Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Stephen Connor, a poll worker at a voting precinct in the Michigan Union, waits for voters. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Photo Services)

BREAKING NEWS: University will keep modified trespass warning in place against Andrew Shirvell
The university will keep in place a trespass warning issued Sept. 14 against Andrew Shirvell, but will narrow the scope of the order based on a review by the Department of Public Safety. Shirvell will be allowed access to the U-M campus as long as he has no physical or verbal contact with student Chris Armstrong, and he must continue to stay away from campus locations where he could reasonably anticipate Armstrong to be present.

Incumbents likely win new terms on Board of Regents
Although two major counties have yet to report vote totals, incumbents Andrea Fischer Newman and Andrew Richner appear to have been re-elected Tuesday to eight-year terms on the Board of Regents. According to figures posted on the Secretary of State's website, Fischer Newman had 1,095,991 votes and Richner had 1,038,439.

U-M aims for third straight win in blood donation battle against rival OSU
There will be blood. But will there be enough donors for Wolverine supporters to retain their title in the annual Blood Battle with Ohio State University? The blood drive kicks off Thursday and runs through Nov. 19. Organizers hope to collect 2,500 pints this year to surpass last year’s total of 2,449 pints and extend U-M’s two-year winning streak.

Clearinghouse will connect mood disorder researchers with volunteers
The Depression Center and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, a national mental health support and advocacy organization, have announced a partnership to create an information clearinghouse that will help connect individuals with mood disorders to research opportunities.

The Michigan Difference

Paying it forward
While studying at Stanford University, Dr. Juanita Merchant took to heart the advice of two role models who urged her to obtain M.D. and Ph.D. degrees if she wanted to succeed as a minority and a woman in academia. Now the H. Marvin Pollard professorship in Gastrointestinal Sciences at the Medical School, Merchant is sharing her experience with the next generation of scientists, mentoring undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty. “As a minority myself, I want to help other minorities further their careers,” Merchant says.