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Monday, December 13, 2010

Fireworks illuminate the skies above Michigan Stadium following U-M's 5-0 victory over Michigan State in the Big Chill at the Big House outdoor hockey game. Click on the photo to access a slideshow of images from Saturday's contest. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

BREAKING NEWS: Regents meeting canceled; statements on death of Dr. Mark Pescovitz
The Board of Regents has canceled its meeting scheduled for Thursday due to the death of Dr. Mark Pescovitz, husband of Dr. Ora Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs. President Mary Sue Coleman, the regents and Ora Pescovitz have issued statements on Mark Pescovitz.

IT Council recommends use of Google collaboration tools
The IT Council has unanimously recommended the selection of Google as the primary collaboration tool provider for U-M students, staff, and faculty. The recommendation will be considered for a final decision by the IT Executive Committee. The adoption of a primary, campuswide set of cloud-based collaboration tools is designed to support the university’s core missions of teaching, learning and research by making collaboration easier, more convenient, pervasive and cost-effective.

Four U-M startup companies win prizes in business plan competition
U-M startup companies took home the $500,000 grand prize and the $150,000 first runner-up prize on Saturday at one of the nation's largest business plan competitions. Two other U-M-created companies received cash awards as well. The four companies were among 50 semi-finalists in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition.

Design Expo projects presented in online video contest
Undergraduate engineering students are showcasing their entries in a virtual Design Expo Fall 2010, a Facebook video event that asks visitors to vote for their favorite projects. The winning team will be the one that has the video with the most "Likes" on the contest's Facebook page as of 9 a.m. Tuesday.

This week in the University Record
• Short-term counseling services provide insight
• Staff Spotlight: Dentistry registrar shaped by trips to Soviet Union
• Research: Poor economy, more air bags result in lower road fatalities
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Mission to Jamaica
Last May Karen Tam and Emmanuelle Ravat-Francoise, two students in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, joined an effort that other U-M students have been undertaking to improve the lives of residents in Jamaica's Hagley Gap. The pair worked to aid operations at a clinic where U-M medical and engineering students also have helped out since 2007.