Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, April 18, 2013

President Mary Sue Coleman announced at the Board of Regents meeting Thursday that she would retire in July 2014. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

BREAKING: President Coleman announces her retirement in 2014
President Mary Sue Coleman, whose leadership of the university has expanded the institution's commitment to both academic collaborations and economic development, will retire in July 2014. Coleman said Thursday she would conclude her tenure as the 13th president of U-M when her current contract expires. She made the announcement at the monthly meeting of the Board of Regents, which will undertake the search for a new president.

BREAKING: Charles Munger pledges $110M for graduate housing and fellowships
A $110 million gift of securities from investor and philanthropist Charles T. Munger will support his vision for a new state-of-the-art residence designed to foster a community where graduate students from multiple disciplines can live and exchange ideas. The gift is the largest single donation to U-M in its 196-year history. It includes $10 million for fellowships to help create a residential society that encourages scholarship and interaction from many fields of study.

BREAKING: Psychologist Susan Gelman appointed interim dean of LSA
Susan A. Gelman, the Heinz Werner Collegiate Professor of Psychology, has been appointed interim dean of LSA. Her appointment, approved Thursday by the Board of Regents, is effective Sept. 1 and runs through Aug. 31, 2014.

FDA approval clears way for expanded U-M role in stem cell trial
For nearly two years, U-M neurologist Dr. Eva Feldman has led the nation’s first clinical trial of stem cell injections in patients with the deadly degenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Now, a new approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration paves the way for U-M to become the second site in the trial, pending approval of the U-M Institutional Review Board. To date, the first phase of the trial has taken place at Emory University, with Feldman serving as principal investigator.

Landscape chemical reductions planned for ‘normal’ spring
Last year grounds crews were cutting grass a full month ahead of schedule during record-setting warm temperatures. This year the change of seasons basically is back to normal as grounds crews focus on meeting a goal of reducing landscape chemical use by 40 percent by 2025.

U-M club rifle team brings home national championship
The U-M Rifle Team has won the 2013 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships, bringing a national title back to the university that first won it in 2010.

CRIME ALERT: Armed robbery
April 15, between 10-10:30 p.m., 2400 block of Hayward St. (North Campus near Beal Avenue).

The Michigan Difference

The Wolverine Patriot Project
Students from the School of Dentistry and a husband and wife who earned their dental degrees from U-M have joined forces to provide oral health care to disabled and homeless veterans in Gaylord. Their initiative is known as the Wolverine Patriot Project, and its origins can be traced to a second-year dental student, Jesse Edwards, who asked himself a simple question not so long ago, "How can I help those who have served this country?"