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Week of November 21, 2011

Accelerate innovation

President Mary Sue Coleman welcomes participants to the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition at the Eagle Crest Conference Center in Ypsilanti. During the Nov. 16 talk, Coleman praised the business idea contest’s spirit of entrepreneurship, and outlined some of the innovative notions U-M is pursuing to help rebuild the state and national economies. Three startups with ties to U-M were honored last week in the statewide competition. Awardees include DeNovo Sciences, whose CEO is U-M chemical engineering alumnus Kalyan Handique; Fusion Coolant Systems, which is based on technology co-invented by Steve Skerlos, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and U-M student startup Are You a Human. Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services.

U-M prepares for its bicentennial celebration

As U-M approaches its bicentennial in 2017, the first steps are being taken toward a celebration that explores the university’s heritage as well as its future as a leading public university.

U-M physics professor receives presidential award for mentoring

A U-M physics professor who organized job-shadowing programs for high school students and a summer science institute for middle school girls has been honored with a national mentoring award.

Messner lecture to address cultural 
impact of Title IX on women in sports

Title IX has been effective for nearly four decades in supporting women and girls to become more active in sports, but more efforts are needed to increase equality, an expert in gender and sports says.

University offers suggestions for state higher education funding formula

President Mary Sue Coleman urges state budget officials to end the decades-long decline in state support for the university, saying in a letter that strategic investment in higher education “is essential to the future vitality of the state and its economy.”

Department of Public Safety invites public 
to crime meeting

University students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the broader community, are invited to attend the Department of Public Safety crime meeting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Regents approve East Quad renovation design, Baits II improvements

The Board of Regents on Nov. 17 approved the schematic design for the comprehensive renovation of East Quadrangle residence hall and approved a project to upgrade facilities of Vera Baits Houses II, a residence hall on North Campus.

East Stadium Boulevard bridges 
replacement project begins Nov. 28

The city of Ann Arbor will close East Stadium Boulevard, between Kipke Drive and South Industrial Highway, to vehicular and pedestrian traffic beginning Nov. 28 and continuing through November 2012.



Susan Douglas, professor of communication studies, on what inspires her: "My students inspire me. I love teaching undergraduates: their energy, their optimism, their openness to new ideas."


Face of Our Time exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Feb. 5, U-M Museum of Art.

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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

Tappan's essential observatory