Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Acquired by the Quarterdeck Society of the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, this anchor, dated 1943 and weighing 1,000 pounds, was donated by the Baldt Anchor Co. Click on the photo for more information about the artwork. The Record Update periodically highlights pieces of public art at U-M. Browse an online collection of public artworks.

Enrollment and freshman applications set all-time record at Ann Arbor campus
Enrollment at the Ann Arbor campus has set an all-time record for the fifth consecutive year, with 43,710 students in fall 2013, a 0.7 percent increase from the previous year. Undergraduate enrollment grew by 1.1 percent, and the number of graduate/professional students fell by 0.1 percent. Freshman applications were up 10 percent, to a record 46,813.

Five nominated for Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell scholarships
The Provost's Council on Student Honors has nominated five students for the prestigious Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships. The students hail from such diverse disciplines as biochemistry, international studies, environmental earth sciences, biopsychology and anthropology.

U-M professor to discuss 'cravings' research with the Dalai Lama
In his exiled India home, the Dalai Lama of Tibet this month will pick U-M researcher Kent Berridge's brain about cravings. Berridge, the James Olds Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, says he's honored to discuss his findings on how the brain's large "wanting" systems cause intense craving.

The Michigan Difference

Malaria's lessons
In May 2012, Varsha Mathrani traveled to Uganda intending to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer. Within a week of arriving in the small town where she was to spend the next two years, she contracted malaria, forcing her to resign from the Peace Corps and return to the United States to recover. But while the disease took a physical toll on her body, Mathrani says it also taught her much. "I now know the feeling and can identify with others who face — and have faced — this disease," Mathrani writes in the current edition of the School of Public Health magazine, Findings.