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Week of September 27, 2010

EarthFest 2010: A Party for the Planet

As part of EarthFest 2010: A Party for the Planet, volunteers sort through one day’s worth of trash from the Angell and Mason Hall complex to showcase how much waste is generated and how much of what gets put into trash cans actually can be recycled. The two-day event that took place last week on the Diag and North Campus included education displays, entertainment and a chance to sign a sustainability pledge. Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services.

In challenging economic times, U-M helps launch 10 new startup companies

U-M helped launch 10 startups last year and licensed 97 innovative technologies to industry, while university researchers reported 290 new inventions. Recent U-M inventions and their creators will be highlighted at the annual Celebrate Invention reception, 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Michigan League Ballroom.

Legal scholar to address law in college classrooms

Academic freedom is being tested in many law school classrooms nationwide, a situation ripening into legal challenges, says a University of Houston legal scholar. Michael Olivas will discuss this and more on Oct. 11, when he will give the 20th annual University Senate's Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom.

Pennant Health Alliance formed to
support local independent providers

In a move designed to strengthen independent community hospitals and physician practices, Metro Health, Trinity Health and the U-M Health System have joined to launch Pennant Health Alliance.

U-M sustainability efforts showcased at EarthFest

For two days last week, U-M faculty, staff and students took part in EarthFest 2010: A Party for the Planet. The event featured a trash sort to identify recyclable items, entertainment, informational displays and a chance to sign a sustainability pledge.

Top businesses, URC partner to boost state’s economic growth

Business Leaders for Michigan and the University Research Corridor  have formed Accelerate Michigan to help support efforts to make Michigan a “top 10” state for economic growth. Based on benchmarking performed by McKinsey & Co., the alliance will become one of the largest of its kind between a state’s largest businesses and research universities. U-M is part of the URC along with Michigan State and Wayne State universities.

U-M, MSU to lead $4.2 million Great Lakes climate change initiative

U-M and Michigan State University jointly will lead a federally funded effort to help Great Lakes-region residents anticipate and adapt to climate change. The interdisciplinary effort will be funded by a five-year, $4.2 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Freshman weight gain: Women with heavy roommates gain less

A new U-M study finds that college women with roommates who weigh more than average gain less weight during their freshman year than women with slimmer roommates: half a pound versus 2.5 pounds. That compares to the typical freshman weight gain of 2.5-to-6 pounds — much less than the mythical “Freshman 15.”

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Erica Rose, administrative assistant, Office of University Development, on the importance of attracting U-M donors: “It’s exciting to be a part of the development community at a time when private support has become equally important, if not more important, than public support.”

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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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Question of the Week

Now that the fall television lineup is out, what show are you looking forward to watching?

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