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UM-Dearborn faculty members honored at awards ceremony

University of Michigan-Dearborn honored more than 100 students and seven faculty members March 26 at the 37th annual Honor Scholars and Faculty Awards Ceremony. The program recognizes students for their strong academic achievement and faculty who have distinguished themselves in teaching, research and service. Faculty awards included Distinguished Service Award: H. James Gilmore, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters; Distinguished Research Award: Vivek Singh, College of Business; Distinguished Digital Education Award: Jeffrey R. Bouwman, College of Education, Health, and Human Services; Distinguished Teaching Award: Nilay Chakraborty, College of Engineering and Computer Science; Distinguished Teaching Award: Bochen Jia, College of Engineering and Computer Science; Collegiate Lecturer Program Award: Gerald Holowicki, College of Business; Collegiate Lecturer Program Award: Edward J. Williams, College of Business.

Campus Memorial to honor students who died in the past year

Friends, family members and campus partners are invited to attend a memorial program to honor the lives and accomplishments of student members of the U-M family who have died during this past year. The Campus Memorial is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 15 in the Vandenberg Room on the second floor of the Michigan League. A light reception will follow on the Concourse of the League. This year five members of the U-M student community will be remembered: Mariam Carson, Rachael Hubers, Ashwin Krishna, Jasmine Shells and Joel Urbas. The memorial is sponsored by the Division of Student Life and the Association of Religious Counselors.

Cell coverage improves at North Campus Research Complex

Many buildings on the Ann Arbor campus struggle with poor cellular signals and the North Campus Research Complex is no different. Information and Technology Services and Health Information Technology & Services recently partnered to deploy a Distributed Antenna System in four key NCRC buildings to improve their cellular signals. Once deployed, cellular providers had the ability to connect to the system to improve their signal. Verizon has completed their installation, and AT&T is planning to follow suit. The NCRC, which currently houses groups from the academic campus and Michigan Medicine, should see an improvement in their ability to use their Verizon cell phones to communicate. The project also included installation of central DAS equipment in a key location that will allow improvements in other NCRC sites over time. This project was part of a remodeling effort and is the first step toward future expansion of DAS equipment to other buildings in the sprawling complex.

OptiMize hits record $300K for student social-impact projects

OptiMize, a student-led organization at U-M, has provided $300,00 in funding to a record 65 students on 36 projects this academic year to pursue social issues they are passionate about. It represents one of the largest pools of funding for early-stage student projects in the country. Funding for 2018-19 rose from $215,000 and includes $50,000 from the Provost’s Office to fund Detroit projects, said Jeff Sorensen, co-founder of optiMize. Students will present their projects at the Spring Showcase at 7 p.m. Friday, at the U-M Museum of Art, where they will receive up to $20,000 to work on their projects full-time this summer.

Teams to present at the Integrated Product Development Trade Show

The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is presenting the Winter 2019 Integrated Product Development Trade Show at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the U-M Tauber Colloquium, 701 Tappan Ave. The show, which is free and open to the public, will feature innovative products created by business, engineering, information and design students. Taught jointly by faculty of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, the annual Integrated Product Design course challenges six cross-disciplinary student teams from the College of Engineering, Ross School, Stamps School, and School of Information to design, build and market a brand new product, and then to face free market competition through the IPD Trade Show. The IPD challenge is to design and produce a product suitable for use by pre-adolescent children, incorporating the use of active technology, to improve health maintenance and outcomes. For more information, visit

— Compiled by Jill A. Greenberg and Safiya Merchant, The University Record


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