Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, October 31, 2011

Regent Julia Darlow presents the 22nd annual James T. Neubacher Award to U-M alumnus, disability advocate and attorney Richard Bernstein. Bernstein, who has been blind since birth, has worked to force the City of Detroit to fix broken wheelchair lifts on its buses, make Detroit Metro Airport more accessible to travelers with disabilities, and preserve special education funding throughout Michigan. The Council for Disability Concerns established the award in memory of alumnus Neubacher, a columnist for the Detroit Free Press and advocate for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. It recognizes significant achievements in promoting acceptance and awareness, advocating for civil rights, and/or enabling full participation in programs and services by people with disabilities. The council also honored Darlow for her support of U-M's disability community. (Photo by Eric Bronson, U-M Photo Services)

Open Enrollment begins today for 2012 benefits
Open Enrollment, the period during which benefits-eligible faculty, staff, retirees and students can make changes to their benefits choices, begins today. Changes may be submitted through 5 p.m. Nov. 11. Any changes that are made will take effect Jan. 1.

Richard Perry, Jane Fonda conduct Q-and-A with U-M students
Amidst the flood of activities, visitors and excitement of Homecoming weekend, two superstars of the entertainment world visited U-M for an intimate question-and-answer session with students and the public. U-M alumnus Richard Perry, recognized as one of the most successful record producers of all time, returned to Ann Arbor with his partner, Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda, to offer advice to students interested in breaking into their respective fields.

This week in the University Record
• The Generation X Report: U-M survey paints a surprisingly positive portrait
• Grad students to serve on nonprofit boards through Board Fellowship Program
• Staff Spotlight: Administrative specialist uses horses for healing
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Energy efficiency through social networks
School of Information Professor Thomas Finholt and adjunct lecturer Erik Hofer are studying how social networks can be used to help individuals reduce their energy footprint. Among their areas of focus are the Internet, telephone systems and transportation networks, all of which are in turn tied to power and fuel-supply networks, such as electricity grids.