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Week of March 5, 2012

Gardens celebrates 50th anniversary

Robert Grese, director of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and the Nichols Arboretum, stands among cacti in the Conservatory, the focus of an 50th anniversary exhibit presented through April 8. Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services.

University begins move to Google

The university today took the first step in its yearlong move to Google Apps for Education, a cloud-based computing platform that will give users across all three U-M campuses access to more than 40 collaborative tools and services.

SPH students creating blogs in new course

It’s not enough for new public health professionals to know the science that drives the field. To make a difference, they need to talk to the public and policy makers in clear, jargon-free language. That notion is behind the inaugural graduate course Communicating Science through Social Media. It was created by Andrew Maynard, Charles and Rita Gelman Risk Science Professor, professor of environmental health sciences at the School of Public Health and director of the Risk Science Center.

Urban planning program, USGBC provide findings on anticipated climate change

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning faculty and students, along with the U.S. Green Building Council reviewed areas of climate change uncertainty, forecasted findings on anticipated climate change in the United States by region, and made recommendations based on the forecasts in a report released Feb. 29.

UMMA's new exhibit explores 
meaning, legacy of Fluxus movement

Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, an exhibition of more than 100 works by major artists, including George Maciunas, Yoko Ono and Nam June Paik, is on view at the U-M Museum of Art through May 20. It is designed for visitors to experience the radical and influential cultural development that was Fluxus, and perhaps learn something about themselves along the way.

Researchers and provosts make the case for open access

The many real and prospective constraints on broad and affordable access to published scholarship recently spurred a grassroots effort to push back against the business practices of the world’s largest scientific journal publisher, and prompted a strong statement by a group of chief academic officers. The grassroots effort, The Cost of Knowledge, has obtained a commitment from 7,642 researchers around the world — including 28 U-M faculty members and graduate students — to refrain from publishing, refereeing, and/or doing editorial work for Elsevier journals.

Ergonomics Awards now accepting nominations

MHealthy now is accepting nominations for its sixth annual Ergonomics Awards, given to university units and employees that have implemented ergonomic solutions in the workplace. Nominations for the Department Level Ergo Awards can be submitted through March 31, while Ergo Hero Individual Award nominations are accepted year-round.

U-M honors sustainable transportation entrepreneurship with new ‘Mobi’ Prize

U-M, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, has launched a prize competition for entrepreneurial ventures in sustainable transportation.



Mike Shriberg, education director at the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, on what he can't live without: "Access to natural areas, and the ability to go there with my family."


Film: “Fukushima: Memories of a Lost Landscape” Part 1, 6-9 p.m. March 11, Angell Hall, Auditorium A, with director Yojyu Matsubayashi.

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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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