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Week of April 2, 2012

Robotics Day

Computer science and engineering doctoral student Ryan Morton demonstrates how the robots follow him when he shows them black and white commands on a sheet of paper while team adviser Edwin Olson looks on. These robots will be on display at Robotics Day 2012 on April 9 at the North Campus Research Complex. Photo by Nicole Casal Moore.

Students named Truman and Goldwater scholars

U-M juniors Noel Gordon (right) and Tyler Jones aspire to make the world a better place through public service. They are one step closer to becoming “change agents” as the newest Truman Scholars.

Health and Retirement Study adds genetic data to NIH database

The U-M Health and Retirement Study, a 20-year nationwide survey of the health, economic and social status of older Americans conducted by the Institute for Social Research, has added genetic information from 12,500 consenting participants to the online genetics database of the National Institutes of Health.

U-M named Bike Friendly University by national organization

U-M has been named a Bike Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists in recognition of the university’s programs and commitment to bicycling on campus.

U-M again tops in research spending at public universities

For the second straight year, U-M ranks first in research and development spending among the nation’s public universities and colleges, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Building new IT projects to best serve faculty, staff and students

What will the future bring as NextGen Michigan makes lasting changes in how U-M invests in information technology? Laura Patterson, associate vice president and chief information officer, says an ongoing strategic process to build the university’s IT structure while reducing duplicative systems will drive down costs of current offerings and lay the groundwork to help faculty, staff and students.

Residential Computing celebrates 25 years of innovation

Between today’s constant bustle of checking e-mail on smartphones, watching videos on tablets and conducting research on laptops, it’s difficult to imagine a time when students didn’t have computing support in the residence halls to help them in their academic endeavors.

Mazumder honored with Distinguished University Innovator Award

Jyotirmoy Mazumder has been selected to receive the Distinguished University Innovator Award for 2012. The award honors faculty who have made important and lasting contributions to society by developing novel ideas and insights through their research and then translating them to practice.

 

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

Robert Adams, assistant professor of architecture at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, on a memorable classroom moment: "When a conversation around a student's project — be it design, architecture or some research agenda — begins to vibrate wildly."

EVENTS

Ford Distinguished Lecture in Physics, “A Global Cleanout of Nuclear Weapon Materials” with Frank von Hippel, Princeton University, 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Michigan Union, Rogel Ballroom.

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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

Old school: U-M in History

Turn-of-century sportswear