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MFRP Responds to "Americans for Prosperity" support for cuts
Monday, August 31, 2009 (622 reads)


August 31, 2009

MFRP responds to “Americans for Prosperity” support for cuts in veterans programs, Meals on Wheels, law enforcement, larger class sizes in Michigan elementary and high schools, higher college tuition, end to the Michigan Promise Scholarship and more.



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NMU Launches New WiMAX Network
Friday, August 21, 2009 (1147 reads)


August 20, 2009/NMU

Northern Michigan University deployed one of the largest active WiMAX networks in the country on the 10th anniversary of its campus-wide notebook computer program. WiMAX is a fourth-generation protocol (4G) that offers broadband wireless Internet access. Compared with the more common WiFi, WiMAX is capable of transmitting data over broad areas with less interference and more efficient bandwidth use. NMU is one of the first universities in the nation with a WiMAX network.


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LSSU Biology Professor, Student Turn Reed Canary Grass into Fuel
Thursday, August 20, 2009 (1122 reads)


August 12th, 2009/LSSU

Lake Superior State University student Justin Wilson holds a handful of pelletized reed canary grass that is ready to burn in the stove shown in the background. Wilson, a major in environmental sciences from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., with dual minors in biology and art, is working with LSSU Biology Professor Greg Zimmerman on a process that turns a scrub grass found throughout North America into a potent, low-residue fuel ideal for home heating.


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WSU College of Nursing Receives Over $2 Million from the Michigan Nursing Corps Initiative to Spur Increase in State’s Educators
Thursday, August 20, 2009 (821 reads)


August 2009/WSU

The Wayne State University College of Nursing has been awarded over $2 million in the latest round of grants related to initiatives aimed at alleviating the state’s nursing shortage. This award will prepare faculty for Michigan Schools of Nursing, helping to alleviate a bottleneck to preparing the necessary number of nurses to meet the state’s need.


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College Scholarships in Limbo in Tussle over 'Promise'
Monday, August 17, 2009 (725 reads)


August 17, 2009/The Detroit News

More than 96,000 students will head to college campuses in the next few weeks still unsure of whether the state will honor their Michigan Promise Scholarship awards. The students earned the state-funded merit scholarship -- worth up to $4,000 -- but lawmakers in Lansing haven't come up with the money for the program.


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WSU Offers Details on $5M Electric Vehicle Grant
Monday, August 17, 2009 (831 reads)


WWJ Newsradio 950/August 13, 2009

As part of President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan, the United States Department of Energy awarded Wayne State University a $5 million federal grant to provide an electric vehicle engineering education and workforce training program. A critical component of the plan is to create a pipeline of next-generation technicians and engineers who are needed by an industry transforming to electric-drive vehicles.


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Colleges Join Forces for Wind-Energy Training
Monday, August 17, 2009 (1437 reads)


August 16, 2009/The Muskegon Chronicle

A dozen West Michigan colleges and universities are joining forces to provide an educational foundation upon which many think a regional wind industry will be built.


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UM Researchers Get $61.1M In Federal Stimulus
Sunday, August 16, 2009 (751 reads)


August 16, 2009

University of Michigan scientists and engineers have been awarded 159 federal stimulus-package research grants to date, totaling $61.1 million. The funding includes 113 National Institutes of Health stimulus awards, more than any other U.S. university or college. Stimulus funds from the NIH, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy will support a variety of U-M basic science, biomedical and engineering projects, from novel cancer and vaccine studies to research on ultra-energy-efficient computers and the next generation of rechargeable batteries.


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Wayne State Researchers Get $18M Stimulus Funds
Sunday, August 16, 2009 (749 reads)


August 16, 2009

Wayne State University faculty have received nearly $18 million in research grants under the federal government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program. The 32 grants include 27 totaling more than $11.2 million from the National Institutes of Health -- the second largest number of NIH grants in the state for this program. The university also has received four grants totaling $1.7 million from the National Science Foundation and a $5 million grant from the Department of Energy for an electric vehicle engineering education and workforce training program.


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$1B in Battery Grants May Recharge Michigan Talent Base
Sunday, August 16, 2009 (800 reads)


August 16, 2009/Associated Press

As a business professor and former auto executive in Michigan, Gerald Meyers has seen his share of former colleagues and students leave the state. The state's economy has been shrinking along with its struggling auto industry. And the brain drain is well-documented as the state struggles to keep its own college graduates, much less attract degreed newcomers. Meyers and state officials say a newly announced $1.36 billion injection into 11 companies and universities in Michigan might offer some of the best and brightest a reason to stay.


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State tax revenues unable to keep pace
Monday, August 10, 2009 (734 reads)


August 10, 2009/AP

Michigan tax revenues keep falling, but the economy isn't entirely to blame.

Senate Fiscal Agency Director Gary Olson says money collected both for the general fund and the school aid fund are falling much faster than the state economy is shrinking, in part because residents and successful businesses are shelling out a smaller proportion of their personal income to the state.


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Boulus: Budget mess is product of state's tax decisions
Sunday, August 09, 2009 (685 reads)


Among the most knowledgeable people in Michigan about the state budget are the directors of the nonpartisan House and Senate fiscal agencies.

So when Gary Olson, director of the Senate Fiscal Agency, recently said Michigan's annual budget crisis is not the result of the state's 9-year-old recession, he's worth listening to.



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Michigan Tech Joins Volcano Study Pact
Thursday, August 06, 2009 (789 reads)


August 5, 2009/AP

The U.S. Department of Education is giving grants totaling $920,000 to start the International Volcanology and Geotechniques program. Universities in Michigan, New York, France and Italy are collaborating on a new master's degree program that combines the study of volcanoes and earth science.


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EMU Boot Camp Takes the Risk out of "at Risk" Students
Thursday, August 06, 2009 (1027 reads)


August 6, 2009/The Center for Michigan

Edward Strong's test scores weren't high enough to be accepted at Eastern Michigan University two years ago, but the admissions staff could tell he had promise. So Strong was nominated for and eventually accepted to EMU's Summer Incentive Program, a seven-week program for at-risk students designed to prepare them for admission that fall.
SIP was just the jump-start Strong needed


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Students say state should keep its 'Promise'
Tuesday, August 04, 2009 (761 reads)


July 29, 2009/The Saginaw News

Chad E. Young needs the $4,000 Promise scholarship to attend Saginaw Valley State University. "For many, including myself, it can be the difference in attending school," said the 20-year-old Sault Ste. Marie political science major who's president of the SVSU College Democrats. Faced with unprecedented budget pressures, state lawmakers may cut the state-paid scholarships to wipe out a $1.8 billion general fund budget deficit.


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State funding for colleges vital
Monday, August 03, 2009 (746 reads)


August 3, 2009/Crain's Detroit Business

Keith Crain has joined the list of those who seem to have given up on the vision of Michigan as a great state and is ready to accept our current second-rate status. That can be the only explanation for his recent column calling for cutbacks at our state's most important economic development engine, our public universities. Tuition increases at our universities this decade have been driven by reductions in state support — reductions created by tax cuts put in place in the late 1990s.


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