The annual Ann Arbor Summer Festival, which started June 14 and ends July 7 with a different set of events each day from Tuesday through Sunday every week, has made a commitment to become a zero-waste event within the next few years, as advertised on the festival website.
On Wednesday evening, a group of nearly 30 graduate students in STEM fields gathered at the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library for the first of several workshops this week on compassion in human interaction and argumentation, hosted by the University’s Engaging Scientists in Policy and Advocacy student organization. At the event, “Facts Aren’t Enough,” Lilly Ellis, a doctoral fellow at Eastern Michigan University, presented the group with methods to conduct conversations with people who fundamentally disagree with or “do not trust” science.
SEISMIC, a coalition of American research institutions striving to create more accessible STEM curriculum to underrepresented minorities, held its first annual summer meeting this week on the University of Michigan campus. Funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation in November, the project’s emergence culminated this week in a conference, uniting all participants for the first time.
Google announced Monday it would be expanding its offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor, offering an undetermined but “significant” amount of new positions in sales and technical support in addition to over 600 employees already working at the Michigan offices. The company said it plans to spend $17 million on the expansion.
On June 5, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced several initiatives designed to encourage participation among student and college-age voters, including the strikedown of a current law requiring some first-time voters to vote in person.
At the 73rd Annual Tony Awards on Sunday night, Celia Keenan-Bolger, a graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, won the Tony award for best featured actress in a play. Keenan-Bolger was recognized on account of her performance as Scout Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Aaron Sorkin’s 2018 adaptation of the 1960 novel by Harper Lee.
UPDATE: This article has been updated to reflect Washtenaw County prosecutor Brian Mackie's announcement to retire after his current term.
On May 28, Eli Savit, University of Michigan Law School adjunct professor, announced he will be running for Washtenaw County prosecutor in 2020. Savit also works as a senior attorney in the office of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. In addition, Savit served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Trenton-based Mans Lumber & Millwork, a lumber showroom, hosted its grand opening Saturday afternoon. Mans Lumber moved into a 3500-square-foot space at 2275 South Industrial Highway, recently vacated by Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company.
Mans Lumber President Doug Mans said in a news release he is eager to expand and continue serving Ann Arbor residents.
The University of Michigan Muslim Students’ Association and Islamophobia Working Group hosted the last Ramadan Community Iftar at the Trotter Multicultural Center on Wednesday night. MSA President and Engineering junior Taha Shaukat said the event is a way for the MSA to give back.
“As a Muslim Student Association, as the main entity of (Muslim students’) identity, we should be giving back to them,” Shaukat said. “It's really to provide them a place, one to socialize and to break their fast, so that they have at least something to eat.”
The city of Ann Arbor, in partnership with the University of Michigan’s Students for Clean Energy group, are in the process of planning a volunteer-led installation of solar panels on Ann Arbor’s Fire Station Six. The installation, previously scheduled for May 27, has been tentatively pushed back to mid-June or July.
Engineering senior Grant Dukus, director of research and development for Students for Clean Energy, said the project team is working through the “nitty-gritty details” and anticipates the installation will be very soon.