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Week of June 10, 2013

Superhero visit

A  child on the 11th floor watches Spider Man at work washing windows at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. A team of superheroes could be seen swinging from the exterior of the hospital last week, as the 12-story facility’s window washers wore masks and costumes to generate smiles of surprise and delight from patients. Photo courtesy UMHS Public Affairs.

U-M part of new global alliance for sharing genomic, clinical data

The university has joined 70 leading health care, research and disease advocacy organizations from more than 40 countries in an international alliance to enable secure sharing of genomic and clinical data used to learn more about disease.

University unveils refreshed logo to provide consistent look

One Maize. One Blue. One Block M. Pull them together and you have an updated logo for the University of Michigan. The refreshed look recently was unveiled to campus communicators and is now available for use.

Engineers making a difference

For most students in Engineering 100, the class is a hands-on lesson in the practical applications of being an engineer. They work to meet a client's needs and obtain exposure to the field of engineering in a course that departs from the usual lecture format. It's also designed to help them think about how they can make a difference.

Abecasis recognized in annual hottest research ranking

For the second year in a row, Gonçalo Abecasis, the Felix Moore Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics at the School of Public Health, has been named one of the most influential scientific researchers of the year.

Targeting an aspect of Down syndrome

U-M researchers have determined how a gene that is known to be defective in Down syndrome is regulated and how its dysregulation may lead to neurological defects, providing insights into potential therapeutic approaches to an aspect of the syndrome.

Active U winners announced; more than 16,000 participate

Active U’s eighth year proved to be its most successful yet. More than 16,200 people participated, approximately 4,000 more than in previous years. Additionally, more than 30.2 million minutes of physical activity were logged during the 12-week challenge, more than any previous year.

Freshman applications to attend U-M continue to set records

Undergraduate applications rose to unprecedented numbers for a seventh consecutive year at U-M’s Ann Arbor campus.



Mark Newman, Paul Dirac Collegiate Professor of Physics, on the science of networks: “We study how social networks are important in the spread of ideas, fads, fashion, rumors, news, disease, and more.”


The Ann Arbor Summer Festival returns with Top of the Park Rackham stage shows and films, beginning at 7 p.m. June 14 at Ingalls Mall.

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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

Haven Hall fire