Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jennifer Metsker, a poet and lecturer at the Sweetland Writing Center, offers her reflections on the U-M Museum of Art during a video tour. Above all, she says, she likes visiting the museum because she enjoys being surprised by what she finds there.

White House adviser seeks input at U-M for education policies
The director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans spent Wednesday at U-M looking for public input on shaping the Obama administration’s education policies. The town hall meeting with Juan Sepúlveda, who reports to the U.S. secretary of education, and the rest of his visit were organized by U-M’s National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, and by the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education in the School of Education.

U-M physician named as one of nation's top 20 health care leaders
Dr. A. Mark Fendrick, co-director of U-M’s Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, has been named one of the nation’s top 20 health care leaders by HealthLeaders Media. Fendrick, professor of internal medicine and of health management and policy, was honored for his work on value-based insurance design, which lowers costs on the most beneficial drugs and services for those who need them the most.

Bonn appointed associate librarian for publishing
Maria Bonn has been named associate university librarian for publishing. Currently the director of the Scholarly Publishing Office at the U-M Library, Bonn was appointed after a national search. She also will advise the university community on issues surrounding scholarly publishing and communication policy.

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.”