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March 9, 2015



2015 Wallenberg Fellowship winner to study refugee camps

Architecture student Bjørnar Haveland will be awarded the 2015 Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship to support his study of and work to improve the quality of life at two of the world's oldest refugee camps. The $25,000 fellowship is awarded to an exceptional graduating senior committed to service and the public good.

Physicist Homer Neal to give Henry Russel Lecture Tuesday

High-energy physicist Homer Neal, whose U-M group was involved in the discovery of the Higgs boson, will give the Henry Russel Lecture on Tuesday. Neal, the Samuel A. Goudsmit Distinguished University Professor of Physics, will discuss national science policy issues confronting the country.

Gift establishes world's first endowed chair of Thai Buddhism

A $2 million gift to U-M will establish the Thai Professorship of Theravada Buddhism, which will further enhance one of North America's largest Buddhist studies programs. The professorship is believed to be the first such chair in the world.

Forgotten images of China

Graduate student Joseph Ho has collected 1,500 photographs and three hours of film shot by American missionaries in China from the 1920s to the early '50s — one of the country's most tumultuous periods. In this video, Ho, who is doing his doctoral dissertation on the material, discusses the historical significance of the pictures and movies. Read more about the images.

Nominations being sought for honorary degree recipients

President Mark Schlissel is encouraging members of the university community to nominate worthy individuals for consideration by the university's Honorary Degree Committee. Nominations to be considered by the committee at its spring meeting should be received by 5 p.m. March 20.

Faculty, staff asked to suggest Ergonomics Award nominees

Nominations are now being accepted for MHealthy's annual Ergonomics Awards. Any university faculty or staff member can nominate a university unit or employee that has made the workplace safer by implementing ergonomic solutions.

University issues sanctions in Greek Life ski weekend incidents

The university has announced decisive action against the fraternity and sorority responsible for the "reprehensible" behavior and vandalism at Treetops Resort Jan.16-18. It will no longer recognize the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and has placed the Sigma Delta Tau sorority on disciplinary suspension.

UMHHC recognized among top hospitals in the U.S.

The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers have been named one of the top 100 hospitals and among the top 15 major teaching hospitals in the country. UMHHC made the Truven Health Analytics list based on its lower mortality rates, fewer complications and reduced readmission rates.

Daylight Saving Time a good reminder to change password

Information and Technology Services recommends people change their UMICH password every six months, and that the start of Daylight Saving Time, which took place Sunday morning, was a good reminder to do so.


J. Alex Halderman, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was quoted in a story about outdated encryption keys leaving mobile phones vulnerable to hackers.

The New York Times

Research by Dr. Helen Kales, professor of psychiatry, shows that antipsychotics are much less effective than nondrug treatments, such as caregiver interventions, in controlling symptoms of dementia.

National Public Radio

"(Massive open online courses)  have pushed forward important policy conversations around student privacy, academic review, data sharing and cross-institutional collaboration," said James DeVaney, assistant vice provost for digital education and innovation.

The Conversation



Block M on board

When NASA's Orion space vehicle took two trips around Earth on Dec. 5, it contained a U-M stowaway — a flag bearing the Block M. Its inclusion was championed by Orion systems engineer Corey Brooker, an alumnus of the College of Engeering's Department of Aerospace Engineering who will be part of an unveiling and dedication ceremony for the flag this week.


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