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Week of December 6, 2010

Origins of weaving

Anne Knott, retired U-M staff and a member of the Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild, demonstrates how a book can be used as a simple loom. The demonstration was part of Classical Civilization 350: Love and Affection in Antiquity being taught by Ruth Caston, assistant professor of classical studies, at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. The class gave students a chance to learn about the origins of weaving, as well as its role in classical language and literature. Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services.

U-M netting big energy savings through Planet Blue

Simple acts are having profound affects at U-M when it comes to energy savings. Recently released data from the Planet Blue Operations Team on energy savings and utility costs shows a 12 percent decrease in the amount of energy used for FY 2010 in 44 campus buildings, with a total cost avoidance of almost $3.5 million annually.

Martin Philbert appointed dean of SPH

Martin Philbert, senior associate dean for research and professor of toxicology in the School of Public Health, has been appointed the new dean of SPH. President Mary Sue Coleman and Provost Phil Hanlon made the announcement Nov. 29, pending approval by the Board of Regents.

Researchers identify protein essential for cell division

U-M researchers have discovered that a protein known to regulate cellular metabolism also is necessary for normal cell division in blood-forming stem cells. Loss of the protein results in an abnormal number of chromosomes and a high rate of cell death.

State will help fund building renovations on all three campuses

The state Legislature has approved a bill that will partially fund the renovation of three U-M academic buildings — one each in Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn. The legislation, approved early Friday on the last day of the legislative session, provides $383 million in state funding for nearly $1 billion in projects.

Professors contribute to presidential report on U.S. energy

Two U-M professors contributed to a White House report last week that calls for the United States to craft a governmentwide federal energy policy and update it regularly with strategic reviews every four years.

Emergency Hardship Program offers guidance, grants for employees

Through November 49 university staff and faculty members have received emergency financial awards from the Emergency Hardship Program, and more than 240 others have been connected with appropriate community resources.

Toy collector fills library office with figurines

Corey Seeman has made it a hobby for years to collect miniature toy figurines. Now his office is teeming with bobble-heads, familiar movie and cartoon characters, miniature dogs, cars and cups.

WDI to offer leadership workshop for USAID in Pakistan

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the William Davidson Institute (WDI) a contract to carry out a management, team building and leadership workshop for its mission in Islamabad, Pakistan.



Jennifer Jones, coordinator, Global Initiatives program, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, on directing Voices in Harmony: “Singing is a very important part of my life, and the people in this group are an important part of my life. The members become a family.”


Laura Patterson, Update on Campus IT Environment information sessions, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 8, BSRB Auditorium, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 9, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.

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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

Paper, plastic or bring your own bag?

Old school: U-M in History

New organ dedicated