Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, July 25, 2011

From left, Sukhi Dosanjh, Carol Kim and Alfonso Salazar participate in a panel discussion marking the 30th anniversary of the Summer Program in Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) at U-M. All three graduated from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy after participating in PPIA at other institutions. Dosanjh works for the U.S. Agency for International Development; Kim is communications manager for the private health insurance company Health Net Inc.; and Salazar consults with public sector clients for Deloitte Services. Working through several public policy schools across the country, PPIA seeks to prepare young adults from under-represented groups for advanced degrees and, ultimately, careers in public policy. (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

University again makes Chronicle's list of Great Colleges to Work For
For the fourth consecutive year, U-M is featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of Great Colleges to Work For. U-M was recognized in the areas of compensation and benefits, job satisfaction and support, and tenure clarity and process.

U-M researchers create reprogrammed stem cells for disease studies
U-M's Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies has achieved another of its primary goals: reprogramming adult skin cells so they behave like embryonic stem cells. Researchers will use these cells — known as induced pluripotent stem cells — side by side with human embryonic stem cells to study the origin and progression of various diseases and to search for new treatments.

U-M faculty, students participate in Traverse City Film Festival
For the second consecutive year, U-M has formed an educational partnership with the Traverse City Film Festival, which opens Tuesday. Two short films by U-M students will debut at the festival, and faculty will serve as jurors for short and feature films, and documentaries.

Interview with Interim Police Chief Piersante about campus safety
Recently there have been several serious assaults reported near the U-M campus. In an interview, Interim U-M Police Chief Joe Piersante discusses campus safety.
• 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 near campus, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information in this incident.

New entrepreneurship master's degree leverages know-how from Ross, CoE
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved a proposal by the College of Engineering and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business to offer a joint program that specializes in training students to turn ideas into inventions and inventions into successful businesses.

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 projects at North Hall and UM-Flint, and purchasing property adjacent to the Institute for Social Research.

This week in the University Record
• Question of the Week: Can you imagine your life without computers?
• Spotlight: Ophthalmic technician by day, children's book illustrator by night
• Research: Real-time data collected on football player who broke neck
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

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.

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.