Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Robert Groves, former director of U-M’s Survey Research Center, (right) is sworn in Wednesday as the 23rd director of the U.S. Census Bureau. Groves will oversee the federal government’s 2010 population count. Watching Commerce Secretary Gary Locke (left) swear in Groves is Groves' wife, Cynthia. (Photo courtesy of Census Bureau)

University debuts new type of therapy for depression patients
A new depression treatment being offered through the U-M Depression Center and the Department of Psychiatry offers an option for patients who don’t benefit from antidepressant medication. Repetitive Transcrancial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-invasive procedure that delivers highly-focused, pulsed magnetic energy to stimulate nerve cells in the brain that are linked to depression.

Program works with inmates to make their second chance more productive
U-M students and graduates working with the Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative for Washtenaw County are trying to reduce recidivism among recently released prison inmates by offering services and supervision to offenders. Program participants work with inmates from the time of their entry into prison through their reintegration into society.

Law professor to argue case before Supreme Court
A U-M law professor is scheduled to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in January that could help define the limits of a criminal defendant’s right to be confronted with government witnesses against him. Richard Friedman, an expert on the “confrontation clause” contained in the Sixth Amendment, said the high court accepted his case, “Briscoe, et al., v. Virginia,” just before it adjourned for its summer recess.

The Michigan Difference

Legal enlightenment
The Cook Legal Research Building at the Law School is a brighter place these days, thanks largely to the efforts of former U-M student and noted investment manager Charles T. Munger. Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., donated $3 million toward lighting upgrades in Cook and Hutchins Hall. The story of the law library’s transformation is told in LD+A, a magazine for lighting engineers.