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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Members of the U-M Solar Car Team direct Infinium’s solar array toward the sun to charge the car’s batteries at a stop in Topeka, Kansas, during the 2010 American Solar Challenge. U-M is one of 10 teams racing 1,100 miles from Tulsa, Okla., to Naperville, Ill., near Chicago, and is seeking its third consecutive North American title. The race began Sunday and concludes Saturday. As of Tuesday evening, Infinium was in the lead just east of Lebanon, Mo. Follow the team’s progress on its blog at (Photo by Alex Dowling)

SPECIAL BULLETIN: Ground shaking felt by many around campus
The Department of Public Safety has received several reports of buildings shaking around campus just before 2 p.m. today; apparently related to a possible earthquake near Ottawa, Canada.

Obama appoints School of Education dean to national advisory panel
President Barack Obama has appointed Deborah Loewenberg Ball, dean of the School of Education, to the National Board for Education Sciences. The U.S. Senate approved her appointment on Tuesday. The board provides guidance and advice to the director of the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education.

U-M renews partnership with M Den as official merchandiser
The Athletic Department has announced a multi-year agreement with M Den Inc. as its official retail partner beginning July 1. The university and M Den renewed a relationship to operate as the official team store of U-M Athletics. M Den will provide game-day retail services and manage the online sales of official team wear.

SPH professor part of British online teach-in competition
Andrew Maynard, director of the School of Public Health's Risk Science Center and an international expert in nanotechnology and other emerging fields, is participating in "I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here," a British educational program that gets young people talking to real scientists online. The scientists compete for student votes to stay in the competition.

Weather advisory
Severe thunderstorms possible today and through the night.

The Michigan Difference

Personalized medicine
Seeking to understand why people react differently to a particular medication or dosage, scientists now are focusing on pharmacogenomics, the study of how a person's genome affects response to a specific drug. Vicki Ellingrod, associate professor of pharmacy and psychiatry, heads up the Clinical Pharmacogenomics Laboratory where she has studied the risk factors of metabolic syndrome, a major side effect for people taking schizophrenia drugs.