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Week of December 3, 2012

Michigan Professor of the Year

Among his efforts to excite students about math, Stephen DeBacker (left) runs the Michigan Math Circle for area middle and high school students. Read the full story > Photo by Molly Logue.

Provost Phil Hanlon to become 18th president of Dartmouth College

Phil Hanlon, university provost since 2010, on Nov. 29 was elected to be the 18th president of Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

U-M leads nation with 19 AAAS fellows

Nineteen U-M researchers are among 702 newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the association announced Nov. 29.The new fellows are being honored for their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

U-M leads in research spending among U.S. public universities

For the third straight year, the university ranks first in research-and-development spending among the nation’s public universities, according to the latest numbers from the National Science Foundation.

Math faculty member is Michigan Professor of the Year

He wears a Math Department T-shirt every teaching day. He tells a joke 20 minutes into every lecture. He’s as known for his tireless mentorship as he is for his tough homework. Now, math professor Stephen DeBacker has been named the 2012 Michigan Professor of the Year.

Obama to nominate U-M education dean for National Science Board

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate School of Education Dean Deborah Loewenberg Ball as one of seven new members of the National Science Board.

U-M funds 50 collaborative projects with MCubed seed grants

In a lottery last week that played out live on Twitter, MCubed officials announced the first 50 projects to receive $60,000 seed grants in phase one of the program. The $15 million, two-year pilot will give out 200 more early-stage grants soon, in an effort to jumpstart innovative, interdisciplinary work.

U-M researchers study potential impact of fracking in Michigan

U-M researchers are conducting a detailed study of the potential environmental and societal effects of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial natural gas drilling process known as fracking.



Ellen Rowe, associate professor and chair of the Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, on what inspires her: "At the moment, the young Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai."


The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design’s 2012 Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, through Dec. 21 in the Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, Art & Architecture Building.

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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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