Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, April 4, 2011

As the U-M Solar Car Team prepares its 2011 vehicle, team members discuss some of the new challenges and changes affecting this year's competition.

U-M creates state’s first disease-specific human embryonic stem cell lines
U-M researchers have created the state’s first human embryonic stem cell lines that carry the genes responsible for inherited disease. The achievement will enable university scientists to study the onset and progression of genetic disorders and to search for new treatments. With this accomplishment, the U-M joins a small handful of U.S. universities that are creating disease-specific human embryonic stem cell lines.

Faculty, staff reminded of what's covered by the FOIA
In light of news stories about a request for university email messages that may contain certain key words associated with the political battle in Wisconsin over labor unions, officials have issued an explanation about how the Michigan Freedom of Information Act works at U-M.

The facts about administrative and faculty growth and salaries at U-M
U-M has increased salaries and headcount in a modest manner, in keeping with its commitment to affordability and accessibility, support of Michigan’s economic transformation, and longstanding dedication to controlling costs. Using the Higher Education Institutional Data Inventory data to compare the growth of administrative positions and salaries to that of faculty positions and salaries doesn’t work.

Ross School, Indian confederation sign memorandum in honor of C.K. Prahalad
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business have signed a memorandum confirming their intent to collaborate as strategic partners. The memorandum of understanding will bring together two very unique efforts. It will support CII's India@75 initiative and the Ross School's C.K. Prahalad Initiative.

CRIME ALERT: Felonious assault
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This week in the University Record
• Green commencement practices a top priority in '11
• Spotlight: Executive secretary devotes nonwork time to teen girls
• Research: Cause marketing lowers charitable donations
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

The legacy of Elder Sang-Yong Nam
Elder Sang-Yong Nam, who died March 29, arrived at U-M from Korea in 1964. He found few books about Korea in the U-M library and a lack of Korean art in the U-M Museum of Art. It became his dream to correct the disparity and make U-M a premier center for Korean studies. Over the years Elder Nam became the largest benefactor of the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the International Institute, pledging more than $4 million and making it one of the top programs in the country.