Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, April 23, 2012

William Webb (right), a graduate student instructor in biology, displays a snake for high school students participating in the SEEDS 2012 National Coordinated BioBlitz at Nichols Arboretum. The event Friday brought students from Western International High School in Detroit to the arboretum to work with undergraduates, grad students and faculty to find a variety of plants, animals and bugs. Coordinated by chapter leaders of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS) program, the BioBlitz aims to promote local ecological knowledge and increase participation of underrepresented groups in ecological education. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

EPA, DoE recognize U-M power plants for emissions avoidance
Advanced technology, use of natural gas and other operational efficiencies at the university's two campus power plants have resulted in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy formally recognizing the facilities for their avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions in 2011.

Commencement needs volunteers; prizes offered
To help with Spring Commencement on Saturday at Michigan Stadium, the University and Development Events office is seeking volunteers to assist in providing graduates and their families with a personal and memorable experience during one of their last moments at Michigan, organizers say. Each volunteer will receive a free T-shirt and will be eligible for prizes.

Mikulak takes high bar championship at NCAA event finals
Sophomore Sam Mikulak became the 30th NCAA champion in U-M men's gymnastics history, winning the high bar title with a 15.45 Saturday at the NCAA Championship Individual Event Finals.

Kim Barnes Arico named women's basketball coach
Kim Barnes Arico has been named the ninth head coach in the 40-year history of the U-M women's basketball program. The New York native spent the past 10 seasons as the St. John's University women's coach. She will be formally introduced at a press conference today.

This week in the University Record
• Research: Predatory sea urchins drive evolution
• Spotlight: ITS employee chases thrills by skydiving, BASE jumping
• Research: Football helmet sensors help researchers demystify concussion in young athletes
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Public service in the city
Serving in the office of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing gave Elizabeth Palazzola and Julie Schneider a chance to help the city’s land use, housing and sustainability problems as the Ford School's inaugural David Bohnett Public Service Fellows. The program aims to give aspiring public servants experience with city government. It continues with incoming fellows Diana Flora and Stephanie Chang.