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Week of November 15, 2010

Snyder makes appointments

Gov.-elect Rick Snyder announces the appointment of two key members of his administration. Snyder chose the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy as the site of his announcement Nov. 8 that former Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus (left) will be a senior adviser, and House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford (not pictured), will become state treasurer. Also shown is Lt. Gov.-elect Brian Calley (right). Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services.

Paper-mounted collections still mainstay of University Herbarium

Mounted on acid-free paper, and filed away in the climate-controlled storage area of the University Herbarium, are plants dating back to the 1820s and ’30s. Ranked as the third-largest university herbarium in North America, behind Harvard University and the University of California-Berkeley, the U-M Herbarium holds about 1.7 million specimens.

Symposium examines flu as global concern

A cadre of the nation’s leading flu experts gathered at the School of Public Health Friday for a symposium, “Influenza as a Global Concern: Where Do We Go From Here?”

Great American Smokeout events support smoke-free campus

The 35th annual Great American Smokeout (GASO) on Nov. 18 challenges people to quit tobacco for at least 24 hours. GASO Prepare to Quit Events will be held on all U-M campuses to support faculty, staff and students who want to quit tobacco before the university goes smoke-free in July 2011. The events are organized by MHealthy, in collaboration with University Health Service and Rackham Graduate School.

University professors receive presidential research award

Three U-M researchers are among the 85 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the nation’s highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers.

Door-to-balloon time drops for heart attack patients; mortality rates unchanged

Door-to-balloon time has dropped dramatically as hospitals rush heart attack patients into treatment, but a five-year study released last week shows quicker hospital care has not saved more lives.

School of Social Work to celebrate 90th anniversary

The School of Social Work will kick off a yearlong celebration of its 90th anniversary on Friday with a full-day event that will include a keynote address by social activist Michael Sherraden.

Law School establishes joint center with India’s Jindal Global Law School

A recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the Law School and Jindal Global Law School of O.P. Jindal Global University near Delhi, India, establishes a Joint Centre for Global Corporate and Financial Law & Policy, and opens the door for future cooperative efforts between the two schools.



Jane Sullivan, graduate student coordinator in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, on working at her alma mater:“I always thought it would be a great place to work, and for me it’s turned out to be the case.”


Artist Wangechi Mutu’s lecture “My Dirty Little Heaven,” 5-6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Michigan Theater.

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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 would make it worth standing in line to shop on Black Friday?

Old school: U-M in History

New field house celebrated