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Monday, March 28, 2011

Graduate student Muna Nahar (left) watches as Meryl Waldo describes the process of connecting wires to build the frame for a lantern during a workshop to prepare for Thursday's FoolMoon celebration. Nahar was one of several dozen people who turned out Saturday for the workshop at the U-M Museum of Art. They made lanterns for FoolMoon, a dusk-to-midnight celebration that will include an illuminated procession from various points around Ann Arbor to downtown's West Washington Street. The event is a prelude to Sunday's annual FestiFools street party. Click the photo for more information. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, U-M Photo Services)

Diversity Council issues request for grant proposals
The U-M Diversity Council is accepting applications to its Diversity Grants Program. The council welcomes proposals from all academic or administrative units that address issues of diversity in the university community. The application deadline is April 15.

U-M recognizes initial recipients of Safety First awards
Construction safety has taken center stage on campus with the first awards under U-M's Safety First program going to several contractors and their employees. The program formally recognizes safe behavior by rewarding contractor employees who exhibit safe work practices while on the U-M campus for capital improvement projects.

This week in the University Record
• Distinguished University Professor lecture: Vandermeer says ‘moral compass’ led him to environmental work
• Research: Study discovers why some cancer recurs in bones
• Spotlight: Administrative assistant gives back by helping dogs in need
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Buddy goes to school
Students in Assistant Professor Mike Lewis’ Media Ethics course at UM-Flint are learning about something they never expected to be part of the curriculum: what it takes to raise and train a leader dog. Lewis is training Buddy for the organization Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, and as part of the project he brings Buddy to class about once a week. “UM-Flint is a great place to train Buddy, with lots of students and activity. He learns to climb stairs, ride elevators, and go through doors," Lewis says.