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Week of November 1, 2010

Bold for the Cure

Stephanie Buczek, hair stylist and makeup artist at Da Vinci’s Salon & Gallery, shaves the head of Christine Rigney, assistant administrator of operations, Division of Anatomic Pathology, as part of Bold for the Cure, a program to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. U-M pathologists, colleagues and staff volunteered to have their locks shorn or highlighted pink Oct. 24 as a show of support for people with breast cancer. Photo by Elizabeth Walker, Department of Pathology.

Coleman highlights new hires and accomplishments; talks budget

Meeting students’ educational needs through continued and expanded opportunities while managing the effects of an economy still in peril will be the biggest challenge U-M will face in the year to come, President Mary Sue Coleman said during her State of the University message to campus Oct. 27.

Organization launched to support independent MDs

As health care reform, rapidly evolving technology and the struggling economy challenge physician group practices across Michigan, a new organization — Physician Organization of Michigan — will offer a way for the state's doctors and doctor groups to stay independent and focus on what they do best: care for patients. U-M Health System and the Physicians' Organization of Western Michigan are the first two partners in the POM network.

U-M sustainability program 
moves to office environment

As the university’s sustainability initiative continues momentum across campus, the latest focus is the office environment, where a newly launched program is aimed at “greening” the workplace.

U-M No. 1 in 2010-11 Fulbright U.S. 
student competition

U-M once again ranked first in the nation in the number of U.S. Department of State Fulbright Student grantees. This is the fourth time since 2005 that U-M has emerged as the leader in the prestigious national fellowship competition.

Experts to discuss state of the flu

What are the lessons learned from H1N1, how can we best prevent and prepare for another flu pandemic, and what lies ahead? The School of Public Health will host a symposium Nov. 12 that brings together world influenza experts who will grapple with these questions and their answers.

Guiltless gluttony: Mislabeled food items often lead to overeating

Consumers tend to overeat large sizes of food labeled as small and feel that they have not eaten too much — even if they’re aware of the actual portion size and nutrition content, a U-M researcher says.

Friends with cognitive benefits: Mental function improves after socializing

Talking with other people in a friendly way can make it easier to solve common problems, a new U-M study shows. But conversations that are competitive in tone, rather than cooperative, have no cognitive benefits.



Joe Burman, director of prospect identification and strategies for LSA’s Department of Development, Marketing & Communications, on working at U-M: “I’ve always been a very curious person and I have a job that lets me be curious, so it’s a perfect match.”


Lebanese singing star Assi El Helani, 8-11 p.m. Nov. 6, Hill 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

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Old school: U-M in History

New president invested