Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, February 21, 2011

Nick Moroz (center), of the Clean Energy Prize-winning team CSquared Innovations, joins his mentor, Nicholas Cucinelli of U-M Tech Transfer (left), and Gov. Rick Snyder at Rackham Auditorium. Click here to read more about the Clean Energy Prize ceremony. (Photo by Eric Bronson, U-M Photo Services)

Provost seeks public comments on tenure clock proposal
Provost Phil Hanlon is seeking public comment from the U-M community on a possible change to the university's maximum allowable tenure probationary period from eight to 10 years. In a letter to faculty members, Hanlon says he wants to "clearly explain what is being considered, the reasons for bringing this proposal forward and to ask for your participation in public comment."
• Senate Assembly and University Senate meetings for tenure clock discussion postponed to March 21.

Google collaboration tool will enhance U-M’s interdisciplinary approach
U-M students, faculty, and staff are one step closer to being able to collaborate anytime, any place and with anyone in the world with Internet access. Executive officers approved the IT Council recommendation that the university select Google as the primary collaboration tool provider for the Ann Arbor campus.

Ann Arbor campus certified as a Tree Campus USA
The ongoing efforts to plant trees and improve landscape have again earned U-M's Ann Arbor campus recognition as a Tree Campus USA institution by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Storm closes university's Flint, Dearborn campuses
The UM-Flint and UM-Dearborn campuses have closed today due to inclement weather. The Ann Arbor campus remains open.

This week in the University Record
• Research: Men and women view living together very differently
• Spotlight: Arts curator reconnects to college town through art
• Question of the Week: Is continued federal support of public broadcasting important to you?
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Crash testing social entrepreneurship
As more and more cars are made available in developing countries, it is likely that lack of available child restraints could lead to a higher infant mortality rate. Rachel Strauss and Megan Bland, two biomedical engineering seniors who will graduate from the College of Engineering in April, have dedicated themselves to creating a solution. They’re building a simpler, more affordable children’s car seat.