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Week of December 13, 2010

College of Engineering Design Expo

College of Engineering students at the Michigan Engineering Design Expo display a portable vehicle control system for disabled persons who can only use their hands. The event, which allowed engineering students to showcase their design projects among peers and professionals, took place at Pierpont Commons and the Duderstadt Media Center. To learn more about the student projects, go to Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services.

Tessler, Kollman to lead international efforts in revised roles

As the university continues to advance global engagement opportunities for its students and faculty, Provost Phil Hanlon and LSA Dean Terrence McDonald have announced that Mark Tessler will take on the full-time role of vice provost for international affairs. He has served for six years in this capacity part time while also directing the International Institute. Hanlon and McDonald also announced, as part of this change, Kenneth Kollman’s appointment as director of the International Institute.

Poor economy, more air bags result in lower road fatalities

Over the past five years, road fatalities in the United States have fallen 22 percent, thanks primarily to the poor economy and the increased prevalence of air bags, U-M researchers say.

IT Council recommends use of Google collaboration tools

The IT Council unanimously has recommended the selection of Google as the primary collaboration tool provider for U-M students, staff and faculty. The recommendation now will be considered by the IT Executive Committee for a final decision.

Short-term counseling services provide insight

If you’re troubled about a family, job or personal concern and have considered counseling, you’re not alone. Last year about 600 individuals received help through the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, which serves the main campus, and hundreds more have called with questions about the program, says Director Thomas Waldecker. Similarly, counseling is available to U-M Health System faculty and staff through the UMHS Employee Assistance Program.

Simple small molecules could untangle Alzheimer’s disease 

New molecular tools developed at U-M show promise for “cleansing” the brain of amyloid plaques, implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. The research, led by assistant professor Mi Hee Lim, was published online Dec. 3 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

WCC to extend pilot program offering evening classes on U-M campus

Washtenaw Community College plans to extend a successful fall pilot program into the winter semester by continuing to offer evening classes on the U-M Ann Arbor campus.

People more willing to give when they empathize with poor women’s plight

Nonprofits aiding the sick or poor could increase charitable donations through ads in which consumers empathize with an actor portraying an unfortunate plight. A new study by researchers at U-M, Westminster College and University of North Carolina looks at observers’ reaction to a poor woman’s emotions when asking for assistance.



Barrie Vorobiev, registrar, School of Dentistry, on her second time living in Russia: “This was when I could truly see the disparity between the rich and the poor.”


Jazz Series concert with Afro-Cuban jazz quartet Nuevo Rumbon, featuring musicians planted in the contemporary Cuban tradition, 8 p.m. Dec. 15, U-M Museum 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.


Question of the Week

What movie do you plan on seeing over the holiday break?

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