Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, February 22, 2013

Former head football coach Lloyd Carr and patients at the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital are issuing this video invitation to “Make Blue and Green Wishes Come True,” a competition with Michigan State to raise money for Make-a-Wish Michigan. Read more about the challenge, which leads up to the rematch between the Wolverines and Spartans men’s basketball teams on March 3.

U-M research funding up, but sequestration threatens budget, Forrest tells regents
Federal sequestration spending cuts could cost the U-M research budget up to $40 million this year, harming graduate students, research scientists and others whose jobs rely on the funding, Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest told the Board of Regents on Thursday. In his annual report on research, Forrest noted that U-M once again ranked first in research-and-development spending among the nation's public universities in the latest National Science Foundation rankings.

Regents recognize six faculty members as Thurnau professors
Six faculty members have been honored for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education as this year's recipients of Arthur F. Thurnau professorships. This year's recipients, approved by the Board of Regents on Thursday, are Samuel D. Epstein, Martha S. Jones, Fritz A. Kaenzig, Janie C. Paul, Volker Sick and L. Monique Ward.

LSA dean McDonald appointed director of Bentley Historical Library
Terrence J. McDonald, dean of LSA, is heading to the Bentley Historical Library, where he will serve as the sixth director of the extensive holdings of manuscripts, published works, photographs and maps related to the history of the state and official archives of the university.
J. Brian Fowlkes appointed associate vice president for research-health sciences.
Dr. Carmen Green named associate vice president and associate dean for health equity and inclusion.

Regents approve renovation of West Quad, design for South Quad improvements
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved the renovation of West Quadrangle residence hall as well as the architect's design for major improvements to South Quadrangle that would create a Central Campus dining center.
Renovated space at Varsity Drive will make room for dry research collections.
Regents also approved a design for renovations at the College of Pharmacy Building and reported on their strategic session in California in January.

UM-Dearborn changing its nickname from Wolves to Wolverines
UM-Dearborn has announced it will change from Wolves to Wolverines as part of a growing relationship with U-M athletics. The collaboration extends beyond the nickname change. Benefits include sharing resources for uniforms and equipment and opportunities for Dearborn athletes to use Ann Arbor’s athletic facilities.

The Michigan Difference

Giving back and paying it forward
Curtis Mack, an alumnus and adjunct professor of labor law at the Law School, remembers the many people who helped him get started on the road to success. He uses those memories as a guide for his own mentoring of young people. "My mother used to say to us, 'It's not about what folks give to you or about being successful for yourself, it's about giving back to others,'" says Mack, who gives back through his service to numerous organizations, including the We Are Family and Just the Beginning foundations.