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Week of October 14, 2013

Colemans give $1M for global scholarships

President Mary Sue Coleman wants to ensure that more students travel abroad to experience other cultures firsthand, seek solutions to world problems and learn to thrive in a dynamic global environment. Putting significant resources behind the mission, Coleman and her husband, Kenneth M. Coleman, are giving $1 million toward scholarships for U-M undergraduate and graduate students to support international study, internships, service work and other opportunities. The gift will be part of the Victors for Michigan campaign to kick off Nov. 8, and will count toward the campaign's highest priority, raising funds for student support. Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography.

Coleman measures plans, progress in address

The historic launch next month of the university’s boldest-ever capital campaign and the celebration of its bicentennial in 2017 will both draw on U-M’s strengths and past achievements, while focusing on the Michigan of tomorrow.

Five nominated for Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell scholarships

The Provost’s Council on Student Honors has nominated five students for the prestigious Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell scholarships. The students hail from such diverse disciplines as biochemistry, international studies, environmental earth sciences, biopsychology and anthropology.

U-M researchers report record number of inventions for FY ’13

University of Michigan researchers reported 421 inventions in fiscal year 2013, a record that shows the growing engagement of faculty in tech transfer activities.

Civil liberties lawyer Marjorie Heins to deliver lecture

Marjorie Heins, founding director of the Free Expression Policy Project, which provides research and advocacy on free speech, copyright, and media democracy issues, will deliver the University Senate's 23rd Annual Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom at 4 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Law School’s Honigman Auditorium.

UM to lead major effort to solidify research on religion and health

The relationship between religion, spirituality and health has received considerable attention in recent years but the array of studies has fallen short of establishing solid explanations for why religion has both positive and negative effects on human physiology. With an $8 million grant, a University of Michigan researcher and four colleagues plan to provide some structure to the field, with goals to better pinpoint the relationship and to influence future research practice on the subject.

Digital imaging advancing care at the School of Dentistry

Digital imaging is making significant inroads at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. New digital imaging equipment was recently installed in 22 clinics throughout the school to enhance the quality of care patients receive as well as prepare students in dental, dental hygiene, and graduate programs for the digital environment they will experience after graduation.

Back pain: Top health risk among U-M employees, new website launched 

Based on health questionnaire data, back pain is one of the top health risks for U-M faculty and staff members, with nearly 24 percent being at high risk for back pain in 2012.



Do-Hee Morsman, center administrator of the Nam Center for Korean Studies, on living in Korea: “I was able to experience and interact with the country and culture in a way that was on my terms.”


Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, 8 p.m. Oct. 18, Rackham Auditorium.

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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

Under the Old Dome