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Week of March 7, 2011

Growing ROTC programs

Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets Lorne Carter, Stephanie Kennedy and Roman Motley join in a training exercise on campus. They are among roughly 311 ROTC cadets at U-M representing three branches of the service: the Army, Navy and Air Force. Photos by Eric Bronson, U-M Photo Services.

Faculty teams sought for ADVANCE STEP program

The U-M ADVANCE Program, with support from the Provost’s Office, is calling for proposals for the fourth annual Strategies Toward Excellent Practices in Departments workshop.

Coleman commits to shared sacrifice, highlights U-M fiscal discipline

President Mary Sue Coleman told state legislators on March 2 that U-M is ready to answer the call for shared sacrifice and highlighted budget cuts that preserve the institution’s academic excellence as well as access to a U-M education.

Eccles to talk on gender’s role in career choice

Jacquelynne Eccles, the Wilbert McKeachie and Paul Pintrich University Professor of Psychology and Education, is an expert on gendered patterns of educational and occupational choices. She will deliver her Distinguished University Professor lecture, “Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood,” on March 14.

Growing ROTC programs prepare officers for military service

Interest in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program “is skyrocketing,” says Capt. Richard Vanden Heuvel, commander of the U-M-based Navy Officer Education Program. Currently there are about 311 ROTC cadets on campus representing three branches of the service: the Army, Navy and Air Force.

U-M entrepreneurs meet Gov. Snyder, discuss state’s future

Five U-M students and graduates were among 18 invited to a lunch with Gov. Rick Snyder because of their commitment to making Michigan a vibrant place to work and for their dedication to innovation, entrepreneurship and community service.

Herzog first law professor to earn student-organized Golden Apple

Students at U-M have selected a law professor to receive the student body’s coveted Golden Apple for the first time in the award’s 20-year history. Don Herzog, the Edson R. Sunderland Professor of Law, will deliver his “Ideal Last Lecture” March 14 at Rackham Auditorium.

Link seen between brain activity, smoking messages

People who demonstrated a stronger brain response to certain brain regions when receiving individually tailored smoking cessation messages were more likely to quit smoking four months later, a new study finds.



Judy Dooley, operations analyst, Division of Executive Education, on challenging herself at work: “I like coming up with complex queries and elegant reporting solutions. ... I just love being a resource for others.”


Making Democracy Work: Slovakia in the Last Decade, a panel featuring past and present Slovak Ambassadors to the United States including Ronald Weiser, 4 p.m. March 15, Palmer Commons Forum Hall.

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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

The Golden Apple Award allows professors to give a “last lecture” on a topic of choice. If you had one last chance to give a talk what would it be about?

Old school: U-M in History

Bennie and Biff