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Week of October 8, 2012

Campus sustainability efforts

The Michigan Union, Michigan League and Pierpont Commons have increased the amount of locally sourced items offered in its restaurants, cafes and convenience stores as a result of U-M’s new food purchasing guidelines. This month the Michigan Union features Farm Fresh Wednesdays with local, fresh fruits and vegetables available for purchase. Photo by Christina Beckman.

U-M efforts to meet sustainability goals reviewed at town hall

The latest sustainability-related efforts on campus — from creating “compost tea” liquid fertilizer to efficiency upgrades for buildings and vehicles — were on the discussion menu at a Campus Sustainability Town Hall forum Oct. 4.

University offers screenings for National Depression Screening Day

Depression affects approximately one in 10 adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thursday is National Depression Screening Day and, in support, several U-M programs will offer free, in-person, one-on-one mental health screenings for depression.

Investing in Ability events begin Oct. 22

The U-M Council for Disability Concerns’ annual Investing in Ability series begins Oct. 22. This year the event features presentations focusing on “The Attitude of Accommodations: The Art and Architecture of Accessibility.”

$12.3M center aims to ramp up design of advanced materials

It takes between 10 and 20 years to develop a new material — an advanced metal alloy, for example, that can be used in lighter cars, trucks and airplanes. That’s too long, says John Allison, professor of materials science and engineering.

U-M, WSU grant aims to improve African-American health

A grant renewal of $2.7 million will enable the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research to continue its work to improve the health of older African Americans.

Smallest and fastest-known RNA switches provide new drug targets

A U-M biophysical chemist and his colleagues have discovered the smallest and fastest-known molecular switches made of RNA, the chemical cousin of DNA. The researchers say these rare, fleeting structures are prime targets for the development of new antiviral and antibiotic drugs.

Physician assistants to renovate home for fellow UMHS employee


To LaKeesha Talbert, becoming a homeowner doesn’t just mean having a nice place to live — it also means having more responsibility. Talbert, a patient services assistant at the U-M Health System, will be the recipient of this year’s Physician Assistants Week Habitat for Humanity renovation project, and for her, it’s an opportunity to take the next step in life as a homeowner.

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Liz Glynn, children’s program coordinator for Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, on her job: “Our programs tie their field experience with us to what they’re doing in the classroom.”

EVENTS

“I know you’re there, but who am I?” exhibit, noon-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Oct. 19 at Work•Ann Arbor, 306 S. State St.

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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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Rally draws Sen. Hart