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Week of August 15, 2011

U-M to be featured on Today Show

Janet Shamlian, a reporter for NBC’s "Today Show," interviews Ted Spencer, associate vice provost and executive director of undergraduate admissions, for a segment on how to choose the right college. The "Today Show" crew was on campus Aug. 4 and also taped prospective students and parents who were touring U-M. The segment tentatively is scheduled to air in late September. It is part of NBC News’ Education Nation initiative, which also includes town hall discussions, one of which will feature President Mary Sue Coleman. The project is designed to engage the country in what NBC News calls “a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in America.” Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services.

Students prepare for success at academic, sports camps

Some summer camps are about swimming in the daytime and roasting marshmallows at night. But at U-M, a growing number of summer camps give high school students an opportunity to get a head start learning about a field of study, and student athletes a chance to boost chances for success in their chosen sport.

President’s child care initiative meets major goals

In 2005 President Mary Sue Coleman launched the U-M Child Care Initiative with the goals of increasing child care capacity, broadening opportunities for infant and toddler care, and improving university’s child care facilities. That vision now is a reality with the consolidation of five Ann Arbor campus centers into three state-of-the-art children’s centers, providing U-M faculty, staff and students with flexible care options for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

safety sessions add more eyes, ears at U-M

Several hundred staff members soon could become extra eyes and ears for the police, and help co-workers be more diligent about safety in response to recent sexual assaults near campus.

New Web portal organizes continuing education

The university is launching a new Web portal this month that ties together continuing education offerings from units across campus.

What’s new for Open Enrollment

U-M faculty and staff will be able to see 2012 benefit plan rates on Wolverine Access as soon as Aug. 22.

U-M partnership to pioneer new study abroad program

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies has spearheaded a new study abroad opportunity in partnership with Lehigh University of Bethlehem, Pa., and Gadjah Mada University of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

New anticensorship scheme could make it impossible to block individual sites

A radical new approach to thwarting Internet censorship would essentially turn the whole Web into a proxy server, making it virtually impossible for a censoring government to block individual sites.



Mary Bagwell, laundry feeder folder, U-M Health System Laundry Services, on the key to great spaghetti: “You add a little bit of sugar or a little bit of mint to take out the bitterness.”


William Faulkner’s Artifacts of Authorship exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Special Collections Library

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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.


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