Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, February 17, 2012

The U-M Papyrology Collection is the largest in the United States and fifth largest in the world. In this video, Arthur Verhoogt, acting archivist of the collection and associate professor of papyrology and Greek, explains how students and general public use the collection in their daily lives. Click here to read more about the collection.

Regents mandate external review of medical resident case
The Board of Regents on Thursday spelled out how it expects the university to respond to the case of a former medical resident in the U-M Health System facing child pornography charges. The regents unanimously approved a resolution that says: they will assume control and responsibility for the university’s corrective actions; an externally-driven investigation must be conducted to determine individual accountability and any further action; management experts or consultants must be retained to examine the organizational setup for law enforcement and investigations on campus; and when people call 9-1-1 it should be clear who they are talking to and under what authority.

Six faculty members honored by regents as Thurnau professors
Six faculty members have been honored for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education as this year's recipients of Arthur F. Thurnau professorships. The appointments, approved Thursday by the Board of Regents, are titles the six will retain throughout their careers at the university. This year's recipients are Joseph Bull, Michael L. Haithcock, Sadashi Inuzuka, Bradford Orr, Brian Porter-Szucs and Steven Skerlos.
In other action, the Board of Regents approved work related to several construction projects, and its meeting schedule for 2013 and 2014.

$15 million gift gives major boost to engineering fellowships
In recognition of a $15 million gift to the College of Engineering that includes the largest sum dedicated to fellowships in the college's history, the Computer Science and Engineering Building will be named the Bob and Betty Beyster Building. The Board of Regents approved the naming at its meeting Thursday.

Player Development Center named in honor of William Davidson
U-M's newly dedicated Player Development Center will be named in honor of the late William Davidson. The Board of Regents approved the naming at its meeting Thursday. The William Davidson Foundation provided a leadership gift of $7.5 million in support of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Anne Curzan appointed faculty athletics representative
Anne Curzan, associate professor of English, linguistics and education, was appointed as the university's faculty athletics representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Big Ten conference. The three-year appointment, effective July 1, was made by President Mary Sue Coleman.

CRIME ALERT: Home invasions
Throughout city of Ann Arbor, especially across from North Campus and south of Central Campus.

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Predicting cholera
In an effort to aid the nearly 14 million residents of Dhaka, Bangladesh, U-M faculty from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are helping to predict cholera outbreaks. A computer model designed by Professor Mercedes Pascual and Associate Professor Aaron King, along with other colleagues, serves as an early warning system for outbreaks up to 11 months in advance, and will aid public health officials in treatment preparedness, vaccination and other disease-prevention strategies.