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6:40 am
Mon July 7, 2014

University of Michigan Solar Car Team Prepares To Defend National Title

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The University of Michigan's solar car team is making final plans as they look to defend their five consecutive national titles.  The competition starts Saturday with a week of qualifying before the Austin to Minneapolis race gets under way.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the University of Michigan Solar Car team getting ready for the American Solar Challenge.

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WEMU News
5:52 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Diabetes Meds Could Do More Harm Than Good For Some

Dr. Sandeep Vijan.
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Side effects from taking medication outweighs its benefits for some patients with type 2 diabetes.

A new report from the University of Michigan has found insulin and other medications cause more harm than good for low-risk patients, especially those over the age of 50.

Study author Dr. Sandeep Vijan says many of these medications can lead to weight gain and other problems.

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Michigan News
11:37 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Woman Struck By U-M Bus in Ann Arbor Dies

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Police say a 58-year-old University of Michigan employee who was struck by a bus has died.  The Ann Arbor News reports Nancy Sanders was crossing a street on Thursday morning in Ann Arbor when she was struck by the university bus.

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Michigan News
4:32 am
Fri June 20, 2014

U-M Keeps Undergraduate Tuition Hike To 2.6 Percent

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The University of Michigan has approved a 2.6 percent increase in tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates. 

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Education
1:15 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Digital Library Partnership Including University of Michigan Wins Court Case

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The HathiTrust Digital Library has been cleared of accusations of copyright infringement by a Federal Appeals Court. The University of Michigan is part of this collaboration of over 90 libraries and universities that are compiling digital information on nearly every topic throughout history.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the HathiTrust Digital Library.

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WEMU News
4:22 am
Tue June 10, 2014

U-M Study Links Snoring, High Blood Pressure With Sleep Disorders In Pregnant Women

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A new study from the University of Michigan has found half of pregnant women who snore and suffer from hypertension also have a sleep disorder.

If left untreated, disorders like sleep apnea can result in a variety of health risks for the mother including high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia and a higher risk for C-sections.

The study's lead author, Dr. Louise O'Brien, says if a hypertensive pregnant woman snores more than three nights a week she should likely receive further evaluation by a sleep specialist.

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WEMU News
6:17 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Working To Make Michigan's Lakeshores Safer

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If a trip to one of Michigan's beautiful lakeshores is part of your summer plans, you should know about an organization that's working to make your trip safer.

As part of Rip Current Awareness week, the Michigan Sea Grant is installing beach safety kits at 10 public beaches along Lake Michigan.

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Community
4:54 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

New Book On Ann Arbor's Architecture Released

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A new book highlights the most important buildings of Ann Arbor.  Susan Wineberg and Patrick McCauley's "Historic Ann Arbor: An architectural Guide" includes 375 of the city's outstanding structures.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a new book highlighting 375 of Ann Arbor's most important historic buildings.

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Education
4:25 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

University Of Michigan Again Receives Record Number Of Applications

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Once again a record number of students applied to the University of Michigan.  It's the 8th consecutive year U of M's admissions office has set a record for applications received.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports for the 8th straight year the University of Michigan has received a record number of applications.

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Michigan News
9:36 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Health Institutes Director Speaking At University Of Michigan In Ann Arbor

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins to make address at U-M in Ann Arbor Wednesday
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The director of the National Institutes of Health plans to speak at the University of Michigan on the future of biomedical research.  

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Health
6:54 am
Mon May 12, 2014

U-M Expert: Keep MERS In Perspective

A colorized transmission of the MERS coronavirus that emerged in 2012 is seen in this file photo provided by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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  A University of Michigan expert says we need to keep the threat posed by a new and potentially deadly respiratory infection in perspective.

The first U.S. case of MERS was recently discovered. It has infected about 400 people, mainly in the Middle East, since 2012. It's been fatal in about a third of those cases.

Dr. Howard Markel is a pediatrician, U-M's George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, and a consultant to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

He says any emerging infectious disease is a serious problem.

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Community
8:20 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Next Generation Autos To Be Tested In Ann Arbor

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A five mile test track on University of Michigan's North Campus may be the birthplace of the next generation of vehicles.  The Michigan Mobility Transformation Center hopes to be testing automated and connected vehicles by September.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center's test facility and what it may mean for southeast Michigan.

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Michigan News
5:43 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Student Accused Of Sexual Misconduct Sues School

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A suspended University of Michigan student has sued the school, claiming it denied his rights in a sexual misconduct investigation. 

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Michigan News
5:23 am
Tue May 6, 2014

University of Michigan Website Features 3-D fossil Images

University of Michigan Paleontologist Daniel Fisher
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The University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology is developing a website featuring three-dimensional images of mastodons, mammoths and other prehistoric creatures. 

Paleontologist Daniel Fisher and his students began digitally scanning the images more than 20 years ago.

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Community
6:28 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Ann Arbor Ready For Trash Created By University Of Michigan Students Moving

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As University of Michigan students prepare to leave town for the summer one common place to stop is the intersection of Oakland, East University, and Tappan.  The city of Ann Arbor has once more set up dumpsters for bulk recycling and trash in the area.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the trash and recycling drop-off point set up by Ann Arbor to handle University of Michigan students leaving town for the summer or moving to new housing.

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Michigan News
7:58 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Gift From Alumnus Creates Congnitive Science Institute At U-M

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The University of Michigan is creating an institute to study congnitive science, thanks to the generous donation of an alumnus.

Marshall Weinberg is giving the school $7.7 million for the creation of the Weinberg Institute for Congnitive Science. 

Professor Sam Epstein is Director of the institute.

"I personally, and the university, owe a lot to Marshall," Epstein says, "and are indebted to him for his generosity."

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WEMU News
8:21 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

U-of-M Health Expert Warns Of Dangers Of E-Cigarettes

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State legislators and the federal government are moving toward regulation of electronic cigarettes, and a local health expert says it's important to know the potential dangers of "vaping".

E-cigarettes heat up liquid nicotine to create the vapor that's inhaled. 

University of Michigan dietician Sue Ryskamp says liquid nicotine can be harmful.

"If it comes out too quickly it can result in acute nicotine toxicity, from either the direct skin contact, eye exposure, ingestion or inhalation," Ryskamp says.

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WEMU News
2:33 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

ACLU, U-M React To U.S. Supreme Court Affirmative Action Ruling

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is not happy with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that Michigan's voter-approved ban on the use of race as a factor in college admissions is constitutional.

Mark Fancher is ACLU staff attorney for the Racial Justice Project.

"If you want to advocate for affirmative action, now, into the foreseeable future,  it's necessary to seek a referendum," Fancher says, "to have the Constitutional provision repealed, to mount a campaign, and then to win."

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Environment
11:54 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Earth Day Rally At U-M Focuses On Climate Change And Carbon Pollution

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It's Earth Day, and there's a Climate Action Rally happening this afternoon on the University of Michigan campus.

Michigan Clean Water Action, Ann Arbor 350 and organizing for Action-Michigan are hosting the rally. 

Clean Water Action Campaigns Director Eric Keller says it's one of many events taking place across the state today.

"People are coming together as individuals and communities to act on climate," Keller says, "and to protect everything that the earth has to offer, and to protect the Great Lakes today."

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WEMU News
3:20 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Michigan Student Group Report Critical Of University Response To Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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A student task force has found that the University of Michigan failed to explain a years long delay between the alleged sexual assault of a student by former football player Brendan Gibbons and his expulsion in December.

The Central Student Government examined the school's student sexual misconduct policy and released its task force's findings Sunday.  Central Student Government President Michael Proppe says one finding really stuck out.

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Community
4:22 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

International Soccer Game at Michigan Stadium Sold Out

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Fans interested in attending the Manchester United-Real Madrid game at Michigan Stadium will likely need to turn to the secondary market if they don't have tickets yet.

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Community
12:53 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Soccer Powers Manchester United And Real Madrid To Play At Michigan Stadium

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Two of the biggest teams in soccer will meet this summer at Michigan Stadium.  Manchester United will take on Real Madrid in Ann Arbor on August 2nd, as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup.  

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Community
12:57 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Making A Foolish Weekend For Ann Arbor, FoolMoon And Festifools

FestiFools Studio
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University of Michigan students have been hard at work the last six weeks in a studio at the back of the university’s public safety building preparing for Ann Arbor’s foolish weekend.  Most of the large puppets that are the heart of Sunday’s Festifools come from students most of who aren’t art students.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the making of FestiFools and FoolMoon.

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Community
5:14 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Foolish Weekend On Tap For Ann Arbor

Some of the old FestiFools puppets in the FestiFools Studio.
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Expect plenty of foolishness in Ann Arbor this weekend, with FoolMoon Friday night, and Festifools taking over Main Street Sunday afternoon.  Several hundred illuminated decorations are expected to be part of the FoolMoon processionals Friday evening around eight.   

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Community
6:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

President Obama Gets Good Response From University Of Michigan Students

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President Barack Obama got a positive response from University of Michigan students as he discussed a hike in the minimum wage.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on President Barack Obama's visit to Ann Arbor to push for a hike in the federal minimum wage law.

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