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Week of October 22, 2012

Celebrate Invention

The university recognized the accomplishments of faculty and researchers engaged in the technology transfer process at the 12th annual Celebrate Invention reception. The Oct. 18 event at Michigan League Ballroom, which included a visit by Gov. Rick Snyder, featured eight technology kiosks showcasing new university technologies and startups, complete with the associated researchers and business teams providing hands-on demonstrations. Photo by Scott Soderberg, Michigan Photography.

Thorough review of pornography case leads to new safety structure

An exhaustive, three-pronged review of how the university handled the discovery of child pornography at the U-M Health System has concluded with the recommendation of a single, unified Division of Public Safety and Security.

Regent candidates to appear at forum

The 10 candidates vying for two open eight-year terms on the Board of Regents in the Nov. 6 election have been invited to participate in a public forum at 3:30 p.m. today (Oct. 22) during the monthly Senate Assembly meeting. The meeting will be in Forum Hall on the fourth floor of Palmer Commons.

Six to receive honorary degrees at Winter Commencement exercises

A college president, a theatre director, a leading international jazz performer, a civic leader and philanthropist, a former top government official with the Federal Republic of Germany and a federal judge are to receive honorary degrees at Winter Commencement 2012 exercises at the Ann Arbor and Flint campuses.

U-M Tech Transfer agreements achieve new record

The invention culture at U-M has led to another record-setting year with more agreements with commercialization partners than ever before.

Annual report finds U-M in great financial health

The university continues to be in great financial health, largely because of faculty and staff who are “keenly focused on the institution’s core missions while … endeavoring to develop new ideas to contain costs.”

Endowment distributions increase for ninth straight year, despite slight downturn

Distributions from the U-M endowment increased for the ninth straight year, despite a slight decline in the total value of the endowment to $7.7 billion for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

approve new softball center

The Board of Regents approved the construction of a new softball center and the appointment of an architect for the project Oct. 19.



Brittany Galisdorfer, business analyst, Office of Financial Analysis, on Detroit: “The city has a lot of momentum. It’s great and it’s just going to get better.”


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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

Old Main Hospital arch