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Week of September 24, 2012

EarthFest 2012

Rufus, the U-M Recycling mascot, was on hand to help people “party for the planet” at EarthFest 2012. The annual event, which took place Sept. 20 on the Central Campus Diag, featured representatives providing information about sustainability at U-M in focus areas representing the goals of climate action, waste prevention, healthy environments and community awareness. Photo by Dana Budzaj, Public Affairs.

Gift to transform U-M’s School of Art and Design

As a symbol of gratitude and recognition of the vision of Penny and E. Roe Stamps, the Board of Regents approved Sept. 20 the renaming of the art-and-design school to the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design.

South Quad approved for renovation work

The Board of Regents Sept. 20 approved renovation to create a new dining center in South Quadrangle, as well as improvements to student bathrooms and community spaces in the residence hall.

Alumni speakers, art propel Rackham Centennial celebration

The yearlong Rackham Graduate School centennial celebration picks up in October with a distinguished alumni lecture series and exhibit of the creative work of recent Master of Fine Arts alumni.

Coleman part of 
panel discussion 
of higher ed issues

Can the next U.S. president make public universities more affordable — and can the federal government do anything to support crucial research that takes place in these institutions? Yes, said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, U-M President Mary Sue Coleman and Carnegie Corp. President Vartan Gregorian in a panel co-presented by UCLA Sept. 19 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Annual research volume at U-M rises 3 percent to $1.27 billion

The total volume of research at U-M rose by 3 percent to a record $1.27 billion — an increase of $37.5 million — in the fiscal year that closed June 30.

TIAA-CREF president to address retirement issues in forum

When it comes to saving for retirement, most Americans could be focused on the wrong number. Roger W. Ferguson Jr., president and chief executive officer of TIAA-CREF, which manages the retirement savings of 3.7 million people, suggests that instead of looking at the total wealth accumulated consumers should know how much income they’ll have each month.

New degree program teaches inventors to be entrepreneurs

An inkless wet paint that changes color. A reusable heat pack you boil to recharge. A wireless sensor that could one day fit inside a blood vessel. These are three of the technologies that could move closer to market thanks to a unique new Master of Entrepreneurship program at U-M. As for where the innovations fit in the marketplace and what their most promising applications are — that’s up to the students in the program’s first cohort to discover over the coming year.



Mark O’Brien, insect division collection manager, sees his world through many lenses.


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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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