Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, November 18, 2011

Rich Pietroski, chief executive officer of Gift of Life Michigan, catches up on a phone call while giving blood at the Be a Hero at the Big House event. The drive Wednesday spurred hundreds to visit Michigan Stadium to donate blood, sign the Michigan Organ Donor Registry and get screened for bone marrow donation. Click the photo for more images from the event. All who participated helped U-M in the annual blood and organ donor challenges against Ohio State. Click here to learn more. (Photo by Mary Masson, UMHS Public Relations)

University offers suggestions for state higher ed funding formula
President Mary Sue Coleman urges state budget officials to end the decades-long decline in state support for the university, saying in a letter that strategic investment in higher education “is essential to the future vitality of the state and its economy.” The letter, approved Thursday by the Board of Regents, outlines suggestions for a possible new higher education funding formula under consideration in Lansing.
In other action, Board Chair Denise Illitch read a statement regarding U-M's response to the situation at Penn State.

U-M alum wins prestigious National Book Award
Jesmyn Ward, a 2005 graduate of the U-M Creative Writing Program, has received the National Book Award for fiction. She won the prestigious literary award for “Salvage the Bones,” about a Mississippi family struggling amid the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. In her acceptance speech, Ward thanked the Creative Writing Program "for encouraging my talent and teaching me discipline."

Regents approve East Quad renovation design, Baits II improvements
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved the schematic design for the comprehensive renovation of East Quadrangle residence hall and approved a project to upgrade facilities of Vera Baits Houses II, a residence hall on North Campus.

Forecast: Nation's path to economic recovery is a marathon, not a sprint
Although the nation's economy has started to improve this fall, the next two years will bring only moderate economic growth, generating just enough jobs to slowly reduce unemployment, say economists at U-M's Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics. Their annual forecast predicts economic output growth of about 2.5 percent in 2012 and 2013 — up from this year's projected 1.8 percent growth.

Transportation options help U-M community members get home for holidays
As students, faculty and staff begin making plans for the upcoming holidays, for many getting home is priority No. 1. Figuring out travel plans can be stressful, which is why the university provides a range of options to help get people over the river, through the woods or just to the airport.

The Michigan Difference

A quest for environmental justice
After learning low-income children suffered disproportionately from lead poisoning, Jerome Nriagu, professor of environmental health sciences, made it his mission to fight for environmental justice. He has worked to curb the effects of oil pollution in the Niger Delta, address health disparities in South Africa, and improve groundwater in rural villages in west Bengal. Closer to home, Nriagu is studying the impact of the River Rouge auto plant on the health of Arab-Americans in and around Dearborn.