Wayne State University Interim President Sets Address: Alan Gilmour, interim president of Wayne State Univeristy, will present the 2010 University Address Monday, Sept. 13 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Bernath Auditorium, 5155 Gullen Mall, Detroit. Gilmour will speak to an audience of alumni, students, staff, faculty and community members in his first official university address. Encouraging transparency and open communication, President Gilmour will respond directly to input he solicited from university stakeholders in preparation for the address. The event is free and open to the public as well as members of the university community. The address will also be live-streamed at www.president.wayne.edu.

West Michigan group sets IT event: The West Michigan Science and Technology Initiative will hold its SUMmIT 10 information technology event from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The venue is Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus of Grand Valley State University, 401 W. Fulton St. in Grand Rapids. The cost is $35 per person. This year, SUMmIT10 will explore the impact of health care reform on innovation and entrepreneurship in the areas of drugs, diagnostics and devices. While the law is still being debated, interpreted, and reduced to regulations, the impacts on innovation, product development and conducting business are becoming clear for these three areas of interest. Join us to hear a keynote address on this topic and presentations from three regional companies and a regional law firm on how this new massive law will likely affect them in the future. To learn more about the event contact the West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative by phone at (616) 331-5840 or email wmsti@gvsu.edu

Business of IT leads off annual UMTRI auto research series: From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 15, The University of Michigan’s 3rd annual “Focus on the Future” automotive research series kicks off with “The Business of IT: Transforming the Organization and the Vehicle.” Said the UM Transportation Research Institute’s Bruce Belzowski: “Conference speakers will describe the impact IT is having inside the vehicle in the areas of infotainment, vehicle-to-vehicle safety applications and autonomous vehicles. Inside the company and inside the vehicle, the future of the role of IT will be the focus of our discussion.” Speakers include Raghu Padmanabhan, director of process engineering at General Motors Co.; Deborah deBoer Henderson, chief information officer at ArvinMeritor Corp.; Robert Cole, professor emeritus at the Hass School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley; Tom Schaffnit, president of VII Consortium; T.J. Giuli, research engineer at Ford Motor Co.; and Ryan Eustice, UM assistant professor of engineering. The event will take place in the Michigan Ballroom of the Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor. Sponsors include UMTRI, Siemens PLM and Oracle Corp. More at  www.umtri.umich.edu/divisionPage.php?pageID=265 or contact Rachael Hamilton, (734) 763-3582, rachaelr@umich.edu.

Plante & Moran Topics 4 the Times Webinar Series Returns: The Southfield accounting and business advisory firm Plante & Moran PLLC has announced the curriculum for its second annual Topics 4 the Times Webinar series. The free Webinars proved popular with the firm’s clients and the general business community, with some Webinars drawing up to 400 participants. New this year is the addition of CPE credits for several of the live webinars. According to Plante & Moran Managing Partner Gordon Krater, CPA, the webinars have become a strategic tool for Plante & Moran to share timely news and industry trends with the middle market business community. The first seminar occurs on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and is titled, “Logistics: Is it Anchoring Your Strategy or Weighing You Down?” There are 18 Webinar topics in total and other topics include health care reform, changes in accounting standards, tax planning and minimization strategies, data security, cloud computing and the advantages of an internal audit, among others. For a complete listing of webinars and registration and CPE information, please visit www.webinars.plantemoran.com. Plante & Moran has a staff of more than 1,600 professionals in 21 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India.

Creative Breakthroughs offers data loss prevention event: With the growth of interconnected networks, information sharing, and greater access to data, as well as significant changes in regulatory compliance rules and enforcement, it is more important now than ever to understand the risks you may be under with exposure of your confidential data. Data is, after all, your organization’s most important and valuable asset. In a one-hour interactive presentation, we will cover current threats to your critical and confidential data, the anatomy of a data breach, how to determine where your confidential and sensitive data resides, how it’s being used, and who it’s being sent to, strategic solutions to protect, data in motion, data at rest and data on your mobile endpoints. The live Webinar will be held Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Sign up at www.cbihome.com.

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