Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, June 20, 2011

Dr. Robert Winfield, chief health officer and co-chair of the Smoke-Free University Initiative, discusses the university's transition to a smoke-free campus.

Toolkit, signs and maps help answer questions about the move to a smoke-free university
In less than two weeks all buildings, facilities, grounds and university-owned vehicles will become smoke free. As the deadline nears, some are asking what to do when they encounter someone who is not adhering to the new policy. Smokers also want to know where they can go to light up without violating the new rules that take effect July 1. University Human Resources and the MHealthy team have created a Supervisors' Toolkit to answer the question of what to do when someone is smoking on campus.

Final interdisciplinary junior faculty clusters chosen
With the approval of 29 new positions, representing eight proposals, the 100 interdisciplinary junior faculty positions President Mary Sue Coleman called for in 2007 now are approved, though not all have been hired. The newly announced clusters are in the areas of sustainability, health care technology, climate change, urban studies, adolescent substance use and abuse, children in poverty and biological networks.

Carr, surgeons help NASCAR engineer's dad celebrate gift of life at race
A university alumnus and father of a NASCAR engineer joined former football coach Lloyd Carr and surgeons from the U-M Health System on Sunday to celebrate a special gift the man received from one of his sons two years ago: a new kidney. The event came before a Father's Day NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway and served as a way to encourage organ, blood and tissue donation through Wolverines for Life.

This week in the University Record
• Research: X-ray telescope finds new voracious black holes in early universe
• International Institute awards Individual Fellowships
• Old School: U-M in History: Women golfers at the turn of the century
Read these stories and more in the University Record, on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Connecting Kenya to the world
Rama Mwenesi is student director of the E-MAGINE team that is bringing a solar powered, cell phone-based Internet system to rural Kenya. In this video, he describes how E-MAGINE seeks to enhance the livelihoods of individuals in off-the-grid and underserved communities by developing sustainable Internet technologies that help connect them to the world.