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Week of March 12, 2012

Litmus test

Sungbaek Seo, a doctoral student in the program in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, holds paper litmus tests that can detect trace amounts of nerve gas. The paper strips are designed to change color from blue to pink within 30 seconds of exposure to trace amounts of nerve gas, says Jinsang Kim, an associate professor in the departments of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering in addition to the program in Macromolecular Science and Engineering. A paper on their sensor is published online in Advanced Functional Materials. It will appear in a forthcoming print edition. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski.

M+Google: Five facts U-M’s chief IT security officer wants you to know

Google implemented a new privacy policy March 1 that affects all users, including the faculty, staff and students on the U-M Ann Arbor campus who have had access since March 5 to more than 40 tools and services in Google Apps for Education, a cloud-based computing platform.

Accreditation assessment team invites public comment

Faculty, staff, students and visitors of U-M are invited to comment later this month on the activities and policies of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) as part of a national accreditation assessment, DPS Interim Chief Joseph Piersante announced March 7.

Deborah Dash Moore to receive National Jewish Book Award

U-M historian Deborah Dash Moore will receive the National Jewish Book Award Wednesday at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan.

Six vie for three SACUA seats

The Senate Assembly will elect three members to the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs at its March 19 meeting. The three top vote getters will serve three-year terms. Additional candidates may announce their intent to run up to the time of the election.

Effort launched to craft new process for 
handling student sexual misconduct allegations

The university has launched a process to develop an appropriate approach for responding to allegations of sexual misconduct among students.

Lecture series to spur campus conversation about activism

The upcoming lecture series, "Equity, Justice and Social Change: The Michigan Tradition of Activism and Educational Opportunity," will provide information about Michigan's longstanding tradition of activism and social justice, and create opportunities to learn about and reflect upon current social issues.

U-M honored for campus internationalization

U-M is one of five U.S. colleges and universities honored with a 2012 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, NAFSA: Association of International Educators has announced.



Nicole Green-Valentine, assistant director, Department of Recreational Sports, on officiating: "You need to be confident in yourself, confident that you know the rules and know how to apply them, and that you communicate well with the players, coaches, parents your partner officials."


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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.


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