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More Michigan Parents want College Education for Kids
Thursday, October 28, 2010 (2266 reads)

October 28, 2010/Detroit News  

Out of Michigan's cataclysmic economic collapse comes a heartening piece of good news — the culture of education is growing healthier.

Five years ago, The Detroit News, working with Your Child of Michigan, a coalition of education groups, surveyed parental attitudes about the importance of going to college. The results were shocking: Only 27 percent of parents saw getting a college degree as essential to success in life.

That finding triggered considerable resentment and pushback from both parents and educators. In the weeks after we ran the poll results, my e-mail and voice mail were filled with angry messages from parents who said, "Forget about college, bring back our factory jobs," and from educators who insisted, "Not all children should go to college." But it also gave ammunition to reformers pushing lawmakers to adopt a more rigorous high school curriculum and focus the state on the link between education and economic growth.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Bernero & Snyder Strategies for Universities
Thursday, October 21, 2010 (1897 reads)

October 21, 2010/By The Center for Michigan


By Jo Mathis


As executive director of the Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan, Mike Boulus keeps waiting for Michigan’s gubernatorial candidates to talk at length about their plans to fund higher education.


He thought it might happen in their recent debate.


It didn’t.


Acknowledging that the task ahead is a huge one, Boulus hopes the next governor and legislators will recognize higher education as the backbone of economic development, and reverse what he calls a frightening trend.


“It’s been a legacy of dismantling higher ed over the last decade,” he said. “And that’s after we spent 50 years building it up – to the envy of the country.”

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EMU, Wildlife Refuge Fight Invasive Species With High Tech Tools
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (1628 reads)

October 21, 2010/GLITR


The spread of invasive species is a global problem that significantly impacts both the economy and environment. Stopping these ecological invaders remains a challenge to scientists and managers who are developing new control strategies.


Eastern Michigan University, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, recently was awarded $487,000 to expand upon previous work that evaluated the extent of the invasion of the common reed (Phragmites australis) in the refuge, quantified initial control efforts, and measured short-term effects of this plant invasion on water quality.

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University Autonomy is Best System for State
Thursday, October 14, 2010 (1160 reads)

September 09. 2010/Detroit News


Michael Boulus addresses the importance of university autonomy in a Detroit News editorial, September 8, 2010.

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Michigan Rising, Buoyed By URC Students, R&D, Partnerships
Thursday, October 07, 2010 (1626 reads)

October 7, 2010/GLITR


As the state and U.S. economies sank, Michigan’s University Research Corridor grew in areas critical to the state’s resurgence: Educating more students and boosting research and technology gains, according to a new benchmark study.


The 2010 Empowering Michigan report shows URC partners Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University have improved in several key benchmarks since the first study in 2007. The study, comparing Michigan’s URC with leading innovation clusters around the world, was conducted by Anderson Economic Group, building on data collected over the past three years.


“The URC has been a bright spot in the state’s economic picture, even in the teeth of the recession,” said URC executive director Jeff Mason. “Michigan has the third fastest research and development growth rate among competitive innovation clusters. Just as importantly, we’re getting stronger relative to the competition, which puts us in a good position to help propel the state’s economic growth in the future.”

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Eaton-WMU Lab To Focus On Hybrid Research
Monday, October 04, 2010 (1690 reads)

October 4, 2010/GLITR

Battery and hybrid electric vehicle drive testing in West Michigan will take a significant leap forward Thursday, Oct. 7, when Eaton Corp. and Western Michigan University officials meet to formally open the new CAViDS Hybrid Electric Applied Research — CHEAR — Lab in WMU’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The new lab was announced last December, and is designed to be one of Michigan’s premier battery and hybrid electric vehicle drive testing facilities. The lab is part of WMU’s celebrated Center for Advanced Vehicle Design and Simulation — CAViDS.

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Stem Cell Cures On Horizon, UM Scientists Say
Monday, October 04, 2010 (1642 reads)

October 4, 2010/GLITR


Stem cell skeptics have been asking for years, where are the cures?


Well, stick around. Spectacular cures may be coming soon, and they have a University of Michigan connection.


Dr. Eva Feldman, director of the University of Michigan’s A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, appeared with the billionaire industrialist at the World Stem Cell Summit to announce the first clinical trial of stem cell transplants to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.


And Sean Morrison, director of the UM Center for Stem Cell Biology, spoke of research under way at his lab to target cancer stem cells for more effective cancer treatment.

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