Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 19, 2012

Dr. Rick Weitzel (right), professor of internal medicine, discusses a device he invented to monitor the vascular health of dialysis patients. Weitzel was among the U-M faculty members and researchers featured at Celebrate Invention at the Michigan League on Thursday. The event, which also included a visit by Gov. Rick Snyder, showcased new university technologies and startups. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

BREAKING NEWS: Thorough review of pornography case leads to new safety structure
An exhaustive, three-pronged review of how the university handled the discovery of child pornography at the U-M Health System has concluded with the recommendation of a single, unified Division of Public Safety and Security. The announcement of that new unit — led by an executive director who will report directly to the president — came from Board of Regents Chair Laurence B. Deitch at the start of Friday’s board meeting on the UM-Flint campus. Deitch said that when regents ordered an external review earlier this year, “We made our intention clear: To insure that the unacceptable situation presented by this case is never repeated at the University of Michigan.”

Endowment distributions increase for ninth straight year, despite slight downturn
Distributions from the U-M endowment increased for the ninth straight year, despite a slight decline in the total value of the endowment to $7.7 billion for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Distributions in fiscal year 2012 totaled $270 million, up from $266 million the previous year. Total distributions over the last five years have reached nearly $1.3 billion to support U-M operations.
Annual report shows university continues to be in great financial health.

Board of Regents approves Donald R. Shepherd Softball Center
The Board of Regents approved the construction of a new softball center and the appointment of an architect for the project Friday. The $4 million Donald R. Shepherd Softball Center will replace the current softball services building adjacent to Alumni Field.
In other action, regents canceled their formal January meeting, and approved work at UM-Flint and the Power Center for the Performing Arts.

Cyber risk insurance coverage now available to campus units
Risk Management Services has purchased insurance coverage to recover financial losses incurred by U-M departments as a result of lost or stolen data, violation of privacy laws, intellectual property infringement and social media risks. The move comes in response to growing concerns about the potential costs associated with IT security incidents.

REMINDER: Investing in Ability Week events begin Monday
The U-M Council for Disability Concern’s annual Investing in Ability Week begins Monday. The weeklong event is designed to raise awareness about disability issues, and to promote recognition of the skills and talents that people with disabilities contribute to society.

University to develop surface parking on Oakland Street property
In an effort to provide additional Central Campus parking, U-M plans to convert university-owned property on Oakland Street into a surface parking lot. The sale and removal of houses at 716 and 726 Oakland will allow for expansion of an existing small lot to create 34 additional parking spaces for faculty and staff near the Law School.

Memorial service set for Christopher Peterson
The life and work of the late Christopher Peterson will be celebrated at a memorial service in Rackham Auditorium at 4 p.m. Monday, with a reception to follow. Peterson, professor of psychology and organizational studies, died Oct. 9 at the age of 62.

The Michigan Difference

U-M's ties to Poland
The Polish language was dying out in Jeff Lemanski’s family and that was bothering the U-M student. His grandmother and great aunt were the last ones fluent in their ancestral tongue. So during his freshman year, Lemanski decided to take a Polish class to fulfill his foreign language requirement. The language quickly became an obsession for the Ypsilanti native who hopes to go into accounting. He found himself spending two and a half hours a day studying Polish. U-M has more Poland-related programs than any other educational institution in North America.