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Student studies at prestigious Brookings Institute
OU senior political science major Robert Hillman got an insider’s view of the workings of Capitol Hill this past fall during an internship at the renowned Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Hillman spent most of his time doing research for Institute Scholar in Governance Studies Johannes Linn, former vice president of the World Bank for European and Central Asian regions.

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Political pundits and presidential power
As the presidential election nears, the OU community will have a chance to examine the power of the presidency and its effect on society and democracy through books, classes, lectures, events and trips. This focus, entitled "Celebrating Liberal Arts…Presidential Leadership," emphasizes how an Oakland education builds leadership skills that help graduates succeed in work and life.

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SBA pursues re-accreditation
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)International, the premier accreditation organization for business schools, first accredited OU for its School of Business Administration program in 1998, making it one of only 14 Michigan institutions to receive this accreditation. In January, AACSB members visited the SBA to review and assist in the maintenance of their prestigious accreditation

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Professor designs statistical software
David Doane, professor of quantitative methods, developed and designed LearningStats, a nationally published statistical software program available to university students across the country. Published by McGraw Hill, the software CD teaches students how to manipulate statistics using a Microsoft Office environment and comprises more than 200 data files on a variety of subjects such as sports, animals and food.

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Secretary of Navy receives honorary degree
Gordon England, secretary of the Navy, received an honorary Doctor of Science degree at the School of Engineering and Computer Science and School of Business Administration commencement ceremony Dec. 20. During the ceremony, England declared he had a “great respect and a soft spot for this school, its outstanding faculty and its first-rate students.”

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Special education students come to college
Through a joint program with OU, Rochester Community Schools and the Oakland Intermediate School District, the Special Education Transition program gives special education students who have completed four years of high school the opportunity to experience college life. The program, which started in fall 2003, has four cognitively impaired students between 18 and 26 years old transitioning at OU to the responsibilities of adult life

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Autism certification available
The Department of Human Development and Child Studies is offering an Interdisciplinary Certificate in Autism (ICA). Awarded by the Michigan Department of Education and Oakland University, the certificate recognizes professionals who have voluntarily advanced their expertise in autism.

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IHS to change name, offer new program
The Industrial Health and Safety (IHS) program is changing its name to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) to better reflect the wide variety of jobs available to its graduates. Along with the name change, the OSH program will offer a new master’s degree program in safety management starting fall 2004. The degree was developed through a cooperative effort between the School of Health Sciences and the School of Business Administration.

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Exceptional nurses honored with Nightingale Awards
OU’s School of Nursing honored nurses who exemplify the work of Florence Nightingale, the Briton who in the mid-1800s created the nursing profession, at the 16th Annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing May 5 at the Best Western Sterling Inn Conference Center in Sterling Heights. The event celebrated the profession, paid tribute to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of nursing, and helped to raise funds for nursing scholarships and other department needs.

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Honors class takes research questions to Britain
Nine undergraduate students from a winter 2004 Honors College course, HC 201 "The Art of Slavery," recently completed a one-week study-abroad trip in England to examine how black slavery in the West has been represented through 18th- and 19th-century art and artifacts.

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