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Week of October 31, 2011

Student-built CubeSat

The M-Cubed CubeSat mini-satellite, built by Michigan students, will be used to test high resolution camera hardware for a future NASA Earth science mission. It was scheduled to launch into orbit Oct. 28. Photo courtesy The Michigan Exploration Lab.

U-M agreement to bring Google collaborative tools to campus

U-M and Google will work together in the coming year to bring a wide array of Web-based tools to the university community that will enhance collaboration across campus and beyond.

Suu Kyi talks democratic reforms, 

A rare and lively discussion with Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi was held Oct. 25 after the global icon for democracy received the Wallenberg Medal. The humanitarian honor is named after a U-M alumnus who saved tens of thousands of Jews near the end of World War II.

Open house to mark opening of new hospitals

U-M soon will open the doors to its new, state-of-the-art C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, a space that’s surrounded by nature, designed for privacy and efficiency, and where those who face complex medical challenges will look to the university for improved health and hope.

U-M researchers receive share of $250 million from Dow Chemical

Four U-M projects have received a share of the $250 million that Dow Chemical Co. has announced it will award to top universities over the next decade, in an effort to help develop a 21st-century work force and address 21st-century challenges.

Big House Big Heart raises $120,000 for university programs

This year’s annual Big House Big Heart Run/Walk raised more than $120,000 for three U-M programs: ALS Research at the Program for Neurology Research & Discovery, C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s hospitals, and the Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center.

U-M to improve in-building cell phone reception 

Verizon cell phone users at this year’s U-M home football games have been able to call, text, post or tweet thanks to a new antenna system deployed at Michigan Stadium. The system is capable of expanding to handle additional cellular carriers such as AT&T, which currently is being tested.

Grad students to serve on nonprofit boards through Board Fellowship Program

Thirty-five graduate students in business, public policy and social work have been selected to work with 22 nonprofit organizations across Southeast Michigan through the Nonprofit and Public Management Center’s (NPM) Board Fellowship Program.



Julie Nelson, senior administrative specialist, Project Healthy Schools and MHealthy, on children attending Camp Crackerjack: “…when they’re on a horse’s back they are free, they are just as able as the next person.”


Nobel Laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, 3-4 p.m. Nov. 7, Rackham Auditorium.

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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

Honoring Ford