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Week of September 16, 2013

Presidential open house

President Mary Sue Coleman poses with Sonalee Joshi and Xinrui Yang as her husband, Kenneth, snaps a photo during the president’s annual open house for students. The Sept. 12 event gave students a chance to meet Coleman and tour the president’s campus house on South University Avenue. Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography.

U-M to become epicenter of research on Gershwin music

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance has entered a new partnership with the estates of George and Ira Gershwin to provide U-M music scholars complete access to all of the Gershwins’ papers, compositional drafts and original scores to create the first-ever critical edition of their works.

Nominations sought for honorary degree recipients

It is important to consider and recognize those who make valuable contributions to the world from outside the U-M community. That’s the message from President Mary Sue Coleman, who this month encouraged members of the university community to consider exceptional candidates for nominations to the university’s Honorary Degree Committee.

Third Century Initiative funds new round of learning projects

The Third Century Initiative is a $50 million program established by the president and provost to inspire innovative programs that enhance the student learning experience and to develop creative approaches to the world’s greatest challenges. Faculty can apply to various grant programs to achieve these goals. Fourteen projects were funded in the latest round of the Student Learning component of the initiative.

U-M Water Center awards $2.9M for eight Great Lakes restoration projects

The U-M Water Center has awarded eight research grants, totaling nearly $2.9 million, to support Great Lakes restoration and protection efforts.

Author Alice Walker to speak at U-M in November 2014

Author Alice Walker has accepted an invitation from U-M’s Center for the Education of Women to speak on campus next year. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Color Purple” and other books will deliver the biennial Zora Neale Hurston Lecture on Nov. 5, 2014.

Equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter to deliver Vivian R. Shaw Lecture

Equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter to deliver Vivian R. Shaw Lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 in Rackham Auditorium.

Ten U-M doctoral candidates named Dow Sustainability Fellows

Ten doctoral students from six schools and colleges at U-M have started the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program, marking the first cohort of interdisciplinary Ph.D. fellows in this innovative program, which launched in spring 2012.



Jeff Harrold, academic standards adviser, LSA, on his professional and personal work: “I like seeing folks succeed over difficulties, whether educational or in life.”


Music in the Arb concert with chamber ensemble Arborata, 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Nichols Arboretum amphitheater.

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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

Modern dance