Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, February 11, 2011

Daniel Erickson, an exhibit preparator for the Exhibit Museum of Natural History, works on the cast of a Basilosaurus vertabra, preparing it for mounting. Areas such as those where Erickson is working will be part of Behind the Scenes Day on Sunday. The event offers visitors a rare opportunity to visit spaces at the four museums in the Ruthven Museums Building that usually are not open to the public. (Photo by Alan McWaters, Exhibit Museum)

Future changes to retiree health care benefits adopted
U-M will go forward with changes to retiree health benefits beginning in 2013, the university's executive vice presidents and associate vice president for human resources said in a joint message to faculty and staff Thursday. They indicated acceptance of recommendations for change made by the Committee on Retiree Health Benefits, but with an accelerated overall timeline for implementing the long-range plan.

Music professor up for Grammys this Sunday
An album by composer Michael Daugherty, professor of music composition, has been nominated in five categories for Grammy Awards that will be presented Sunday. Daugherty is nominated for “Best Classical Contemporary Composition” for “Deus ex Machina.” In addition, an album that includes that piece along with another Daugherty work, the “Metropolis Symphony,” received several additional nominations.

NEWS UPDATE: Memorial celebration for Matt Kelley
A celebration of the life of Matt Kelley, a lecturer who died Monday, is planned for 10 a.m. today in the Michigan League's Hussey Room.

The Michigan Difference

Great ideas change everything
U-M students Allen Kim, Entrepreneur magazine’s top College Entrepreneur 2010, and his partner Luis Calderon appear in this advertisement in the February Delta Sky magazine. Learn more about them on the university’s newly redesigned Innovate! portal, which spotlights faculty and student innovators and shows how to get involved in entrepreneurship and innovation at U-M. The series of ads showcases faculty, students and alumni whose creativity and entrepreneurial spirit enrich the U-M experience and contribute to the vitality of our society.