Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, April 18, 2011

President Mary Sue Coleman delivers the keynote address at a ceremony installing Teresa Sullivan as president of the University of Virginia. At left, Sullivan shares a laugh with Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell. During Friday's event, Coleman hailed Sullivan, former U-M provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, for her leadership, depth of knowledge and sense of humor. Click here to read the address. (Photo by Dan Addison, University of Virginia)

Easing of travel restrictions facilitates programs in Japan
The easing of U.S. State Department restrictions on travel to Japan allows the university to proceed with spring and summer study abroad programs that had been in doubt. The change by the State Department last week replaces a warning against travel to Japan with an advisory that “strongly urges” U.S. citizens to remain more than 50 miles from the Fukushima nuclear power reactors.

Six honored with Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Awards
Six faculty members dedicated to developing cultural and ethnic diversity at U-M have received the 2011 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Affairs.

FY '11 federal budget preserves Pell grants, cuts some research funds
The U.S. House and Senate on Friday finalized spending for the remainder of the current fiscal year, preserving Pell grant spending but trimming funds for some agencies where faculty and researchers compete for support. And, on top of any specific program cuts, there was an across-the-board 0.2 percent reduction on all non-defense programs.

MHealthy Rewards participation reaches 55 percent; top 25 areas announced
More than 20,450 people, 55 percent of U-M's benefits-eligible population, have completed the annual health questionnaire and are participating in MHealthy Rewards this year, a 25 percent increase over last year. Additionally, more than 60 university areas achieved 50 percent or more participation in the questionnaire.

This week in the University Record
• Eight faculty vie for three SACUA seats
• Research: Invasive mussels causing massive ecological changes in Great Lakes
• Spotlight: Geriatric nurse helps Haitian villagers access clean water
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Smiles all around
Each year children between the ages of 5 and 12 receive free oral health care from the School of Dentistry's Give Kids a Smile program. But the program also puts a smile on the faces of the dental students, faculty and other volunteers who participate in the event. They praise the opportunity to give back and interact with the children they meet. Says second-year dental student Edward Lee, "Having the opportunity to help patients this young reminds me why I chose dentistry as my profession in the first place.”