starring Mike
Myers, has
nothing new for
audiences. See
"Austin Powers:
The Spy Who
Shagged Me"
Page 10
The Michigan
hockey team
took a big hit
this past week,
as Mike
Komisarek and
Mike Cammalleri
signed pro
contracts and
will not return.
Page 13

Links between smoking,
depression confined

By Andrew McCormack
Daily StaffdReporter
A five-year study underway at the Uni-
versity's Nicotine Research Laboratory is
attempting to better explain the hazy rela-
tionship between clinical depression and
"A person with a history of depression
brings something different to the drug
nicotine," said psychiatry Prof. Ovide
Pomerleau, director of the University's
Nicotine Research Laboratory, which
heads the study. "People vary with

respect to their brain chemistry. That's
what makes us individuals."
Smoking acts as a self-medicating
habit for depressed people, Pomer-
leau said.
But Pomerleau added that psychia-
trists are unsure if the relationship is
causal in that depression predisposes a
person to smoke or correlated by anoth-
er factor, perhaps at a genetic level,
which makes a person more susceptible
to both.
However, he said there is definitely a
See SMOKING. Page 2

LSA freshman Genevieve Oles (center) sings at the
Blue Note Cafe in Lake Orion Saturday.

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