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As University of Michigan alumni return to campus for tomorrow's homecoming game, they will find a different former football player leading the athletic department. President Mark Schlissel accepted the resignation of Dave Brandon this morning and named Jim Hackett the Interim Athletic Director. Hackett is the former Chief Executive of Steelcase and was Brandon's teammate at Michigan in the 1970's.   

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Parking and transportation in Ann Arbor have long been contentious issues, and it isn't likely to change anytime soon.  The hot topic now is rail transportation versus parking for U of M Hospital employees.


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For decades University of Michigan students could count on classes taking place, no matter the weather. But in January for the first time in 36 years classes were canceled.  A new policy is designed to avoid confusion some employees had about if they still needed to brave the elements to get to work.


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U-S Representative Gary Peters brought his campaign for Senate to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan Thursday.  He's highlighting his stance on a couple of higher education issues. 

  

 

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Ann Arbor area residents can once more get their Blimpy Burger fix.  The restaurant at Packard and Division closed over a year ago to make way for construction of a University of Michigan graduate student residence hall.  This morning's rain couldn't keep people away from the grand opening of Blimpy Burger's new location.


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A University of Michigan senior has won the National Geographic Channel's Expedition Granted contest.

 

Charlie Engelman bested more than 700 other people to win a $50,000 prize.  

Engelman says he'll use the money to put a team together to travel around the country.  They'll visit forests, and produce 20 to 30 short online science-based videos.

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University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel is calling for a review of the school's in game safety procedures following quarterback Shane Morris continuing to play after suffering a concussion Saturday. In the statement Schlissel expressed extreme disappointment in the events surrounding the handling of the injury.  Students and Michigan fans want bigger changes in the athletic department.


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UPDATE: Dave Brandon, U-M Director of Athletics has issued a statement taking joint responsibility for this situation along with head football coach Brady Hoke.  

Sports writers for the Michigan Daily newspaper say head football coach Brady Hoke should be fired, and not just because the team has struggled this season.

 

Parents want their children to do well in school and get into college. But almost 40 percent of parents in an NPR, Robert Wood Johnson poll say their high school student is experiencing a great deal of stress from school. The impact of academic stress on student mental health is a growing concern.


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There are a myriad of concerns over the health of the Great Lakes. From toxic algae blooms to urban chemical run-off, the quality of the world's largest fresh-water system is under constant scrutiny. A University of Michigan professor confirms the concern is warranted, and is urging action throughout the basin. 


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Would an online review influence your decision on choosing a doctor for your child?  A new University of Michigan study suggests it can make a difference, even if the trustworthiness of the review is questionable.

David Hanauer is a U-of-M associate professor of Pediatrics and lead author of the study.

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A rising need for surgery has prompted the University of Michigan Health System to expand its operating room facilities.

The multi-million dollar project will be renovating more than 24-thousand square feet for use as support spaces, equipment storage and new operating rooms.

Shon Dwyer is the acting Executive Director of University Hospitals.

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You'll have a new way to get around downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan campus starting next week.  The new bike sharing program ArborBike will launch as early as Tuesday.  A lot of people have expressed interest in bike sharing, but it's unclear if this will translate into members.


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A University of Michigan emergency alert Wednesdat morning about a gunman on campus turned out to be a pair of Reserve Officer Training Corps members.  UM police are taking several steps in light of the incident.


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The University of Michigan is expanding its partnership with the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office. Starting October 1, the university will start managing all of the office's operations.

The new partnership will last three years, and is worth $16.7 million.

The two organizations have been working together since 2011.

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The University of Michigan is celebrating the inauguration of Mark Schlissel as the school's 14th president.  Many students don't know much about Schlissel and have varied thoughts on what they want him to do.


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Following the unexpected passing of Robin Williams in an apparent suicide, the national conversation has turned to depression and how to treat the debilitating affliction. 

The University of Michigan has started studying an alternative treatment that has had some promising results. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, therapy uses powerful electro-magnets to treat patients when anti-depressants and other forms of medication don't work.

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A growing number of Great Lakes communities are concerned about climate change.  Ann Arbor is applying for a grant to identify what it can do to adapt to this new reality. 


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A University of Michigan researcher says environmental non-profits need to do a better job of encouraging diversity among volunteers, staff and leadership.


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It's taking a little longer than expected, but the Clean Energy Coalition's ArborBike program is gearing up for a fall launch.

Nick Helmholdt is operations manager for the bike share program, which was originally targeting a June kick-off.  He says plans now call for installation of equipment the first week in September.

"We are currently targeting the 12th of September as a public launch date," Hemholdt says.

10 of the planned 14 bike sharing stations will open this fall. 

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A shortage of on-campus housing at the University of Michigan appears to have been averted.

University Housing spokesperson Peter Logan says they have started converting small lounge areas into additional rooms and are encouraging upper classmen to voluntarily move into off-campus apartments.

"We're cautiously optimistic that we have been able to identify and make spaces available for the number of incoming freshmen that we need to have," Logan says.

A record-breaking class of incoming students exceeded the school's housing projection.

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Over 100,000 fans pack Michigan Stadium 6 or 7 Saturdays every fall.  The crowds also give the city's bars, restaurants, and hotels something to cheer about by boosting sales.


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If you've spent anytime boating on Lake Erie over the last few summers, you may very well have been diverted by huge patches of algae blooms.

It would appear you'll have the same issue later this summer.

Scientists predict another large toxic bloom will appear on the western side of Lake Erie this summer. The blooms are caused by excessive amounts of phosphorus and other chemicals typically found in agricultural run-off.

Don Scavia is Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.

Presidential Inauguration Won't Be held Until Fall     

The new President of the University of Michigan is on the job.  Mark Schissel officially took the helm today.   

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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.  


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