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Week of April 30, 2012

Day in the Life

Freshman pole vaulter Victoria Wesley practices on Ferry Field during the Day in the Life project by Michigan Photography. This image is one of 74 selected for an online slideshow from thousands of photos taken by staff and freelance photographers during a 24-hour period April 17. “We are trying to capture new faces, new settings, new ideas, and that energy that represents this incredible institution,” says Matt Schlientz, director of marketing within the Office of the Vice President for Global Communications. “Really, it’s the art of story telling through photography.” Photo by Martin Vloet, Michigan Photography.

Speakers encourage class of 2012 to take risks, embrace creativity

Amid blustery skies and temperatures that hovered in the low 40s, graduates at the Spring Commencement celebration Saturday began the next stages of their lives with warm words of encouragement from Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a U-M alumnus, CNN medical correspondent and neurosurgeon.

CoE works to reconnect its graduates through online initiative

A new College of Engineering initiative called MconneX will provide entertaining and educational content to the almost 70,000 engineering alumni through videos, as well as events and continuing education opportunities — all online and free of charge.

Zell Lurie Institute leads Midwest’s foremost venture capital event

Led by the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium showcases innovation within the state and surrounding region by bringing together “Best in the Midwest” companies with leading venture capitalists, angel investors and institutional investors. This year’s symposium is May 15-16 at the Marriott Resort in Ypsilanti.

Second U-M stem cell line now publicly available

U-M’s second human embryonic stem cell line just has been placed on the National Institutes of Health registry, making the cells available for federally funded research. It is the second of the stem cell lines derived at U-M to be placed on the registry.

Advisory committee named for LSA dean search

Provost Phil Hanlon has named a search advisory committee for the dean of LSA.

Project to examine how brain’s daily clock controls mood

A U-M faculty member will lead an international, $1 million project examining the links between bipolar disorder and abnormalities in the circadian, or daily, rhythms of a mammal’s internal clock.

Michigan Road Scholars roll out on 13th annual tour

Nearly three dozen university faculty and senior staff have tapped their inner Jack Kerouac and hit the road for the 13th annual Michigan Road Scholars trek around Michigan. In their 2012 “seminar on wheels,” the scholars will learn about the communities, people, and priorities in seven locations in Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas.

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Krisztina Fehervary, assistant professor of anthropology, LSA, on her first visit as a child to Hungary: “Everything was so different and bizarre. It was just an upside-down world and I was fascinated with it.”

EVENTS

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching 50th Anniversary celebration opens with president’s panel, 9:30 a.m. May 4, Michigan Union 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

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Women’s crew