Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Evan Hall, Brian Marker, Keith Okimura, and Andrew Barrie of the Michigan Marching Band percussion section practice in front of Canham Natatorium. Their rehearsal was just one of the many activities captured over the course of a 24-hour period by U-M Photo Services for "A Day in the Life of the University of Michigan." Click the photo to access the slideshow. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

BREAKING NEWS: President Coleman announces ambitious goals for sustainability
In a broad, green stroke across campus, U-M has announced it will invest $14 million in new commitments to achieve ambitious environmental goals. “I want the message to be clear: Sustainability defines the University of Michigan. Combine maize and blue, and you get green,” President Mary Sue Coleman said today.
Watch a video showcasing student, faculty and staff efforts to work toward sustainability.
• U-M rolls out plans for new hybrid buses.
First geothermal facility opening on campus.
Solar panels coming to North Campus.

Three faculty members receive presidential early career awards
Three U-M researchers have received the nation’s highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. Chemist Anne McNeil, atmospheric scientist Christiane Jablonowski and medical research investigator Christine Freeman are among the 94 recipients of the 2010 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

U-M updates SPG for copyright ownership
The standard practice guide that addresses ownership of copyrighted works has been updated to clarify that the copyright of most scholarly works belongs to the faculty members who create the works. The policy, adopted in 2002, also has been significantly shortened and simplified.

School of Public Health gets grant to recruit minority students
The School of Public Health has received a $4.2 million grant over five years to expand its minority undergraduate student recruitment and internship program. The grant from the Centers for Disease Control will enable SPH to expand the existing nationally recognized Summer Enrichment Program to additional SPH departments.

No-cost flu shot clinics set for university employees
There are many ways for U-M faculty, staff and students to receive the protection of a seasonal flu shot on campus this year, including a pair of walk-in clinics that offer the vaccine at no cost for employees covered under U-M insurance plans.

The Michigan Difference

A better-educated Bangladesh
When Bangladesh sought to improve its higher education programs, Quamrul Mazumder, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UM-Flint, stepped up to help his native country. He has spoken at education-improvement workshops, on the Bangladesh National Television Network and even at the U.S. Embassy. Mazumder continues to work to establish international collaboration between the education communities of the U.S. and Bangladesh, and to provide recommendations to the Bangladesh government.