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Week of January 14, 2013

Understanding Race Project

From January through April, the Understanding Race Project will explore the concept of race and its impacts through an extensive range of free public exhibits, performances, lectures, symposia and more than 130 courses in several disciplines. The historical, cultural, psychological and legal interpretations of race will be examined from both national and global perspectives. For more information go to Photo by Milagros González.

MLK Symposium honors ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

The theme "50 Years Later: (R)Evolution of the Dream" will guide the 27th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium this month, led by keynote speaker Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The symposium theme celebrates the 50th anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Mark West, expert on Japanese law, named 17th dean of Law School

Mark D. West, currently the associate dean for academic affairs at the Law School and a highly regarded scholar whose research focuses on the Japanese legal system, will be the 17th dean of the Law School beginning Sept. 1, pending approval by the Board of Regents.

President’s Staff Innovation Award promotes better workplace

Cost-saving ideas, solutions for productivity and novel approaches to how university work is performed often come from staff members, and the new President’s Staff Innovation Award program will encourage and reward those efforts.

Dissertation Writing Institute boosts doctorate completion

The Sweetland Center for Writing’s Dissertation Writing Institute, now in its 10th year, is helping to boost doctoral program completion rates of graduate students. Compared with national rates of 50-60 percent, Institute students complete at a rate of 88 percent.

CTools introduces new features and a new look and feel

CTools welcomed 2013 with a makeover. The campus online service was upgraded to version 2.9 and introduced a new look and feel for the CTools home page Dec. 29.

Shared Services Center to be part of Administrative Services Transformation

After a three-year assessment and design process, the university is moving forward with implementing a Shared Services Center, which is expected to open in mid-2014, for select Finance and Human Resources administrative functions.

Division of Public Safety and Security announces department names

With the creation of the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security, the department names within the division have been revised effective immediately, Interim Executive Director Joe Piersante announced.



Natalie Condon, videographer for the Development, Marketing and Communications office at LSA, on her job: “Every project is different, and with each we get to meet a lot of cool people doing amazing things on campus.”


“The Music Lesson” by Caspar Netscher, U-M Museum of Art new acquisition, first floor connector near the museum’s historic wing.

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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

MLK at U-M