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Week of September 17, 2012

MFarmer’s Market

Rachel Ross inspects a tomato during the second annual MFarmer’s Market on the courtyard patio at the Michigan Union. The markets offer fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms, cooking demonstrations, free samples, giveaways, recipes, a plant sale and tips for healthy and sustainable eating. They are hosted by the Central Student Government and University Unions. The next markets will take place Sept. 27 on North Campus in the Duderstadt Center Gallery and Oct. 11 at Michigan Union. Photo by Scott Soderberg, Michigan Photography.

Bats to beetles: pest control staff head off animal infestations

It was about 3:45 p.m. Aug. 9. A co-worker on the fourth floor of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library told Jeremy Morse about the bat. She had spotted it swooping among the science stacks. “My first thought was, ‘I want to see that,’” says Morse, head of the publishing technologies group, University Library. He spotted the bat flying, then alerted co-workers via email to keep their doors closed, while another co-worker called Pest Management Services, part of Plant Building & Grounds Services.

Ann Arbor campus welcomes three more hybrid buses

Three more diesel-electric hybrid buses joined the U-M Ann Arbor fleet this month, bringing the total number of hybrid buses on campus to seven.

Child hunger expert to discuss how mothers living in poverty are demanding economic justice

Mariana Chilton, a nationally recognized expert on child hunger in America, will deliver the Vivian R. Shaw Lecture, “Witnesses to Hunger: How Mothers Living in Poverty Are Demanding Economic Justice.”

Professors to receive NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

One research project will use brain activity to forecast the success of large-scale health campaigns. Another involves making artificial platelets from the ground up, and turning synthetic biology upside down in the process.

Retirement planning advisers say prepare for positive adventure

If you’re nearing retirement age and have yet to evaluate finances or even consider how to pass the time when you leave your job, you’re not alone. Those who offer advice to those thinking about retirement say new retirees should embrace the adventure.

Security screening added for Board of Regents’ meetings

The university will take another step this month to enhance security for the formal sessions of the Board of Regents.

U-M remains strong 
in world rankings

U-M continues to be one of the top public universities in the world, according to two rankings released last week.



Anne Curzan, professor of English language and literature and professor of linguistics, LSA, and professor of education in the School of Education, on her linguistics radio show: "I’m trying to help people enjoy more, and worry and judge less."


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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

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