Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Reeve Bailey, professor emeritus of biology and curator of fishes emeritus at the Museum of Zoology, is congratulated during a 100th birthday celebration. Bailey, a U-M alumnus who swam on the 1933 Big Ten championship team, turned 100 Monday. The celebration took place last month at Canham Natatorium during the Eric Namesnik Michigan Grand Prix swim meet. With Bailey are, from left, Jon Urbanchek, former men's swimming and diving head coach; Joseph Parker, outgoing senior associate athletic director for development and a former All-America swimmer at U-M; and Peter Vanderkaay, U-M alumnus and Olympic medalist. (Photo by Gregory Schneider, Museum of Zoology)

Travel alert issued in wake of actions in Pakistan
 Following recent developments in counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan, the U.S. State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert to United States citizens traveling overseas. U-M's International Travel Oversight Committee is broadcasting this news to members of the university community registered with the U-M’s Travel Registry. Noting that university-affiliated programs largely are in locations where reprisals are unlikely, officials say programs will proceed as planned.

URC partners taking a fresh look at clean energy projects
U-M and its University Research Corridor partners, Michigan State University and Wayne State University, are making strides in clean energy. All have studies under way, ranging from increasing the efficiency of batteries to creating offshore wind farms to using plant products to power vehicles.

From the Great Lakes to the Great Wall
The U-M Symphony Band leaves Sunday for a three-week tour of China, and will give a bon voyage concert Thursday. The university's arts portal, Montage, is featuring a series of stories on various aspects of this historic trip, from personal reflections by participants to an exploration of new scores that faculty members have written.

The Michigan Difference

Advice from the bullpen
Former U-M pitcher Jim Abbott was born without a right hand, but he didn't let it dampen his illustrious baseball career or hamper his successful foray into public speaking. "I've never felt as though I've had a disability," Abbott says. "I would probably say that I'm more blessed than not in terms of what I'm able to do physically. And I think that has to be your focus."