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Health and Education
3:05 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

U-M Study Suggests Death from Cancer Could Be a Thing of the Past

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New research from the University of Michigan shows promise in someday being able to help the human body better withstand the rigors of chemotherapy and radiation.

Jian-Guo Geng is an associate professor in the University of Michigan  School of Dentistry.  He's found that in mice, injecting stem cells into the intestinal tract makes the mice much better able to survive high doses of chemo-radio therapy.

Geng says the discovery may someday make it possible to cure late-stage, metastasized cancers.  He says "People will not die of cancer, if our prediction is true." 

The study found that 50 to 75 percent of mice treated with a stem cell injection survived what should have been lethal doses of chemotherapy. 

Results of the research appear in the journal, Nature.

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Education
10:52 am
Wed July 31, 2013

The Newly-formed Ypsilanti Community Schools Launch Marketing Campaign

Credit Patrik Holubik / WEMU

If you haven't seen an ad for the new Ypsilanti Community school on an 

AATA bus or billboard yet, chances are it won't be long before you do.  

As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the district is assertively marketing itself in the community.


Education
10:29 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board To Consider Next Step In Superintendent Search

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education will meet Wednesday afternoon to determine how to proceed in the search for a new district Superintendent.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the school board could go in a couple of different directions.

Ann Arbor Superintendent search to continue.

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Community
3:05 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Junior Olympians Descend on Eastern Michigan University

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Nearly 50,000 athletes and spectators are expected at Eastern Michigan University now through August 3rd for the Amateur Athletic Union's National Junior Olympics, which got underway Tuesday. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles and Taylor Pinson take a look at this event.


Education
11:07 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Osborne Turns Down Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Job

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New Jersey's South Orange Maplewood Superintendent Brian Osborne has turned down Ann Arbor Public Schools offer to become superintendent. 

In a letter to the board, Osborne cited concerns over moving his family, interest in continuing work in New Jersey, and a medical condition for a family member.

The Ann Arbor School Board is expected to meet soon to discuss next steps on the process of selecting a superintendent.

Andrew Cluley's report on Ann Arbor Public Schools top choice to become superintendent turning the job offer down.

Education
10:56 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Offer Brian Osborne Superintendent Job

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The Ann Arbor School Board Friday night unanimously voted to offer the district's Superintendent position to Brian Osborne.  Osborne is currently the Superintendent of schools for South Orange and Maplewood Schools in New Jersey. 

The district hopes to negotiate a contract with Osborne over the next several days.   School board members have expressed a desire for the contract to include incentives for Osborne to remain at the job for a long time.  Osborne has said if  he becomes Ann Arbor's next superintendent he hopes his children will graduate from the district.

The school board choose Osborne over Colorado Springs District 11 Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jeanice Swift.  Board President Deb Mexicotte says both candidates had the skills, experience, and core values needed to serve Ann Arbor.  She says Osborne was the unanimous choice because he was a better fit, with his interest in working on Ann Arbor's financial, equity, and innovation challenges.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley's report on the Ann Arbor School Board's selection of Brian Osborne to be the district's next superintendent.

Education
7:48 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board To Select New Superintendent

Brian Osborne and Jeanice Kerr Swift are finalists for the AAPS Superintendent position.

Earlier this week, the two finalists for the position of Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools toured the district, went through a second round of interviews and attended public forums to answer community questions. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, by the end of the day the school board is expected to have made its decision.

A2 Superintendent to be selected today

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Education
10:15 am
Thu July 18, 2013

EMU Science Complex Wins Gold LEED Certification and Critical Acclaim

Eastern Michigan University's Science Complex
Credit Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University's Science Complex  is winning acclaim and awards. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, kudos come from the US Building Council and the Engineering Society of Detroit.

EMU shoots for Silver LEED certification for new Science Complex and wins GOLD LEED status.

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Education
7:54 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Ann Arbor Superintendent Search Is Winding Down

The search is almost over.  Tonight, the Ann Arbor Schools community will meet with the 2nd finalist for the district's Superintendent position.

Brian Osborne currently heads up the South Orange and Maplewood School District in New Jersey. He'll  be at a forum at Skyline High School at seven tonight to answer any questions the public may have for him. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the other finalist, Jeanice Swift, went through the same process on Monday night.

The finalists to become the next Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools meet with the public

Education
9:54 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

YCS Board Approves Requesting Extended Debt Repayment

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education in session Monday night.
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved sending a letter to state Treasurer Andy Dillon asking for an extended period of time to re-pay its debt. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story. 

Hear Bob's story here.

Community
8:19 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Art Fairs Kick Off with Tonight's Townie Street Party

The Townie Street Party will feature an evening of live outdoor performances featuring The Macpodz, Dragon Wagon, and Seth & May, kids activities, and more.

The Art Fairs begin this week in Ann Arbor. Tonight, locals get a pat on the back for being good sports about hosting the large crowds the  fairs bring to the downtown area. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports,  there will be plenty to do at tonight's kick-off to Art fairs week.

Ann Arbor gears up for Art Fairs week with the annual "Townie Street Party."

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Education
8:12 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools to Seek Debt Payment Extension

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education will meet tonight in what, technically, is it's first-ever regular session. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more on the agenda before the board tonight.

WEMU's Bob Eccles previews the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education meeting for Monday, July 15th.

Education
6:03 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Two Finalists Identified For Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Position

Brian Osborne and Jeanice Kerr Swift are finalists for the AAPS Superintendent position.
Credit a2schools.org

New Jersey's South Orange and Maplewood Schools Superintendent Brian Osborne and Colorado Springs District 11 Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jeanice Swift are the finalists to be Ann Arbor's next superintendent.

The Ann Arbor School Board narrowed the field of candidates Tuesday afternoon after wrapping up interviews with the six semi-finalists.

The board plans on checking references and visiting the districts later this week.

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Education
6:16 am
Thu June 13, 2013

AAPS Sets 2013-14 Budget at 183.5 Million Dollars, Eliminates 30 Teaching Jobs

Ann Arbor Public Schools will use almost one-point-two million dollars in reserves to balance next year's budget.  as WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the School Board early this morning approved the district budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

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Arts & Culture
11:02 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Joybox Express Prepares to Roll

Mr. B's Joybox Express is getting ready to bike the length of the Mississippi River, from Minnesota to New Orleans this fall, and WEMU is getting ready to follow the ride.   Mark Braun, aka Mr. B., spoke with WEMU's David Fair about the project and what the Joybox entourage plans to do along the way.

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Education
8:23 am
Wed March 27, 2013

WCC Faculty Protests VP Firing

The President of Washtenaw Community College and school's faculty agree that better communication is needed at the school, but how to achieve that remains a question.  Faculty members spoke out at Tuesday's Board of Trustees meeting in the wake of the dismissal of Vice-President for Instruction, Stuart Blacklaw.  

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News
12:22 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Ypsilanti school board briefed on student achievement

Ypsi school board President David Bates listens to presentation on student achievement
Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti school board last night received a presentation on the district's efforts to eliminate the achievement gap, but as WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the presentation may have been a little too thorough, at least for one board member.

Politics in Environmental Policy
10:18 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Sustainable Development and U.S. Policy

U.S. Partnership for Education and Sustainable Development

Today David talks about government policies regarding recycling, renewable energy, and environmental impact with Debra Rowe, President of the U.S. Partnership for Education and Sustainable Development.

Education
9:47 am
Tue April 17, 2012

District Consolidation Effort Will Move Forward

Efforts to unify the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts will continue.   School boards for both districts have approved a resolution to continue to work toward consolidation.

Education
11:29 am
Tue January 31, 2012

New Test Gets Passing Grade

Ann Arbor school district officials say they're already seeing benefits from a new testing program. 

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