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Week of December 10, 2012

Medical mentor program

Cass Technical High School has developed a partnership with the Medical School as part of a larger effort to connect U-M with high schools in under-served areas and to stimulate minority students’ interest in careers in the medical field. Above, ninth-grader Silas Shorter (center) is one of 20 students to take part in the mentoring program. Photo by Nicole Haley.

Global Challenges for a Third Century: A call to change the world

The university’s Third Century Initiative issued a call to faculty and staff in November for proposals to enhance action-based, experiential learning for students. Today, the innovative TCI program is rolling out its second funding component — a call for proposals to develop creative approaches to the world’s greatest challenges and opportunities.

Scientists examine howler monkeys, role of interbreeding in human evolution

Did different species of early humans interbreed and produce offspring of mixed ancestry? Recent genetic studies suggest that Neanderthals may have bred with anatomically modern humans tens of thousands of years ago in the Middle East, contributing to the modern human gene pool. But the findings are not universally accepted, and the fossil record has not helped to clarify the role of interbreeding, which also is known as hybridization.

MHealthy asks ‘Where will you Active U?’ this holiday

Over the past seven years, faculty and staff have earned more than 50,000 Active U T-shirts. This got people at MHealthy wondering, where in the world have all those T-shirts been?

Students go beyond platitudes to examine sustainability

The freshman students in Ben van der Pluijm’s sustainability seminar are being pushed to go beyond “green is good” platitudes by performing thoughtful, detailed research on how societal actions can impact our future.

Cooper to receive Johnson staff award

Lauded as someone devoted to helping the helpers in the Department of Psychiatry, Dawn Marie Cooper has been named the 2012 recipient of the Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence.

University launches e-newsletter to keep alumni informed

The university has launched a new email newsletter designed to keep alumni in all segments of the state informed about important U-M connections across Michigan and throughout the region.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will speak at U-M

Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, will speak at U-M as part of the “Policy Talks @ the Ford School” lecture series.

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Rita Barvinok, system administrator, LSA Biology, on putting on plays: “I had never done a play before, but when we did it for the first time, I realized how wonderful it was.”

EVENTS

Francis Alys “Guards,” U-M Museum of Art New Media Gallery, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday

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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

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