Higher ed briefs


News from other Michigan public universities and U-M peer institutions across the nation.


New MSU provost recommended

June Pierce Youatt, a distinguished scholar and teacher with a record of service to higher education is set to become Michigan State University’s next provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon will recommend her appointment to the university’s Board of Trustees for its approval at its April meeting. Youatt has been acting provost since January 2013.


New DNA-editing technology spawns Genomics Initiative

The University of California, Berkeley, and UC, San Francisco, are launching the Innovative Genomics Initiative to lead changes in genetic engineering based on a new technology already generating new strategies for gene therapy and the genetic study of disease. The Li Ka Shing Foundation has provided a $10 million gift to support the initiative, establishing the Li Ka Shing Center for Genomic Engineering and an affiliated faculty chair at UC Berkeley. The two universities also will provide $2 million in start-up funds. The technology is known as precision “DNA scissors,” referred to as CRISPR/Cas9. Scientists have referred to it as the holy grail of genetic engineering and a breakthrough in the fight against genetic disease.

University of Chicago Initiative to expand economic opportunities

The University of Chicago March 17 announced the launch of UChicago Local, an initiative designed to support local businesses on the mid-South Side, providing the training and connections to help them work with the university and the University of Chicago Medicine. UChicago Local will offer programs and tools for business owners and job seekers in neighborhoods around the university. The first training was scheduled to begin last week, with 10 mid-South Side businesses participating.

University of Nebraska regents to consider appointment of interim president

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents at its March 21 meeting was scheduled to consider the appointment of Dr. James Linder of Omaha as interim president of the university, effective May 3. Current NU President James B. Milliken is leaving Nebraska to become chancellor of the City University of New York. A national search is underway for Milliken’s successor. By mutual agreement with the board, Linder will not be a candidate for the permanent position.


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