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Week of February 21, 2011

Alternative Spring Break

Students paint houses in New Orleans as part of volunteer work with Onsite Relief. Both trips were part of U-M’s Alternative Spring Break program. More than 450 U-M students will take part in the program this year. Photo courtesy the Ginsberg Center.

Battery technology entrepreneurs 
win 2011 Clean Energy Prize

A company whose technology could lead to cheaper lithium-ion batteries won the top prize of $50,000 in the 2011 Clean Energy Prize business plan competition. Gov. Rick Snyder spoke at the awards ceremony Friday at Rackham Auditorium.

Davis-Blake named dean 
of Ross School

Alison Davis-Blake will be the new Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Aug. 22, pending approval from the Board of Regents.

Janko to discuss philosophers, effect of media violence on youth

Richard Janko, the Gerald F. Else Collegiate Professor of Classical Studies, will discuss the connection between philosophers and the effect of media violence on youth at 4 p.m. March 8, when he delivers the Henry Russel Lecture 2011 in the Rackham Amphitheatre.

Provost seeks public comments on tenure clock proposal

Provost Phil Hanlon is seeking public comment from the U-M community on a possible change to the university’s maximum allowable tenure probationary period.

Six faculty named Thurnau professors

Six faculty members have been honored for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education as this year’s recipients of Arthur F. Thurnau professorships. The appointments, approved Feb. 17 by the Board of Regents, are titles the six will retain throughout their careers at the university.

Google tools will boost collaboration

Executive officers approved the IT Council recommendation that the university select Google as the primary collaboration tool provider for the Ann Arbor campus. This represents the most significant foray for the university into a campuswide computing service not hosted by U-M.

Center for Afroamerican and African Studies becomes department

Established in 1970, the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies had surged in size and stature by its 40th anniversary last year. Now just 11 months later, the Board of Regents has conferred department status on CAAS, to best support future growth.



Amanda Krugliak, arts curator, Institute for the Humanities, on returning to Ann Arbor: “I love where I’ve landed. Perhaps I don’t know what’s coming next, and I never expected to find myself back here, but I have a sense of what matters.”


The School of Art & Design Emeritus Faculty Exhibition is presented from noon-7 p.m. through Feb. 25 at Work • Ann Arbor, 306 S. State St.

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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

Is continued federal support of public broadcasting important to you?

Old school: U-M in History

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