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Week of October 25, 2010

Political network surveys

LSA sophomore Monica Shattuck (right) surveys an activist at an anti-war rally in Chicago for the U-M Political Networks Lab Group. Supervised by organizational studies professor Michael Heaney, the group gives undergraduate students an opportunity to conduct research related to social networks and politics. “The anti-war rally was an experience unlike one that I have ever had before,” Shattuck said of the Oct. 16-17 research effort. “I could feel the emotions spreading from person to person, getting everyone excited to be an activist and make a change.” Photo by Michael Heaney.

U-M enrollment sets another all-time record

Enrollment on the U-M Ann Arbor campus is at an all-time high in fall 2010 with 41,924 students, according to the Office of the Registrar. “This is a distinguished entering class, remarkable in its diversity of viewpoints, origins and talents,” says Ted Spencer, associate vice provost and executive director of undergraduate admissions.

Regent candidates to appear at forum

The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs has invited the 10 candidates running for two eight-year terms on the Board of Regents to participate in a public forum at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 25).

Program recycles pacemakers for global use

Millions worldwide die each year because they can’t afford a pacemaker. Meanwhile heart patients in the United States say they’d be willing to donate theirs after death to someone in need. Experts at the Cardiovascular Center are examining the legality and logistics of collecting pacemakers, after they are removed for burial or cremation, for sterilization and reuse across the globe.

II symposium to address future of area studies

The International Institute will hold a daylong symposium on Friday to examine the future of area studies, an interdisciplinary field of scholarship focused on the study of specific world regions.

Computing site to be dedicated in memory of disability advocate

U-M will honor the memory and service of Jim Knox by dedicating in his name the James Edward Knox Adaptive Technology Computing Center. The dedication ceremony will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. today (Oct. 25) at the Knox Center, which is located on the first floor of the Harold Shapiro Undergraduate Library.

Nominations sought for staff diversity award

Nominations now are being accepted for the third annual Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award. Cosponsored by the Office of the Provost and University Human Resources, the award recognizes individual staff members and teams that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in supporting diversity at the university.

U-M, United Way campaign seeks to raise $1.1 million

Today marks the beginning of the 2010 U-M Charitable Giving Campaign. This year’s campaign co-chairs — Paul Courant, university librarian and dean of libraries, and Douglas Strong, CEO of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers — have set a goal of $1.1 million.

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

James Rocker, program assistant, Office of New Student Programs, on event planning and organizing: “Some things in life you just can’t wing.”

EVENTS

Yusef Komunyakaa poetry reading, 5:10-6:30 p.m., Oct. 25, U-M Museum of Art, Apse Room.

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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.

Features

Question of the Week

Do you think Michigan’s economy has improved since this time last year?

Old school: U-M in History

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