Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fans are getting their first look at the new Crisler Center as the men's and women's basketball teams host exhibition contests this week. The project features new fan entrances, expanded and renovated concourses, new restrooms and concession areas, fan interactive areas, additional retail spaces and ticketing areas, as well as a private club space. Click on the photo for a slideshow highlighting the renovations, and read more about the changes that have taken place.

BREAKING NEWS: NHL cancels outdoor game, will hold next Winter Classic at Big House
The National Hockey League announced Friday the cancellation of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic that was to have been played at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1, 2013. The NHL also announced that the next Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be held at the Big House.

Faculty needs unlimited freedom to conduct research, scholar says
Universities must give faculty unlimited freedom to conduct and publish research, which "is the breath in the nostrils of all scientific activity," the dean of the Yale Law School said Thursday. Citing the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, constitutional law and First Amendment expert Robert Post said academic freedom allows scholars to fulfill the university's mission of creating new knowledge.

VIDEO SERIES: Get schooled in politics with Democracy 101
From parsing debate hyperbole to a behind-the-scenes look at the statistics of voter fraud to personal voting bias and more, people headed to the polls will find topical, pre-election insights from LSA faculty in this ongoing video series.

U-M researcher receives Grand Challenges Explorations grant
A U-M Health System researcher is among the winners of a Grand Challenges Explorations grant, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Gabriel Nunez, Paul H. de Kruif Professor of Pathology, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project designed to find new treatments for bacterial infections of the gut that sicken millions of people each year.

CRIME ALERT: Attempted home invasion
1900 block of McIntyre (Northwood IV), about 2:20 a.m. Nov. 1.

The Michigan Difference

Finding refuge
When a refugee crisis was brewing in Nepal in 2011, a nongovernmental organization asked James Hathaway, James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law and one of the world's foremost experts on refugee law, to visit Nepal and discuss the options. By the end of his trip, Hathaway not only had discussed and critiqued the draft statutes he'd been asked to review, but he unexpectedly had helped five NGOs meld the best elements of their proposals for refugee protection.