Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, December 9, 2011

President Mary Sue Coleman and U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke, D-Detroit, were among more than 400 guests at the 25th anniversary dinner of the Council on Competitiveness in Washington, D.C., this week. The council is a non-profit organization that brings together corporate CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders to develop recommendations for policymakers about how best to spur innovation and create greater American economic activity. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)

Thirteen U-M scientists and engineers named AAAS Fellows
Thirteen U-M faculty members are among 539 newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that were announced this week. Election as a fellow, a tradition that began in 1874, is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. AAAS fellows are recognized for "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications."

Legislature OKs ban on partner benefits for some public employers
The state Legislature has approved a bill designed to block the offering of health insurance to domestic partners living with some public employees. It would not apply to public universities, based on Senate-approved changes, although not all House members agree with that interpretation.

College Advising Corps mentor to attend Christmas reception at White House
Alumnus Ryan McBride's service in the Michigan College Advising Corps, based at U-M's Center for Educational Outreach, impressed the national advising corps' founder so much she invited him to accompany her to the annual White House Christmas reception with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. McBride is among the MCAC's inaugural group of U-M graduates serving in high schools across the Lower Peninsula.

U-M students get a voice at U.N. climate change conference
Two students in the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise had a chance to exchange ideas and meet with global policymakers at the United Nation's global climate change convention, which ends today in Durban, South Africa. Miguel Sossa and Daniel Gerding attended the conference that brought together leaders in business, government, and non-governmental organizations.

University responds to Authors Guild lawsuit
Lawyers representing U-M and other defendants responded on Dec. 2 to the Authors Guild lawsuit that seeks to curtail the university's digitization efforts and impound the in-copyright digital volumes held by the defendants in the HathiTrust Digital Library.

The Michigan Difference

Ethnic connections
Metropolitan Detroit, while ethnically diverse, also is effectively segregated, often preventing young people from connecting with others who are different from themselves. To combat this situation, a team of faculty members at the School of Social Work started Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity in Metropolitan Detroit to bring together young people from various ethnic backgrounds.