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Week of March 11, 2013

Zell makes LSA gift

Chicago philanthropist Helen Zell has donated $50 million to permanently fund the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program. This is the largest gift in LSA's history. Photo courtesy Zell Family Foundation.

Alumna Zell donates $50 million to Creative Writing Program

Chicago philanthropist Helen Zell has donated $50 million to LSA — the largest gift in the college’s history, the university announced March 7. The donation was made through the Zell Family Foundation, for which Helen Zell serves as executive director.

Steiner to give Wege Lecture

Achim Steiner, the leader of environmental programming at the United Nations, will talk about the challenges facing the global environment movement when he delivers the 12th Annual Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability today (March 11).

Transforming Learning for a Third Century funds its first projects

The Third Century Initiative has awarded $825,000 to two dozen projects designed to enhance action-based, experiential learning for students.

Eight candidates campaign for three SACUA seats

The Senate Assembly will elect three members to the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) at its March 18 meeting. The three top vote getters will serve three-year terms. Additional candidates may announce their intent to run up to the time of the election.

President Coleman, journalist Michele Norris launch Race Card Project

On Tuesday President Mary Sue Coleman will formally launch the Race Card Project at U-M. Working with RCP creator, author and award-winning journalist Michele Norris, Coleman and her executive officers will submit their own six-word descriptions on race.

House to address paradox of U.S. health care and health

In his Henry Russel lecture Thursday, James S. House will address two concerns: why Obamacare and other proposals to reform health care will do little to reduce health spending or improve health, and how what has been learned about the impact of social disparities on health can actually improve health and lower spending.

Actor Bogosian to explore his journey researching Nemesis assassins

Eric Bogosian has been deep into researching his book on a group of assassins who sought revenge against the Ottoman Turks deemed responsible for the Armenian genocide. The actor and author will discuss his research odyssey Wednesday in the 2013 Berj H. Haidostian Annual Distinguished Lecture.
 

 

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

Dr. David Aronoff, an associate professor and medical doctor in internal medicine-infectious diseases, on what he can't live without: "My family. That’s the most important thing for me."

EVENTS

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, 7:30 p.m. March 14, Hill Auditorium, sponsored by the University Musical Society.

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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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