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Friday, May 18, 2012

U-M Engineering student Kathryn Luczek (right) shows a CubeSat (cube satellite) to Cora Marrett, deputy director of the National Science Foundation, at an exhibition of NSF research in Washington, D.C. Luczek was joined by Aaron Ridley, associate professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, at the event this week. The reception and exhibits on Capitol Hill showed members of Congress and staff examples of the kind of basic research funded by the NSF. Luczek's CubeSat is part of CADRE, a program that involves students building and designing small satellites for space research using faculty guidance. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)

Regents approve new undergraduate degree in information
The Board of Regents approved the university's first undergraduate degree in information at its meeting Thursday. The School of Information will offer the bachelor's degree in information beginning in fall 2014 pending its approval at the June meeting of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.

Debra Kowich appointed interim general counsel
Debra A. Kowich, the associate general counsel who leads the public higher education practice group, has been named interim general counsel for the university, effective June 1. Her appointment was approved by the Board of Regents on Thursday.
In other action, regents approved Survival Flight hangar lease and fire alarm upgrades.

Vets, active-duty military have new information 'base' on Wolverine Access
Staff, faculty, and students who have served or are now serving in the U.S. military have a new site on Wolverine Access to record information about their service and related matters. All university-affiliated veterans and active-duty military are encouraged to tap this resource.

The Michigan Difference

From homegrown to smartphone
Food banks are known for often lacking fresh produce, instead opting for shelf-stable, non-perishable foods. An article in LSA Today tells how U-M alumna Susan Evans and former LSA faculty member Peter Clarke want to help low-income families provide fresh, nutritious meals. For two decades they have worked to get fruits and vegetables into food banks. The final step in the mission: to show food bank clients ways to use all the fresh produce that is available. Evans and Clarke have developed a smartphone tool that customizes meal options for clients based on available produce.