Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, May 20, 2013

It’s such an ingrained part of campus life that the melodies from the Burton Memorial Tower bells may go unnoticed. But Steven Ball, assistant professor of music and the university’s carillonneur, knows well what goes into making the tower's music. This video provides a tour of the Charles Baird Carillon, a massive musical machine made up of 43,000 pounds of bells. Read more about the carillon in the spring issue of LSA Magazine.

Third Century Initiative funds its first Global Challenge projects
Fifteen projects have received funding from a component of the university's Third Century Initiative, a $50 million fund established to develop innovative, multi-disciplinary approaches to teaching and scholarship over five years. The component, Global Challenges for a Third Century, seeks to inspire ideas to tackle some of the world's greatest challenges.

Beloved doctor, medical educator dies following car crash
Dr. Steven E. Gradwohl, known as a "physician's physician" devoted to high-quality patient care and training future physicians, died Saturday after an automobile crash on I-94 west of Ann Arbor. He had been on the Medical School faculty since 1994, was a clinical assistant professor of internal medicine and practiced general internal medicine at the Briarwood Medical Group.

This week in The University Record
• Security risks found in sensors for heart devices
• Body clocks of depressed people altered at cell level
• Live and Learn: Most GenXers are continuing their education
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Nature's calling
Through various presentations and exercises, blind or visually impaired youths and young adults learned to identify and enjoy Michigan birds by sound rather than sight recently at UM-Dearborn. The Celebrate Urban Birds event, organized by student Donna Posont, brought students to the campus' Environmental Interpretive Center in April to build birdfeeders, learn how to capture and band birds, and compare avian skulls and bones.