Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 14, 2011

Dr. James Woolliscroft (left), dean of the Medical School, met in Beijing last month with Gov. Rick Snyder and Dr. Yang Ke, executive vice president of Peking University and Peking University Health Science Center. Woolliscroft and Ke led a symposium in late September, hosted by Peking University, for the two universities' Joint Institute for Translational and Clinical Research. The governor was on a trade mission to Beijing at the same time. (Photo by Dr. Joseph Kolars, Medical School)

U-M endowment grows to $7.8 billion with 24.3 percent annual return
The university’s endowment grew to its highest level ever — $7.8 billion — at the end of fiscal year 2011, fueled by a 24.3 percent investment return for the year ended June 30. The strong return on investment was among the highest of all college and university endowments in a worldwide investment environment that remains volatile. The endowment report was presented to the Board of Regents on Thursday.
• U-M remains in strong financial health, according to the 2011 Financial Report presented to regents Thursday.
In other business, regents approved new leases at the North Campus Research Complex, several construction projects and a property purchase.

Henry Russel lecturer, awardees named for 2012
Rebecca Scott, considered one of the foremost Latin American historians in the country, has been selected as the Henry Russel Lecturer for 2012 — one of the university's highest honors for a senior member of its active faculty. Three junior faculty members — Lada Adamic, Aaron Pierce and Haoxing Xu — will receive the Henry Russel Award.

VOICES report celebrates progress, new initiatives
Bringing together top managers and staff to share technology and process innovations has been a key accomplishment, say Voices of the Staff organizers, upon the recent release of the VOICES 2010-11 annual report.

Historian stresses need for faculty protections from external interference
Without academic freedom, the quality of higher education is likely to decline because the faculty needs policies to protect their freedom of expression in and outside of class, noted historian Ellen Schrecker said Thursday in delivering the 2011 Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom.

The Michigan Difference

Preserving Detroit’s history
UM-Dearborn student Michael Holtzman is passionate about aiding in the revitalization of Detroit. He started BareBonesDetroit.com to showcase positive aspects of the city by featuring photos of more than 120 historically significant buildings. He plans to expand the website to feature more than 600 buildings, and hopes that someday his efforts will improve the quality of life in Detroit.