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OU business incubator welcomes tenants, new virtual lab
Oakland University’s SmartZone business incubator, OU INC, recently gained two new tenants. Private investment organization Great Lakes Angels arrived in August and software developer Ajlsoft Inc. moved into the incubator in December 2006.
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New majors, programs added
A number of new majors, minors and concentrations were added to Oakland University this fall to give students more options and respond to the demands of specific industries.
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$1.8-million grant funds ERI research
Andrew Goldberg, Eye Research Institute (ERI) associate professor, recently received a five-year, $1.8-million grant from the National Institutes of Health supporting his studies of photoreceptors (a specialized photosensitive cell in the retina) and genetic retinal disease.
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Two new members join OU Board of Trustees
Gov. Jennifer Granholm recently appointed two new members to the Oakland University Board of Trustees: Monica E. Emerson of Rochester, Mich., and Genesh V. Reddy of Okemos, Mich.
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Alumnus named ambassador to Vietnam
Michael W. Michalak, CAS ’68, was sworn in as the new U.S. ambassador to Vietnam in Washington, D.C. in August. Michalak was appointed U.S. Senior Official to Asia and Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, in July 2005.
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Belafonte to speak at Keeper of the Dream celebration
Harry Belafonte, described by some as “the consummate entertainer,” will be the keynote speaker at Oakland University’s 2008 Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21, 2008.
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University appoints new deans
This past summer, Oakland University appointed Ron Sudol dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Julie Voelck dean of Kresge Library and Mohan Tanniru interim dean of the School of Business Administration.
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ESL Center to hit $1 million mark
Oakland University’s Center for English as a Second Language is nearing a major milestone. The center’s total gross revenue is expected to top $1 million by the end of the 2008 fiscal year. That total includes all grants, gifts and tuition received since the center was established in November 1999.
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Faculty member’s book inspires documentary
Associate professor of history Sean Moran’s book, Patrick Pearse and the Politics of Redemption, has inspired a History Channel film documentary being produced by George Lucas.
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Honors for Occupational Safety Health director and student
Oakland University’s Charles W. McGlothlin has been named an outstanding safety professional by his peers from throughout the Metro Detroit area. McGlothlin, director of OU’s Occupational Safety and Health program, recently received the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Regional Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award for 2007.
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Cooley, OU expand partnership
On Sept. 26, officials from Oakland University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School met to expand the successful academic partnership between the two institutions and to announce a new $36-million facility that will serve as the Oakland County branch of the law school.
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Upward named executive director
Geoffrey Upward has been named executive director of Meadow Brook Hall after serving as interim director for three years. Also director of OU’s Communica-tions and Marketing department, Upward has been with the university since joining the communications department in 1984 (serving as editor for this magazine from 1984-95).
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New targets for maximum heart rate
Researchers from Oakland’s School of Health Sciences (SHS) have developed a new system for determining the maximum heart rate to aim for during exercise. Their formula, which was developed using data from the now-closed Meadow Brook Health Enhancement Institute, emphasizes the relationship between maximal heart rate and age.
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Regina Carter named artist-in-residence
Internationally acclaimed jazz violinist Regina Carter, CAS ’85, has signed on to be an artist-in-residence within the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance (MTD). She will spend two full weeks exclusively on campus each academic year to teach master classes and work with students, faculty and ensembles.
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