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Week of April 18, 2011

Design Expo

Jeff Abromowitz explains his wireless robotic arm control system at the College of Engineering Design Expo. The device is designed to control a robot so it can detonate roadside bombs. His project was one of many items at the expo, which took place April 14 at several North Campus locations and on the Michigan Engineering Facebook page, where a related video contest continues through 9 a.m. Tuesday. Photo by Daryl Marshke.

Campuses, units celebrate Spring Commencement 2011

This year's U-M Spring Commencement will feature the commissioning of ROTC cadets and pre-ceremony student entertainment — both introduced at last year’s historic commencement featuring the U.S. president.

National champion solar car team introduces 2011’s Quantum

With its sleek 2011 car Quantum now built and ready for testing, U-M’s No. 1 solar car team in America is preparing to take on the world. The reigning champions of the North American Solar Challenge will compete in the 1,800-mile World Solar Challenge across the Australian outback in October. The U-M team, which has been around for two decades, has won the continental race six times and finished third in the global contest four times.

Political scientist Inglehart wins Johan Skytte Prize

U-M political scientist Ronald Inglehart and Harvard University colleague Pippa Norris have been awarded the 2011 Johan Skytte Prize in political science, officials at Sweden’s Uppsala University announced.

Eight faculty vie for three SACUA seats

The Senate Assembly will elect three Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs members at its meeting April 25.

Five faculty projects honored with Teaching Innovation Prize

Five U-M faculty projects that take new approaches to improve student learning will be honored May 2 as winners of the third annual Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize.

Six honored with Johnson diversity award

Six faculty members dedicated to developing cultural and ethnic diversity at U-M have received the 2011 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Affairs.

Earth Day celebrations planned

In celebration of Earth Day, North Quad will host an Andean Thanksgiving Ceremony for Mother Earth. It consists of a series of offerings (seeds, candy, grains and others) that are presented with reverence and gratitude to the Earth. The event also will include video presentations about various aspects of the tradition.



Kim Smith, clinical nurse II, East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatric Center, on installing rain collecting systems: “The expression on people’s faces when you are giving them the gift of water … has been priceless.”


“Crystalloid Columns” from Life in Ceramics: Five Contemporary Korean Artists, presented through June 13 in the Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1, by Gifts of Art.

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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.


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How do you feel about offshore wind farms?

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