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Monday, August 4, 2008
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com


'U' competes for top
By LINDY STEVENS over the years, he said the Univer- competitor for faculty, hasn't seen
Daily News Editor sity has managed to hold its own in senior-level professors travel from
the fight for faculty. Ann Arbor to Cambridge in recent
The pressure to maintain excep- Hanlon said 50 professors have years.
tionalfaculty canmeanofferingmore been stolen from the University's 13 "In the past five years, the Facul-
money, like the four-percent salary biggest faculty rivals - schools like ty of Arts and Sciences has not hired
increase that University professors Stanford University and the Univer- any senior-level faculty from the
will see this year, more time off, the sity of Wisconsin - in the past three University of Michigan," said Steve
promise of more academic freedom years. At the same time, about 100 Bradt, Harvard's assistant director
or even just a lighter workload. University of Michigan professors of communications, in an e-mail
But for Phil Hanlon,vice provost of were approached with offers from interview.
academic affairs, all those things are a the same group of schools. of those, And of those who have left
small price to pay if it means recruit- Hanlon said about 55 percent of Harvard during that time, Bradt
ing and retaining the most outstand- professors were retained, while the said none were headed for the
ing professors in the country. remaining 45 percent were lost. University of Michigan.
"Universities are the ultimate But when elite universities are in "Among the very few who
knowledge business, which means the market to cherry-pick faculty, have left the Faculty of Arts and
their quality is driven by the excel- they aren't always looking for pro- Sciences for other institutions in
lence of the people there," Hanlon fessors with years of experience. recent years, none have accepted
said. "So there's really no higher pri- At the country's best universities, positions at the University of
ority for a university than achieving outstanding junior-level professors Michigan," Bradt said.
high quality faculty and outstand- without tenure have become some But while some University of
ing student body." of the most academically appealing Michigan professors have cer-
Though Hanlon said the competi- minds in the market. Even Har- tainly made the switch from
tion has become increasingly tough vard University, Michigan's No. 1 maize and blue to crimson, Han-
What does the Mona Lisa
really look like?
Analysis of works of art
down to the nanometer scale
Lecture by Michel Menu, Ph.D.
Director, Louvre Research Laboratory, Paris
Co-Author, Mona Lisa: Inside the Painting
Tuesday, August 5, 2008, 4 PM
Rackham Amphitheatre, 4th floor
912 E. Washington
Reception to follow
The material analysis of works of art aims to better understand
the techniques of the ancient cultures and to preserve the
cultural heritage for future generations. The analysis brings to
light new and unique information for authentification, for
conservation and to better understand the history of artistic
techniques. The talk will give special attention to analysis of
the Mona Lisa.
Free and Open to the Public
Sponsored by the
Office of the Vice President for Research, 734-763-1290

ton said the University has to com-
pete with more than just the East
Coast Ivies when it comes to keep-
ing the best - and often youngest
- professors.
And in all of these battles, people
like former University History Prof.
Michelle Mitchell are caught in the
See FACULTY, Page 9

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