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Week of May 10, 2010

Pinning ceremony

Registered nurse Laurie Fasbinder, lecturer IV in the School of Nursing, presents a nursing pin to Hyesun Eitel, who received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, during a special commencement celebration at Hill Auditorium. Nursing pins traditionally are presented by faculty to newly graduated nurses at a pinning ceremony as a symbolic welcome into the profession. Photo by Steve Kuzma.

Michigan Meetings to explore consumption, cancer disparities


The first in what university officials expect will be an annual series of Michigan Meetings begins this week. It will offer an interdisciplinary exploration of the fundamental human drive to acquire, consume and retain important resources. “The Interdisciplinary Science of Consumption: Mechanisms of Allocating Resources Across Disciplines” runs Wednesday through Saturday. A second forum, “The Economy and Cancer Health Disparities,” will follow on May 20-22 and will look at how the current economic crisis creates inequities in cancer care and ways to improve those disparities.

Animated drawing pad wins U-M toy competition

An electronic doodle pad that animates your drawings is the winner of a toy design competition organized by the College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship. The Scribble grew out of a December focus group in which student designers asked third-graders what they wanted from Santa.

U.S. needs better teaching practice standards, Ball tells House panel

School of Education Dean Deborah Ball told a House committee that the lack of a coherent system for supplying quality teachers to every classroom and to every student in the nation is “unethical” and needs to change “deliberately and without delay.”

Teach for America, U 
partner on 
expansion

Teach For America will return to Detroit, bringing 100 top college graduates to teach in some of the state’s highest-need schools for the 2010-11 school year. Teach For America teachers will apply for open positions in Detroit Public Schools and area charter schools.

Ford, U-M partner in apps for in-car cloud computing

Students at U-M have defined their vision for the future of in-car connectivity — a future that includes applications combining social networks, GPS location awareness, and real-time vehicle data in ways that help drivers get where they want to go efficiently. The experimental apps were developed in a 12-week course, Cloud Computing in the Commute.

School of Education’s Silver named dean at Dearborn campus

Edward Silver has been named dean of the School of Education at UM-Dearborn. Silver currently is William A. Brownwell Collegiate Professor of Education at U-M in Ann Arbor.

U-M study: Being obese can attract bullies

Obese children are more likely to be bullied regardless of gender, race, socioeconomic status, social skills or academic achievement.

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Sharon Mittan, senior secretary, Department of Psychology, UM-Flint, on working with students at UM-Flint: ““I enjoy the excitement and drive that many of them have to accomplish their goals. Their energy keeps me young.”

School of Information dean and wife pledge $2.5M to U-M

School of Information Dean Jeffrey MacKie-Mason and his wife, Janet Netz, have committed to a gift of $2.5 million to the school.

Features

Question of the Week

What is your favorite memory of legendary Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell?

Old school: U-M in history

Former campus landmarks