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Week of April 9, 2012

FestiFools celebration

A gigantic papier-mâché mermaid delights the crowd as she makes her way up and down Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor during the 6th Annual FestiFools celebration. The mermaid was just one of several puppets featured in the April 1 celebration, along with hundreds of locals dressed in colorful garb, playing music and dancing in the street. Photo by Lon Horwedel, U-M Photo Services.

Nadarajan named dean of School of Art & Design

Gunalan Nadarajan, who works at the intersection of the arts, science and technology, has been selected as dean of the School of Art & Design.

Conforth urges audience to ‘heed the call’ in Golden Apple lecture

Bruce Conforth, a lecturer II in American studies, LSA, on April 4 accepted the 22nd Annual Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching, the only student-selected teaching award on campus. As part of the honor Conforth delivered a "last lecture" that he called "Heeding the Call," in which he told audience members it's “possible to do what you need to do to pay the bills without giving up on your passion.”

What my startup did last semester: TechArb spring showcase

In one of the largest entrepreneurial events of the year on U-M’s campus, more than 50 student-founded startups will pitch their ideas to potential investors and report on the their progress at the TechArb Spring Showcase.

M+Box accounts now available

M+Box, U-M’s enterprise version of Box, a commercial data storage solution, is now available to Ann Arbor faculty and staff. U-M is the first university officially to introduce the service, which is a result of an agreement between Box and Internet2, a consortium of leading U.S. research and educational organizations.

U-M to sponsor fifth annual e-waste recycling event

The Office of Campus Sustainability and the Ann Arbor Public Schools are sponsoring a free e-waste recycling event designed to help area residents, small businesses and non-profits dispose of electronics in an earth-friendly way.

U-M researcher involved in $10 million project to advance computer programming

Making computer programming faster, easier and more intuitive is the goal of a new $10 million National Science Foundation project that involves a U-M researcher and is based at the University of Pennsylvania.

U-M Museum of Zoology receives shipment of rare seabirds for study

The U-M Museum of Zoology recently received the carcasses of 15 rare Hawaiian birds called Newell’s shearwaters. The specimens were processed at the museum, and tissue samples from the salvaged birds will be used to study foraging habits, genetic differentiation and former population size.



Margaret Nowak, art therapist, Comprehensive Cancer Center, on creating goddess artwork in her free time: "It feels like I’m meditating, I feel like I connect with a divine feminine energy.”


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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.


Old school: U-M in History

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