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Monday, April 6, 2015
2015 UM-Dearborn Difference Makers
UM-Dearborn announced last month the new class of 2015 Difference Makers, selected for excellence in academic achievement, integrity, leadership and creativity. Learn more about them and their plans for the future on the updated Difference Makers website. 
UM-Dearborn’s Commission for Women will honor Karen Holland and Deborah Kennedy during the organization’s annual Susan B. Anthony Awards Dinner Wednesday, April 15. The awards recognize a member of the campus family and a member of the local community whose work exemplify the dedication of Susan B. Anthony on behalf of women.
UM-Dearborn officials announced the completion of the first phase of Science Building renovations late last month. Officials received approval from the State of Michigan March 27 following the installation of two new elevators in the Science Building/Computing Wing entryway. Additional construction fencing went up around the Science Building last week to prepare for phase two of the renovation project, which is scheduled to run through Summer 2016.
Willow Run Airport generates more than 950 jobs and $123 million in total economic impact throughout Michigan, according to a study released by University of Michigan-Dearborn and Wayne County Airport Authority. The airport also supports Detroit Metropolitan Airport’s $10.2 billion economic impact, reported in a 2014 study. 
An increase in the number of professional and technical jobs in Washtenaw County has not improved economic standards for a majority of workers, according to a report issued by UM-Dearborn’s Center for Labor and Community Studies. Researchers found broad-based declining wages from 2005-2013 that cut across worker status, age and education. The decline came even as jobs rose by 23 percent in the knowledge economy sector—including jobs in education and healthcare.
This week, we highlight the work of Richard Adler, Bonnie Beyer, Lara Rusch, Sheila Smith and Deborah Smith-Pollard. 
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announced more than $1.1 million in professional development and external grants to 15 faculty members. Plus, learn more about upcoming ORSP faculty lunch discussions.