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Don't Miss: Ceremony to honor award winners of 1,000 Pitches competition

Winners of the 1,000 Pitches competition, a cross-campus effort to generate business ideas organized by the College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship and the MPowered Entrepreneurship student group, will be honored in an awards ceremony from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Michigan Union Ballroom.

The keynote speaker will be Rich Sheridan, CEO of Ann Arbor-based Menlo Innovation, a custom software developer. Sheridan, a U-M alumnus, has been featured on the cover of Forbes magazine.

The 1,000 Pitches competition started in September and exceeded its goal, generating 1,044 pitches for businesses, inventions and non-profit organizations.

One $1,000-prize winner in each of the competition's seven categories will be announced at this event. The seven categories are social, environmental, high tech, health, global business, local business and green campus. Ideas were judged on whether they are feasible, fill a need and can be implemented.

Participants submitted pitches online. In these videos, students discuss plans for developing applications to use cell phones in the classroom, creating "glasses grips" to hold glasses to the face, amplifying cell phone signals in North Campus buildings and using organic waste as a source of heating fuel. To view the videos go to mpowered.studentorgs.umich.edu/index.php?n= Main.Videos.

Tanner lecturer to address health care

Uwe Reinhardt, a leading authority on health care economics, will deliver the Tanner Lecture on Human Values at 4 p.m. Jan. 9 at Rackham Auditorium. He will speak on "American Values in Health Care: A Case of Cognitive Dissonance."

A leading health policy expert, Reinhardt has served on a number of government commissions and advisory boards, among them the congressional Physician Payment Review Commission. In 2006 Reinhardt was appointed by Gov. John Corzine of New Jersey to chair the state's health reform commission.

He is the James Madison Professor of Political Economy and professor of economics at Princeton University, where he teaches courses in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and policy; accounting for commercial, private not-for-profit and government enterprises; financial management for commercial and not-for-profit enterprises; and health economics and policy.

Recognized as one of the nation's leading authorities on health care economics, Reinhardt has been a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences since 1978. He is a past president of the Association of Health Services Research.

He also is a senior associate of the Judge Institute for Management of Cambridge University, United Kingdom, and a trustee of Duke University and the Duke University Health System.

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