Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, October 15, 2012

Aerospace engineering researchers are developing a method to harvest the energy of the human heart to power pacemakers. Daniel Inman, Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson Collegiate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, discusses how the research ultimately could eliminate the need for costly and painful surgeries.

Six to receive honorary degrees at Winter Commencement
A college president, a theatre director, a leading international jazz performer, a civic leader and philanthropist, a former top government official with the Federal Republic of Germany and a federal judge are to receive honorary degrees at Winter Commencement 2012 exercises at the Ann Arbor and Flint campuses. Dr. Raynard S. Kington, president of Grinnell College, will be the keynote speaker for the Ann Arbor campus Winter Commencement in Crisler Center on Dec. 16.

Forums to gather community input on draft student sexual misconduct policy
For the past eight months, a team of university officials has worked with many segments of the university community to develop a proposed approach for responding to allegations of sexual misconduct among students. Now that team has a draft policy that it will take back to the community in a series of forums this month.

Three nominated for Rhodes, Marshall scholarships
The Provost's Council on Student Honors has selected three top scholars to represent the university in competition for the prestigious Rhodes and Marshall scholarships. The LSA students hail from such diverse disciplines as history, mathematics and computer science, and economics.

This week in the University Record
• Psychology professor Christopher Peterson dies at age 62
• Uproar over recent job figures: Much ado about nothing?
• Faculty Spotlight: Writing lecturer combines social justice with class
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

U-M's ties to Poland
The Polish language was dying out in Jeff Lemanski’s family and that was bothering the U-M student. His grandmother and great aunt were the last ones fluent in their ancestral tongue. So during his freshman year, Lemanski decided to take a Polish class to fulfill his foreign language requirement. The language quickly became an obsession for the Ypsilanti native who hopes to go into accounting. He found himself spending two and a half hours a day studying Polish. U-M has more Poland-related programs than any other educational institution in North America.