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Friday, June 1, 2012

U-M physicists working at CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland say they may be closing in on discovering the Higgs boson — the missing piece of the overarching physics theory that describes the laws of nature and the nature of matter. In this video, U-M researchers involved in the project discuss its significance. Read more about the search for Higgs.

Vandals damage peony garden at the Arb
Vandals damaged a number of peony plants in the Nichols Arboretum peony garden sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. All of the damaged plants were mature specimens at least 50 years old. 

Alumni Association diversity scholarship program graduates its first class
An Alumni Association scholarship program, designed to attract a diverse set of underrepresented students to the U-M campus, has produced its first set of alumni. An initial group of 22 Alumni Association LEAD Scholars graduated this year. Launched in 2007, LEAD — which stands for Leadership, Excellence, Achievement, Diversity — has helped to attract some of the nation’s most talented and qualified underrepresented students to U-M.

PODCAST: Registry finds more than 2,000 falsely convicted in last 23 years
U-M Law Professor Sam Gross talks about how a new exonerations database sheds light on problems with wrongful convictions in various cases. A registry created by U-M and Northwestern University legal experts showed at least 2,000 people were falsely convicted of crimes in the last 23 years.

UM-Flint group involved with groundbreaking Habitat for Humanity project
The UM-Flint Entrepreneurs Society is joining with the Genesee County Habitat for Humanity to construct Habitat's first-in-the-nation Work/Live Home, which contains both residential and commercial space. Construction begins Saturday and the house will be completed and dedicated on June 9.

The Michigan Difference

International man of history
His start at U-M helped alumnus Chris McLaurin achieve as much as he has done so far. An article in LSA Today describes how, shortly after graduating magna cum laude in 2009, McLaurin served a year as a Fulbright Scholar, helping underprivileged children with the transition into college life. This inspired him to create his own mentoring program matching such students with local university mentors.