Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, April 12, 2010

Members of Groove, a U-M nontraditional percussion group, lay down a beat at the FestiFools parade in downtown Ann Arbor. Billed by organizers as “the largest giant puppet extravaganza in the world,” the annual hour-long FestiFools event is a non-profit production of the START Project, a U-M Lloyd Hall Scholars Program initiative. Click on the photo for more images from Sunday's festivities. (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

U-M gets $63 million NIH grant for SWOG cancer trials network
The Medical School has received its largest ever research grant, a $63 million award over six years to support the work of the U-M-based Southwest Oncology Group. The award will fund large-scale studies of new cancer treatments in SWOG’s network of more than 500 institutions across the U.S. and beyond.

University helping to lay foundation for future of Detroit
U-M’s Ginsberg Center, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Detroit Center, and 26 current graduate students and recent alumni are playing a foundational role in strategizing Detroit’s future through their work on the Detroit Residential Parcel Survey, which will help decision-makers identify exactly which neighborhoods are threatened by blight, which can be revived with support and which continue to thrive.

Coleman, former chancellor to address UM-Dearborn graduates
President Mary Sue Coleman and former UM-Dearborn chancellor Blenda Wilson will be the main speakers at the Dearborn campus’ May 2 spring commencement ceremonies. Meanwhile, Gary Lipe, retired superintendent of Grand Blanc Schools, will address graduates at the UM-Flint commencement the same day.

The Michigan Difference

50 who are making a difference
Fifty UM-Dearborn students who are making a difference now and have the potential to make an impact as future leaders are being honored for their academic achievement, integrity, leadership and creative contribution. The "Difference Makers" award was created as part the campus’ 50th anniversary celebration.