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U-M ranks 4th in Bloomberg's list of top colleges for tech CEOs

U-M graduates are at the top of the class when it comes to becoming a tech CEO, according to Bloomberg.


The main campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a lot closer to Motor City than Silicon Valley, but the Wolverines have had a big appetite for running tech companies.

Eric Lefkofsky, who recently took over as CEO of Groupon, and Paul Rooke, who runs printer maker Lexmark, are Michigan alumni. Steve Singh, who runs the travel expenses company Concur Technologies, and Bobby Kotick, the animated CEO of Activision Blizzard, also went to Michigan but didn't stay until graduation.

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U-M receives $200M gift to support business school, athletics program

U-M's coffers will runneth over with billionaire real estate developer Stephen M. Ross's $200M gift.


"The real-estate developer's gift, the single largest in the university's history, will be split between its business school—which is named for Mr. Ross, a 1962 graduate—and its athletics program...

In 2004, Mr. Ross gave $100 million to construct a new building for the University of Michigan's business school and to bolster the school's endowment. The latest gift is meant to "finish the job" in upgrading the business school's other buildings, Mr. Ross said."

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Arbor Networks acquires Australia-based Packetloop

Arbor Networks is broadening its scope in the data security field with its acquisition of Packetloop, a Sydney, Australia-based firm.


"Arbor is building a network security and analytics platform that goes far beyond DDoS detection and mitigation," said John Grady, research manager for Security Products at IDC. "Adding a big data security analytics and forensics platform like Packetloop's makes sense as they extend into the broader advanced threat market. Arbor now has a unique combination of NetFlow, packet capture and global threat intelligence from their ATLAS infrastructure to address today's dynamic threats that evade signature-based solutions."

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Larky forms new partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Larky, a provider of a web and mobile service that tracks discounts for consumers, has a new deal on its plate.


"Today, we're launching a new partnership with  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan  (BCBSM) to raise awareness and increase usage of their awesomeHealthy Blue Xtras  member discount program. We're super excited about this, not only because we can help four million BCBSM members save money effortlessly, but also because Healthy Blue Xtras discounts are from  great Michigan merchants  focused on health and wellness."

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Could Ann Arbor embrace open mixed-use planning?

Slate's Matthew Yglesias trumpets Ann Arbor's new "mixed-use" party, a group that advocates a more democratized version of urban planning that defies the politically-influenced micro-managing of urban design ordinances.
"Of course I'm a radical who's no fan of maximum height rules anywhere, but these kind of codes are a big improvement on the idea that town planners need to micromanage where people can and can't put an office or a store. Regulatory separation of uses is fine to the extent that you don't want people operating potentially dangerous factories (see West, Texas) next to people's houses. But beyond broad safety and pollution concerns, towns should let people vote with their feet and their wallets and see what kind of neighborhoods emerge."
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U-M researchers create online map for local climate change impacts

Wonder what the local impact of climate is? The University of Michigan along with an independent research group have created an interactive map http://bit.ly/1a5f46s that will help local officials and leaders chart the impacts of climate change.
"The map provides social, economic and demographic statistics on 225 counties in the eight-state region. It includes data about municipal spending, land use and climate-change characteristics such as temperature patterns."
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How colleges use signature events to stand out

What would U-M be without its rivalry with Ohio State? Is there a more boisterous, deep-rooted, and irrational sense of competition in college sports. Writer Gwendolyn Freed makes the case that oddball events can act as a kind of placemaking for universities and colleges, sending a message that levity and creative expression are welcome.
"Bonding through signature events takes many forms, as I once observed from the nosebleed seats at an Ohio State-Michigan football game. The Buckeyes-Wolverines rivalry, which began in 1897, rouses more than 100,000 spectators to scream and party for days. A juggernaut among signature events, the big game coordinates expensive, high-stakes efforts in logistics, security, marketing, media relations, and halftime entertainment—not to mention the football. For an entire weekend, it overtakes the city of Ann Arbor."
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Michigan Stadium bridge to get artsy

The latest project approved by the Ann Arbor Public ARt Commmission will bring LED trees on carved stone slabs to a very public and very visible piece of infrastructure.
"On the State Street underpass, Widgery plans to construct large stone panels with etchings of photographs she took of trees around Ann Arbor. The panels will be lit by LED lights.
Widgery has created public art for cities across the country. She says while some critics see public art as a poor use of funds, public art helps revive cities and bring people in."
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Ann Arbor runner up for Best American Town 2013

Outside Magazine is showing The Deuce a whole lotta love this month. In their list of great American towns Ann Arbor comes in 18th. Not too shabby given we're up against the likes of Park City, Utah and Boston, Mass.
"The best thing about A-squared, as locals call it, is that you never have to leave—there are great ethnic restaurants, a world-class university, bike lanes galore, and superb trails, like the 35-mile Border2Border."
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Ann Arbor wants your input on dog parks

Have a dog? Hate them? What do you think of the city's dog parks? Should there be more? Less? And what about cats? Well, the city doesn't seem to interested in our feline compatriots at this juncture but they are interested in your thoughts and opinions about the state of play for man's best friend.
Give your feedback here.

DIYpsi brings indie art and craft beer to Heritage Festival

Missed the Shadow Art Fair? Well, the spirit of that event is alive (albeit with a different mix of folks) at Ypsilanti's Heritaghe Festival courtesy the fine folks at DIYpsi.
"This is the first year DIYpsi has partnered with the Heritage Festival. “Festival organizers had come to us with the idea of us bringing the DIYpsi show inside the festival,” Green said. “Everyone agreed it would be a great collaboration for the community. DIYpsi had ideas about putting on a summer show, but without a venue or the know-how of how to offer beer and music outside, and the Heritage Fest already had all of that and just needed the artists.”
Drinkable offerings in the beer tent will range from standard American brews from large beer companies to Michigan wine and beer, including offerings from Ann Arbor’s Wolverine State Brewing."
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Grand Rapids to Ann Arbor, a waterside tour

Outside Magazine has a photo essay called "Waterside Drive," which takes readers on a driving/coastal tour of Michigan. The final destination? Jerusalem Garden in Ann Arbor.
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The Big House to host largest college hackathon event in country

If you want more evidence that it's the geeks that will inherit the earth you have to look no further than the Michigan Stadium on the weekend of September 20.
"...when organizers sought a location for the September 20-22 event, they realized one of the only locations on campus big enough to hold the anticipated 1,000 hackers was the nation’s largest football venue — Michigan Stadium."
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Ann Arbor ranks #11 for VC activity

Start-hubs are all the rage and Ann Arbor has been listed as a capital-dense start-up community, right behind Seattle!
"Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley capture a lot of attention, but cities including Detroit, Michigan; Las Vegas, Nevada and Omaha, Nebraska each boast booming entrepreneurial communities of their own. Heck, even Canada is in the running for next start-up frontier."
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River Network names A2's Laura Rubin a River hero

The River Network, a national coalition more than 2,000 organizations, named Laura Rubin, executive director of the Huron River Watershed Council, this year's River Hero for her 15 years of leadership at the HRWC.
"The award recognizes Rubin’s inspirational and innovative leadership in growing HRWC into an organization known for its outstanding citizen scientist programs like Adopt-A-Stream and the Bioreserve Project, its stormwater and pollution management services for regulated communities, and programs that address place-making, natural areas protection, climate resiliency and water efficiency."
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