University of Michigan

5:43 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Arrests Made In This Summer's U-of-M Medical Student Homicide Case

Paul DeWolf
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Ann Arbor Police have made three arrests connected to this summer's death of a University of Michigan Medical student.  A press release says no other suspects are believed to be outstanding, and there does not appear to be any previous affiliation between the suspects and Paul DeWolf.  The suspects also don't have any known connection with the University of Michigan or the U.S. Air Force. DeWolf was an Air Force Second Lieutenant.  He was found dead in his apartment in July.

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Local News
1:46 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

U-of-M Launches $4 Billion 'Victors for Michigan' Fundraising Campaign

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman announces the Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign
Credit Bob Eccles

The University of Michigan has launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the history of public higher education. 

President Mary Sue Coleman announced the Victors for Michigan campaign, which aims to raise $4 billion.  Coleman says she’s confident the university’s alumni and friends will come through.

The Victors for Michigan campaign will focus on three priorities, the highest of which is student support.  It will also raise money for areas described as engaged learning and bold ideas. 

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3:34 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

U-of-M Merges Human Resources and Financial Services Departments

The University of Michigan is condensing its human resources and financial services departments into a Shared Services Center.  

University spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald says the new center will improve efficiency and cut costs. The center is expected to save U-of-M $5 to $6 million in its first three years of operation.

It should be operating at full capacity by October of 2014.

Fitzgerald says employees currently working in the affected departments will be considered first for employment in the new center, but are not guaranteed a job.

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Local News
5:40 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

ACA Symposium set for Monday

The public is invited to a free symposium where the Affordable Care Act will be discussed by media and policy experts. 

Marianne Udow-Phillips is Director of the Center for Health Care Research and Transformation, which is hosting Monday's event. 

Udow-Phillips says journalists from the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the New York Times will discuss how the Affordable Care Act has been portrayed in the media. 

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Local News
8:16 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Another Big Gift for U-of-M's 'Victors for Michigan' Campaign

The University of Michigan has received another generous donation toward its "Victors for Michigan" fundraising campaign. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Local News
6:24 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

U-of-M Launching Most Ambitious Fundraising Campaign in its History

The University of Michigan next month will officially launch the most ambitious fundraising campaign in school history. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

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Local News
7:29 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

U-of-M Boasts New Online Sustainability Journal

A new online journal launched this week by the University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute makes academic sustainability research easier to understand and use. 

Institute Doctoral Fellow and and Michigan Sustainability Journal Editor Nicholas Rajkovich says the journal grew out of a conversation between students on where they could publish their research.

Rajkovich says policy makers and stake holders in different communities can use the Michigan Sustainability Journal to help them make decisions.

Hear WEMU's Bob Eccles' report here.

2:56 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Drivers Would Pay More for a Car with Carbon Capture Technology


Would you be willing to pay more for a car that comes with a carbon capture system?  As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, drivers responding to a University of Michigan survey said yes, they would.

Click here for Bob's report.

10:32 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Stephen Ross to Give $200M to U. of Michigan

Stephen Ross donates $200 million to the University of Michigan. $100 million for the The Ross School of Business that already carries his name, plus $100 million for athletics.

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Health & Wellness
1:09 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

U-M Study Shows School Lunches and TV Time Linked with Childhood Obesity

A new study by the University of Michigan's Frankel Cardiovascular Center finds the two most common factors linked to obesity in middle school children are school lunch consumption and watching two or more hours of television a day.

Jean DuRussel-Weston is the Program Manager of Project Healthy Schools.  She says they found some gender-specific habits that influence body weight.

Boys on sports teams had reduced risks by up to 23%; girls that drank milk had a 19% reduced risk of being obese.

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Local News
2:34 pm
Fri August 2, 2013 Ranks Ann Arbor 2nd Among College Towns

For the third time in as many years, Ann Arbor has been rated as one of the ten best college towns in America by - this year placing second, its best rating to date. 

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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.

7:41 am
Fri July 19, 2013

U of M North Campus Research Complex On Pace With 10-Year Plan

$214 million dollar investment in U of M North Campus Research Complex results in 2200 employees working on the old Phizer property.
Credit University of Michigan

The head of the University of Michigan's North Campus Research Complex says they are on target with the 10-year plan for the facility. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of regents Thursday received an update on the status of the former Phizer facility.

2,200 employees now working on the old Phizer property.

Local News
4:53 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

U of M Health System Reports Record Number Of Patients Served


A record number of patients were served by the University of Michigan Health System in the last year, and their satifaction with their care was at a record high, as well. 

The U-of-M Health System briefed the university's Board of Regents today, saying it should break even financially when the fiscal year ends June 30th, with revenue of $2.37 billion. 

Hospitals and Health Centers C-E-O Doug Strong told the regents that patient care activity was up 4.1 percent, revenue climbed nine percent, and and surveys indicated record-high patient satisfaction. 

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2:49 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Michigan Researcher Suggests Shifting Greenhouse Focus

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  A University of Michigan professor says improving the fuel efficiency of cars is a good thing, but he warns that alternative fuel vehicles are not the greenhouse gas "silver bullet" some make them out to be.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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12:07 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Construction Set to Start on New U of M Parking Structure

Construction of the structure will add 530 parking spaces to the university's parking system near the medical campus. The project will provide the Wall Street area and medical center campus with environmentally-sustainable features. Plans include trees and gardens for storm water management which may also be used for irrigation and reducing storm runoff to the river.

In about a year, there will be about 530 more parking spaces in Ann Arbor. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, construction will soon get underway ont he University of Michigan's new parking structure between Maiden Lane and Wall Street.

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Local News
5:07 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

U-of-M President Announces Impending Retirement


University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has announced that she'll retire when her contract is up at the end of the 2014 school year. 

Her announcement came at today's meeting of the university's Board of Regents.

Congressman John Dingell issued a statement thanking Coleman for her service to the community and her contributions to the university and the people of the state of Michigan.

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Race Card
9:19 am
Wed March 13, 2013

'Race Card' Project Comes to UofM

As part of the University of Michigan's understanding race theme this semester, National Public Radio's Michelle Norris is bringing the Race Card Project to campus.  Norris met with students and others on campus Tuesday for the official kickoff.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor
9:10 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Tech Hub Growing in Downtown Ann Arbor

An Ann Arbor commercial real estate broker says the city has a growing tech hub downtown near the University of Michigan campus.  Hear more from 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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11:09 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Climate Change Town Hall Hosted at U of M

About 100 climate experts and users of climate change information will gather at the University of Michigan on Tuesday for  regional town hall on climate change.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

  View the draft assessment

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Local News
6:02 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Website Helps Celebrate University Of Michigan History

WEMU's Bob Eccles has a conversation with the folks behind the University of Michigan's Heritage Project.

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Local News
5:44 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

100 Candles For Hill Auditorium

Hill Auditorium celebrates its centennial this year.  WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Facilities Manager Shannon Rice and Senior Performance Hall Operations Manager Barry LaRue about Hill's past, present and future.

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University of Michigan
11:31 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Sustainability Gains at UofM

  University of Michigan officials say a new report on sustainability efforts on campus shows progress on most of the school's five goals.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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University of Michigan
9:14 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Updates to Animal Research Website

A University of Michigan website used by students and researchers around the world has been updated to improve its appearance and ease of use.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Report on Animal Web

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3:05 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Jazz and Improvisation Program at the University of Michigan celebrates 25 years

Current University of Michigan Jazz Faculty

Ellen Rowe, jazz pianist and composer, the current Chair of the Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation along with flugelhornist, Music School Professor, and program founder Ed Sarath sit down with Linda Yohn of WEMU to talk about 25 years and beyond of the Jazz and Contemplative Studies Programs at the University of Michigan.

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