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U-M’s first black dean reflects on a career filled with triumphs, racial barriers

Feb. 12, 2018 — As part of the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial Celebration, the U-M Library brought StoryCorps to campus last fall to capture personal stories of those who make up the university’s rich history. One of the conversations featured Karen Downing, a U-M librarian. She sat down with her father, Harold Johnson, to talk about what it was like for him to make history as the first black dean at U-M.

Media coverage of the University of Michigan — September 2015

First look inside U-M’s $50M state-of-the art nursing school … New hand transplant program debuts … U-M is world’s fifth-most innovative university … U-M regents give praise — and a raise — to President Schlissel … Former U-M president is named next leader of AAU … Michigan gets $9.5M for study of impact of environmental factors on children’s health … U-M computer model shows Straits pipeline break would devastate Great Lakes … A million thanks: Pro athletes are sharing the wealth with their alma maters … Researchers finish study of Michigan oil, gas fracking.

Facebook’s new Messenger Kids app in activists’ crosshairs — CBS News

Jan. 30 — Child development experts and advocates are urging Facebook to pull the plug on its new messaging app aimed at kids. A group letter sent Tuesday to CEO Mark Zuckerberg argues that younger children – the app is intended for those under 13 – aren’t ready to have social media accounts, navigate the complexities of online relationships or protect their own privacy.

Media coverage of the University of Michigan — August 2015

A ‘diary’ unlocked: Stamps professor’s coming-of-age story put on film … States are racing to attract self-driving car industry. How does Michigan compare? … Little big black hole is supermassive oxymoron … What you need to know about toxic algae blooms … U-M unveils state of the art medical library … U-M sets school record with nearly 52,000 freshman applicants … Clean energy expected to power up more jobs in Michigan.

Michigan Law student becomes first black editor-in-chief of 116-year-old Law Review — Michigan Daily

Jan 28 — Second-year Law student Megan Brown has spent the past seven years at the University of Michigan, first for her undergraduate education and now for Law School. Now, she has been selected as the editor in chief of the Michigan Law Review – a University of Michigan publication written by legal scholars, practitioners and students. She also discovered she would be the first Black person to hold this position at the Law Review, which issued its first publication in 1902.

Media Coverage of the University of Michigan — July 2015

Money magazine ranks U-M as 5th-best public school … U-M to test driverless 3-D printed carts … Rethinking exercise as a source of immediate rewards … U.S. News names best hospitals: 7 in Michigan, 4 in metro Detroit … Obama picks Michigan professor for Fed board … Inside the fake town in Michigan where self-driving cars are being tested.