Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Amy Drongowski of South Lyon admires artist Mike Kehr’s glass art creations during the 52nd annual Ann Arbor Art Fair. She joined thousands of visitors braving record heat to attend the fair, which continues through Saturday. (Photo by Eric Bronson, U-M Photo Services)

An interview with Interim Police Chief Piersante about campus safety
U-M has experienced several serious assaults in recent days. In an interview, Interim Police Chief Joe Piersante discusses campus safety.

Composite of sexual assault suspect released
The Department of Public Safety has updated a Crime Alert to include a composite rendering of the man suspected in a July 18 sexual assault that occurred in an alley along the 700 block of South State Street. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information in this incident. Meanwhile investigations are continuing into two other recent incidents:
Aggravated assault — East University Avenue near Hill Street, July 17
Sexual assaults — 900 block of Greenwood Avenue, July 16; and Division Street near Community High School, July 15

University asks for energy-saving measures during excessive heat
U-M employees are being asked to conserve electricity as the campus experiences peak demand for electricity during this week’s heat wave. The high temperature and humidity combination experienced this week and forecast for the coming days has stressed many of the cooling systems on campus.

UMHS cautions about heat-related illness at Art Fair this week
With temperatures climbing into the upper 90s during this week’s Ann Arbor Art Fair, doctors at the U-M Health System urge the public to take precautions to prevent heat-related illness and offer tips on how to keep cool.
• The Art Fair brings bring a tradition of U-M representation among artists and service providers.

East Quad residence hall approved for renovation
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved the comprehensive renovation of East Quadrangle, a heritage residence hall and longtime home to the Residential College. In other action, regents approved:
A proposal by the College of Engineering and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business to offer a professional master's degree in entrepreneurship.
Projects at North Hall and UM-Flint, and purchasing property adjacent to the Institute for Social Research. 

List of orphan works candidates goes live on HathiTrust
The U-M Library has announced that the list of identified orphan works candidates now is live on the HathiTrust Digital Library website. This follows the library's June announcement that it will allow U-M affiliated users to access digital versions of confirmed orphan works — works for which the copyright holders cannot be identified or contacted — when those works also reside in its print collection.

U-M ranked among nation's best hospitals for 17th straight year
The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers have been ranked among the country’s best hospitals, placing 14th overall and No. 1 in the Detroit metropolitan area by U.S. News & World Report magazine. This is the 17th year in a row that U-M has been named to the honor roll of "America's Best Hospitals."

Meet Don Scavia, the man behind the sustainability research
U-M's sustainability website features an interview with Don Scavia, special counsel to the president for sustainability; director of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, and professor of natural resources and environment and civil and environmental engineering. This is the first of an occasional series offering a glimpse into the lives of the campus' sustainability leaders.

Damaged marker of state's first Jewish cemetery will be replaced
U-M officials are ensuring that a damaged historic marker identifying the site of the state's first Jewish cemetery will be replaced at its location near the Rackham Building on Central Campus, at the corner of East Huron and Fletcher streets.

Research universities are the heart of U.S. innovation, Forrest tells roundtable
Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest told a media roundtable in Washington, D.C. on July 13 that he believes the nation's research universities — including U-M — are the heart of American innovation.

UM-Flint names dean of School of Health Professions and Studies
Dr. David Gordon has been named the new dean of the School of Health Professions and Studies at UM-Flint effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. Currently, Gordon is a professor of pathology and associate dean for diversity and career development at the Medical School.

Message outlines things to know about NCAA rules compliance
The Compliance Services Office has emailed U-M alumni, athletic boosters and season ticket holders about their roles and responsibilities with regard to NCAA rules governing contact with prospects and student-athletes. It contains a list titled "The Top 10 Things Fans & Friends of Michigan Athletics Should Know."

The Michigan Difference

A thinner blue line
David Thacher, associate professor of public policy and urban planning, has researched the growing gulf in public safety between the country's haves and have-nots. He found that wealthy, white police jurisdictions tend to have far more officers per crime than poor, predominantly black areas. An article in the current edition of State & Hill, the magazine of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, explores the reasons for this inequity and its effects.