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Thursday, November 8, 2012

At first glance, this photo looks like Georges Seurat's famous painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." But a closer look reveals it actually portrays 106,000 aluminum cans, which represent 30 seconds of U.S. can consumption. The artwork is one of several pieces by artist Chris Jordan that are part of the exhibit "Running the Numbers," on display at various locations around campus through Nov. 20. Read about the exhibit and see more images.

Bernstein, Diggs elected to Board of Regents; McCormack wins seat on high court
Democrats Mark Bernstein and Shauna Ryder Diggs were elected to fill two eight-year terms on the Board of Regents. According to unofficial results Wednesday, Bernstein received 2,240,375 votes and Diggs collected 1,984,941. Meanwhile, law professor Bridget Mary McCormack was elected to an eight-year term on the Michigan Supreme Court.

U-M researchers to study 'food security' across Michigan
Researchers at the School of Natural Resources and Environment are leading a five-year, $4 million study of disparities in access to healthy food across the state. They will interview residents and study data in 18 small to mid-sized cities to better understand factors affecting "food security," a socioeconomic term that defines easy access to safe and healthy food.

University startup LectureTools acquired by Echo360
A U-M startup company that bridges the gap between students and professors with technology was acquired Wednesday by Echo360. LectureTools is a Web-based, student-response, note-taking and inquiry system that turns cell phones, iPads and laptops into learning aids, allowing students in large lecture settings to more effectively interact with professors.

Softball coach Hutchins signs five-year extension
The university and head softball coach Carol Hutchins have agreed to a five-year contract extension, director of athletics Dave Brandon announced Wednesday. The extension will keep Hutchins at U-M through the 2017 season.

Re-tweet this: Twitter CEO and U-M alum Dick Costolo to speak on campus
Dick Costolo, chief executive officer of the giant social networking and microblog service Twitter, is the featured speaker for Policy Talks@the Ford School on Nov. 16. Costolo will discuss how he went from the trenches of studying computer science at U-M to leading a world-changing company.

The Michigan Difference

Couponing for a cause
Karen Holland remembers what it was like to struggle to make ends meet. With only $20 to spare, she’d plan her weekly grocery shopping carefully. Scour the sales circulars; clip the coupons; repeat. While it’s no longer necessary for Holland to stock up on coupons, she hasn’t given up the habit. Now, though, the special events coordinator within the Office of the Chancellor at UM-Dearborn is couponing for a cause as she supports the new Student Food Pantry.