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Week of March 8, 2010

In sync

Members of the Synchronized Skating Club practice at Yost Ice Arena. This past weekend the team competed at Nationals, skating to music from “Fame,” to conclude the 2010 season. Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services

U-M prepares for reaccreditation team visit

More than 300 people from within U-M and outside will be involved in about 60 meetings on campus next week as part of the university’s reaccreditation process.

U-M working with Royal Shakespeare Company to develop new plays

The Royal Shakespeare Company and U-M will work together to develop three new plays, including a reconstruction of a "lost" play credited to William Shakespeare and his contemporary, John Fletcher. The world-acclaimed, England-based theatre company will be in Ann Arbor from March 20-31.

U-M doctor finds Haitian volunteer experience uplifting

Dr. Hari Conjeevaram volunteered in Sri Lanka after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina because he finds it necessary and spiritually uplifting to help in the wake of tragedies. But the associate professor of internal medicine in the Medical School found his Jan. 29-Feb. 10 volunteer experience particularly moving.

U-M students in Chile safe, president urges support 
of earthquake victims

U-M has confirmed 12 students studying in Chile were unharmed by the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the coastal nation Feb. 27. President Mary Sue Coleman expressed gratitude at learning of their safety, and encouraged the campus community to support the South American nation’s rebuilding process.

Public health hero Sommer to receive Francis medal

The university will award the Thomas Francis Jr. Medal in Global Public Health to Alfred Sommer, whose research into vitamin A deficiency has saved millions of children from blindness and death.

Campuswide IT rationalization 
project starts with unit assessments

As part of NextGen Michigan, the transformation of campus information technology, the university will conduct the first-ever comprehensive assessment of information technology at both the unit and campus levels.

Nominations sought for MHealthy 
Ergonomics Awards

MHealthy now is accepting nominations for its fourth annual MHealthy Ergonomics Awards program.



Dave Brenner, Web administrator and graphic designer, School of Natural Resources and Environment, on what he misses about Alaska: “…the large clear skies where you can see for hundreds of miles.”


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

What Oscar-nominated film would you recommend?

Old school: U-M in history

Campus activities: Before March Madness