Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The MRacing team was among the student organizations, academic departments, clubs and fraternities seeking new members earlier this week at Northfest 2011 on North Campus. (Photo by Marcin Szczepanski, College of Engineering)

Courant says copyright lawsuit over digitized books is 'misguided and unnecessary'
University Librarian and Dean of Libraries Paul Courant says he was disappointed by what he called a “misguided and unnecessary” lawsuit filed this week by the Authors Guild and others seeking to stop digitization efforts of copyrighted material at the U-M Libraries. The university, HathiTrust, and four other university partners were sued over alleged copyright infringement of digitized books.

Recruitment program combines postdoc and tenure-track faculty slots
U-M is collaborating with the University of California to attract faculty by offering up to nine postdoctoral fellowship spots that can lead to tenure-track faculty positions. What the candidates get from the new President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is a big head start on their academic careers. In turn, university officials hope to attract exciting new scholars who will contribute to U-M's diversity and excellence while bringing new talents to campus.

Penny Stamps series opens with exploration of technology's potential impact
The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series — featuring a lineup of some of today’s most compelling creative thinkers, designers, and performers — returns today with its first event of the fall schedule. “Futurology: Cory Doctorow, Mark Stevenson and James King” will explore how emerging technologies have the potential to transform society, but not always for the better.

'Contagion': Optimism in the midst of destruction
Andrew Maynard, Charles and Rita Gelman Risk Science Professor and professor of environmental health sciences, says he feels optimistic after seeing "Contagion," a new movie about a devastating pandemic, because filmakers have treated a science-based topic with expertise and realism.
• Friday on "The Dr. Oz Show," Allison Aiello of the School of Public Health talks about "Contagion." The show airs on WXYZ-TV Channel 7 at 4 p.m.

The Michigan Difference

Advocating for families
When law professor Vivek Sankaran saw the growing number of children being unnecessarily placed in foster care in the Detroit area, he saw the need of an advocacy group for low-income families. The Detroit Center for Family Advocacy became a pilot program geared at providing legal representation and social work services to families in need.