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Week of February 18, 2013

IT staff members make connections

Nearly 500 Information and Technology Services staff members participated in Connection Points, an event hosted recently by Laura Patterson, the university’s chief information officer and head of ITS. Patterson and other ITS leaders discussed the future of IT at Michigan in the context of NextGen Michigan, the multiyear strategy to deliver the next-generation technologies. Campus community members will have a similar opportunity to hear the latest about the Michigan IT strategic planning process during a campuswide town hall event scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon March 18 in the Michigan League Ballroom. Photo by Joel Iverson.

Engaging with Detroit: Students live, study and work in the Motor City

U-M’s Semester In Detroit program is entering its fourth year and has become quite popular. The comprehensive program’s three pillars requiring students to live, study and work in Detroit, totally immerses students in a city most of them know little about.

U-M celebrates three Sloan Fellowships for research

Three U-M professors are among the 126 early-career scientists and scholars from the United States and Canada selected as 2013 Alfred P. Sloan research fellows.

Improved disability 
coverage on the horizon

More faculty and staff will be fully covered by U-M’s Expanded Long-Term Disability (LTD) plan, and employees will see a shorter wait time for automatic enrollment when two key changes to the plan go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Proposals sought for seventh annual STEP workshop to promote excellent practices

The ADVANCE Program STEP workshops, set for May 7-9, train teams of faculty to make positive changes in their academic units. March 8 is the application deadline for proposals by teams from various schools and departments.

Three honored with Goddard Power awards

Mieko Yoshihama of the School of Social Work, Avery Demond of the College of Engineering, and Elizabeth Cole of LSA have received Sarah Goddard Power Awards for 2013.

Roundworm study: 
Stay cool and live longer?

Scientists have known for nearly a century that cold-blooded animals, such as worms, flies and fish all live longer in cold environments, but have not known exactly why.

Babies are born earlier and smaller when males are scarce

In communities where dad is more likely to be missing from the picture, more babies are born prematurely and of lower weight, according to a U-M researcher.

 

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

Michael Gordon, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of business administration at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, on who had the greatest influence on his career path: "The late C.K. Prahalad, a professor here at Ross."

EVENTS

“The Skin of Our Teeth,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 8 p.m. Feb 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.

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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

A Creation of My Own