Patrick Wensink, who loves Jack Daniels, appropriated elements of the whiskey label in the cover for his new novel, Broken Piano for President. Jack Daniels, concerned about brand integrity, requested that the cover be redesigned when the work is reprinted—and even offered to pay part of the cost of changing the design for the initial printing and digital edition if the author is willing to make the changes.
Report shows positive trends for wind power in Michigan
October 24, 2014
Resilient Michigan project helps communities prepare for climate change
October 23, 2014
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October 23, 2014
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October 21, 2014
Lake Erie's toxic blooms spark new EPA grants
October 20, 2014
Environmental groups: Proposal to deregulate some toxic air chemicals too risky
October 20, 2014
We are happy to announce that we are opening the previously announced NIH grant development workshop by Beth Schachter and Chris Edwards to faculty members writing NSF proposals. There will be separate NSF and NIH sessions. The workshop will begin Friday Nov 7th with an on-campus session (NSF in the morning, NIH in the afternoon) and continue with webinars at bimonthly intervals. The full schedule is listed below.
Supplementing the workshop, OVPRGS will arrange for peer review from colleagues suggested by the participants and a professional edit of their proposals at the end of the workshop. At the completion of the workshop, a participant can expect to have a full written proposal that has been read by an interdisciplinary group of peers within the workshop, peers in their field outside of the workshop, and a professional editor for content and presentation.
On-campus session: 11/7
Webinars: 11/18, 12/2, 12/16, and 1/6/15
If you are interested in participating please reply to this email by October 31st.
(We apologize for the short notice, but this opportunity just became available.)
Director of Analytics and Strategic Projects
The Michigan Supreme Court this week denied a motion to reconsider its July 8 ruling that denied resentencing hearings for inmates serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed as minors.
The order released Wednesday upholds the court’s 4-3 decision in a case involving three prisoners given mandatory life sentences in connection with killings committed when they were 14, 15 and 16 years old, respectively.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life sentencing schemes that fail to consider factors of youth are an unconstitutional form of cruel and unusual punishment, but the nation’s highest court did not say whether that decision should apply retroactively to inmates already behind bars.
Michigan has one of the highest numbers of "juvenile lifers" in the nation due to sentencing reforms made in the 1980s and '90s, and had required mandatory life in prison for both youthful killers and those who aided in the crime.
For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "Michigan Supreme Court rejects motion to reconsider 'juvenile lifers' ruling", MLive, October 24, 2014.
Despite meeting a deadline this week to fix a number of administrative issues, 11 Michigan charter school authorizers under threat of suspension by the Michigan Department of Education are not out of hot water yet.
The authorizers met a Wednesday deadline to make fixes on issues such as making sure transparency documents are posted on their schools' websites. MDE acknowledged Thursday those issues have been addressed
But Superintendent Mike Flanagan has made the academic performance of the schools run by these authorizers a key issue in deciding whether he will bar them next month from opening new schools. In letters and e-mails, the authorizers continue to squabble with MDE over how their schools' academic performance should be judged.
The authorizers' argument? Judging a charter school authorizer by lumping all their schools together and getting an average academic ranking will force Michigan's authorizers — about 40 in all — to stop serving the state's poor and minority students, several authorizers said.
For the full article, see David Jesse, Lori Higgins and Jennifer Dixon, "Academic Performance Still At Issue for Charter School Authorizers", Detroit Free Press, October 24, 2014.
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