Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Campus information technology professionals discussed the future of U-M’s IT structure at town hall meetings June 26 and 29. Portions of the discussion were videotaped.

Town hall meetings collect input on future IT structure
More than 200 campus information technology professionals learned about and discussed the future of IT at U-M during three Stakeholder Town Hall Meetings on June 26 and 29. They stressed a range of wants and needs, shortfalls, and successes that will be used to help develop the new organization. More meetings are set for July 22 and Aug. 5.

U-M solar car documentary wins at film festival
The story of the U-M solar car team’s dramatic showing in the 2007 World Solar Challenge is shining brightly. Although Team Continuum came in seventh, a documentary about how it bounced back from a crippling crash placed first, winning Best Short Documentary at the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival last weekend.

Study finds October is worst month for fatal crashes
T.S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruelest month,” but October may be the most deadly, at least for drivers. Fatality crash rates are highest in the fall, with October at the top of the list, averaging 10.2 deaths per billion kilometers driven, according to a report from the U-M Transportation Research Institute.

Moms urged to tend to postpartum health
Many women may believe that physical problems experienced after giving birth simply are part of motherhood. But the director of U-M’s Healthy Healing After Delivery Program cautions that a mother’s postpartum health is just as important as her baby’s, and ailments need to be addressed.

The Michigan Difference

Legal enlightenment
The Cook Legal Research Building at the Law School is a brighter place these days, thanks largely to the efforts of former U-M student and noted investment manager Charles T. Munger. Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., donated $3 million toward lighting upgrades in Cook and Hutchins Hall. The story of the law library’s transformation is told in LD+A, a magazine for lighting engineers.