Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Susan Pile, director of the Michigan Union/University Unions Arts and Programs (left) finishes drying the car of one of her staff members, Angela Esquivel (right) as part of the University Unions Staff Appreciation Car Wash Day. The sixth annual car wash Tuesday was conducted for all staff members by the Senior Leadership Team of University Unions.

Obama names former Medical School professor to head NIH
Dr. Francis Collins, a former Medical School professor who led the Human Genome Project, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to head the National Institutes of Health. Pending congressional approval, he will direct the nation’s leading biomedical research agency, which funds medical science at the NIH’s 27 institutes and centers, and at universities nationwide. The Medical School has the nation’s seventh-largest NIH research funding total. Collins was a member of the U-M faculty from 1984 to 2003.
Read the White House press release about Collins’ nomination.

Parking & Transportation offers alternatives to hunting for a spot
With several parking structures undergoing expansion or renovation this summer, finding a parking space can be a daily challenge. The “Go Blue, Think Green” campaign suggests various transportation alternatives that may save drivers money and help reduce the university’s carbon footprint.

Chemicals in common products may play role in premature births
Phthalates, a group of common environmental contaminants present in many industrial and everyday consumer products, may be contributing to the country’s alarming rise in premature births, a new study by U-M researchers shows.

The Michigan Difference

Spreading culture in Africa
Raymond Silverman, professor of art history and Afroamerican and African studies, has helped the people of Techiman, Ghana, create the Techiman Cultural Center. The center strengthens the ties among the diverse cultures of Techiman, and also serves as an attraction to draw tourists. Silverman’s work is profiled on Page 3 of the latest edition of History of Art departmental magazine.