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Thursday, May 16, 2013

U-M Transportation Research Institute Director Peter Sweatman (second from right) testified Wednesday before the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee about smart-car technology being tested on nearly 3,000 vehicles in Ann Arbor. Other witnesses discussing advanced vehicle technology included, from left, Mitch Bainwol of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Jeffrey Owens of Delphi Automotive, and John Lee of the University of Wisconsin. (Photo provided by the U-M Washington Office)

Henry Russel lecturer, awardees named
Fawwaz Ulaby, known nationally and internationally for his accomplishments in applied electromagnetics, is the Henry Russel Lecturer for 2014 — one of U-M's highest honors for a senior member of its active faculty. Regents announced his selection Thursday, along with Henry Russel Award winners Dragan Huterer, Scott Lyons and Thomas Wenisch.

James Hilton will return to U-M as dean of libraries
James L. Hilton, a professor and higher education administrator nationally recognized as an advocate for collaboration between academics and technology, will return to the campus where he began his academic career, as U-M's dean of libraries and university librarian. The Board of Regents approved his appointment Thursday.

University sets employee parking permit rates for next four years
Annual rates for all employee parking permits will remain the same for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1. In FY 2015 and 2016, gold permit rates will increase 4.5 percent and blue permit rates will increase 2.5 percent. There will be no increase in rates for yellow and orange permits in those years. All parking permits will increase 3 percent in FY 2017.

Regents approve facility projects for field hockey, baseball, softball programs
The Board of Regents approved two athletic projects during its monthly meeting Thursday. Regents approved a new field hockey stadium and team center and Phyllis Ocker Field upgrades, as well as the installation of new synthetic turf on the baseball and softball fields.

Institute for the Humanities awards faculty and graduate student fellowships
The Institute for the Humanities has awarded fellowships to nine faculty and eight graduate students to support research projects they will pursue during 2013-14.

VIDEO: Fracking brings economic boost, but risks raise concerns
Most Michigan and Pennsylvania residents say hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is good for the economy, but they have concerns about environmental risks, according to a survey co-produced by U-M's Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy. Barry Rabe, the J. Ira and Nikki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy and CLOSUP director, discusses the findings.

University's first bonsai garden to open this weekend
An afternoon of traditional Japanese music, refreshments and bonsai will be featured Sunday afternoon at the opening of U-M's first bonsai garden, the new Bonsai and Penjing Garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The garden demonstrates the international scope of bonsai.

UMS documentary on Hill Auditorium centennial airs Sunday
The University Musical Society is celebrating the centenary of Hill Auditorium with an original, feature-length documentary, "A Space for Music, A Seat for Everyone: 100 Years of UMS in Hill Auditorium." This 56-minute documentary is scheduled to air at 5 p.m. Sunday on Detroit Public Television (WTVS – Channel 56.1).

The Michigan Difference

'A creation of my own'
Henry Philip Tappan believed deeply in creating a place where professors spread existing knowledge by teaching and, by deep study and research, also made new knowledge. He envisioned a new observatory for the fledgling Ann Arbor campus that would signal Michigan’s serious intentions. One man, however, was determined to bring down Tappan and his creation.
Throughout the spring, Michigan Difference is highlighting stories from the U-M Heritage Project website.