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Week of July 23, 2012

Michigan in the Olympics

Shot putter Ralph Rose of the U-M track team was the first Olympian to carry the flag on behalf of the United States team. Rose established an American tradition in 1908 when he refused to dip the flag before King Edward VII of Great Britain, reportedly saying, “This flag dips for no earthly king.” Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library.

U-M has left its mark on the Olympics

Since 1900, more than 200 Michigan students and coaches have participated in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, representing the U.S. and 23 other countries. As the Olympics return to London this summer, 26 current or former athletes and their coaches will be on hand for the competition.

U-M to play leading role in national project to move research to market

In a move designed to fast-track more research from the lab to the real world, U-M was named one of two new nodes of the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps program, NSF officials announced July 18 at an I-Corps anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C.

Committee report outlines framework for U-M’s bicentennial celebration

U-M should mark its first 200 years with wide-ranging events, activities and initiatives that “celebrate our past, reflect on our present, and contemplate the exciting challenges that will likely redefine higher education during the university’s third century,” according to a report issued by the Bicentennial Planning Committee.

Applications to U-M are the highest in the school’s history

For the sixth consecutive year, U-M received a record number of applications from prospective freshmen: 42,535 applications for academic year 2012–13, an increase of 7.5 percent over the previous year’s record of 39,570.

New policy to cover cell phones, other mobile technology

Mobile technology tools like cell phones will be governed by a new universitywide policy that will take effect Jan. 1, 2013. Units may implement the policy anytime between now and the end of the calendar year.

U-M selects new prescription drug plan vendor

New prescription drug plan ID cards will be issued in September as the university teams with MedImpact Healthcare Systems Inc. to administer its prescription drug benefit plan.

New joint biomedical engineering department holds promise for better healthcare technologies

In an effort to develop more technologies that improve health care, U-M will establish a Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) with footholds in its top-ranked College of Engineering and Medical School, in an action approved by the Board of Regents July 19. The change takes effect Sept. 1.



Stefan Szymanski, the Stephen J. Galetti Professor of Sport Management in the School of Kinesiology, on what inspires him: "The emergence of a pattern from seeming chaos."


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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

Enjoying the river