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Week of February 11, 2013

Brain power

Brad Polk's freshman class "The Human Mind and Brain," part of the freshman seminar series, has focused on subjects including mad cow disease, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and Tourette's syndrome. Polk's class is featured in Michigan’s World Class, The new website celebrates teaching and learning at U-M by telling stories of how schools and colleges and, more importantly, the faculty in them, are challenging today’s students in new ways. Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography.

U-M moves up on Peace Corps’ annual top colleges rankings

For the 13th year in a row, U-M has earned a spot on the Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing large universities across the country.

Janko to explore origins of alphabet in talk

New discoveries of the earliest inscriptions written in the Greek alphabet, which help reveal how the Greeks developed the English alphabet, are the focus of Richard Janko’s inaugural lecture as the Gerald F. Else Distinguished University Professor of Classical Studies in LSA.

U-M will host National 
Climate Assessment town hall

U-M will host a Midwest regional town hall Tuesday where findings of the recently released draft National Climate Assessment will be presented.

Governor proposes increasing higher-ed funding for a second year

Higher education would get a funding increase for a second year in the state budget proposal unveiled Feb. 7 by Gov. Rick Snyder.

LSI researcher Yamashita receives Keck award for stem cell project

Life Sciences Institute researcher Yukiko Yamashita has received a $500,000 award from the W.M. Keck Foundation for a project that explores how stem cells can distinguish between two seemingly identical copies of chromosomes during asymmetric cell division.

School of Education faculty member receives Fulbright Specialists Award

Nancy Butler Songer, professor of science education and learning technologies at U-M, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project at the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan during March 2013, according to an announcement from the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

New Career Development Passport Pilot planned

A new initiative on career development that will help U-M staff to take more responsibility for their career aspirations is being piloted this year.



Jeri Hollister, program assistant, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, on her sculptures, “I started drawing horses again, and they were very abstract, so I thought I’d try making my drawings three-dimensional.”

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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