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Week of November 8, 2010

Detroit in prime time

LSA screen arts and cultures lecturer Jim Burnstein, U-M alumnus Phonz Williams and former Detroit news anchor Emery King take part in "Detroit in Prime Time: The Significance of 'Detroit 1-8-7." The panel discussion, which examined the city's image through the lens of mass media, featured Williams, a staff writer for the ABC crime drama "Detroit 1-8-7," and several staff and faculty members from UM-Dearborn. About 200 people attended the event, which was sponsored by the U-M Detroit Center. Photo by Roderick Murphy, U-M Detroit Center.

NCAA Committee on Infractions rules on football case

The NCAA Committee on Infractions announced Nov. 4 that it has accepted the self-imposed sanctions initiated by U-M during the NCAA Response on May 25, and added an additional year of probation for the football program. The university contested two allegations, and the NCAA report was favorable in each instance.

Francis Medal recipient Sommer called public health hero

Dr. Alfred Sommer, who saved millions of lives following his research on the effects of vitamin A deficiency, accepted the Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health from President Mary Sue Coleman Nov. 4 at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business Blau Auditorium.

Forrest stresses being ready for unexpected as VP for research

Stephen Forrest has some idea of the issues likely to occupy his next term as vice president for research, but he also wants to be prepared for the unexpected opportunities he is certain will arise — just like they did in his first five years on the job.

Online Travel Registry to launch Wednesday

The new Wolverine Access-based Travel Registry, considered a critical component of the university’s comprehensive health and safety protocol program supporting international travel, will be available starting Wednesday.

U serves thriving student veteran communities

In the current academic year, the university established an expanded Yellow Ribbon program for enrolled student veterans. Due to this and several additional initiatives, the Ann Arbor campus, the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and UM-Flint recently were designated “Military Friendly Schools.”

U-M aims for third win in blood 
donation battle against rival OSU

There will be blood. But will there be enough donors for Wolverine supporters to retain their title in the annual Blood Battle with Ohio State University? The blood drive, which began last week, runs through Nov. 19. Organizers hope to collect 2,500 pints this year to surpass last year’s total of 2,449 and extend U-M’s two-year winning streak.

High school engineering mentorship program competing for $250,000 grant

Against the backdrop of high unemployment rates, poverty and high school dropouts, the Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ) mentors Detroit high school students and seeks to inspire them to study engineering in college. The MEZ is pursuing a $250,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant in an effort to help more students in more ways.



Daniella Borum, program adviser, University Unions Arts & Programs, on the importance of her job: “Most of the programs on campus are student-driven and it is my responsibility to ensure students have access to the resources they need to have successful events.”


“Omaha Beach to the River Elbe: A Son Retraces His Father’s WWII Footsteps 66 Years Later,” Joe DeMatio, 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 16, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery.

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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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