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Week of January 23, 2012

Step Afrika

Members of the high-energy dance group Step Afrika perform during a free presentation given as part of the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. Step Afrika is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. In stepping, the body is used as an instrument to create intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and spoken word. It grew out of the rituals practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities in the early 1900s. The performance was Jan. 19 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. Photo by Daryl Marshke, U-M Photo Services.

NPR’s Norris describes her 
personal experience with activism

National Public Radio reporter Michele Norris told hundreds gathered Monday to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that in this time of renewed protest — evidenced by the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement — she also appreciates the effectiveness of quiet activism.

Talk to explore link between math, psychology

In his inaugural lecture as the Clyde H. Coombs and J. E. Keith Smith Distinguished University Professor of Mathematical Psychology and Cognitive Science in LSA, David E. Meyer will discuss how math enhances the study of psychology. He will deliver the lecture “Mind, Mathematics and Machines: A Tribute to The Intellectual Legacy of Clyde H. Coombs and J. E. Keith Smith” at 4 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Rackham Amphitheatre.

Coleman: U growing ‘culture of entrepreneurship’

U-M President Mary Sue Coleman told a Washington, D.C., conference that the university is constantly expanding its “campus culture of entrepreneurship.”

Education Department recognizes SAPAC’s approach to sexual violence prevention

U-M was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for its outstanding violence prevention efforts. The university was featured in January as one of five institutions with promising approaches to primary sexual violence prevention.

MHealthy Rewards encourages employees to complete health questionnaire, screening 

MHealthy tomorrow launches its annual Rewards program, designed to get faculty and staff in the habit of reviewing their health annually and taking action to achieve their health goals.

U-M saves more than $400 million through benefits initiatives

U-M will have accumulated savings of almost $400 million since 2003 due to a wide-ranging set of benefits initiatives, Tim Slottow, executive vice president and chief financial officer, said during last week’s Board of Regents meeting.

Regents approve Schembechler Hall renovation

The Board of Regents approved renovations to Glenn E. “Bo” Schembechler Hall during its monthly meeting Jan. 19 at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. The $9 million renovation to Schembechler Hall will add approximately 7,000 gross square feet and renovate an additional 7,000 gross square feet.



Shaun Manning, promotions coordinator, U-M Press, on his work with the U-M Press: “It’s great when there is real discussion surrounding a book and its ideas, whether that’s in a classroom, in the popular media or between scholars.”

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

Snowball fight