Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz presents Dr. Denis Mukwege with the U-M Wallenberg Medal. Mukwege is a leader in the movement to highlight the problem of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Wallenberg Medal, presented Tuesday, honors Raoul Wallenberg, a 1935 U-M graduate who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews near the end of World War II. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

OVPR policy facilitates consultation on transfer of Native American human remains
The Office of the Vice President for Research will take a “consultation first” approach to all interactions with American Indian tribes as the university further develops its policies and procedures for the transfer of Native American human remains. Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest established the approach as part of his announcement that he has accepted the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Culturally Unidentifiable Human Remains.

U-M robot team wins international competition and $750,000
A team of 14 autonomous robots built by U-M students has won an international competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and its Australian counterpart, officials announced Tuesday in Brisbane.

U-M Library adopts new Creative Commons license
The U-M Library has adopted a new Creative Commons license for its website content that allows others to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt MLibrary website content as long as they attribute the library, but not in any way that suggests that MLibrary endorses users or their use of the work.

REMINDER: U-M seeks more donors in Blood Battle’s final days
The annual Blood Battle with Ohio State University, a competition to see which school can donate the most blood, ends Friday. As of Tuesday, Ohio State had a slight lead. The American Red Cross reports there are about 500 appointments available at U-M blood drives this week. Click the headline for a list of drives on campus through Friday.

The Michigan Difference

Crossing cultures
In the summer of 2010, a group of 14 undergraduates and four graduate students led by Joe Trumpey, associate professor of art and natural resources, visited Madagascar for a course called EcoExplorers. During the trip, Stephanie Starch worked with Chris Parker to design a human-powered treadle water pump for the small village of Ranobe.