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Coleman reaches out to prospective
underrepresented minority students

In the third of a series of four outreach events to high-achieving underrepresented minority junior and senior high school students, President Mary Sue Coleman stressed the importance of higher education. She also encouraged the college-bound young people to make U-M their goal for pursuing an education. More>

U-M leaders remind campus about severe weather procedures

“Because so many students are residential, the University is to remain open except in the most severe emergencies,” Provost Paul N. Courant says. “The University has an obligation to provide services to the students, patients at the Health System and the general public. At the same time, we understand that some of our students and staff members live a distance from campus and may find it difficult to get in during severe weather.” More>

Education key to Michigan’s economic success, commission finds

If the State of Michigan hopes to return to the lofty perch it occupied as a business and industrial power of the early 20th century, it must focus on making higher education available and accessible to all of its residents. More>

Challenge to America: Innovate or fall behind

Innovation will be the single most important factor in determining America’s success through the 21st century, according to a report issued this month as part of the Council on Competitiveness’ National Innovation Initiative (NII). More>

Monitoring the Future study reveals drop in smoking, drug use among American teens

The proportion of American 8th-, 10th- and 12th-grade students who reported using any illicit drug in the prior 12 months continued a gradual decline in 2004, and smoking rates among American teens continue to decline, according to the latest national survey of students in the Monitoring the Future study.
• Cigarette smoking among American teens continues 8-year decline>
• Overall teen drug use continues gradual decline, but use of inhalants rises>

Theme semester will spotlight
‘Cultural Treasures of the Middle East’

As post-Sept.11 enrollment in Middle East programs has doubled, the University will sponsor a comprehensive semester-long focus on Middle Eastern people, cultures and languages. More>

U-M continues modest salary program for 2004-05

Salary rates for the Ann Arbor campus in 2004-05 continued to increase at a modest pace, reflecting the continuing budget constraints affecting all Michigan public universities, leaders of the University announced when releasing the annual salary report Dec. 20. More>

Regents approve Thayer Building; new home for language
and literature programs

The University of Michigan Board of Regents today (Dec. 16) approved construction of an academic building at the corner of South Thayer and Washington streets that will serve as the permanent home for three College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) programs. Regents also approved the appointment of Diamond + Schmitt Architects, Inc. of Toronto as the design firm. More>

Tedesco to resume faculty role; accepts visiting position
at Columbia

Lisa A. Tedesco, who has served as vice president and secretary of the University since 1998, will step down from that position in February 2005 in order to resume her research and teaching.

A health psychologist and professor of dentistry, Tedesco has accepted a year-long position as a visiting fellow at the Center for Community Health Partnerships at the Columbia University Medical Center and visiting professor at the Columbia School of Dentistry and Oral Surgery. More>

Google/U-M project opens the way
to universal access to information

Google and U-M announced Dec. 14 a joint agreement that will add the 7 million volumes in the U-M library to the Google search engine and open the way to universal access of information.

“We are exhilarated to join a partnership with Google that perfectly advances our mission as a great public university to share knowledge within the academic community and far beyond it,” President Mary Sue Coleman said. More>

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