Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, December 7, 2009

The results of the 1,000 Pitches competition were announced Saturday. Winners in nine categories were selected from among 2,165 ideas submitted in the contest organized by the student group MPowered Entrepreneurship. Click on the photo to read more about each of the winners. (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

Presenters chosen for annual Martin Luther King Symposium
Public Broadcasting Service co-anchor Gwen Ifill, anti-racist new media communicator Carmen Van Kerckhove and environmental justice advocate Vernice Miller-Travis are among key presenters at the 24th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium opening in January. The theme of the symposium is “I am, was and always will be a catalyst for change,” a quote from Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress, and to run for president in 1972.

School of Dentistry to issue first degrees through online program
Seven women will make history at the School of Dentistry on Dec. 20 when each receives a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene at Crisler Arena. They will be the first to earn their degrees after successfully finishing the school’s online Degree Completion E-Learning Program.

U-M delegation observing climate talks in Copenhagen
A delegation of nine students and three professors — Richard Rood, professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences; Henry Pollack, professor emeritus geological sciences; and Paul Edwards, associate professor of information — are at the United Nations Climate Change Conference that begins today in Copenhagen. Team members are blogging about their observations.

The Michigan Difference

Musically macabre
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1987, Andrew Lippa been a versatile contributor to the musical theater: composer, lyricist, librettist, musical director, musical arranger, conductor, producer, vocalist, and even middle school vice principal. His latest project takes on a ghoulish — and cartoonish — tone. He’s writing the music and lyrics for the new Broadway-bound musical “The Addams Family.”