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Week of July 11, 2011

Dhani tackles U-M

Former U-M football player Dhani Jones tapes a segment of “Live Big” in the Law Quad. The NFL player and host of the documentary series “Dhani Tackles the Globe” on the Travel Channel also shot scenes at Michigan Stadium when he was on campus July 6-7. “Live Big” is to air on the Big Ten Network. Photo by Eric Bronson, U-M Photo Services.

Volunteer spirit powers MBGNA

Ron Heames is among more than 1,900 volunteers who help employees at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum manage 700 acres of gardens, research areas and natural preserves around the Ann Arbor area. Heames works three days a week, four hours a day. During the warm months, he spends his time working with a horticulturalist tending to the Gateway Garden of New World Plants and the Alexandra Hicks Herb Knot Garden. In the winter, he assists in the greenhouse.
 

Public policy program to celebrate 30th anniversary

In 1981, U-M joined other institutions in forming the Public Policy and International Affairs program to prepare young adults for an advanced degree, and ultimately for careers in public policy. This month, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy marks the 30th anniversary of its Summer Program in Public Policy and International Affairs with a gathering of program alumni.

Active U raises $9,800 for Emergency Hardship Program

Active U’s sixth year proved to be its biggest to date, with more than 11,300 participants logging more than 20 million physical activity minutes and raising $9,841 for the U-M Emergency Hardship Program.

Court: 2006 
Proposal 2 
unconstitutional

A panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on July 1 issued a decision finding as unconstitutional Proposal 2, a ballot initiative approved by Michigan voters in 2006.

County leaders unite to meet community’s health care needs

Thanks to a new initiative, low-income residents, Medicaid recipients and the uninsured in Washtenaw County could see current gaps in accessing health care start to shrink before 2014, when health coverage expands nationwide under federal health care reform.

Marie Lynn Miranda 
named new SNRE dean

One of the nation’s leading researchers in children’s environmental health, Marie Lynn Miranda, will be the new dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment, effective Jan. 1, 2012, pending approval from the Board of Regents.

U-M Prescription Drug Plan 
selects new mail service pharmacy

Beginning Sept. 1 the U-M Prescription Drug Plan will provide prescription drug mail order service through NoviXus Pharmacy Services, replacing Walgreens mail service.

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Julie Fremuth, conservator, Clements Library, on finding inspiration in old handwritten papers: “I will try to connect to that person who made the handwriting by painting on top of it, with a lot of washes and a lot of layers. I like to connect to a stranger who struggles like I do.”

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’s your favorite thing to read in the summer?

Old school: U-M in History

Art Fair 1960