Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

U-M Transportation Research Institute Director Peter Sweatman (right) talks with Bob Skinner, executive director of the National Research Council's Transportation Research Board, at a reception hosted by UMTRI as part of the TRB's 92nd annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The event brings together more than 10,000 university researchers, transportation officials and others involved in developing better and safer modes of transportation for the nation. Currently, UMTRI has research projects totaling nearly $20 million from federal, state and other sources to improve highway safety. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)

Planet Blue Ambassador certification open to all faculty, staff, students
The university has launched an online certification program to promote sustainable behaviors and culture among its community. Open to all faculty, staff, and students, the Planet Blue Ambassador program consists of five training modules directly connected to U-M's sustainability goals in energy, food, waste, water, and community.

Fed chairman Bernanke calls raising the debt ceiling 'very important'
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday that the Fed has been doing its part to move the slow economy forward, and that Congress must do the same to keep the recovery on track. Specifically, he told the audience that filled Rackham Auditorium, Congress must raise the debt ceiling to head off a risky lowering of the United States' credit rating.

SI student is first Wikipedian in Residence at presidential library
School of Information master's student Michael Barera became the nation's first Wikipedian in Residence at a presidential library when he began his internship last week at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library at U-M. A Wikipedian in Residence works in-house to assist an organization with its Wikipedia presence.

UPDATED CRIME ALERT: Sexual assault
The U-M Police Department has released a photo and video images of a subject in connection with an alleged sexual assault Sunday in West Quad residence hall.

The Michigan Difference

Character built at U-M
Harish Sheth traveled 8,000 miles from India to learn about his homeland. The 1968 College of Engineering graduate and native of Mumbai said that in Ann Arbor he met "people from areas of India that I had never been to and knew nothing about." He returned to India and started a manufacturing company in a poor area of the country, and also established a foundation focusing on basic health and education. “My character was built at U-M,” Sheth said. “That’s the most basic thing I got from Michigan Engineering – it has been more important in my life than my degree."