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Week of March 28, 2011

Bert’s Study Lounge opens

U-M alumnus and benefactor Bert Askwith, second from left, cuts the ribbon during the formal opening of Bert’s Study Lounge in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. The March 22 event also was a birthday party for Askwith, who turned 100 on March 2. Askwith funded the high-tech study lounge, and his earlier gifts made possible the Askwith Media Library and Bert’s Café. Pictured from left is Askwith’s daughter, Patti Askwith Kenner, Askwith, President Mary Sue Coleman, Dean of Libraries Paul Courant and Shapiro Library Director Laurie Alexander. Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services.

Civil War 150th anniversary 
commemorated in Bentley exhibit

Round the Flag! An Exhibit Commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War celebrates local connections to the Civil War period, its beginnings and legacy. Matthew Adair, a graduate student from Fenton in the School of Information — and a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War for 10 years — is the exhibit’s creator.

‘Moral compass’ led professor to 
environmental endeavors

John Vandermeer, who is the Asa Gray Distinguished University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will discuss his work and his belief that scientists should merge research interests with personal convictions in his Distinguished University Professorship lecture at 4 p.m. April 11 in the Rackham Amphitheatre.

Lehman named secretary of the Senate; SACUA elections delayed

The University Senate elected John Lehman as secretary of the Senate on March 21, while the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs delayed for one month the election of new members.

Study discovers why some cancer recurs in bones

Like bad neighbors who decide to go wreck another community, prostate and breast cancer usually recur in the bone, a new U-M study shows. Now, U-M researchers believe they know why.

University Senate affirms reservations over longer allowable tenure clock

The University Senate voted March 21 to affirm action taken earlier this year by the Senate Assembly expressing “significant reservations” about a proposal to increase the maximum allowable faculty tenure probationary period from eight to 10 years.

Diversity Council issues call for grant proposals

President Mary Sue Coleman established the U-M Diversity Council in 2003 to assess, encourage and celebrate diversity initiatives at the university.

Public nuisance? Cell phone use spurs conversations with strangers

Next time a cell phone user talks loudly into the mobile device, oblivious to his or her surroundings, it just might open dialog with a stranger. A new U-M study examined how mobile communication influences the extent to which one engages with new people in public settings.



Cat Meyer, administrative assistant senior, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, on her role at work: “I love puzzles, and that’s what’s so charming about the work I do; it’s always changing. It’s like doing a sudoku every day.”


J. Adrian Wylie’s exhibit Moments in Medicine: Silver Gelatin Portraits, features black and white portraits of medical students, residents or fellows, Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1, through April 3.

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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.


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