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Week of May 2, 2011

Distinguished Dissertation Award

The 2011 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award recipients are doctoral students (from left) Kevin Tucker, Bobak Mosadegh, Casie LeGette, Christopher Roberts, Alyson Jones, Jamaal Matthews, Feng Wang and Gustavo Patino. At the April 28 event, awardees received a $1,000 honorarium recognizing exceptional scholarly work and completion of their doctoral degrees in 2010. The annual competition is co-sponsored by ProQuest and Rackham Graduate School. Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services.

Speakers encourage class of 2011 
to embrace roles as leaders and best

A common theme rang through the various remarks at the U-M Spring Commencement celebration Saturday: the imperative for graduates to take the skills and experiences gained from their years at the university to become leaders who will change their communities and the world.

Staff member quits smoking with help from U-M program

Jackie Hunt had many reasons to quit smoking. She thought of her health, and a granddaughter on the way. Finally, one more incentive to quit came when the university announced that the U-M Smoke-Free University initiative was set to begin. With help from a U-M-sponsored smoking cessation program, Hunt, a medical technologist II in the hematopathology laboratory at University Hospital, quit in March 2010.

Hopwood Awards celebrate student writing

U-M’s Hopwood Awards program is special because it honors the tradition of the individual writer seeking to create literature, says the writing program’s top awards winner for 2011.

U-M Health System volunteers serve growing system

The U-M Health System’s growth has been accompanied by increasing volunteer support, and administrators want to make sure the trend continues.

U-M Road Scholars convene 12th annual traveling seminar

Nearly three dozen U-M faculty experts are taking to the road today (May 2) for the 12th annual traveling seminar known as the Michigan Road Scholars. For five days, they will drive the highways and back roads of Michigan with stops planned in Benton Harbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, St. Ignace and Traverse City.

Solar car Quantum will roll in Formula Sun Grand Prix

U-M’s 2011 solar car is set to compete this week in the American Solar Car Challenge: Formula Sun Grand Prix at the100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

WDI partnership to develop entrepreneurship in Jordan

The William Davidson Institute is partnering with Washtenaw Community College to promote entrepreneurship among students at Al Quds College in Jordan.

Three new SACUA members elected

Dr. Charles Koopman, Finn Larsen and Karen Staller were elected to the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs by the Senate Assembly at its meeting April 25.



Brigitte Maassen, international visitor coordinator, International Center, on her youth, and the influence of international culture: “I grew up in a family that was so inclusive of people of all different religions, races and backgrounds … so I’m very grateful.”


Gifts of Art presents “The Tie that Binds: Book Arts Group Show,” featuring School of Art & Design student works through June 13 in the Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1.

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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 advice would you give to the class of 2011?

Old school: U-M in History

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