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This is a briefing of significant news articles featuring Oakland University during the month of May 2007.

Nano Science Symposium
A preview of the first Michigan Alliance in Nano Science and Engineering Symposium appeared in the Oakland Press, Detroit Auto Scene, and the Great Lakes IT Report.

Eye Research Institute
News of Frank Giblin’s $2 million ERI grant to study nuclear cataracts appeared in the Detroit News, Free Press, the Great Lakes IT Report, and on WWJ’s blog.

IGVC Robotics Competition
The Detroit News and the Great Lakes IT Report previewed the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, to be held at OU June 8-11. The OU Robotics Association will compete in the event.

Engineering Faculty Grants
The announcement of research grants received by four engineering faculty members appeared in the Great Lakes IT Report.


Medical School
UM economist Donald Grimes, in an Oakland Business Review article about the forecasted labor shortage in Oakland County, called the OU-Beaumont medical school partnership “the most foresighted idea” he’s heard. Mentions of the OU-Beaumont medical school also appeared in several articles relating to the MSU osteopathic school decision or Beaumont’s acquisition of Bon Secours. These were printed in the Free Press (four times), Macomb Daily (twice), Detroit News (twice), Crain’s, and the Oakland Press (three times).

Medical Marvels
Announcements of the Medical Marvels gallery, a Detroit Science Center exhibit co-sponsored by Beaumont Hospitals and OU, appeared in the Detroit Free Press, Oakland Press, Royal Oak Review, and the Great Lakes IT Report.

Community Engagement

State Funding
A letter from seven university presidents, including Dr. Russi, discussing how two-tier funding would hurt universities, appeared in the Free Press.

Bridging the Racial Divide
The Emery King series “Bridging the Racial Divide” was taped at OU and included journalism professor Mike Lewis on the panel. News of the show appeared in the Eccentric and the Free Press (twice).

A reporter from the Oakland Business Review attended the AUTOe conference and included an interview with organizer Michael Grieves in a column about virtual collaboratories.

Nursing Shortage
OU was mentioned in an Observer-Eccentric editorial about institutions that are combating the nursing shortage.

Nightingale Awards
The School of Nursing’s annual Nightingale Awards were covered in the Oakland Press and the Rochester Post.

Hank Jones
The Oakland Press included a front-page article about the honorary degree Hank Jones received from OU at spring commencement. Other articles appeared in the Free Press (twice), Rochester Post, and Oakland Press.

Prayer Breakfast
An article about the annual prayer breakfast held at OU was included in the Oakland Press.

Faculty and Staff Engagement

Making Science Fun
A substantial article about professor of education and beekeeper Dyanne Tracy appeared in the Free Press. Tracy uses bee keeping to get young students interested in science.

Tracy Utech, assistant vice president for development, was quoted in an Oakland Press article speculating about whether, under new ownership, DaimlerChrysler will continue to support the community.

Financial Aid
Cindy Hermsen, director of financial aid, was quoted in an Oakland Press article about finding scholarships, grants, and loans.

The Student Experience

Oakland’s ATiB program was featured in a Free Press article about how universities prepare students to overcome the challenges of the current job market. ATiB students enjoy a job placement rate of 100 percent.

Teacher of the Year June Teisan
Ph.D. candidate June Teisan was profiled in the Free Press and the Detroit News. Teisan recently was honored as Michigan Teacher of the Year, a title she adds to a long list of other prestigious accomplishments. She also earned her Ed.S. degree from OU.

Fulbright Scholar Alexis Garland
OU graduate student Alexis Garland won Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany. Her award was covered in the Rochester Post.

Jason Mick
A feature story on Jason Mick, an OU computer engineering major who graduated May 5 with a 3.97 GPA, appeared in the Eccentric. Jason achieved his degree while battling cancer.

Jessica Parks
Also graduating May 5 was Jessica Parks, an OU student born with no arms. She was featured in the Macomb Daily and the Oakland Press. She currently holds an internship at Volkswagen and will return to OU for a graduate degree in 2008.

Distinguished Alumni

Karen Newman
OU alum Karen Newman was profiled in an Oakland Press feature article about her role in Macomb Center for the Performing Arts’ production of “Mommyhood.”

Leo Bowman
OU alum Leo Bowman was profiled in a Free Press feature on how his mother shaped his success. Bowman is currently in South Africa with Professor Vince Khapoya.

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