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Tour new UM-Flint GISC Nov. 20

UM-Flint celebrates International Geographic Information Systems Day Nov. 20 by inviting the public to tour the new Geographic Information Systems Center. Join faculty, staff, students and industry professionals, non-profit representatives, and public sector employees and see how GIS technology can be harnessed and explore its applications. The conference is free. For more information and to register, go to

Burkhardt named NCID director

John C. Burkhardt has assumed directorship of the university’s National Center for Institutional Diversity. “NCID is one of many commitments made by U-M to affirm the central value and undeniable importance of diversity to the mission of a public university,” Burkhardt said. A clinical professor, Burkhardt has served as director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, and spent eight years at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where he coordinated education and leadership development projects around the world.

Voice students sing at ship’s christening

As the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, named in honor of the 38th president of the United States and U-M alumnus, was recently christened in Newport News, Va., a quartet of voice students from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance was on hand. The Victors Quartet, made up of Jean Bernard Cerin, Leann Schuering, Katie Calcamuggio and Jesse Donner, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.” The students performed at the request of Ford’s family.

SI researchers develop diverse news source app

For online news consumers who feel they are absorbing the same views and commentary from the same sources over and over, School of Information Professor Paul Resnick and his research team have developed an application that detects the topic of the article that the user is reading and provides links to other articles on the same topic, written by alternate news sources. Called ManyAngles, the application is currently available as a free Google Chrome extension. 


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