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October 17, 2003

Power lunches were often symbolic 'food fights' about status in Ancient Rome
  Prof. Susan Alcock examines how imperialism affects cuisine, with Greco-Roman eating styles as her model. (You may wish to print this high-calorie lecture and read it at your leisure.)
Animated medical imagery is subject of Oct. 23 lecture
  An animated embryo represents recent imaging innovations by medical illustrators like Bradley Smith of the School of Art & Design. His 5 pm public lecture at the Michigan Theater will address how prenatal imagery affects social and political debates about the legal status of the embryo and fetus.
Manufacturing jobs may be gone for good
  "I think we will be doing well if the manufacturing sector has as many jobs five years from now as it does today," says Donald Grimes, an economist at the U-M Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations.
More U-M inventions readied for "Tech Transfer"
A new scalpel for use in cataract surgery and a process for making building, clothing and other materials that react to changes in light are two recent products of U-M inventors.
Talking about the movies—with Frank Beaver
One hundred years ago this fall, when motion pictures were barely a decade old, "The Great Train Robbery," a one-reel, 10-minute Western shot in New Jersey, proved a major catalyst for both film aesthetics and film business.
Listen to Julie Ellison read 'Ice Words in April'
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Poet and English professor Julie Ellison heads a poetry project that works with elementary schoolchildren. She wrote this poem for them as encouragement.
The End of Detroit: How the Big Three Lost Their Grip on the American Market
"Detroit's single-handed control of the American auto industry has been lost forever," says Business School lecturer Micheline Maynard. The battle with the imports is almost over, she says, and her compelling array of interviews, economic statistics and colorful analyses of marketing factors explains why Detroit is losing.
The poor need to embrace self-reliance, automation and freedom, philosophy prof says
  Frithjof Bergmann says Wayne County, Michigan, and South Africa are testing his theory that building technologically advanced "neighborhood industries" can reduce poverty, despair and crime among the have-nots.
Listen to a bit of the opening movement of "Spaghetti Western" by Michael Daugherty
Hear an excerpt from "Strade Vuote" (Empty Street) mp3
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"Strade Vuote (Empty Streets)" begins composer Michael Daugherty's concerto "Spaghetti Western for English Horn and Orchestra." It's one of 3 pieces by U-M faculty on the new U-M Symphony Orchestra CD "Bassett, Bolcom, Daugherty."
Sniff the flu away
FluMist, a new nasal spray flu vaccine on the market this flu season, represents the culmination of four decades of research by a University of Michigan professor.
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Talking about words

A CRISP acronym
'CRISP is a U-M family acronym,' says our language expert Richard W. Bailey. The Michigan Daily photo on the next page shows students in 1997 petitioning unsuccessfully to have alumnus James Earl Jones become the telephone voice of the 'CRISP Lady.'

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