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UMHS earns award for hearing program

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) has awarded its first Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Hospital Award to the U-M Health System's childhood hearing program. The Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery received the honor because of its commitment to early screenings and dedication to providing follow-up services for babies and parents. The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program screens about 3,700 babies for hearing loss annually, and also tests newborns transferred to C.S. Mott Children's hospital for health reasons. On March 24, national representatives of the organization and its Michigan representatives will present the award locally on behalf of AG Bell in a celebration at Mott.

Dance Department to perform at Kennedy Center

The Department of Dance will perform Alonzo King's "Shostakovich" June 2 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The department received one of 35 "National College Choreography Initiative" awards from Dance America and the National Endowment for the Arts to help re-stage "Shostakovich" as part of the University Dance Company's annual concert in February, entitled "Dances for Petersburg." All institutions receiving awards were invited to submit a video of the performance for consideration of a possible performance at the Kennedy Center's "Celebration of College Dance" festival. U-M is one of only eight institutions to be selected.

Michigan Radio is MAB Station of the Year

Michigan Radio has been named 2004 Public Broadcasting Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). It marks the fifth time in the past six years Michigan Radio has received Station of the Year honors. Michigan Radio received MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards for 2003 in the following categories: Best Mini-Documentary/Series for "Whose Democracy Is It?" (Michael Leland, Kaomi Goetz, Tracy Samilton, Bill Poorman and Tamar Charney); Merit Award in Hard News (Poorman); Best Feature/Use of Medium (Charney); Merit Award in Feature/Use of Sound (Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham); and Best News Special (Todd Mundt, Charney, Rebecca Williams, Nayiri Bardakjian and Jon Hoban).

Michigan Today to deliver all-electronic version

This week, Michigan Today, the U-M publication previously mailed to alumni and friends of the University three times a year, will publish its first-ever all-electronic version. Michigan Today's online publication will have the full array of features of the print publication, says John Woodford, executive editor. Readers can look for Michigan Today in print again in June. The all-online issue was created to meet budgetary challenges. It will be e-mailed to approximately 150,000 people on U-M's mail address list. The issue will feature articles on a 2003 alumnus's launching of a news magazine in Baghdad; undergraduate theater directors who succeed in getting posts with the Royal Shakespeare Company; a "fast-traveler" alumnus who used the price of potato chips to check the fairness of on-the-street currency exchanges; U-M's role in the world's biggest scientific experiment ever; and an alumna who was the dean of the country's rock and roll critics.

The online issue is available at

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