Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, January 9, 2012

Rufus, U-M's recycling mascot, poses at the Ann Arbor Materials Recovery Facility with items like those that will be collected as part of RecycleMania 2012, which runs Jan. 22-March 31. U-M will compete with more than 600 other colleges and universities nationwide. Click here to read more about the annual recycling and reduction competition. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling)

NPR journalist, award-winning playwright among MLK Symposium presenters
The 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium this month will feature a range of speakers and programs to celebrate King's life and legacy. Among them are keynote speaker is Michele Norris, National Public Radio reporter and author, and Sarah Jones, an award-winning playwright, performer and poet. The symposium's theme is “Building on the Past to a New Generation of Activism.”

Dates set for five Distinguished University Professor lectures
Five faculty members who have received one of the university's top honors will offer Distinguished University Professor lectures beginning Jan. 25, presenting topics that highlight their work at U-M. In a tradition that began 10 years ago, recently appointed DUPs give an inaugural lecture, typically during the first or second full year of their appointments.

Pienta to lead health sciences research
Dr. Kenneth Pienta has been appointed associate vice president for research, health sciences, effective Jan. 1, and pending approval by the Board of Regents at its next meeting. As AVP, Pienta will serve as liaison between the Office of the Vice President for Research and the schools, colleges, institutes and centers involved in scholarly and creative activities in the health sciences and related disciplines and professions.

Administration officials to host conversation on education, strengthening democracy
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join Obama administration officials and education leaders from across the country — including Julie Ellison, professor of American culture, English language and literature, and art — to launch a national conversation about the importance of educating all students, from grade school to graduate school, for informed and engaged citizenship, which ultimately will strengthen America’s democracy and economy in the 21st century.

This week in the University Record
• Spotlight: School of Dentistry clerk by day, firefighter by night
• Addiction focus of research theme semester
• Scholarship & Creative Work: New U-M ‘Flume Room’ contains 150 mini Huron Rivers
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Meeting the EV power demand
Three students in the School of Natural Resources and Environment have set their sights on making electric-powered vehicles more practical. By bridging the disparity between supply and demand of recharging stations, Javier Rivera, Lawrence Han and Ajay Varadharajan hope to create a new electric-vehicle market and put the brakes on "range anxiety" that many potential buyers have about such vehicles.