Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, November 5, 2010

President Mary Sue Coleman presents Dr. Alfred Sommer with the Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health, one of the university's highest honors. At left is Regent Julia Donovan Darlow. (Photo by Martin Vloet, Photo Services)

NCAA Committee on Infractions rules on football case
The NCAA Committee on Infractions announced Thursday that it has accepted the self-imposed sanctions initiated by U-M during the NCAA Response on May 25, and added an additional year of probation for the football program. The university contested two allegations, and the NCAA report was favorable in each case.

Francis Medal recipient Sommer called public health hero
Dr. Alfred Sommer, who saved millions of lives following his research on the effects of vitamin A deficiency, accepted the Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health from President Mary Sue Coleman on Thursday. Coleman said the medal presentation was “a powerful tribute to the life-saving work of a man who can truly be called a hero in public health.”

REMINDER: Open Enrollment for benefits ends at 5 p.m. today
The Open Enrollment period for 2011 faculty and staff benefits ends at 5 p.m. today. Benefit elections can be made until that time. Employees may view their current benefit elections and options for 2011 at Wolverine Access.

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.