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Monday, June 2, 2008
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From Page 3
taken aback when he realized how
difficult it would be to obtain a job
near campus. Kaplan scoured the
city with his friends to track down

School of Music senior Carlos Garcia, studio manager of Neutral Zone, dances
while Ann Arbor band My Dear Disco performs at the Neutral Zone's block party.

From Page 2
hospital might be tempted to use
the more expensive new equipment
in situations when photon therapy
would be adequate, passing along
the expenses of the equipment to
cancer patients.
"I think it's very important that
we do this for the people of Michi-
gan and not for any one institution,"
Lawrence said.
Hundreds of people could poten-
tially benefit from the proton ther-
apy each year, but Lawrence said it
was too early to make specific pre-

dictions. He added that most of the
patients would probably be children
because it's especially important to
reduce their exposure to radiation.
As doctors begin to use the tech-
nology more, Lawrence said, they'll
get a better idea about the types of
tumors it would be appropriate for
and if it actually provided any ben-
efit over traditional photon therapy.
He said he hopes they will soon be
able to prove that proton therapy is
more effective that photon therapy
for certain tumors.
"With the thousands of patients
who have been treated, I wish
someone had done this study
already," he said.

From Page 1
been trapped inside.
Before rescue teams entered the
burning building, however, Vogel
said they learned by telephone that
none of the fraternity members
were in the house and all of the
residents were accounted for and
That's when crews got to work
extinguishing the flames as quick-
ly as possible.
Vogel said firefighters began on
the first floor to put out the worst
part of the fire, but by the time
they finished, the flames already
spread to the second and third
floors, eventually engulfing the
building's attic.
When flames began to shoot
through the roof of the historic
building, Vogel decided to pull
firefighters out of the home and
fight the fire from outside using
the ladder trucks.
The fire was finally extin-
guished at around 9:30 a.m., but
From Page 1
sor said capturing heat released
through a car's tailpipe would
help improve fuel efficiency, since
about 70 percent of the energy in
every gallon of gasoline is current-
ly wasted as heat. Brock also said
that turning the captured energy
into electricity means it could be
used to power other parts of a car.
"We'll basically take the waste
heat that comes from your car,
the heat that you burn as fuel, and
actuallyuse it to create electricity,"
Brock said.
A primary goal of this research
is to develop a way to capture
between 10 and 15 percent of that
lost heat energy.
Though thermoelectric technol-
ogy is already being used in more
expensive cars that feature heat-
ing and cooling systems built in to
the seats, Brock said that another
purpose of this research is to make
thermoelectric electric materials
less expensive and more efficient.
Brock said improving the mate-
rials shouldn't take more than a

jobs, desperately trying to find
"We would go out together, we
would try to find any place," he
said. "It was just impossible."
Kaplan said he spent 10 hours
filling out applications and follow-
ing up with employers - but his
crews worked through most of the
day cleaning up and putting out
smaller fires still burningthrough-
out the building.
Crews were called back on Sat-
urday morning after they learned
of another hot spot burning inside
the home.
To help withthe day-long efforts
by city of Ann Arbor firefighters,
additional crews were brought in
from the city ofYpsilanti, Ypsilanti
County, Pittsfield Township, Scio
Township and Ann Arbor Town-
Vogel said an outside crew of
professional fire investigators is
scheduled to survey the house
Monday morning.
"They'll be in tomorrow to try
and rule out some different aspects
of what we're looking at." Vogel
said on Sunday afternoon.
The house was undergoing ren-
ovation in some of the bathrooms,
which Vogel said has'ntbeen ruled
as a possible source of the flames.
Vogel said he wasn't sure if the
house would be salvageable.
"There was a lot of fire," Vogel
few years, but developing a ther-
moelectric device that could be
installed on the tailpipe of millions
of domestically manufactured
automobiles isa long-term goal.
"The expectation is that based
on these results were going to be
able to go and get some major exter-
nal funding and hopefully this will
end up resulting in new devices and
new manufacturing in the state,"
Brock said.
The second URC grant, worth
about $283,000, was awarded
to four researchers who hope to
develop new ways to expand etha-
nol production with an environ-
mentally friendly approach. It will
focus on producing ethanol from
switchgrass and wood waste mate-
Ilsoon Lee, an assistant profes-
sor at MSU and one of the group's
researchers, said this research will
develop better ways to process
these materials and take an empha-'
sis off of corn-based ethanol pro-
Lee said it's expensive to use
existing technology to produce
ethanol from the more eco-friendly
resources because there isn't as

efforts didn't pay off. Still unsuc-
cessful, Kaplan said he needs a job
to stay on campus.
"I really never thought it was
going to be a problem finding a job,
even just a part-time job," he said,
adding that he assumed businesses
would need help in the summer.
said. "But being a historical build-
ing, I'd kind of like to see an effort
to save mostof the structure if pos-
The Delta Upsilon frater-
nity house was built in 1903 and
designedby famed architect Albert
Kahn, who is credited with the
design of Detroit's Fisher Building
and was hired to design the home
of Edsel and Eleanor Ford.
When Delta Upsilon fraternity
presidentDave Cameronlearned of
the fire, he said he was just happy
to hear that the historic home was
still standing in one piece. Cam-
eron added that he didn't have any
idea of what could have sparked
the flames.
"My first concern, of course,
was everybody's safety," Cameron
The chapter currently has about
40 members and plans to remain
active on campus.
"As far as our plans were just
looking at other houses around
the area," Cameron said. "But
none of those have been solidified
much research on them and they
don't break down as easily as tradi-
tional corn.
But with the new grant money,
Lee said the researchers have a
plan to develop new enzymes that
would the lower the reaction tem-
perature and reduce the amount of
time needed to convert the waste
materials into ethanol.
Lee said another obstacle to
using waste products is their vary-.
ing chemical structures, making a
different enzyme is necessary to
process each type of material.
"With corn it's all the same, so
the process has been developed
already since only one type of
enzyme is needed," Lee said.
When Coleman officially
unveiled the two new projects
late last week, she said the URC
was designed with precisely these
kinds of research projects in mind.
"We established the URC to
tackle big issues, and what big-
ger technology challenge is there
than rising oil prices, which cre-
ate a burden on the national econ-
omy and particularly Michigan's
economy," Coleman said. "We
must act."





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