Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 12, 2012

William Johnson (left) and Shannon Martin (right) present a "Spirit of Sovereignty" blanket to Laura Ramos, assistant collections manager for the Museum of Anthropology. It was one of several gifts to thank university staff that helped transfer the remains of 120 Native Americans from U-M to the tribes with legal claim to them. Johnson and Martin represented the tribes at Thursday's signing of the transfer agreement. U-M is repatriating its entire collection of human remains and artifacts as mandated by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

U-M pays tribute to the life and contributions of first lady Betty Ford
Betty Ford was remembered Thursday as a feminist, a pioneer in breast cancer awareness and an advocate for addiction treatment. The late first lady, who also was a huge Wolverine football fan, was honored during a 90-minute tribute sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School for Public Policy.

Federal judge dismisses Authors Guild lawsuit over HathiTrust
U.S. District Judge Harold Baer Jr. has granted U-M's motion for summary judgment in the Authors Guild lawsuit that sought to severely curtail the HathiTrust Digital Library initiative. The decision Wednesday dismisses the case and upholds the library's digitization practices and use of in-copyright materials as lawful and noninfringing.

Dean calls Haven Hall vandalism 'cowardly and anti-intellectual'
LSA Dean Terry McDonald called the vandalism of bulletin boards and office doors in Haven Hall, "deplorable, cowardly, and anti-intellectual." McDonald and Provost Phil Hanlon sent messages to the university community Thursday regarding the incident, which took place overnight Monday and continues to be investigated by the Department of Public Safety.

Legal champion of disability rights to receive Neubacher Award
Samuel R. Bagenstos, professor of law, will receive the 2012 James T. Neubacher Award in recognition of his highly effective advocacy and considerable scholarship on disability rights. The presentation ceremony is at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 in the Rackham Building Assembly Hall. The event is open to the public.

Conference offers advice and strategies to prepare future faculty
Faculty from several universities discussed what different kinds of institutions look for in faculty candidates during the 10th annual Preparing Future Faculty conference, a gathering designed to help more than 400 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars get ready for their academic careers.

Award recognizes five U-M supervisors for supporting work/life balance
The U-M Work/Life Resource Center has announced the recipients of the second annual Work/Life Champion Award for Supervisors. The award recognizes U-M supervisors who promote work-life balance through consistent recognition of and responsiveness to their employees' professional and personal lives.

Corrected link: How art and science inform each other creatively
Due to technical problems, readers may have been unable to access an item in Thursday's Record
Update regarding an article by Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest about the linkages between art and science at a research university. Click here to access the article.

The Michigan Difference

From the ground up
Inside of a sweltering hoop house, Shaina Shetty smiles as she waters a cluster of newly budded sunflowers. “I like being seen not just as a student, but as a member of the community,” the LSA sophomore says of her summer internship at Growing Hope, an Ypsilanti nonprofit that works to improve community members’ access to healthy food through education and growing their own produce.