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The Michigan Daily - Monday, May 20, 2002 - 3
Corporations approve Court of Appeals decision
By Shoshana Hurand tinue to stress the importance of multicultur- GM is one of a number of businesses that corporate recruiting efforts, she said.
Daily Staff Reporter alism as students enter the job market. recruits students at job fairs arranged by the "Organizations that are interested in diversifying
"General Motors is striving to have a diverse Office of Career Planning and Placement. their staffs are very interested in this case," LaMar-
Fortune 500 companies joined students and work force," GM spokesman Tom Wiskham said Terri LaMarco, associate director of CP&P, co said. "As we value diversity in creating an edu-
University faculty last week as one of many after the court's ruling last week. GM is one of said these companies come to the University cational environment, they value it in creating a
groups affected by the 6th Circuit Court of several companies who come to the University because they are able to connect with students diverse workspace."
Appeals' decision to support the use of race as a each year in search of future employees from a variety of backgrounds. LSA junior Phillip Morgan said he noticed
factor in Law School admissions. In the brief, GM stated that "only a well- "Organizations are very happy with (the business' interest in a diverse staff when talking
Thirty-three businesses - including Gen- educated, diverse workforce, comprising peo- University) as it is right now," LaMarco said. to recruiters.
eral Motors, 3M and Microsoft Corp. - filed ple who have learned to work productively She added that these businesses are interested "One of the Disney entrepreneurs viewed (the
amicus briefs last May in support of the Uni- and creatively with individuals from a multi- in the University because of the quality of University) as a diverse group of people, and
versity. The "friend of the court" briefs tude of races and ethnic, religious and cultur- education and the makeup of the student that's what they're looking for," Morgan said. He
allowed companies to voice their support of al backgrounds, can maintain America's body, both of which are influenced by a added that companies said they liked the diverse
the University's race-conscious admissions competitiveness in the increasingly diverse school's level of diversity. As a result, the atmosphere of the school because it allowed them
policies to the court. These corporations con- and interconnected world economy." University's lawsuits have a direct effect on to extend their market.
Window watchin Study: Should America vaccinate?
..-A ...

Danielle Stinger, a visiting student from Pratt University in New York, admires
artwork at the Ann Arbor Art Museum.
University surgeon wins
award, honored for work

By Kara DeBoer
Forethe t}aily
The May 16 episode of the television program "E.R."
showed what could happen if smallpox were to strike America:
mass panic and a rush for vaccinations.
The events in the show illustrate the concern shared by
doctors and researchers around the nation and at the Univer-
sity who are investigating the issue of smallpox and possible
courses of vaccination if an attack occured.
"With what the (Center for Disease Control) has now, based
on diluting existing vaccines stockpiled to about 70 million
doses and donations from other vaccine manufacturers of an
additional 90 million doses, there would be enough now to
pursue a mass vaccination program for all 1 to 29 year olds,"
said Pediatrics Prof. Matthew Davis.
Since the virus kills more than 30 percent of its victims and
is highly communicable, experts said they are concerned
smallpox could be the choice weapon for bioterrorists. Ameri-
cans under age 30 face the highest risk of contracting the dis-
ease because the last routine vaccinations for the virus took
place in 1972. Following the events of Sept. 11, the govern-
ment instituted the "Federal Smallpox Preparedness Plan,"
which called for a large-scale stockpiling of the vaccine in
preparation for a possible immunization campaign. The ques-
tion of whether to resume routine vaccination depends on a
r many factors, including the efficacy of each type of vaccina-
- tion, the potential harm of the vaccine and the likelihood of
t, attack, according to statistics provided by the University Med-
y ical Health System.
A recent University study compared the traditional "ring
vaccination" technique to a more comprehensive "mass vacci-
g nation" technique to determine which could save more lives in
's the event of a bioterrorist attack.
e Ring vaccination isolates smallpox victims and those who
i have come in close contact with the disease. If this type of vac-

cination is received within two to four days of contact with the
virus, the chances of fatality reduce greatly, Davis said.
The vaccine is more deadly than any other vaccine currently
in use. According to the study, a campaign targeting Ameri-
cans ages 1 to 29 would vaccinate 82.5 million individuals, of
which 190 people would die from complications.
"This concern has lead public health officials so far to pre-
fer the ring to the mass vaccination campaign," Davis said. He
added that, if an attack were to occur, "our analysis suggests
that even taking into account a certain number of deaths, you
would end up saving more lives (with the mass vaccination)
compared to the ring vaccination alone."
Students may wonder if they should consider requesting a
vaccine at their next checkup, but though the CDC is consider-
ing the possibility of making the smallpox vaccine widely
available, it is not presently available to the general public.
LSA sophomore Kelly Cole said she feels that as long as the
likelihood of an attack is unclear, mass vaccination is an
unnecessary risk.
"(Mass vaccination) would do more harm than good," Cole
said. "If we step up security more, I don't think the mass vac-
cination is necessary."

By Jennifer Misthal
Daily Staff Reporter
After spending countless hours in
medical labs over the years, the Ameri-
can Surgical Association presented Gen-
eral Surgery Prof. Robert Bartlett with
the Medallion for Scientific Achieve-
ment. As the first University surgeon to
receive the award, Bartlett was honored
for his work with Extracorpreal Mem-
brane Oxygenation.
Bartlett said his research examines the
use of artificial organs as a means to
understand the factors causing heart,
lung and kidney failure in critically ill
"The stimulus (for this research) was
these critically ill patients," Bartlett said.
"Dr. Bartlett, recognized for his pio-
neering work ... which has saved the
lives of thousands of babies, was the
17th Medallion recipient," ASA execu-
tive director Bob Jones said in a written
While his research began with infant
patients, Bartlett's work now extends to
older children and adult patients, and
intensive care units at major hospitals
throughout the country now incorporate
his work with their own.
The significance of Bartlett's research
comes from the new, enhanced under-
standing of organ failure. Bartlett said
M without the contributions of many co-
workers, the research would not be as
"Only candidates who have had true
achievements that have changed the way

we think and practice medicine o
whose discoveries have been revolution
ary, as was the case with Dr. Bartlet
will receive the award," ASA secretar
Carlos Pellegrini said in a written state
"I'm glad the University is getting
this recognition," Bartlett said. "There
a big team at the medical center. I'v
worked with lab researchers, clinica
teams. Over the years several hundre
people have worked on this project."
"The patients are the people who ge
the most credit. Patients and their fami
lies take the major risks, not us," h
Jones said Bartlett is lucky to be th
recipient of such a prestigious award.
"The award is the highest awar.
bestowed by the ASA and it is given a
the request and selection of the Nomi
nating Committee and the Council o
the organization," Pellegrini said.
ASA is the country's oldest surgica
organization and has members fror
around the world. According to th
ASA, the association's primary missioi
is to be the premier organization for sur
gical science and to provide a nationa
forum for its members' research.
Since its establishment in 1969, th
Medallion for Scientific Achievemen
has only been awarded to 16 other sur
In the past, Bartlett was honored ft
his work by the American College o
Surgeon's Sheen Award for Surgica
Research in 1996 and the Ravdin Lec
ture Award in 2001.


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