Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, February 8, 2010

In January U-M hosted a landmark conference concerning the American orchestra. It examined the wide-reaching cultural impact that orchestras have had in America, and explored how they might partner effectively with academia to extend their impact.

University begins audit of employee benefits eligibility
The university has begun a benefits audit designed to ensure that the individuals enrolled as dependents in U-M medical plans are qualified for coverage. The audit includes all faculty, staff and fellowship holders with one or more enrolled dependents. Letters from the external auditing firm conducting the review will arrive this week at home addresses.

Leaders map out goals for University Research Corridor
Michigan’s University Research Corridor has five major goals, starting with boosting collaboration at all levels — faculty, staff and students — among U-M, Michigan State University and Wayne State University. URC leaders mapped out the priorities Friday as they marked the opening of the new URC headquarters in Lansing.

Taubman College professor to be featured in PBS documentary
Robert Fishman, Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, will be featured tonight in the PBS documentary and online series “Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City.” The documentary explores how new thinking about transportation can potentially “rebuild Detroit and America.”

The Michigan Difference

Back to his roots
Karl Rosaen took his U-M bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer engineering to Silicon Valley and thrived, helping to develop the Google Android, which some see as the first credible challenge to the iPhone. But when the software engineer decided to start a Web-based company to help consumers find fresh, local produce and farm goods, he returned to Ann Arbor, challenging the notion that talented graduates must leave the state to find success.