Adjusting To Your Child's Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Diagnosis

Wednesday December 12, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

If you have a child who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), then you understand the many challenges ASD presents and how those challenges evolve as the child grows.

This presentation, featuring Dr. Fiona Miller, will focus on describing the range of challenges that parents report, how those challenges change over time, and strategies for coping with them. Dr. Miller is a licensed clinical psychologist who supervises and practices in the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) program at the University of Michigan Center for the Child and the Family.

UMS Night School Session 3: HILL-ELUJAH! The Messiah And UMS Traditions At Hill

Monday November 19, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Professor Mark Clague joins us again as host and resident scholar for Session 3 of UMS Night School.

Students will learn about the origins of the UMS Messiah performance in Ann Arbor, the beginnings of UMS, and other UMS traditions that make Hill Auditorium a special place for our community.

These 90-minute "classes" combine conversation, interactive exercises, and "lectures" with genre experts to draw you into the themes behind each performance.

UMS Night School - Session 2: Discussion Of Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg

Monday October 29, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

UMS Night School focuses this season on 100 years of UMS at Hill Auditorium - illuminating the special history behind the great performers and performances that have shaped our community. Professor Mark Clague again serves as host and resident scholar.

These 90-minute "classes" combine conversation, interactive exercises, and lectures with genre experts to draw you into the themes behind each performance. Sessions are designed to deepen the knowledge of the performing arts and the connections with other audience members.

Session 2 will consist of a recap and discussion of the Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg performance on October 27.

Bright Nights Community Forum: Stress: How It Affects Your Brain And How To Manage It

Tuesday October 2, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Stress is part of everyday life. There are many instances when it can be helpful, but stress can also have the opposite effect, harming our emotional and physical health, and limiting the ability to function at home, at work, and within relationships. Bodies react to stress by releasing hormones to help cope, but this also takes energy away from other brain functions.

To provide practical strategies for managing stress and greater understanding of the neuroscience of stress mechanisms, the U-M Depression Center presents this Bright Nights Community Forum. Brian Mickey, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and a member of the U-M Depression Center, will outline the interaction between stress and the brain, and what we can to do help reduce the negative effects of stress. This will be followed by questions and discussion with a panel of experts.

Community Event: Open House at the UM 3DLab, October 9


Tuesday October 9, 2012: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm -- University of Michigan North Campus, Duderstadt Center, Room 1365 First Floor

The UM3D Lab provides the University of Michigan community with access to high-end technologies and professional expertise on the topics of Rapid Prototyping, 3D Scanning, Advanced Visualization, Motion Capture, and more! On Tuesday, October 9, they'll be opening up their Lab to the larger Ann Arbor community. Drop in and see some of the most cutting edge equipment, right across town at the University of Michigan's North Campus.

The event will run from 12 pm to 6 pm at the Duderstadt Center on the North Campus of the University of Michigan. For more information, please visit [here|http://um3d.dc.umich.edu/].

The Five Year Engagement on DVD

The much talked about and read about film, The Five Year Engagement, contains many scenes filmed last summer around Ann Arbor. The local movie-making created quite a flurry of celebrity sightings of the movie's stars, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, and John Krasinski, and plenty of mid-summer snow scenes on the streets of downtown Ann Arbor.

The romantic comedy features Blunt and Segel as a couple whose engagement is continually delayed as changes happen in their lives. From the producers of The 40 Year Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Knocked Up, this film will have you in stitches, too. Not only was The Five Year Engagement filmed in Ann Arbor, but Ann Arbor is also the setting for the story. True, it’s not the most amazing movie, but it’s funny, and definitely fun to see so many Ann Arbor landmarks on the big screen, especially since the University of Michigan and Zingerman’s play big roles in the couple's lives.

Images from the Past: The Making of Ann Arbor

Several years ago, when a patron needed an image of the old entrance to the U-M hospital, we suggested he look in The Making of Ann Arbor. Eureka! He found a colorful postcard image and printed it.

Other researchers in The Making of Ann Arbor website find similar success as they search or browse through several image collections and full-text of books. Nicknamed "MoAA," this website was created through a collaboration among AADL, the Bentley Historical Library, and the U-M Digital Library Production Services. You can use it for research or just to enjoy browsing through a collection of postcards, historic buildings, advertisements, and maps of early Ann Arbor.

Access to this and any of our other reference databases and resources is available at every branch of the AADL, as well as from outside the library with a valid AADL library card. For access from an outside location, please sign in to your library account, visit our reference database page, and navigate to the desired resource. To access The Making of Ann Arbor database, go to the research page and select The Making of Ann Arbor from the Ann Arbor category.

University of Michigan Wolverine Great Bob Chappuis

One of the Wolverine's great football players died June 14 in Ann Arbor. A Wolverine MVP, Collier's All-American and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Chappuis also served in WWII. Shot down over Italy, he spent three months hidden in plain sight from the Nazis.

Old News has gathered together a selection of articles from the Ann Arbor News that cover his career at Michigan. Chappuis joined the Wolverines in 1942, served in WWII from 1943 ~ 1945 and rejoined the Wolverines in 1946, setting records in offensive play. In the undefeated 1947 season, Chappuis finished second for the Heisman Trophy and was featured on the cover of Time Magazine. Michigan went on to win the Rose Bowl with such a decisive win over Southern California, 49 - 0, that AP put out a post-bowl game poll that moved them back in to first place over season-ending first place Notre Dame. We'll be adding stories about Chappuis to the Old News site so keep checking back to read more about one of Michigan's great players.

Men's Health Awareness Month: Top Men's Health Issues, Tests And Treatment Options

Tuesday June 19, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

June is Men's Health Month!

Join an expert medical panel as we learn more about several top health issues for men - and new, emerging treatment options that YOU need to know.

Panelists and their topics include: Annette Schork, RN, BSN, OCN: General Men's Health Topics and Tests: Heart Disease and Diabetes (what to look for and testing guidelines); Marwan Fakih, MD: Colon Cancer & Jeffrey S. Montgomery, MD: Prostate Cancer. This event is cosponsored by the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Bruce Conforth wins the Golden Apple

Bruce Conforth, professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan and former curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has won the 2012 Golden Apple Award. The Golden Apple is given each year to an instructor who "strive[s] not only to disseminate knowledge but to inspire and engage students in its pursuit." Students nominate and vote on which professor should win the award, focusing on teachers who bring subjects to life and make learning a process in which everyone is involved.

Bruce shared some of his expertise with us last year when participating in Freeing John Sinclair. Bruce hosted our panel discussion with members of the Hill Street commune/Rainbow People's Party and brought both a depth of knowledge and an ability to keep the conversation accessible for those unfamiliar with the time period. Bruce also did a podcast on the topic with us, putting the John Sinclair Freedom Rally into context both within Ann Arbor and the larger cultural atmosphere of the early 1970's.

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