Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, March 14, 2011

U-M men's basketball team members and fans gathered in Crisler Arena react to the announcement that the Wolverines will be the No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament's West Region, taking on No. 9 seed Tennessee in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday. Click here to read more about U-M's tournament appearance. Note: Video requires Flash.

Gov. Rick Snyder to deliver Spring Commencement address April 30
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will deliver the main address and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree when U-M presents its Spring Commencement at 10 a.m. April 30 at Michigan Stadium. He was inaugurated as Michigan's 48th governor Jan. 1. Honorary degrees for Snyder and five additional recipients have been recommended for approval by the Board of Regents at its meeting Thursday.

U-M students, faculty in Japan reported safe
The university has identified 19 students and two faculty members who currently are in Japan, and all are reported to be safe. None of the 21 U-M affiliates is near the area of northeastern Japan where the impact of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami is the most severe. The U-M students generally are located south and west of the disaster area.

Regents to meet near site of U-M's founding in 1817
The Board of Regents will hold its March meeting Thursday at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, not far from where U-M was founded. A month after U-M was established in 1817, the Odawa, Ojibwe and Bodewadimi donated nearly 2,000 acres in Detroit for the fledgling college, where Native Americans would be welcome to enroll. The histories of Detroit, the native peoples of Michigan, and the university have been intertwined ever since.

MCommunity Directory to replace existing online listings this summer
A new MCommunity Directory soon will replace the U-M Online Directory. The new directory is designed to be more attractive and easier to use than the current one, but this is much more than a facelift. It will offer new ways of managing information about members of the university community.

CRIME ALERTS: Sexual assault, unarmed robbery
Sexual assault — Forest Street parking structure (616 S. Forest Ave.)
Unarmed robbery — 1300 block of Hill Street near Olivia

This week in the University Record
• Research: It's all in a name, 'global warming' versus 'climate change'
• Spotlight: Coordinator connects to history, Detroit through love of baseball
• Howard R. Marsh Lecture: Dobbs to speak on social media's role in revolt
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Fighting infectious diseases in China
Although many countries in the Pan Asian Pacific region have made enormous strides towards eliminating measles, China continues to struggle with control of the disease. Thanks to a five-year $3.62 million grant from the National Institutes of Health International Collaborations in Infectious Disease Research, Associate Professor Matthew Boulton and a team of SPH researchers will partner with colleagues in China to characterize the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases in China and to improve control efforts. The grant places special focus on measles.