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Week of March 26, 2012

Designing survival

The terrain and weather wildly varied as architecture student Andrew McCarthy tested a self-made tent while climbing Mount Aconcagua in South America. McCarthy summited March 3, and both he and the tent survived the trek. Building the tent was part of McCarthy’s thesis project in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. For the remainder of his thesis, he will continue to work on the design, using things he learned while living in it. “I’m sure there will be many more expeditions in this thing,” he says. Photo by Andrew McCarthy.

NextGen Michigan and IT Rationalization advance U-M’s mission

NextGen Michigan and IT Rationalization are two ideas designed to move U-M information technology into the future. But what do these terms mean to the university and its community members? Laura Patterson, associate vice president and chief information officer, talked with The University Record about NextGen Michigan in this second installment in a series of stories on the future of information technology at U-M.

Rackham Centennial continues with talk by author Jonathan Cole

The American research university has provided society with everything from lasers to the toothbrush to the origins of computer science, yet it is misunderstood and in danger of losing its capacity to drive economic progress.

Meisler to discuss progress in mouse, human genetics

As professor of human genetics and neurology, Miriam Meisler has spent her career studying the similarities between human and mouse genes. In her April 4 inaugural lecture as the Myron Levine Distinguished University Professor of Human Genetics, Meisler will discuss recent progress in mouse and human genetics and future opportunities to advance the diagnosis and treatment of genetic diseases.

Next-generation computer memory firm receives U-M’s first startup investment

A U-M startup marketing next-generation computer memory that could write 1,000 times faster than Flash is the recipient of U-M’s first investment in one of its own spinout companies. This financial investment into Crossbar Inc. kicks off the Michigan Investment in New Technology Startups program, designed to help propel technologies into the marketplace and deliver strong returns on the university’s endowment.

CAPS is building a 20/20 vision for 2020

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is developing a shared vision for 2020 — including opinions and ideas from others.“Within CAPS, our work and research inform us on how we can strengthen student mental health for our campus,” says Director Todd Sevig. To encourage campus and community engagement in the visioning process, CAPS worked with Michigan Marketing & Design to create a video about the 2020 vision’s purpose and work. CAPS also developed an online query that is open to anyone who would like to submit ideas about strengthening college student mental health.

Leaders outline university financing at meeting with students

The university’s top two budget officers met with students March 22 to explain where university funding comes from, how it is spent and how a shifting financial picture — particularly in the area of state appropriations — affects them and the tuition they pay.

Sustainable water-quality projects in Ghana and Peru receive U-M funding

The Graham Sustainability Institute and the Center for Global Health are co-sponsoring two research projects that address water-quality impacts on public health, one in Ghana and the other in Peru. Each of the projects, which are called integrated assessments, will receive $350,000 over the next three years.



Dave Boprie, senior electronics technician, Space Physics Research Laboratory, on working with students: “I would like to say thank you to them as they have taught me so much engineering over the years.”


17th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners, noon-6 p.m., presented through April 4 at the 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.


Old school: U-M in History

Draft protest