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Week of September 12, 2011

U.S. Secretary of Education visit

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (center) is joined by Superintendent of Ypsilanti Schools Dedrick Martin (left) and School of Education Dean Deborah Loewenberg Ball during a panel discussion at SoE. Duncan appeared Sept. 8 at the SoE in a program focused on how to promote excellence in America’s classrooms, particularly for disadvantaged and underserved students. Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services.

More students with disabilities benefit from support, staff and technology

Born without ear canals, graduate student Edward Timke underwent an operation to reconstruct them in middle school. His hearing improved, but he knew there were challenges ahead. “I still have faced conductive hearing loss, so when I arrived to Michigan, I was worried about being successful as a doctoral student,” Timke says. Now well on his way to earning a doctoral degree in communications, Timke says the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities has been immensely helpful in his success at U-M.

Welcome message

In her annual fall message, President Mary Sue Coleman welcomes students, faculty and staff to campus, and challenges members of the community to take in all that the university has to offer. See the video at

Obama cabinet officer: SoE innovations right on time

Appearing in a U-M panel discussion, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said School of Education efforts to bridge the gap between teaching theory and practical classroom connections for teachers and students are improving the state of education at a critical time.

Teach-in to focus on sexual violence

In response to the series of sexual assaults that have taken place near the U-M campus, the Center for the Education of Women, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center and the Abuse Hurts Initiative have collaborated to organize a teach-in on sexual assault.

Michigan Law launches 
Entrepreneurial Law Program

A rare program in entrepreneurship and law launching this fall at the Law School will steep student lawyers in the arts of entrepreneurial businesses and also lead to groundbreaking entrepreneurial opportunities for students universitywide.

Mideast scholar and columnist 
to deliver Rosenthal lecture

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, a 33-year-old scholar, columnist and Twitter commentator, will give the 2011 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture at 4 p.m. Sept. 21. The talk, free and open to the public, is named after a 1979 U-M graduate who died in the terror attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Desmond Howard urges students to ‘stay in the blue’

Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard stars in a student-produced video that urges Michigan students to moderate their alcohol intake so they can “stay in the blue.”



Mon Monarch performs roots music and more, 6 p.m. Sept. 18, Nichols Arboretum.

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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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