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Week of April 4, 2011

North Quad Community Open House

Hundreds of visitors tour classrooms, technology and residential facilities during the Community Open House for North Quadrangle Residential and Academic Complex. The March 31 event offered campus and community members an opportunity to get an up-close look at the home of 450 upper-level undergraduate students and the new hub for learning and collaboration. See more photos >. Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services.

U-M creates state’s first disease-specific stem cell lines

University researchers have created the state’s first human embryonic stem cell lines that carry the genes responsible for inherited disease. The achievement will enable scientists here to study the onset and progression of genetic disorders and to search for new treatments.

Green commencement practices a top priority in ’11

U-M colors are maize and blue but many of this year’s graduates will be wearing "green" at Spring Commencement. An estimated 35 percent of graduates taking the stage for the 10 a.m. April 30 ceremony will wear gowns that have been recycled from milk cartons.

Consider has campus looking at issues from both sides

Consider has stirred debate, and its organizers are pleased. Reappearance of the four-page, student-run point-counterpoint publication on campus has inspired people across the university to initiate dialogue. Consider came back a year-and-a-half ago, after a two-year hiatus.

Byrnes takes position with joint institute

Pamela Byrnes, a U-M alumna and former state representative is the new executive director of the university’s joint institute with Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

U-M prescription drug plan outpaces the nation; saves $57 million

U-M’s prescription drug plan consistently has outperformed the national average, saving nearly $57 million over the eight years the university has operated the self-insured plan, according to the latest report.

U to sponsor fourth e-waste recycling event

The Office of Campus Sustainability and Ann Arbor Public Schools are sponsoring a free e-waste recycling event designed to help area residents, small businesses and nonprofits dispose of electronics in an earth-friendly way.

Cause marketing lowers charitable donations

Cause marketing — when firms share proceeds from the sale of products with a social cause — reduces charitable giving by consumers, says a researcher at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.



Sonja Botes, executive secretary, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, on working with members of her church’s youth group: “It is of great value to see the kids grow in their spiritual walk.”


Sixteenth annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Wednesday, Duderstadt Center Gallery.

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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

As the weather begins to warm, what outside activity are you excited to begin?

Old school: U-M in History

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