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Week of March 19, 2012

Directing Shakespeare

Gregory Doran (left), chief associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, discusses the challenges of directing Shakespeare’s plays. Doran was a guest March 15 in an English class taught by in Douglas Trevor, associate professor of English language and literature, LSA. The RSC’s 10-day creative residency featured workshops on two plays that will be offered this fall in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Photo by Frank Provenzano, News Service.

Google first round conversion only the beginning

More than 113,000 faculty, staff and students now can access Google tools with their UMICH account to collaborate with peers, easily share and edit documents, and replace travel time with work time through video chats and Google hangouts. Laura Patterson, associate vice president and chief information officer, talked with The University Record about all the possibilities of Google in the first part of a series on the future of information technology at U-M.

Dow and U-M launch innovative 
program to develop sustainability leaders

Dow Chemical Co. and U-M will bring together 300 students from all areas of study to help solve some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges in a new and unprecedented fellowship program announced March 12.

Koren to discuss robotics, dreams and timing in talk

In his inaugural lecture as the James J. Duderstadt Distinguished University Professor of Manufacturing in the College of Engineering, Yoram Koren will discuss his scientific contributions as well as his philosophy. His March 27 talk in the Rackham Amphitheatre is titled “On Dreams and Timing.”

Six to receive honorary degrees at spring commencement ceremonies

CNN chief medical correspondent and U-M alumnus Dr. Sanjay Gupta will deliver the spring commencement address at U-M in Ann Arbor. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon who has broadcast live from some of the world’s most devastating natural and man-made disasters, also will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters at the 10 a.m. April 28 ceremony in Michigan Stadium.

President Coleman urges improvements in higher-ed funding metrics

President Mary Sue Coleman told state legislators that proposed higher-education budget formula metrics give the wrong impression about success at U-M.

U-M ‘making good progress’ in medical resident case

President Mary Sue Coleman said the university is “making good progress” on following up on the wide range of matters related to the case of a former medical resident facing federal child pornography charges.

OAMI celebrates 25 years of service to student excellence, diversity

This month the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the symposium Conversations On Serving a Diverse Student Community: Best Practices, Challenges, Successes & The Future.  The March 29 symposium is the first of several events that will mark the silver anniversary.



Ken Mikolowski, poet and lecturer IV in English at the Residential College, on what he can't live without: "I think I'm supposed to say poetry, but c'mon."


University Opera Theatre presents “The Rake's Progress,” 7:30 p.m. March 22, 8 p.m. March 23 and 24, and 2 p.m. March 25 at the Mendelssohn Theatre.

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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

It used to snow