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A 5 year $25 million dollar federal grant will help the University of Michigan lead a team of other universities and national laboratories conduct research and develop new technologies to work towards nuclear non-proliferation.  The National Nuclear Security Administration is funding the effort. Ronald Gilgenbach is chair of Michigan's Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences. Gilgenbach says the grant should benefit the community by bringing more graduate students to campus.


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Ann Arbor's normal game day parking restrictions will be in place on Saturday.  That's because the University of Michigan Mott Spring Football Scrimmage is scheduled for 2 PM.

Parking and vendor operations will be similar to a football Saturday game day in Ann Arbor, with special event no-parking restrictions in effect that day.

Admission to the spring game is free.  Complete details here.

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       ANN ARBOR - President Barack Obama plans to visit Michigan on Wednesday to discuss his proposal to raise the national minimum wage.

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         DETROIT  - Mayor Mike Duggan and Shell are scheduled to recognize students from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor who are building energy efficient vehicles as part of a global competition.

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The University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute is launching a study to determine how best to help people in the Great Lakes region deal with changing water levels.

Institute Director Donald Scavia said two main areas of concern came out of this week's conference of the Environmental Law and Policy Center at U-of-M:  If lake levels keep dropping, how to stop that; and, how to help residents deal with changing water levels.

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       ANN ARBOR  - Anti-Israel protesters are in the second week of a sit-in at the offices of the University of Michigan student government to protest its failure to vote on a resolution calling for a boycott over Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.

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The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has released a free phone app designed to promote student wellness and campus health events. 

The Ann Arbor News reports that the app also includes news alerts and inspirational messages. It has a one-touch dial button that links students with a responder if there is an emergency.

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The American Red Cross was on the scene of a fire at a University of Michigan sorority house early Tuesday morning. No one was hurt and the cause of the fire at the Alpha Gamma Delta house is still under investigation.

Ann Arbor area bars and restaurants were busier than normal at lunchtime today, as the University of Michigan began play in the Big Ten Basketball tournament.  Michigan escaped their first Big Ten Basketball Tournament game with a 64-63 win over Illinois.

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The Great Lakes pushed within a couple of points from setting a new record for the percent of frozen surface.  The 95 percent frozen mark set a record in 1979, now appears to be safe, and a University of Michigan scientist doesn’t believe there will be lasting weather impacts from the large amounts of ice, either. 

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Michigan is highlighting a rare disease Tuesday in the hopes more doctors will be able to identify the issue.

Just under 1,000 patients are on Fibromuscular Dysplaisia registries.  

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - General Motors Co.'s chief executive Mary Barra is expected to get an honorary degree when she speaks at the University of Michigan's spring commencement. The university says in a story posted on its website today that Barra will speak at the May 3 event at Michigan Stadium. The Ann Arbor News reported the confirmation earlier in the day. Barra is expected to get an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree. The school's Board of Regents votes March 20 on whether to confer the degree. Five others are recommended for honorary degrees.

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University of Michigan researchers have found that the cost of treating children with congenital heart defects varies greatly across U-S Hospitals. Sara K. Pasquali is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan.

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      A person familiar with the event says that new General Motors chief executive Mary Barra is expected to speak at the University of Michigan's spring commencement in May.      The person asked not to be identified Wednesday because the speaker hasn't been officially announced. Barra is the first woman to head a major U.S. automaker.

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The University of Michigan Men's basketball team clinched the outright regular season Big ten title with an 84-53 win at Illinois Tuesday night.  Work is still to be done with the Big Ten Basketball Tournament taking place next week in Indianapolis.  

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Changes in how universities handle reports of sexual misconduct by students continue to leave questions on campus.  Even as a federal investigation is ongoing, the University of Michigan Central Student Government wants to review documents around sexual assault investigations, including of a former football player.  

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The University of Michigan can go ahead with plans to buy the Edwards Brothers property on State Street for nearly 13 million dollars.  Ann Arbor City Council voted six to five Monday night against using the right of first refusal to match the university’s offer.  

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A decision is expected Monday night as Ann Arbor officials debate whether they should buy a State Street Property or have it permanently removed from the tax rolls.  City Council is holding a special meeting to consider using a right of first refusal to buy the Edwards Brothers property.  

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The federal government has awarded an $8.5 million, five-year contract to the University of Michigan's Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center to coordinate the United States Renal Data System.  The national data system collects, analyzes and distributes information about patients with chronic kidney disease.   

The university announced the contract Thursday, saying that about 13 percent of Americans have chronic kidney disease. It says that each year, 100,000 Americans develop end-stage kidney disease that requires dialysis or a kidney transplant.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Hundreds of University of Michigan students participated in an all-night protest over what they call low minority enrollment and inclusion.  The Ann Arbor News reports students crammed into Shapiro Undergraduate Library for the 12-hour, overnight event.  The "Speak Out" was hosted by the United Coalition for Racial Justice, a group comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff.

Public art and the future of the Edwards Brothers property on State Street again take center stage at Tuesday night's Ann Arbor City Council meeting.  

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 On this week's Issues of the Environment, Andy Drews, Technical Specialist at the Ford Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, discusses Ford's partnership with the University of Michigan for car battery research and the future of car batteries and electric cars in Washtenaw County.

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Governor Rick Snyder says he's not focusing on questions about Michigan's minimum wage, because he's working to bring more high-paying jobs to the state as he  discussed a wide range of topics last night with University of Michigan students at the Ross School of Business.  

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  University of Michigan researchers have taken a big step toward the development of a treatment or vaccine for illnesses such as West Nile virus and Dengue Fever.

Lead researcher, Janet Smith is a faculty member in the U-M Life Sciences Institute and Medical School.  She says she and her colleague were able to create a 3-D image of a protein that helps the viruses spread.

Smith says being able to study the protein in this new way will lead to more experiments to examine it at the molecular level, which could lead to development of new ways to attack illnesses such as Dengue Fever and West Nile Virus, which currently have no vaccine or treatment.

The protein, NS1, is produced inside infected cells, where it plays a key role in replication of the virus. NS1 is also released into the bloodstream, where it may help disguise the infection from the patient's immune system and may play a role in the hemorrhage that is seen in severe dengue virus infection.

The research done with scientists at Purdue University appears online in the journal Science.

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Ann Arbor City Council will take another two weeks before deciding if they want to purchase the Edwards Brothers property on State Street. 

The city is considering exercising a right of first refusal to stop the University of Michigan from buying the land. 

Mayor John Hieftje doesn't think the recent experience with the former YMCA property will have much influence on this State Street parcel.  He says that's because downtown property is in great demand while Edwards Brothers is well south of downtown.
  
Ann Arbor would have to match U-M's $12.8 million purchase price for the property. 

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City Council last night also postponed action on a first reading of a proposed smoking ban for city parks, bus stops, and entrances to city buildings.   The delay is so council members can get feedback from some of the organizations that would be impacted by the proposal.

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