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Saturday, May 4, 2013

"You know I have to start by tweeting this. … I'm a professional, so this will only take a second," joked Twitter CEO and U-M alumnus Dick Costolo as he began his Spring Commencement address Saturday. Watch a video of the full ceremony, and follow other tweets from commencement. (Photo by Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

'Be in this moment,' Twitter CEO Costolo advises grads at Spring Commencement
Dick Costolo received his U-M degree in computer science and went on to lead Twitter, but it was a lesson that he learned while performing improvisational comedy that formed the foundation of his address Saturday to graduates at Spring Commencement: "Be in this moment." That same spirit is a useful guide for life, he told an estimated 50,000 graduates, friends and family members in a humor-filled address delivered under a warm, spring sky at Michigan Stadium. "If you're just filling a role, you will be blindsided."

Inaugural Wallenberg Fellow to study conservation practice in Kenya
The first-ever $25,000 Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship will be awarded to Zachary Petroni, a senior graduating from Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, for his plan to study conservation governance in Kenya. President Mary Sue Coleman announced the award, among the largest for a graduating senior, at 2013 Spring Commencement ceremonies Saturday.

14th annual Road Scholars tour continues community-academic collaborations
The Michigan Road Scholars’ 14th annual five-day journey through Michigan begins Monday. Traveling highways and two-lane roads, the 2013 “seminar on wheels” will take 30 faculty and staff members from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula, and from Grand Rapids to Bay City. They will continue the tour's tradition of identifying ways in which U-M can contribute expertise to local and regional initiatives.

New center aims to transform critical care through research
The Medical School has launched the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care, which focuses on finding new ways — through cross-disciplinary research and entrepreneurial activity — to treat patients suffering from a variety of critical conditions that affect the body’s cells and tissues in similar ways.

First graduates earn new Master of Entrepreneurship degree
The U-M master's degree program in entrepreneurship awards its first 17 students degrees today. The program, offered jointly between the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, fits with Michigan's long history of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

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Weaving an energy solution
The Woven Wind team, a multidisciplinary group of students from U-M, has been recognized internationally for its efforts to utilize traditional local skills and materials for creating wind power in a small mountain village in Guatemala. The team won first place in the Smarter Planet Challenge for developing a wind turbine with blades made of woven material.