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SPH opens Center for Cancer Biostatistics e emnsa

Reeling 'M' needs improvement

New facility to bring
together graduate
and undergrad work
By AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR
Daily Staff Reporter
As cancer research increases
in complexity, interdisciplinary
research methodologies are
becoming more important in
extracting viable results. As
a result, the School of Public
Health, in collaboration with the
Comprehensive Cancer Center, will
establish a new Center for Cancer
Biostatistics within its departments.
Unlike the current research
conducted through the two
institutions, the new center will
involve advanced statistical
methods and technologies to
PROGRESS
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The site provides resources to
undocumented students by offering
contacts within the Office of
Admissions and Office of Financial
Aid and directingstudents to outside
groups - such as the National
Immigration Law Center - that
can support their application to and
enrollment in the University.
While the site encourages the
application of undocumented
immigrants, it acknowledges that
the University does not offer any
specific financial aid programs to
these applicants.
Undocumented students are not
able to file a Free Application for

improve the quality of results.
InApril,the Public HealthSchool
announced in a press release that
Biostatistics prof Jeremy Taylor
will head the center.
Taylor said the new center will be
focused on statistical methods and
will bring more complexity to the
existing research methodologies of
the school.
"It's sort of a stimulus to get to a
higher level from what we largely do
already," Taylor said. "Now we have
more to offer interms of intellectual
power, focus and organization
ability."
Biostatistics prof Trivellore Rag-
hunathan said, given an increasing
volume of available cancer-related
data, a "cutting-edge method to pro-
cess these data and predict the can-
cer-related outcomes" was required.
Though the center will be
housed within the Public Health
Federal Student Aid without a social
security number and are therefore
ineligible for federal financial aid
and centrally awarded University
financial aid.
Fitzgerald said the University
acknowledged the difficulty of
clearing this financial hurdle for
undocumented students.
"There are other private
scholarships, some scholarships
in individual schools and colleges
that don't require the use of the
FASFA form but... most financial aid
requires FAFSA," he said. "That is a
tough burden to overcome."
Fitzgerald added that the process
of applying to the University and
receiving financial aid were two
separate processes. Application
to the University does not require

School, Raghunathan said the pool
of resources utilized by the center
will be a joint enterprise between
University departments.
He stressed that while various
University schools and colleges
served as effective "administrative
boundaries," there is no reason why
research should be confined within
those boundaries.
"We need to comprehensively
think about the methods that are
needed to process all of these large
amount of data," Raghunathan said.
"We thought that bringing all the
faculty and staff together under one
roof would facilitate much more
collaboration."
Raghunathan said analyzing data
from sources such as the federal Cen-
ters for Medicaid and Medicare Ser-
vices, survey research and statistical
trials requires a greater collaboration
of resources than currently exist.
proof of citizenship while receiving
financial aid does.
University alum Kevin Mersol-
Barg, one of the founders of CTE,
said while he is appreciative of the
website, more needs to be done.
"CTE is really happy to see that
the University has taken the first
step to provide a more welcoming
environment for undocumented
students and prospective
undocumented students," Mersol-
Bargsaid. "However we believe that
the University has much more work
to do in terms of increasing access
for undocumented students."
Mersol-Barg added that CTE
appreciated that, on the site, the
University was forthright about
the "grave financial hurdles" that
undocumented students face.

In June, faculty from the center
will begin their migration into
the new facility in the School of
Public Health. However, Taylor
said extensive planning and
coordination is yet to be done.
"(The center is) openbut we don't
really have a game plan of what we
wantto achieve," Taylor explained.
Raghunathan said students stand
to benefit from the center because of
the opportunity for research grants
and concentrated resource pools.
The Public Health School pri-
marily houses graduate programs,
but Raghunathan said an expansion
to undergraduate students is a pos-
sibility through the Undergraduate
Research Opportunity Program.
"By bringing everybody into
one building we think that we can
exploit the strength of all these
individual groups and enhance the
research," he said.
He said he has so far been
disappointed with the outcome of
the task force report.
"There has been an utter lack of
transparency in terms of progress
that has been made in terms of their
deliberations and what we can expect
in terms of timeline and where the
University will ultimately stand on
the issue," Mersol-Bergsaid.
In the meantime, Mersol-Berg
said CTE will continue to be active
in protests, including a presence at
the May 16th regents meeting, and
will find it "utterly unacceptable if
progress has not been made come
September."
Fitzgerald said the website does
not represent a shift in University
policy regardingtuition equality. He
said any shift in policy would come
after University President Mary Sue
Coleman and other top administra-
tors reviewed the task force report
submitted to the regents in March.
"There has been no change in
our policy at this point but certainly
folks at the highest levels of the
University administration have
been looking very carefully at that
task force report," he said. "(We are)
trying to determine what the next
step for the University might be."
Fitzgerald said the University
would continue work on the issue
over the summer.
"It is a complicated problem that
we are looking very closely at and
that is what we will continueto work
on," Fitzgerald said. "Everybody
expects that they will be moving
ahead as quickly as they possibly
can."

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The Michigan softball team
blazed through regular-season
conference play, garnering a 20-2
record and earning a sixth-straight
Big Ten championship. But when
the postseason began, the Wolver-
ines experienced a harsh reality: It's
a whole new
ballgame. ALEJANDRO
In the post- ZUNIGA
season, every
mistake is On Softball
amplified. In
the postseason, every team plays
with a chip on its shoulder. And in
the postseason, a tournament run
can end after one bad inning.
The postseason isn't for just
anyone. Only the best succeed.
But Michigan - by far the
league's best offense - looked
downright ordinary during the Big
Ten Tournament in Lincoln, Neb.
last weekend. After they terrorized
Ohio State to the tune of 33 runs in
three games in early April, the Wol-
verines squeaked by the Buckeyes,
3-2, in the conference quarterfinals.
The following afternoon,
Michigan managed to plate just
three runners as it was blasted by
Wisconsin, 9-3. The Wolverines
had also lost their first series of the
season just two weekends before
against Nebraska.
Now, they have to regroup and
take care of business at home in
the NCAA Regional against new
opponents if they want their season
to continue. Fortunately for the No.
8 seed, Michigan is a perfect 16-0 at
home.
But maybe the Wolverines have
lost some of their edge after facing
nine ranked opponents before their
Big Ten slate. Michigan entered
April as the only conference team in
the Top 25 and didn't play another
ranked foe until April 26-28 at
Nebraska. The Wolverines were
then eliminated from the Big Ten
Tournament by No. 24 Wisconsin,
dropping Michigan's record against
ranked opponents to 1-3 since
league competition began.
After terrorizing pitchers all sea-
son, Big Ten Freshman and Player
of the Year Sierra Romero might
take a lot of the blame for the Wol-
verines' recent struggles. The Mur-
rieta, Calif. native's 32-game streak
of reaching base was snapped when
she went 0-for-4 against Ohio State
in the conference quarterfinals,
and she followed with an identical
line against the Badgers the follow-
ing afternoon. Romero also went
0-for-7 in the regular-season series

against Nebraska when she failed
to deliver in pressure situations, a
facet of her game where she had no
previous issues.
But don't point to the freshman
as the only reason for Michigan's
sudden return to mortality.
Haylie Wagner, last season's Big
Ten Pitcher and Freshman of the
Year, returned from an apparent
back injury 19 games into the
season and couldn't reproduce the
same dominance as in 2012. The
sophomore allows a full run per
seven innings more than she did
last year, while batters average over
30 points better - and Wagner has
pitched 20 fewer complete games
(albeit in 14 fewer games started).
Even after Wagner's return from
injury, sophomore Sara Driesenga
has taken the bulk of the workload
in the circle and delivered. The
right-handed ace boasts a 26-6
record with a 1.81 earned-run
average and has better than a

3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. But
Driesenga's production in the box
has dipped sharply, and she bats
.275 after hitting .340 last season.
Behind the pitchers, Michigan's
defense has been a source of
frustration. The Wolverines' .958
fielding percentage is in the bottom
half of the Big Ten, and their 66
errors are worse than all but two
teams in the conference.
In the postseason, those perfor-
mances aren't enough to contend.
But led by veteran coach Carol
Hutchins, star-studded Michigan
has the tools and experience neces-
sary to make a deep postseason run.
They have home-field advantage if
they advance to the Super Region-
als, where a three-game series will
determine a berth in the Women's
College World Series. But that's a
big "if," and the Wolverines have to
put all of those tools together quick-
ly in order to challenge for the pro-
gram's second national title.

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Michigan to host
NCAA Regional'
By ERIN LENNON Chippewas, 11-0. Wagner threw
Daily Sports Writer the shutoutand the offense ignited
to the tune of four home runs of
Despite an early exit from the the bats of freshman shortstop
Big Ten tournament, the Michigan Sierra Romero and senior first
softball team earned the nation's baseman Ashley Lane.
No.8 seed and will host an NCAA With both Wagner and Rome-
regional final this weekend. ro struggling of late, the second
The Wolverines (20-3 Big Ten, matchup promises a closer result.
45-11 overall) will face Valparaiso As the only ranked team
on Friday at 7 pm. Central Michi- besides Michigan in the Ann
gan and No. 20 California will Arbor regional, California (30-
round out the regional, which uti- 9) poses the biggest threat to the
lizes double-elimination format. Wolverines. Having made it to the
Valparaiso (34-25) clinched a College World Series in 2012, the
spot in the Big Dance after win- Bears boast experience Michigan
ning the Horizon League Champi- lacks. Cal dropped nine of its last
onship. Following two wins over ten regular-season contests due
Eastern Michigan, the Crusaders in large part to the absence of
lost seven-straight games and did senior ace Jolene Henderson, but
not win a series until the confer- in the final game of the season,
ence championship. A late-season Henderson pitched a complete
offensive surge from outfielder game and allowed just two runs.
Amanda Korbb could spell trouble Michigan will host a regional
for sophomore left-hander Hay- at Alumni Field for 12th time
lie Wagner, who has given up 10 in the last 13 seasons. Last year,
home runs in 25 appearances this Michigan travelled to Louisville,
season - including a grand slam Kent. before it advanced to the
in a loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. Super Regional against Alabama.

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