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Week of February 1, 2010

Cooking with cleaner fuel

U-M students traveled to Nicaragua last summer to learn about and install a biodigester, which will provide cleaner cooking fuel. Go to

Wolverines garner spots in Winter Olympics

Ice dancing pairs Meryl Davis and Charlie White, along with Evan Bates and Emily Samuelson, all have their eyes on the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The four U-M students took off Winter Semester to focus on skating competitions, especially the recent U.S. National Championships in Spokane, Wash. And with them landing spots on the U.S. Olympic team, it appears taking that hiatus paid off.

DUP lecture: Understanding human genetic data’s role in diabetes

Michael Boehnke, a professor at the School of Public Health and the 2008 Richard G. Cornell Distinguished University Professor of Biostatistics, will deliver his lecture "Identifying Genes for Type 2 Diabetes" at 4 p.m. Feb. 15 in Rackham Amphitheatre.

Hanlon selected as provost

Philip Hanlon, Donald J. Lewis Professor of Mathematics and vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs, has been selected as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs by President Mary Sue Coleman.

U-M Census contest aimed at college students, parents

The university launched a contest today aimed at increasing student participation in the 2010 Census. The contest, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Institute for Social Research (ISR), offers $3,000 in prizes for short videos designed to spur student participation in the coming census. Details are available on the contest Web site:

U community hears plans to assess sustainability goals

Faculty, students and staff at a town hall meeting Thursday gave the Campus Sustainability Integrated Assessment (IA) a thumbs-up as they learned about the comprehensive analysis that will lay the groundwork for specific sustainability goals.

National study provides snapshot of U-M incoming class of 2009

Each year since 1993,U-M at Ann Arbor participates in the Cooperative Institutional Research Program national survey of students who are beginning their undergraduate studies. This year, the Class of 2009 answered questions about the economy, college choice, political perspective and community engagement.

First Informatics major graduates from U-M

In December, Lauren Fine became the first graduate of the interdisciplinary Informatics program, a collaboration among LSA, the College of Engineering and the School of Information. Today 58 students are enrolled in the four-year major with a strong foundation in mathematics, statistics, computer science and social research methodology.



Teresa Herzog Mourad, on her favorite part of her job: “I am constantly inspired by changes people make in their alcohol-related attitudes and behaviors.”

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.


Question of the Week

How do you personally support sustainability?

Old school:
 U-M in history

Event: 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles