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News Briefs
DPS union election begins June 8

Elections for the six-member Department of Public Safety Oversight Committee begin June 8. This year, the term of the union staff member is expiring. U-M-Ann Arbor and U-M Health System (UMHS) staff members represented by a collective bargaining unit (except for those represented by the Graduate Employees' Organization) are eligible to vote. Beginning June 8, non-GEO bargained-for staff members can go to for candidate information and to vote, by 4 p.m. June 22. Direct questions to Shirley Sindlinger at

Spanish podcast launched

The UMHS Department of Public Relations and the U-M Portal en Español on May 16 launched the University's first Spanish language podcast, Actualidad Médica. It is available at and on iTunes Latino (search "Sistema"). Actualidad Médica also has a radio program equivalent, Servicio de Noticias de Radio. Actualidad Médica will begin podcasting four episodes per month and will expand to eight per month. UMHS began podcasting in June 2006. For more information on U-M podcasts, go to

Computer Laboratory honored

The Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory (ACAL) received a 2006 MPR Analysts' Choice Award in the newly created category, Innovation. ACAL was named with industrial partner ARM, Ltd. for introducing and implementing the technology called Razor. Principle architects of Razor and the ACAL/ARM collaboration are Todd Austin and David Blaauw, associate professors of electrical engineering and computer science, and Trevor Mudge, the Bredt Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Street closures planned

Upcoming road work projects are planned at: Washington between South State and Fletcher today (May 21) until early June to allow work to extend underground utilities—access to the Thayer Street parking structure will be available from the south (North University); Hoover from Division to State in front of the Intramural Sports Building causing intermittent lane shifts through the end of August to place a crane to complete a re-roofing project; and westbound Washtenaw Avenue at the Central Campus Recreation Building for lane and sidewalk closures from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through May 28 to allow roof replacement.

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