Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Officer Pete Pressly (left) receives the Department of Public Safety’s 2010 Keith Curtis Memorial Police Officer of the Year award from President Mary Sue Coleman and DPS Executive Director Ken Magee. As part of the honor, Pressly, a 15-year veteran of the U-M police force, recently returned from Washington, D.C., where he attended the annual National Police Memorial Week. The award is named in honor of Keith Curtis, a DPS officer who died in 2002 from leukemia. (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

U-M part of new national Nuclear Energy Innovation Hub
The university has been named part of an energy hub using advanced capabilities of the world’s most powerful computers to make significant leaps forward in nuclear reactor design and engineering. Nine engineering faculty members will lead U-M’s part of the Nuclear Energy Modeling and Simulation Energy Innovation Hub.

UMHS reports more than $280M in service to community
The U-M Health System provided $280 million worth of community benefits in 2008, according to a recent Michigan Health & Hospital Association report. UMHS accounts for a sizable proportion of the total community benefit provided by all of the state’s hospitals for the most recent reporting period.

Buildings temporarily evacuated after gas line break Tuesday morning
Occupants of at least three U-M buildings on Central Campus were evacuated for more than an hour Tuesday after a construction contractor struck and broke a natural gas line while working on the Central Campus Transit Center project.

The Michigan Difference

Anthropologist to the drug underworld
From 2000-03, while working on his dissertation in anthropology, LSA alumnus Luke Bergmann immersed himself in the world of Detroit’s young drug dealers. The result was his book “Getting Ghost,” a chronicle of two street-level dealers. “It was very harrowing to become a member of that community and to see the incredible carnage. It changed my own racial and political identity,” Bergmann says.