Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, March 1, 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)

UMHS, Trinity Health-Michigan sign master affiliation agreement
The U-M Health System and Trinity Health-Michigan have signed a new master affiliation agreement that paves the way for close cooperation between the two health systems that will benefit patients around the state. The agreement signals an intention to work together on specific opportunities that may be developed by teams of physicians and leaders from both systems.

U-M representatives visit White House to discuss Great Lakes restoration
More than 80 environmental, sustainability and academic leaders dealing with Great Lakes issues — including two from U-M — gathered Wednesday at the White House Great Lakes Summit to participate in a dialogue regarding the future plans for these massive bodies of fresh water. Don Scavia, special counsel to the U-M president for sustainability, and Knute Nadelhoffer, professor of ecology and environmental biology, participated in the event.

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 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

Saving face, saving lives
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a former winner of the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which is administered through the U-M Knight-Wallace Fellows program, won an Academy Award on Feb. 26 for her short documentary “Saving Face.” The film chronicles the disfiguring acid attacks that occur against women in Pakistan. She received the 2004 Livingston Award for her documentary “Reinventing the Taliban,” which was broadcast on the Discovery Channel.