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Week of February 25, 2013

West, South Quad improvements

The Board of Regents Feb. 21 approved the renovation of West Quadrangle residence hall as well as the architect’s design for major improvements to South Quadrangle (above) that would create a Central Campus dining center and redesign its entrance. Image courtesy SmithGroupJJR.

Sophomore initiative builds on the Michigan experience

Helping students to have a positive, open-minded and expansive sophomore year, one that encourages exploration and discovery, and reduces anxiety about selecting a major or career direction, is a central goal of the innovative Sophomore Initiative. To support it, a range of courses, including the User's Guide, has been created, and select LSA courses across disciplines have priority registration for sophomores.

Regents name six faculty Thurnau professors

Six faculty members have been honored for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education as this year’s recipients of Arthur F. Thurnau professorships.

LSA dean appointed director of Bentley Historical Library

One of the university’s longest-serving deans is heading to the Bentley Historical Library, where he will serve as the sixth director of the extensive holdings of manuscripts, published works, photographs and maps related to the history of the state and official archives of the university.

UMHS names first AVP for health equity and inclusion

More than a decade into the 21st century, Americans still face tremendous variations in health and health care, depending on what they look like, where they come from, what they earn and other factors.

Fowlkes appointed AVP for research-health sciences

J. Brian Fowlkes, a U-M professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, has been appointed associate vice president for research-health sciences by Vice President for Research Stephen R. Forrest.

U-M senior wins Churchill Scholarship to Cambridge

Nicholas Triantafillou is U-M’s most recent recipient of the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, which funds a year of graduate study in mathematics, biological and physical sciences, and engineering at the University of Cambridge.

U-M research funding up, but sequestration threatens budget

Federal sequestration spending cuts could cost the U-M research budget up to $40 million this year, harming graduate students, research scientists and others whose jobs rely on the funding, Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest told the Board of Regents Feb. 21.



Chad Godfrey, facilities manager, Plant Operations, on writing for a sports website in his spare time: “It’s a hobby. It keeps me going.”


“Precious People: Black & White Photography” by 
Marco Mancinelli, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center North Lobby.

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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

Cracking the books