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Archive for March, 2011

Media coverage of the University of Michigan

Law School rankings give U-M bragging rights; alum Joy Fischer helps Medal of Honor recipients and others; alum Brad Buecker talks about producing “Glee”; a lifelong love grows from a near-death experience; good news and bad about Americans’ knowledge of science and more.


Michigan’s economy and U-M’s mission

Earlier this month, U-M president Mary Sue Coleman addressed the Michigan House and Senate about proposed cuts to the state’s and university’s budgets. In this excerpt, she lays out her plan to keep U-M fiscally sound and academically second to none.



Their story sounds like something from Broadway: talented students create a funny, larky musical about a child wizard, and perform it in a campus basement. Videos go viral, there’s a sequel, international acclaim. One member lands a role on “Glee.” How did it happen?


Inventing the WaterWheel: bringing clean water to a thirsty world

Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. U-M student Cynthia Koenig’s WaterWheel could transform the health and habits of people across the developing world. An ingenious sort of wheelbarrow and water barrel in one, the WaterWheel makes daily, long-distance treks to gather drinking water safer, easier and less toil.