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Week of October 3, 2011

EarthFest 2011

Helaine Hunscher (right), an administrative specialist at the Center for Sustainable Systems, School of Natural Resources and Environment, invites Ryan Smith to answer a quiz involving solar power during the EarthFest 2011 celebration on the Diag. The Sept. 27 event featured sustainability-related games, entertainment and information booths. Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services.

President Coleman announces ambitious goals for sustainability


Hybrid buses, solar panels on North Campus, funding for students to find ways to conserve resources: In a broad, green stroke across campus, U-M will invest $14 million in new commitments announced Sept. 27 to achieve ambitious environmental goals.

Coleman to highlight innovation in talk

President Mary Sue Coleman will share her vision for the new academic year during an address at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, via live webstream at www.umich.edu/pres/leadership.

Schrecker to address challenges in higher education

Ellen Schrecker, a history professor at Yeshiva University, will give the 2011 U-M Senate's Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom. The lecture — “The Lost Soul of Higher Education: Corporatization, the Assault on Academic Freedom, and the End of the American University” — is free and open to the public at 4 p.m. Oct. 13 in Honigman Auditorium at the Law School.

Faculty members honored for scholarship, service


Twenty-six faculty members are being recognized Thursday for their teaching, scholarship, service and creative activities.

Presidential early career awards go to three faculty

Three U-M researchers have received the nation’s highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers, the White House announced Sept. 26.

Cheng receives prestigious 2011 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

Wei Cheng, Ara G. Paul Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the College of Pharmacy, has received a 2011 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). With the award, Cheng, will receive $1.5 million in direct costs to support his research over the next five years.

MCommunity users urged to review group membership settings

The recent implementation of MCommunity, the university’s new online directory, has raised questions over the way email group membership information can be found, and prompted university officials to suggest users review their group memberships and request changes where they find it necessary.

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Katherine Weider, creative arts producer, School of Art & Design, on offering advice for students: “You can’t always imagine your future. I think you have to trust that your loves and your interests will eventually lead you to the right place.”

EVENTS

“Photographer as Witness: Proof Enough?” with Jill Vexler, 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery in Room 100

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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.

Features

Old school: U-M in History

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