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Week of January 30, 2012

President Obama addresses campus community

President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Al Glick Field House. Obama spoke Jan. 27 to a crowd of 4,000 about several issues, including higher education initiatives and increasing the nation’s manufacturing base. Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services. 

Obama unveils education plan

Praising U-M for its efforts to cut costs, President Barack Obama unveiled a higher education plan for the nation that included increased funding for universities that keep tuition affordable and provide value.

Digital Signage Service seeks to reduce cost, share technology and information

Walking into the Shapiro Library, students are confronted with a question posted on a large video wall: Which of your classes is the hardest? Within seconds their responses relayed via text message are posted on four large-screen television monitors arranged in one large rectangle. The library is among a growing number of units across campus using digital signs as a way to communicate and engage with the community.

Student experiences historic changes in Burma on mission to deliver award

Dominic Nardi recently was on a special mission for U-M to deliver the Wallenberg Medal to Aung San Suu Kyi, a dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner in Burma. When Suu Kyi was given the Wallenberg last year, she could not attend the ceremony in Ann Arbor because she feared if she left Burma, the government wouldn't allow her to return.

Pairing masks, hand washing could slow pandemic flu

 Masks and hand hygiene could cut the spread of flu-like symptoms up to 75 percent, a U-M study found.

Plans for campus bicycle use discussed at town hall meeting

More than 80 faculty, staff and students gathered last week to learn of the future plans for improving bicycle transit on campus at U-M’s Bike Town Hall.

Ross School names semi-finalists in annual Michigan Business Challenge

The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business recently announced that eight teams will advance to the semi-finals of the annual Michigan Business Challenge.

U-M again among top five 
in Peace Corps volunteers

 U-M has maintained its top-five ranking among colleges and universities producing the highest numbers of Peace Corps volunteers, according to the organization’s national rankings released Jan. 25.



Mark Kirschenmann, lecturer III in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, on what made him interested in the creative process.

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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