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Week of November 22, 2010

Wallenberg Medal

Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz presents Dr. Denis Mukwege with the U-M Wallenberg Medal. Mukwege is a leader in the movement to highlight the problem of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Wallenberg Medal, presented Nov. 16, honors Raoul Wallenberg, a 1935 U-M graduate who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews near the end of World War II. Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services.

Regents extend Coleman’s contract through July 2014

Mary Sue Coleman will serve as president of U-M for an additional two years beyond her current appointment, extending her contract through July 2014. The Board of Regents unanimously approved the extension at its Nov. 18 meeting.

Three to receive 
honorary degrees at Winter Commencement

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in economic sciences, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the university and serve as keynote speaker for the exercises to be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 19 in Crisler Arena. Also receiving honorary degrees at the ceremony are astronomer Sandra Faber, honorary Doctor of Science degree, and investment manager Charlie Munger, honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

25th MLK Symposium theme
 embraces ‘We the People’

U-M’s 25th anniversary MLK Symposium, one of the most prominent observances nationally of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will include former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod and CBS newsman Byron Pitts.

Faculty find storytelling helps students learn

Storytelling, that traditional staple of the kindergarten or pre-school classroom, isn’t just for the youngest students, say some U-M instructors who are discovering the value of stories to aid college student instruction. David Chesney, a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, says storytelling illustrates important points, helps students remember content and adds variety to a long lecture.

Policy addresses transfer of Native American human remains

The Office of the Vice President for Research will take a “consultation first” approach to all interactions with American Indian tribes as the university further develops its policies and procedures for the transfer of Native American human remains.

University reminds employees about severe-weather policy

As weather forecasts increasingly include reports of wintery conditions, campus leaders would like to remind the community that the university’s severe-weather policy encourages all employees to make a reasonable effort to report to work as scheduled.

More evidence: Melanoma does not 
conform to cancer stem cell model

U-M researchers have determined that most types of melanoma cells can form malignant tumors, providing new evidence that the deadliest form of skin cancer does not conform to the increasingly popular cancer stem cell model.



Karen Holland, special events coordinator, Office of the Chancellor, UM-Dearborn, on making Pewabic pottery and decorations: “My goal is to make people happy and if they smile, it is enough for me.”


Anna Grzymala-Busse, “The Sacralization of Politics in Europe and Beyond,” 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Room 1636, International Institute, School of Social Work Building.

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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’s your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

Old school: U-M in History

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