I just wanted to flag this for everyone, because it really shows the enduring excellence of the faculty at the U of M: three (of 22) MacArthur fellows for 2011 are faculty at the U of M: Tiya Miles (a public historian), Melanie Sanford (a chemist), and Yukiko Yamashita (a biologist). No other Big 10 schools are represented. (Harvard is the other university with 3 MacArthurs this year).
This is a big deal. The MacArthur foundation gives each fellow $500,000 over five years, no questions asked, no strings attached. It doesn't have the press of the Nobel prize, but in academic circles it's more respected.
Note: I think this isn't OT since it's Michigan related... mods, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.