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News Briefs
U-M signs license to continue use of VirusScan

The University has signed a new, three-year software license with McAfee to continue providing VirusScan anti-virus software to Windows users at U-M, effective July 1. The new license with McAfee includes an anti-spyware product for Windows that will be made available to the U-M community by fall. A license with Sophos was signed late last year for anti-virus software for Macintosh users. Both license agreements resulted from the work of the Anti-Virus Anti-Spam Steering Committee and its software evaluation teams. Further information will be posted at www.itcs.umich.edu/ and virusbusters.itcs.umich.edu/.

Innovative biology courses win Howard Hughes teaching grant

U-M has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to further develop innovative methods of teaching basic biology to undergraduates. Cell biologist and Life Sciences Institute researcher Daniel J. Klionsky will lead the project with support from Sandra Gregerman, director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and Cinda-Sue Davis, director of Women in Science and Engineering. The grant is among $86.4 million given out by HHMI to strengthen and enrich undergraduate science teaching at research universities.

Mandatory TB screening for some students

Beginning in fall, all three U-M campuses will require certain entering international students to be screened for tuberculosis (TB). This initiative was approved by the U-M Executive Officers in 2004 and will meet recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Advisory Committee for Elimination of Tuberculosis to screen individuals from countries where TB is common. For the academic year 2006-2007 students from the following countries identified by the World Health Organization as altogether accounting for 80 percent of the world's TB cases will be screened: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, China (includes Hong Kong), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. For more information, see www.uhs.umich.edu/tbscreen or go to tbscreen@umich.edu.

United Way campaign changes planned

Sign up by the July 14 deadline for the Washtenaw United Way Day of Caring event, Sept. 14, where volunteers perform community service to help kick off the annual fall fund drive. Community agencies appreciate the help with painting, planting and a variety of needed work. Call Deborah Johnson at 763-5554 or e-mail dyjohnso@umich.edu to reserve your spot on the team.

University staff can contribute on-line this fall to support the campaign. Using Wolverine Access, employees will be able to donate thru payroll deduction. Hard copy pledge forms still will be available.

A Leadership Givers Reception will be held at the President's residence Sept. 14 to recognize staff contributing $1,000 or more. This will be followed by the Campaign Kickoff, a traditional volunteer breakfast Sept. 20 at the Michigan League. Questions about the campaign can be sent to uwquestions@umich.edu. Additional campaign information can be found at www.uway.umich.edu.

Observatory Lodge parking reduced during construction project

Twenty-four blue parking spaces in Lot M34 (south side of Observatory Lodge) were scheduled to be closed July 5 for the duration of the Observatory Lodge renovation project. This space reduction is estimated to remain in effect for 14-16 months. The project fencing will run along the first two rows of parking on the north side of the lot. The handicap and gold spaces in this location will be relocated to the center lanes. The entrance and exit drives are expected to remain open during the project.

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