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Week of January 24, 2011

Scenes from U-M’s MLK vision

Children dance as they listen to the Rev. Robert Jones play blues music during the Martin Luther King Jr. Children and Youth Day, for grades K-12. Activities included story-telling, guided discussions and group projects, skits, rap poetry, and a range of musical performances. The event was sponsored by the School of Education, School of Social Work and the Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives. Click here to see more MLK Symposium photos. Photo by Eric Bronson, U-M Photo Services.

U-M goes smoke-free July 1; policy details finalized

President Mary Sue Coleman has approved the final report on implementation of the new smoke-free policy that goes into effect July 1.

First tenants move into new Venture Accelerator for U-M startup businesses

U-M officially opened its Venture Accelerator at the North Campus Research Complex to provide space and resources for new businesses based on U-M technology.

Simplified MHealthy Rewards 2011, Active U kick-off Tuesday

MHealthy launches its two largest programs, Rewards 2011 and Active U, on Tuesday. LaVaughn Palma-Davis, senior director of University Health & Well-Being Services, says both programs are designed to help faculty and staff take charge of their health and get in the habit of reviewing their health status annually.

Provost looks at increased tenure probationary time frame

In a change designed to better meet the needs of today’s tenure-track faculty, Phil Hanlon, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, is considering a move that would increase the maximum allowable tenure probationary period from eight to 10 years.

Gateway gets facelift as first stage in redesign

The university’s home page, the gateway, will debut a new look during the week of Jan. 31 — one that features a more contemporary appearance, an improved search function and better integration of social media. The refresh, as it is being called, is the first step in a yearlong process that will result in a new and improved gateway, says David Lampe, vice president for communications.

Civil rights experience prepared Sherrod

“We the People … Realizing the Dream,” the theme for the 25th annual MLK Symposium, echoed throughout Shirley Sherrod’s keynote address at Hill Auditorium, and other speakers returned to the theme in honoring King.

Have we changed our ways after the BP oil spill? Not really

On the heels of recently announced federal recommendations to help prevent another BP oil spill disaster, a U-M researcher says the tragedy has come close to acting as a catalyst for deeper change — but not quite.



Diana Paterno, graduate program assistant, Department of Sociology, on the farming organization Wishing Tree Gardens: “We enrich not just the soil, but the whole community.”


Zell Visiting Writers Series with Mary Gaitskill, 5 p.m. Feb. 10, U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium.

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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’s your favorite outdoor winter activity?

Old school: U-M in History

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