Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, December 14, 2012

President Obama's Jan. 27 speech at the Al Glick Field House, during which he discussed various issues related to higher education, was among the highlights of 2012 at U-M. That and a variety of other scenes from the past year are captured in a slideshow presented in the current edition of Michigan Today. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

Statement regarding Connecticut elementary school shooting
President Mary Sue Coleman issued a statement to the campus community Friday expressing sympathy for the victims of the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

Regents approve renovations to Angell Hall computing center
The Angell Hall computing center will get its first significant upgrade since it was opened in 1988 after the Board of Regents on Thursday approved a $4.4 million renovation. The project will expand the computing site and provide new furniture, improve accessibility, refurbish computer classrooms, and install a new raised flooring system for maximum future flexibility.
In other action, Regents approved several facilities projects, and voted to change the UM-Dearborn School of Education to the College of Education, Health and Human Services.

UMHS officials discuss approach to medical errors and malpractice suits
U-M Health System officials presented to the Board of Regents details and results of the UMHS approach to dealing with medical errors, near-misses, unexpected clinical problems and unintended outcomes. It is an approach that a new paper in a prestigious health care journal says other hospitals should copy.

University releases annual salary report
Faculty salary increases at the U-M Ann Arbor campus for 2012-13 averaged 2.9 percent, according to figures from the university's salary report released today. Salary increases for campus staff averaged 2.2 percent.

U-M renews $1.8 million in funding for Africa Studies Center
Recognizing the promise and opportunities present in Africa, U-M has renewed $1.8 million in funding over the next three years for its Africa Studies Center. The money will support research, courses, fellowships and several other initiatives.

Collins appointed to Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Susan M. Collins, dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, effective Jan. 1, 2013. Detroit Branch directors contribute to monetary policy development and serve as a link between the Federal Reserve and the private sector.

The Michigan Difference

A conservator gives back
Cathleen Baker, a conservation librarian at the U-M Library, has established a new fellowship that gives students, practicing conservators, and researchers the opportunity to actively conserve materials from the library’s extensive collection. The first fellows in the program — Lauren Calcote and Aisha Wahab — currently are working at the library. “Conservators, whether they are associated with institutions or in private practice, are not usually in a financial position to leave their work temporarily to pursue a short-term project that will benefit the profession and our cultural heritage,” Baker says.