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Week of October 11, 2010

Faculty awards

President Mary Sue Coleman congratulates Yoram Koren, James J. Duderstadt Distinguished University Professor of Manufacturing and Paul G. Goebel Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, on receiving a Distinguished University Professorship during a reception for faculty award winners at Rackham Assembly Hall. Coleman and Provost Phil Hanlon attended the Oct. 5 event, in which 24 faculty members were recognized for their teaching, scholarship, service and creative activities. Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services.

Congolese doctor to receive university’s 20th Wallenberg Medal

Congolese physician Dr. Denis Mukwege will be awarded the 20th U-M Wallenberg Medal at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in Rackham Auditorium. After the medal presentation, Mukwege will deliver the Wallenberg Lecture.

Researcher: ALS stem cell trial shows potential

U-M researchers presented updates on groundbreaking clinical trials, new insights into basic stem cell biology and reported on some of the latest technical advances at the 2010 World Stem Cell Summit in Detroit.

JFK cousin to participate in celebration on the steps

Fifty years ago this week, Ann Arbor resident Marnee DeVine waited for her cousin on the steps of the Michigan Union and watched as he challenged students to work for global peace. Less than a month later, her cousin John F. Kennedy would be elected president of the United States and transform his ideal into the Peace Corps. U-M and the Peace Corps will celebrate those first moments on the steps and the great service they inspired with ceremonies on the steps of the Michigan Union at 2 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.

Six nominated for Rhodes, Marshall scholarships

The Provost’s Council on Student Honors has selected six top scholars to represent the university in competition for the prestigious Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships. The students hail from such diverse disciplines as violin performance, theatre, space science engineering, ancient civilizations and political science.

State buoyed by URC’s 
students, R&D, partnerships

As the state and U.S. economies sank, Michigan’s University Research Corridor grew in areas critical to the state’s resurgence: Educating more students and boosting research and technology gains, according to a new study.

Weeklong event celebrates abilities


The U-M Council for Disability Concern’s annual Investing in Ability Week begins Oct. 25. This year, the event has a special theme: “HonorABLE: Celebrating All Veterans; Those With and Without Disabilities,” organizers say.

Robot team, designers head to Australia for international competition


A smart swarm of unmanned, four-wheeled robots that operate with a “hive mind” will participate in an international urban reconnaissance contest in Australia on Nov. 10.

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Ted Wakar, Cook II, on performing at an ice-carving competition at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics: “It’s always pleasant to be able to show something you’re passionate about to the people.”

EVENTS

Affinity of Form: Photography of Stanford Lipsey, noon-6 p.m. through Nov. 2, Duderstadt Center Gallery.

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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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