Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A crew from MTV tapes Bruce Conforth, lecturer II in American Studies, delivering his famous end-of-the-semester lecture for a new series pilot on its college network, mtvU. The series will profile some of the country's best collegiate lecturers. The crew was on campus Thursday to tape the lecture in Blau Auditorium at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

Researchers and provosts make the case for open access
The many real and prospective constraints on broad and affordable access to published scholarship recently spurred a grassroots effort to push back against the business practices of the world’s largest scientific journal publisher, and prompted a strong statement by a group of chief academic officers. The grassroots effort, The Cost of Knowledge, has obtained a commitment from 7,642 researchers around the world — including 28 U-M faculty members and graduate students — to refrain from publishing, refereeing, and/or doing editorial work for Elsevier journals.

Urban planning program, USGBC provide findings on anticipated climate change
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning faculty and students, along with the U.S. Green Building Council reviewed areas of climate change uncertainty, forecasted findings on anticipated climate change in the United States by region, and made recommendations based on the forecasts in a report released today (Feb. 29).

Liquid ozone offers sustainable, economical cleaning solution in Housing
University Housing is phasing out many chemical cleaners from its closets and replacing them with liquid ozone — the first university in the country to do so. Liquid ozone cleaning is more sustainable, less expensive, safer, and as effective as chemical agents. University Housing piloted liquid ozone cleaning at South Quad in October 2010, and it now also is being used at Mosher Jordon, Stockwell, North Quad, Couzens, and Fletcher residence halls.

New library resources include Chronicle access, additional JSTOR collections
The U-M Library recently announced that all three U-M campuses have online access to the complete Chronicle of Higher Education Digital Edition website. All current U-M faculty, students and staff who navigate to the Chronicle's website through the library link will have access to the full content of the website.

U-M bus service to be reduced during break
Transit service reductions for U-M buses will be in effect during spring break. Bursley, Baits, and Northwood destinations will be served by the Spring Break Northwood route. Bursley-Baits, Northwood Express, Diag to Diag and Oxford routes will not be in operation. Commuter and Health System services are unaffected.

PODCAST: Saving an endangered language with social media
Margaret Noori, director of the U-M Comprehensive Studies Program and lecturer in the American Culture Program, and Howard Kimewon, research investigator and lecturer in the American Culture Program, discuss how social media tools are helping to keep the native language of the Ojibwe people — called Ashininaabemowin — alive.

REMINDER: Women of Color Task Force Conference
The 2012 Women of Color Task Force Conference is March 2 and will feature 35 workshop sessions on a variety of topics. The keynote speaker is Johnnetta Cole, director of the National Museum of African Art. This event is open to all U-M staff, faculty, and students, as well as the general public.

Record Update to suspend regular publication during break
This will be the last regular edition of the Record Update until March 5. Major developments that occur over the break may be posted to the Update website, but e-mail versions will not be sent. The University Record will not publish Feb. 27, but will resume publication March 5.

The Michigan Difference

New lease on life
Dental student Steve Nichols (left), who urged a patient to see a physician for high blood pressure before having a routine dental cleaning in a School of Dentistry clinic, has given the patient a new lease on life. Exactly one month after his scheduled appointment at the School of Dentistry, Glen Toadvine (center, with wife Sandy) had open heart surgery in Toledo. “No question about it, dental student Steve Nichols, saved my life,” Toadvine says.