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Arthur Miller, playwright and U-M alumnus, dead at 89

Playwright Arthur Miller died in his Connecticut home Thursday, leaving a legacy of classic American theater works, including "Death of a Salesman," "The Crucible" and "A View From the Bridge." Miller was one of the University of Michigan's most distinguished alumni, and his name will be on a new campus theatre which is in the planning stages. More>

ITCS Warning: Check computer for dangerous spyware

Microsoft Windows users, including University faculty, students and staff, are threatened with a serious computer security concern called spyware or adware.

Spyware is surveillance software that often is installed on a computer without the user’s knowledge. One particularly threatening version of spyware is called Marketscore. More>

Institute for Social Research names new chief

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) has named James S. Jackson as its new director, effective July 1. Provost Paul N. Courant announced the appointment Feb. 3.

“James Jackson is a distinguished scholar and academic leader. He is an articulate national and international spokesperson, researcher and scholar, and he has great experience as a University administrator,” Courant said. “Professor Jackson is eminently qualified to lead the Institute for Social Research, a linchpin of the University of Michigan’s international leadership in the social sciences and one of the largest and oldest social research and academic survey organizations in the world. More>

As hybrid and advanced diesel vehicles gain sales,
jobs could be lost

Environmentally friendly cars may be good for the Earth, but bad for manufacturing jobs in the U.S., a U-M report says.

Vehicles with gas-electric hybrid or advanced diesel powertrains could capture nearly 11 percent of the U.S. light vehicle market by 2009. But since most of these new drive trains are being built overseas, a consumer shift to hybrids could cost jobs. More>

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