Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Aly Raphael, Rebecca Dyckman and Heather Fendell of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority lend a hand at the Peace Neighborhood Center on North Maple Road as part of Greek Service Day. Approximately 550 fraternity and sorority members from U-M pitched in at 14 area locations Saturday to perform service projects. (Photo by Sean Jackson)

SI to receive $8 million to foster data sharing among scientists
The School of Information is heading a cooperative effort by four major universities to create better methods for data sharing among scientists and researchers in the new and growing field of sustainability. The National Science Foundation has awarded a two-year, $2 million grant to SI, with $8 million anticipated over the course of the project.

Faculty governance pursuing more input on employee health incentives
The governing body of U-M's faculty is seeking to add its input to the discussion of how the university can create incentives for employees to pursue healthy behaviors. The Senate Assembly on Monday accepted a report from the Advisory Task Force on Faculty Involvement in Health Plan Incentives and referred it to the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs for more specific recommendations on how to implement its goals.

Alum Richard Perry and Jane Fonda to hold Q&A session
U-M alumnus Richard Perry, recognized as one of the most successful record producers of all time, will share advice, stories and insight into the music business at a Q&A session with U-M students Friday. Joining Perry will be his partner, Academy Award-winning actress and bestselling author Jane Fonda, who also will take questions from the audience about her life, career and the acting profession.

The Michigan Difference

Students without borders
Every year in remote Guatemalan villages people die of treatable illnesses because of the distance between them and basic medical care. That’s why engineering students in Michigan’s Health Engineering for All Lives (M-HEAL) program are working to develop a sophisticated digital stethoscope that will transmit vital signs of patients in remote villages to specialists in Guatemala City. This video follows the students on an information-gathering trip to Guatemala earlier this year.