Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dr. Barbara Schaal, left, and School of Natural Resources and Environment Dean Rosina Bierbaum, who are co-chairs of the Biodiversity Working Group, brief House staff on Capitol Hill on the recently released PCAST Report, Sustaining Environmental Capital: Protecting Society and the Economy.

Students share impact of recent assaults during campus forum
U-M students gathered Monday night to discuss the recent attacks near campus and to to receive support. About 50 students attended the forum, which was organized by the Division of Student Affairs. Also participating were the Department of Public Safety and the Ann Arbor Police Department.

Greg O’Dell hired as U-M chief of police
Bringing more than 31 years of law enforcement experience in a range of settings, long-time Ann Arbor resident Gregory O'Dell will serve as U-M’s executive director for the Department of Public Safety, and the university’s chief of police.

Equipment donations form basis for research breakthroughs
Faster innovation and increased auto safety are just some of the benefits that will be made possible through an IBM Employee Matching Grants Program. Donated equipment worth $120,000 was awarded to 10 U-M research teams launching new efforts in science and technology.

NSF grants to digitize biological collections
Timothy James, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and Rich Rabeler, assistant research scientist, have been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation as part of an initiative to integrate and digitize information for biologists, policy-makers and the general public.

U-M issues response to recent assaults
University leaders sent a message to faculty, staff and students Wednesday regarding a series of assaults near campus, and offered safety measures that should be taken.

CRIME ALERT: Sexual assault
Off campus, 720 S. State St. in rear parking lot near Monroe Street; 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
• U-M has experienced several serious assaults in recent days. In an interview, Interim U-M Police Chief Joe Piersante discusses campus safety.

U-M researchers create reprogrammed stem cells for disease studies
Researchers at U-M's Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies have reprogramming adult skin cells so they behave like embryonic stem cells. They will use these cells — known as induced pluripotent stem cells — side by side with human embryonic stem cells to study the origin and progression of various diseases and to search for new treatments.

University again makes Chronicle's list of Great Colleges to Work For
For the fourth consecutive year, U-M is featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of Great Colleges to Work For. U-M was recognized in the areas of compensation and benefits, job satisfaction and support, and tenure clarity and process.

Football Fan Day set for Aug. 14 at Michigan Stadium
The U-M football program will hold its annual Fan Day on Aug. 14 at Michigan Stadium. The autograph session and opportunity to meet the 2011 Wolverines team will run from approximately 2-3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

PODCAST: Why did Borders fail?
Ann Arbor-based Borders' decision to liquidate its assets and close its remaining bookstores has industry observers speculating about the long-term impact on authors, consumers, and competitors. In this podcast, Aradhna Krishna, Dwight F. Benton Professor of Marketing, retraces the company’s steps leading to its ultimate downfall.

U-M faculty, students participate in Traverse City Film Festival
For the second consecutive year, U-M has formed an educational partnership with the Traverse City Film Festival, which opens Tuesday. Two short films by U-M students will debut at the festival, and faculty will serve as jurors for short and feature films, and documentaries.

New entrepreneurship master's degree leverages know-how from Ross, CoE
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved a proposal by the College of Engineering and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business to offer a joint program that specializes in training students to turn ideas into inventions and inventions into successful businesses.

East Quad residence hall approved for renovation
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved the comprehensive renovation of East Quadrangle, a heritage residence hall and longtime home to the Residential College.
In other action, regents approved projects at North Hall and UM-Flint, and purchasing property adjacent to the Institute for Social Research.

This week in the University Record
• Question of the Week: Can you imagine your life without computers?
• Spotlight: Ophthalmic technician by day, children's book illustrator by night
• Research: Real-time data collected on football player who broke neck
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Up, up and away … to YouTube
Students in a UM-Dearborn environmental studies course used the popular video-sharing website YouTube to display the results of their course-long projects that included launching a balloon — with a camera — up to 90,000 feet. The teams posted the edited videos — including one that dramatically illustrates the balloon's journey — earlier this spring after filming their progress each step of the way. The idea was to develop remote sensing systems that could capture imagery of Earth’s surface and data from the troposphere.