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Week of April 18, 2011

In Brief

Faculty to help with climate assessment

Rosina Bierbaum, professor of natural resources and dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment; and Marie S. O’Neill, an associate professor of both environmental health sciences and epidemiology in the School of Public Health, have been named to the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee to plan the nation’s next assessment of current and projected climate change. The assessment is to be completed by June 2013.

Neubacher Award nominations sought

Nominations are sought by May 31 for the James T. Neubacher Award, presented to a faculty or staff member, student or alumna/alumnus for significant achievements in advocating for people with disabilities. Established in 1990, the award is a memorial to Neubacher, a U-M alumnus and columnist for The Detroit Free Press. It includes a stipend provided by the Office of the President, which sponsors the award along with the Office of Institutional Equity and the U-M Council for Disability Concerns. More information and nomination forms are at, by calling 734-936-1402 or emailing

Major crime stats down

Major crimes reported on campus are down 28 percent for the first three months of the year compared with the same period in 2010. In early April 2011, 169 major crimes were reported to the Department for Public Safety, including 157 larcenies (thefts of unattended property). By early April 2010, 234 major crimes had been reported, including 224 larcenies. DPS issued three crime alerts thus far in April (which compares with five through the same time period in 2010). Two of the April crime alerts were incidents reported to the Ann Arbor Police Department (AAPD) for off-campus incidents. The AAPD continues to investigate leads in each case, but has not released any additional public information. The third crime alert resulted from a report April 4 of a possible gun in the Chemistry Building. DPS officers have not been able to locate any additional witnesses beyond the initial report.



Kim Smith, clinical nurse II, East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatric Center, on installing rain collecting systems: “The expression on people’s faces when you are giving them the gift of water … has been priceless.”


“Crystalloid Columns” from Life in Ceramics: Five Contemporary Korean Artists, presented through June 13 in the Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1, by Gifts of Art.

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