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News Briefs

U-M publications earn CASE honors

Medicine at Michigan, the Medical School's alumni magazine, won a gold medal for 2004 in the first-ever Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) V regional competition in the specialized or unit-level magazines category. Edited by Rick Krupinski in the Office of Medical Development and Alumni Relations, with art direction and design by Kathy Moody of BMC Media, it publishes three times a year. "Endowed Medical Professorships at the University of Michigan," a book published in spring 2004 and edited by Krupinski and Jane Myers, with design by Martin Soave of BMC, received a bronze award for case statements and general cultivation publications. BMC also won gold in the excellence in design category for the Life Sciences Institute's Spring 2004 symposium publication, designed by Soave. It took the bronze award in excellence in design illustration for the summer 2003 cover of Medicine at Michigan—created by Shayne Davidson with art direction by Moody. The awards were presented in December at CASE V's annual meeting in Chicago.

Ypsilanti High School will use grant to help create new Exhibit Museum show

The Exhibit Museum of Natural History has been awarded a grant from the Public Outreach Program of the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC). The grant will fund a project with science students at Ypsilanti High School to produce a script for a new planetarium show on the topic, "Hydrogen: The First Element." This project will take place during fall 2005 semester. Exhibit Museum planetarium director Matthew Linke will work with Max Mullins, chair of the science department at Ypsilanti H.S., and students in astronomy, physics and earth science classes on the project. Students will conduct research on hydrogen and develop ideas for the script for the show. They will visit campus and an industry site to learn about practical applications of research. The MSGC funds projects that enhance literacy and interest in mathematics, science and technology.

CARSS invites letters of intent for proposals

The Center for Advancing Research & Solutions for Society (CARSS) invites letters of intent leading to research proposals consistent with the long-term mission of the center. Instructions for submitting letters are at: A review of proposed projects is scheduled for June 2005. CARSS Director David L. Featherman will be available to discuss proposals with researchers prior to submission. He can be reached at feathrmn@umich.eduor (734) 647-1408.

Mary Sue Coleman elected to Knight Foundation Board of Trustees

President Mary Sue Coleman has been elected to the board of trustees of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. She was a member of the Knight Foundation's Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics from 2000-04. The Knight Foundation promotes excellence in journalism worldwide and invests in the vitality of
26 U.S. communities.

Imagining America relocates

Imagining America has moved its offices to 837 Greene St., Campus Zip 3213. The phone number remains the same: (734) 615-8370; fax is (734) 615-7266.

Benefits office to allow some midyear status changes for medical plans

Faculty and staff who have the opportunity to enroll in their spouse's or same-sex domestic partner's medical insurance plan now may remove their dependent(s) or cancel their U-M medical insurance coverage at any time during the year. Eligible employees who cancel medical coverage may receive opt-out credit dollars for the remainder of the calendar year upon showing coverage through another non-U-M employer-sponsored plan. Canceling the U-M medical plan also cancels prescription drug coverage.

To take advantage of this change, faculty and staff must notify the HRRIS Benefits Transaction Team within 30 days after the new coverage takes effect by completing and submitting a Benefits Enrollment/Change form. The form is available at or from the HR/Payroll Service Center by calling (734) 615-2000 or 866-647-7657 (toll-free for long-distance calling within the United States).

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