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Week of May 21, 2012

Research symposium

Provost Phil Hanlon talks with E. Royster Harper, vice president for student affairs, during the Division of Student Affairs’ ninth annual research symposium. Hanlon was the keynote speaker at the symposium, held May 16 at the Michigan Union. Photo by Lon Horwedel, Michigan Photography.

Record encourages participation in readership survey

As part of a major initiative to review and improve The University Record, we are inviting readers to share thoughts and opinions through a confidential survey. We want to know what you think about the Record, the Record Update and associated online publications. The survey, which is administered by Maguire Associates, will remain open through June 17.

Fellows, projects selected by the Institute for the Humanities

The Institute for the Humanities has awarded fellowships to nine faculty and eight graduate students to support research projects they will pursue during 2012-13.

University launches MCubed, a bold, new way to fund research

A first-of-its-kind, real-time research funding initiative at U-M puts $15 million into the hands of professors to jumpstart new projects they believe in.

Regents approve new undergraduate degree in information

The Board of Regents approved the university’s first undergraduate degree in information at its meeting May 17. The School of Information will offer the bachelor’s degree in information beginning in fall 2014 pending its approval at the June meeting of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.

U-M takes center stage in safe transportation

The U-M Transportation Research Institute will begin equipping safety technology on vehicles that will allow them to send and receive messages — messages that someday will prevent crashes.

U-M physicists awarded DOE early career research grants

U-M Department of Physics Assistant Professors Junjie Zhu and Lu Li each have been awarded a five-year, $750,000 grant as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program.

U-M receives funds to help develop the future of nuclear energy

A $1.3 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy will help U-M examine one of the major challenges facing nuclear reactors today, and help train the next generation of nuclear engineers.

Trash beats take-back for medicine disposal, study suggests

Returning extra medicine to the pharmacy for disposal might not be worth the extra time, money or greenhouse gas emissions, according to a U-M study that is the first to look at the net effects of so called take-back programs.



David Potter, Francis W. Kelsey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Roman History, on loving graduate school: “Mostly because I had the freedom to develop my own research interests and had intelligent people to talk to about it.”


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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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