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tudy on-line
Information about the Health and
etirement Study conducted by the
niversity's Institute for Social Re-
earch is now accessible through a
orld Wide Web page on the Internet.
the home page, accessible at http://
ww.umich.edu/hrswww, provides
'cress to data, news, publications and
{thesites connected with the study.
The study, co-directed by ISR re-
'earch scientists F. Thomas Juster and
obert Willis, is a survey of nearly
13,000 people in their 50s and early
Os? designed to paint acomprehensive
sQtrit of an aging America.
Anong the data available through
Je page are the agenda for the second
waye Health and Retirement Study
F'arly Results workshop, and the status
of the Asset and Health Dynamics
Among the Oldest Old.
The page also includes a fact sheet
from the National Institute on Aging
anoipoints to reference materials from
. study's research groups.
Middle-aged likely
0, forget pills
Tl.e middle-aged are more likely than
people in their 60s to forget to take
presgription medications, said Denise
Park, a psychologist at the University
Institute of Gerontology.
Pgrk is the principal investigator of
several studies of medication adher-
enge funded by the National Institute
on Aging. Some middle-aged people
are ,too busy to remember medication,
Sr may have trouble believing or ac-
cepting that they have chronic condi-
tCons that require on-going medication,
she said in a statement.
Research studies
seek volunteers
Researchers at the University Medi-
calCenter are looking for patients with
a-recurrent or persistent cancer called
cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, or CTCL,
to participate in an advanced clinical
trial to test the effectiveness of a new
drugto treat the disease.
Seme patients in the study will re-
ceive a new drug called Interleukin-2
Fusion Toxin; others will receive a pla-
cebo. The drug is designed to target
only cancer cells, not the healthy cells
around them.
,Also seeking volunteers is a three-
;month study at the University Medi-
eoafCenter evaluating an investiga-
tional medication's effectiveness in
4beatingnoncancerous enlargement of
The ;prostate, or benign prostatic
of formoreinformation aboutthe CTCL
,study, call 936-9133. For additional
-information on the BPH study, call 936-
.C&ompiled by Daily Staff Reporter
. *Cathy Boguslaski

Incense blamed for apt fire

By Jodi Cohen
and Josh White
Daily Staff Reporters
Amy Barry was getting ready for
class at about 1:20 yesterday afternoon
when she smelled smoke coming from
her bedroom.
When she went to the room, she saw
flames enveloping the comforter of her
bed and part of her bedroom wall. She
then called 911 before fleeing the burn-
ing room.
"I had incense burning and it caught
on fire," said Barry, a first-year
Rackham graduate student.
Lt. Thomas Schmid of the Ann Ar-
bor Fire Department said a prelimi-
nary investigation indicated that burn-
ing incense caught the mattress on
After burning Barry's blanket, the
fire gutted her room, one of three apart-

ments in the house at 332 E. Madison
St., across from the Perry Building. The
fire then spread to the attic.
Engineering graduate student Jim
Kaounas, who lives in the apartment
below Barry's, said the incense was
stuck in a candle that was in a glass
"It fell over and landed on her blan-
ket, which caught fire," Kaounas said.
"Then, so did most of the apartment."
Ann Arbor Fire Inspector Ron
Heemstra estimated damages at
"The damages were mostly confined
to one unit," Heemstra said. "I hope that
it is a lot less, but we won't know until
we finish our investigation."
Schmid said the rest of the house
probably suffered some smoke dam-
Kaounas said most of the damage to

his downstairs apartment was from
water used in extinguishing the fire.
"The (ceiling) fell in on my room and
caused a bit of damage," Kaounas said.
"Her room is all black, mine is not as
Schmid said about 17 firefighters
and rescue workers responded to the
one-alarm fire. While extinguishing
the blaze, firefighters rescued a small
black- and-white dog from inside the
Kaounas said he plans to pack his
valuables in his car and stay with friends
"until the whole mess is sorted out."
Barry said she did not know where
she would go.
Owners of the building, who refused
to give their names, said they planned
to board up the damaged areas before it
got dark last night.
No injuries were reported.

Some of the wreckage from the fire rests outside Rackham student Amy Barry's
apartment at 332 E. Madison St., across from the Perry Building, yesterday.
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Awvarenecss Week

Visiting Barney's ancestors
Mary Tsaloff and her daugher, Grace, visit the Museum of Zoology yesterday.
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By Megan Schimpf
Daily Staff Reporter
Understanding the faith of Islam will
be the topic of a panel discussion to-
night as Islam Awareness Week draws
to a close.
The four panel members are sched-
uled to discuss their personal conver-
sions from different religions to Islam.
The session is scheduled to begin at 7
p.m. in 140 Lorch Hall.
"They can tell people themselves
what they found in Islam and what was
lacking before in their lives," said
Wahida Baki, an executive board mem-
ber of the Muslim Students Associa-
tion, which is sponsoring the event.
Scheduled speakers include Raphael
Narbez, a former priest of nine years;
Saleem Khalid, a former Baptist;
Ayesha Zubayr-Lateef, a former Jew;
and Maryam Narbez, a former Chris-
tian who tried to prove Islam was a false
religion and ended up converting.
"This shows how people make that
decision and find the truth," said Tahira
EI-Sulayman, a member of the Muslim
Students Association. "This shows you
don't have to be born Muslim -people
can convert to Islam."
Islam Awareness Week began Mon-
day and included several events around
The theme for the week is "Islam: A
Mercy to Mankind" with events de-
signed to broaden awareness of the re-
ligion, which Muslims say is often
mispresented in the media and in
people's perceptions.
"I want - and other Muslims want
- to show the true meaning of Islam,"
EI-Sulayman said. "The true meaning
is peace and submission to god - Al-

Iah.... Its not war or oppression of
women or anything like that."
Islamic Jeopardy, which was originally
scheduled for Monday only, has been
extended throughout the week in thebase-
ment of the Michigan Union. The game
quizzes people on facts about Islam.
"Quite a few times we've had lines of
people waiting to play this Jeopardy,"
Baki said.
Rana Sandra, who holds a doctoral
degree in education, spoke Tuesday
night in the Modern Languages Build-
ing about women in Islam.
"The place was packed, and we had
just as many Muslims as non-Muslims,"
Baki said. "That was really nice."
The Muslim Students Association
showed "Malcolm X" last night.
Malcolm X began as a member of the
Nation of Islam and then converted to
mainstream Islam. The Nation of Islam
is a group of black American Muslims,
currently led by Louis Farrakhan.
"In the movie, they show why
Malcolm X decided why mainstream
Islam is for all people and not just
particular races," Baki said. "That's the
beauty of Islam he saw - that's the
point we're trying to get across."
Education and awareness of the com-
munity is the focus of this week for the
"This campus is so geared to open-
ness and understanding. We want people
to understand us," Baki said. "It's too
easy to believe what you see on the
news and in the media and to not really
care to know about what they believe."
There are 2,000 Muslim students at
the University, Baki said. Islam is the
second-largest religion in the world and
the third-largest in the United States.

By Will Weissert
Daily Staff Reporter
The University's chapter of Pi Tau
Sigma, the national mechanical engi-
neering honor society, was awarded the
group's national convention for 1997.
The University's chapter had to over-
come obstacles this past weekend in
San Jose, Calif., to bring the convention
to Ann Arbor, said Stacey Segowski,
the chapter's president.
Pi Tau Sigma chapters from univer-
sities all over the country attend the
annual convention.
"It is a place for all the chapters to
meet, exchange ideas and help each
other," Segowski said.
The University chapter, which accepts
the top quarter ofmechanical engineering
students as its members, has been prepar-
ing since the end of last year's convention
to make a bid to hold the 1997 convention
on campus, Segowski said.

The University chapter suffered an
early setback afterits members presented
their proposal to the convention's Site
Selection Committee. The committee
recommended the convention be held at
the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, the
only other school to submit a proposal.
"Usually, the school that receives the
recommendation wins the bid,"
Segowski said.
The University's eight attending
members met to try to improve the
presentation for their proposal to the
entire convention.
During this meeting, the group con-
centrated on how to highlight the advan-
tages Ann Arbor had to offer - includ-
ing a prestigious engineering school,
with excellent faculty support and a cor-
porate sponsor, said Jason Weidman,
who also attended the convention.
During the chapter's presentation to
the entire convention, Weidman said

the members emphasized that "in Ann
Arbor people could do more than get
the job done. They can find out about
graduate school andmakejob contacts."
The convention voted to award the
1997 convention to Ann Arbor, despite
the site committee's recommendation.
"Everyone that attended the conven-
tion returped to Michigan with wonder-
ful ideas for the winter term. I think that
our chapter will grow even more during
the planning of this convention,"
Segowski said.
Weidman agreed: "We could see that
we were definitely one of the strongest
chapters nationally. ... After leaving
the convention, I think we knew it and
I think the other schools knew it."

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