Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

This video explains an inventory of native plants at the Samuel T. Dana Building, the first step of a process in which landscape architecture students at the School of Natural Resources and Environment are redesigning the building's native-plant garden.

Marijuana use rising; Ecstasy use beginning to rise; alcohol use declining among teens
Marijuana use among teens continues to rise this year, Ecstasy use — which fell out of favor in the early 2000s — appears to be making a comeback, and alcohol use is continuing its long-term decline. Those are among the findings of the 2010 Monitoring the Future study conducted by a team of social scientists at the Institute for Social Research.
• A substantial decrease in teen smoking that began in the mid-1990s has come to a halt among younger teens.

U-M achieves WELCOA Well Workplace ‘gold’
U-M has been recognized by the Wellness Council of America with a 2010 Well Workplace Gold designation. The Well Workplace Awards are given to organizations that fully embrace their responsibility for improving the health and well being of their employees.

Employees can consent now to receive an electronic W-2
U-M employees can consent now to receive an electronic PDF copy of their 2010 Form W-2 instead of a mailed paper copy.

The Michigan Difference

Mission to Jamaica
Last May Karen Tam and Emmanuelle Ravat-Francoise, two students in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, joined an effort that other U-M students have been undertaking to improve the lives of residents in Jamaica's Hagley Gap. The pair worked to aid operations at a clinic where U-M medical and engineering students also have helped out since 2007.