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Week of September 26, 2011

President’s open house

Mary Sue Coleman greets student Elizabeth Shutty while others wait to meet the president during her annual open house. The Sept. 20 event gave hundreds of students an opportunity to chat with Coleman and tour the president’s campus home on South University Avenue. Photo by Daryl Marshke, U-M Photo Services.

Sustainability goals reflect the work of many

Ambitious new sustainability goals President Mary Sue Coleman will announce for the U-M campus Tuesday will reflect the work of more than 500 students, faculty and staff, representing 101 units and 27 academic programs.

Three researchers named 2011 
MacArthur Fellows

Three U-M researchers — historian Tiya Miles, chemist Melanie Sanford and stem cell biologist Yukiko Yamashita — are among the 22 new MacArthur Fellows announced Sept. 20 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Genetics work earns Medical School professor New Innovator Award

The National Institutes of Health will grant a 2011 New Innovator Award to Medical School Assistant Professor Sundeep Kalantry, a scientist studying long-lasting changes in gene expression — potentially reversible — that occur during both normal development and diseases such as cancers.

U-M annual research spending grows to $1.24 billion

Research spending at U-M in 2010-11 grew 8.5 percent over the previous year to $1.24 billion, continuing the long-term trend of steady growth in the university’s research enterprise.

Investing in Ability 
celebrates more than 
20 years of differences

The U-M Council for Disability Concerns’ annual Investing in Ability series begins Oct. 24. This year the event features presentations focusing on “maximizing your potential throughout life,” organizers say.

No-cost flu shot clinics set for university employees

The best way to prevent influenza is to receive a seasonal flu shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are many ways for U-M faculty, staff and students to receive that protection on campus this year.

A new microgrant program for student entrepreneurs

A new university-sponsored grant program aims to give a total of a quarter of a million dollars to 250 students or student teams over the next five years to help them launch an entrepreneurial venture or gain entrepreneurial skills.



Dan Shere, LSA screenwriting lecturer, on what inspires him: "New ideas, or fresh takes on old ideas."


John Malkovich in “The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer,” 8 p.m. Oct. 1, Hill Auditorium. Sponsored by the University Musical Society.

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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

Angell Hall facade bas reliefs