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November 30, 2012
Wearing red ponchos and carrying buckets, members of the U-M Galens Medical Society will take to the streets this weekend to raise money for the children of Washtenaw County. A tradition since 1927, Tag Days raises tens of thousands of dollars annually for local charities committed to helping area youth. Donations can also be made through the Galens Society website.
November 29, 2012
U-M is investing $17.5 million to renovate and open 68,000-square feet of biomedical research space at its North Campus Research Complex. Nearly 300 new jobs have already been created at the site in the three and a half years since it was purchased and 1,700 people currently work in its vast array of laboratories and offices.
November 28, 2012
Each fall, second-year students at the U-M School of Nursing participate in a Sophomore Commitment Ceremony to commemorate the first step of their journey into the clinical world of nursing. The students recited the Florence Nightingale pledge and were presented with a copy of the founder of modern nursing’s 1859 book, “Notes on Nursing.”
November 27, 2012
A College of Engineering professor is teaching U-M undergraduates fundamental programming skills and then challenging them to create socially relevant computer games. Through this class, students have explored developing games for children with autism, apps for kids with cerebral palsy, and brachial plexus palsy therapy tools to name a few.
November 26, 2012
During a recent visit to Ghana, Stamps School of Art & Design students stayed at a cultural center that organizes papermaking, bookbinding, ceramics, computer skills, literacy and art workshops. While there, local children taught them the papermaking process — including how to pound boiled leaves into a pulp with a wooden mortar and pestle.
November 20, 2012
U-M was ranked No. 8 nationally for the size of its international student body and No. 16 for the number of students studying abroad in 2011-12 according to the Institute of International Education. This strong showing highlights the university's mission to not only encourage students and faculty to explore the world, but to also bring the world to Michigan.
November 19, 2012
The U-M Health System has received a $9.1 million core grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve disease diagnosis through metabolic profiling. A center will be created to help researchers examine small molecules called metabolites to detect changes in cell behavior and organ function.
November 16, 2012
The U-M Board of Regents approved a $6 million donation from Avenir Foundation to the William L. Clements Library, one of the country’s preeminent repositories of historical Americana. The gift, which is the largest given to the library in its 90-year history, will be used for building renovations and the expansion of its collections space.
Photo: Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography
November 15, 2012
In 1972, U-M’s College of Literature. Science, and the Arts offered the first women’s studies class on campus: Introduction to Women’s Studies. In 1973, the Women’s Studies Program began with five courses. Today, there are now more than 45 courses each semester on topics around gender and health; gender, race, and ethnicity; and LGBTQ studies.
November 14, 2012
At the 19th Annual Spotlight! Competition, Tauber Institute teams presented their summer projects and competed for more than $30,000 in scholarship awards. The teams had worked with companies from around the world and provided solutions to real-life issues in manufacturing and supply chain management, health care, energy, technology and logistics.
November 13, 2012
The 31st annual Blood Battle between U-M and OSU ends on Nov. 16. During this challenge, students, faculty and staff extend the athletic rivalry beyond the field to see which school can donate the most pints of blood to save lives. To sign up to donate in this year’s Blood Battle, go to the Wolverines for Life website.
Photo: Bob Garypie/U-M Transplant Center
November 12, 2012
A new electrode developed at U-M that can focus on the electrical signals of just one neuron may help researchers understand how electrical signals move through neural networks in the brain. Because it is so small, it may be able to stay in the brain without upsetting the immune system, perhaps picking up signals to send to prosthetic limbs.
November 9, 2012
“Jump,” a photograph taken by U-M College of Engineering junior Aimee Xia at Dance Mix recently won first place in the movement-themed “As I See It” Photography Competition. Arts at Michigan holds photo contests for students throughout the year. Entries are narrowed down by staff and finalists are voted on in the Unions and online.
Photo: Aimee Xia
November 8, 2012
Stories for Hope, a project started by a U-M Ph.D. alumna and psychologist and an archivist from U-M’s School of Information, is helping to revive Rwanda’s storytelling tradition after decades of violence. It provides a forum for young people to have an audio-recorded dialogue with an elder to learn more about their past, the country’s history or its culture.
November 7, 2012
“Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers” is an art exhibition that explores contemporary western culture through statistics. It is being held in conjunction with the artist’s Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series presentation on Nov. 15. The exhibition runs through Nov. 20 at the Stamps School of Art & Design’s Slusser Gallery.
November 6, 2012
Nov. 6 is Election Day, when Michigan voters make important decisions about candidates for president of the United States, members of Congress, the Michigan House of Representatives, and numerous judicial offices and boards, including U-M’s Board of Regents. Voters can verify their registration, confirm their polling place, and review a sample ballot on the Michigan Secretary of State's website.
Photo: Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography
November 5, 2012
More Fulbright grants were awarded to students from U-M than from any other U.S. institution for the 2012-13 academic year — the sixth time in the past eight years the university has held the honor. A record 40 U-M students will travel to 24 countries to do research, study or teach English for six to 12 months.
November 2, 2012
First-Generation College Students @ Michigan, a student organization dedicated to recognizing, raising awareness of and resolving the needs of first-generation college students at U-M, meets every other Monday at Mason Hall. The next meeting takes place on Nov. 5. The group also offers special events and resources for students who are the first members of their families to attend college.
November 1, 2012
More than 20 student-led ventures presented their startups to area venture capitalists and members of the local entrepreneurial community at the Fall 2012 TechArb Student Venture Showcase. Here, a member of the Exo Dynamics LLC explains how his team designed an electro-mechanical back brace for medical professionals that prevents injury and lessens pain without reducing mobility.
Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing