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Monday, January 17, 2011

David Kappos (second from right), director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, speaks with patent attorneys and university officials during a meeting at the Office of Technology Transfer. At Friday's session, Kappos discussed plans to open a new satellite office in Detroit this year, and laid out efforts to reduce the backlog of patent applications and to speed the processing of patent office business. From left is Kenneth Nisbet, executive director of Tech Transfer, and Stephen Forrest, vice president for research. At right is Azam Khan, special adviser to Kappos. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

Teaching Innovation Prizes to reward faculty projects
Nominations are sought for the 2011 Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize, now in its third year. Proposals are due Jan. 27. This prize differs from other teaching prizes in that it honors original, specific innovations to improve student learning, not instructors’ overall teaching excellence.

Ross School's Mary Ceccanese to receive Johnson staff award
Praised for facilitating high-quality connections among U-M employees, Mary Ceccanese has been named the 2010 recipient of the Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence. Ceccanese is research process coordinator of the Office of Tax Policy Research at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Peace Corps documentary to air on Detroit Public Television
Detroit Public Television (Channel 56) will air the broadcast television premiere of "A Passing of the Torch" at 10 tonight. The hour-long documentary explores the grassroots effort organized by U-M students to push for the creation of the Peace Corps.

This week in the University Record
• Distinguished University Professor lecture: Halperin to address HIV prevention for gay men
• Spotlight: Biking, information sharing move education specialist
• Research: Stress, substance abuse linked to some fathers spanking their kids
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

An alum's atonement
Robert Wollack was a fallen cop, sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to sell cocaine. It was there that he got his second chance, which led to a degree from the School of Social Work and his new life helping others get their second chance. Wollack is founder and president of Wolverine Human Services, a non-profit organization that works with troubled youth in Detroit.