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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 5, 1995 - 3

Student reports
beating near
Frieze Building
Six to 10 men allegedly held down
aa student on the loading dock of the
Frieze Building on Friday, and police
said the assailants tried to both place
the victim in handcuffs and cover him
in duct tape.
Department of Public Safety re-
ports say the victim called at about I
p.m. Friday after he escaped the group
affd shut himself in a Frieze Building
The victim "stated he thought he was
mistaken for someone else and assaulted
instead," DPS reports say. "He refused
to stay in the area or give any other
Staff in the area said the group ofimen
held the victim down, pulled his pants
dawn and attempted to restrain him
with the cuffs and tape. When he es-
caped, reports say, the group hung
around outside the room's door before
"The group was carrying radios and
was heard to be complaining about los-
ing him although they knew his loca-
tion," DPS reports say. "They were also
seen hanging around a Ryder truck on
the Washington Street side ofthe Frieze
-Both the victim and the assailants left
the scene before DPS officers could
respond. Neither the suspects nor the
victim could be located.
Boy allegedly
chokes his
University Hospitals security called
DPS at 3:15p.m. Saturday to report that
aperson was choking another person in
a vehicle at the Emergency Room en-
A 7-year-old boy, who was being
taken to the Psychiatric Emergency
Room, was allegedly choking his grand-
mother, reports say. The boy was re-
strained and apparently had been on
medication to try to control his behav-
,DPS reports say the incident began
when the boy "grabbed on to his
grandma's hair after finding out she
lied to him about going to the hospi-
tal..Grandma was not injured."
Blood trail does
not lead to suspect
DPS officers followed a blood trail
from a vandalized food vending ma-
chine to a bathroom in a nearby
building, but were left with no sus-
Saturday night at about 10:30, a
DPS officer discovered the broken
coin-operated vending machine in the
Dental Building and determined that
an unknown suspect had accessed the
money storage area of the machine.
The officer also found the front glass
panel smashed and food items miss-
Officers followed the blood trail to a
men's bathroom in theChemistry Build-
ing across the street, but were unable to
locate a suspect.
Workers damage
freezer, research
'contractors knocking a hole in a wall

at the Medical Science 11 Building un-
intentionally dropped concrete on a
freezer below, causing damage to the
freezer and its contents.
The freezer damage is estimated at
more than $3,000 due to the loss of the
uiachine and the lost research, reports
say. The damage ocurred sometime
between Thursday night Friday morn-
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Josh White

U' profs awai
Galileo's data
By Tim O'Connell
Daily Staff Reporter
This Thursday at 5:07 p.m.,
students will be sitting down to
dence hall meal. At the same tim
million miles away, a space pro
signed in part by University prof
will dive down into Jupiter's amm
filled atmosphere, giving scient
first concrete glimpse at the com
tion of the planet's surrounding
The spacecraft Galileo, whic
been slowly approaching Jupiter
its launch in 1989, released the pr
July, and this week the two are c
in contact with the planet's atmos
for the first time.
Engineering Profs. George Car
and Sushil Atreya headed u
University's Galileo science an
periment team that constructe
Galileo Probe Mass Spectromete
the help of scientists at the Go
Space Flight Center.
The instrument will analyze and
tify the atmospheric gases the
passes through during its 75-m
descent. As it falls, the probe will
the information by radio transm
to the Galileo spacecraft orbiting
ter. Galileo will then transmit the
mation to Earth.
Engineering Prof. Thomas Don
who helped in the design of the
trometer, has been waiting a lon
calls for
By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
A move to alter the University'
ure policies is getting some su
from students who feel teaching s
be considered on par with research
considering who to reward with a
anteed position.
LSA Student Government is r
mending that all faculty, especial]
turers, be considered for tenure a
accompanying titles and comp
The resolution, passed last
expresses a desire to "keep good
ers at the University," saidI
Rosenberg, LSA-SG governmen
fairs officer. Regard for good in
tors who enjoy teaching tends
tossed to the wayside during t
considerations in favor of rever
searchers bearing the title of prof
he said.
The resolution says a per
imbalace in compensation betwee
fessors and other university in

tors, who are not on the tenure1
would be alleviated by rewardir
search and teaching equally.
"I don't really care if it's a lectu
professor," Rosenberg said. "All
about is that I have a good teach
good teacher can be either a lectu
a professor; a bad teacher can bea
a lecturer or a professor."
The resolution, which stems
debates last month among the fac
Senate Advisory Committee on
versity Affairs, is expected to t
viewed by LSA-SG's academica
committee, SACUA and the LS
ministration in the upcoming
Rosenberg said. Copies of the r
tion have been forwarded to v,
SACUA members and lecturers, a

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his week
for the 750-pound probe's descent.
"This mission was authorized in
1977 ... we've been involved since the
early '80s," he said. "Galileo was
scheduled to be launched by the Space
Shuttle Atlantis in 1986, but the Chal-
lenger explosion delayed the launch
until '89."
Scientists believe the information
from the probe will shed light on the
formation of Jupiter.
"Since Jupitertrapped so much ofthe
materials that were present during the
making of our solar system," Donahue
said, "it fundamentally helps us answer
the questions of what was in the area
before the solar system was formed and
how it was formed."
Atreya and some of the other re-
searchers will be in Pasadena, Calif., on
Thursday, where NASA will be track-
ing the probe's progress. Donahue will
join the group Sunday, when NASA
expects to begin receiving Galileo's
transmission of the probe's data.
The probe should enter the atmo-
sphere at a speed of more than 100,000
mph, Atreya said in a statement. A heat
shield will protect the probe from an
anticipated temperature of 27,000 de-
grees Fahrenheit as it encounters fric-
tion from the atmosphere.
After the probe decelerates to 1,000
mph, the probe will drop the heat shield,
and two parachutes will slow the probe
during its remaining 125-mile fall be-
fore it either melts or implodes.
"Webelievetheprobewill passthrough
four distinct clouds consisting of a layer
ofsolid ammonia, a layer ofammonia and
dihydrogen sulfide ... alayerofice clouds,

We've waited
20 years ... We can
wait a few more
- Sushil Atreya
Engineering professor
the problem. "The current plan is to
store probe data in the spacecraft's
computer memory, with the tape re-
corder used as a backup storage de-
vice," he said.
The spacecraft will then use its low-
gain antenna to transmit information at
the rate of 40 bits per second - one-
sixth the speed of a 2400 baud com-
puter modem.
"I expect that we'll get all of the data
back by the 15th, whereas if we had
been able to use the high-gain antenna,
we would have had it in a couple of
hours," Donahue said.
Atreya is not dismayed. "We've
waited 20 years. ... We can wait a few
more weeks."

Members of the University Galileo team (left to right) Tom Donahue, Bruce Block,
George Carignan and Sushil Atreya examine electronic components back in '87.

and a final layer of water clouds, in which
some dissolved ammonia will likely be
found,"saidgraduate student Mike Wong,
who is pursuing a doctoral degree in
astrophysics. Wong has worked with
Atreya since January.

The original plan for transmitting the
probe's data from Galileo to Earth in-
cluded the use of Galileo's high-gain
antenna. But since launch, the antenna
has become inoperative.
Atreya said NASA has alleviated


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LSASO Meeting Today
on Drop/Add Deadline
The LSA student government will be
holding a meeting today on extending
the drop/add deadline at 8 p.m. in
Room 2002 of the LSA Building.
Members of the LSA Joint Student-
Faculty Policy Committee will be on
hand to answer questions about the
proposal to extend the drop/add
deadline in LSA to the ninth week of
as LSA Dean Edie N. Goldenberg, LSA
Associate Dean David Schoem, Vice
President for Student Affairs Maureen
A. Hartford and University President
James J. Duderstadt.
Although the resolution has not been
extensively reviewed by SACUA, its
chairman said he agrees with at least
one of the document's assertions.
"Lecturers should have a real crack
at the tenure system," said George
Brewer, SACUA chairman. "They
should have their chance to compete for
the tenure track."
University lecturer Ailan Caroline
Chubb commended the body on its ini-
tiative on the issue and suggested that
students play a greater role in faculty
and administrative decisions.
"No group has a greater stake in
monitoring and improving instruction
on campus than the students: It is they
who take out the loans, work numerous
jobs and burden financially their rela-
tives to pay for this education."
The resolution stressed the ability of
teachers to communicate with students
as an important aspect of the "overall
effectiveness of the individual." While
the University is well known for its
research and retains respected research
professors, it should be equally con-
cerned with the retention of faculty
members who enjoy teaching,
Rosenberg said.
The incentive that tenure gives fac-
ulty to remain at the University is a
common issue raised among faculty
members. During yesterday's open fac-
ulty forum for the presidential search,
Martin Gold, a research scientist and
professor emeritus ofpsychology, listed
a regard for faculty tenure as one of the
key qualities in a candidate for Univer-
sity president.

By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
A group of University researchers
have discovered a method that may
slow the spread of the HIV virus.
After examining how HIV vaccine
trials are currently tested, researchers
have recommended they be redesigned
to test for the vaccine's power to reduce
contagiousness and stop the spread of
the disease. Most of the studies were
focused on the earliest stage of infec-
"Our work over time has found most
HIV infection occurred over primary
infection," said head researcher and
epidemiology Prof. James Koopman.
"This period of infection is the window
period before the antibody is positive."
Earlierresearch Koopman conducted
found people are 100 to 1,000 times
more contagious in the first two months
of the HIV infection.
residents out
Manor home
By Josh White
Daily Staff Reporter
A one-room blaze with heavy smoke
caused the evacuation yesterday of
Miller Manor, a 105-room senior citi-
zens' home on the city's west side, and
left an entire floor shut off from resi-
dents for at least one night.
An Ann Arbor Fire Department unit
arrived at the building, which is oper-
ated by the Ann Arbor Housing Com-
mission, at about 12:15 p.m. and found
"heavy smoke and flames visible" on
the fifth floor, coming from one room.
Three tenants were removed from the
floor and taken to University Hospitals
where one of the tenants was listed in
serious condition, according to an
AAFD statement.
All other residents of the seven-floor
home at 727 Miller Rd. were immedi-
ately evacuated.
Joe Morehouse, an accountant for
the housing commission, saidthere were
no problems getting residents out of the
"Everyone left the building quickly
and carefully," Morehouse said."Ido not
know of any trouble with the evacua-
Media reports last night said arson is
suspected in the case, but the AAFD
would not confirm the reports. The

Koopman said a vaccine that reduced
infectiousness and contagiousness at
the early stage would help "prevent or
stop HIV epidemics."
Researcherand math Prof. Carl Simon
said current research on HIV vaccines
focuses on how a vaccine keeps a per-
son healthy and little work is done to
test for contagiousness.
Simon said other researchers who are
not testing for contagiousness "may
reject the vaccine that works by ignor-
ing this research."
Koopman and Simon stressed that
their findings will not prevent a person
from contracting the HIV virus but that
vaccines can stop infected people from
being contagious during the early stages
of infection. This could stop people
from spreading the disease.
Their findings also recommend that
scientists vaccinate uninfected, non-
monogamous couples and compare their

rates of infection overtime to uninfected
couples who are not vaccinated.
"Putting it very simply, if large num-
bers of individuals in the vaccinated
couple group are infected with HIV but
their partners remain free of the dis-
ease, it is likely that the vaccine re-
duced contagiousness," Koopman said.
Koopman began working on this re-
search in 1986 with a "Transmission
Analysis Group," which is composed
of professors and students from several
departments including epidemiology,
economics and biostatistics.
"This group formed because they re-
alized current researchers were not fd
cussing on transmission dynamics,"
Koopman said.
The research was conducted by look-
ing at computer simulations and other
researchers' data. It was supported by a
grant from the University's Office of
the Vice President of Research.

U' researchers suggest method
to slow spread of HIV virus

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December vacation,
there will be early deadlines
for the following publications:
Publication Date Deadline
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