Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, March 5, 2012

Kristina Lemmer, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Central Michigan University who received her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from U-M, talks with Doug Messana, legislative aide for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., as part of an effort to promote the Michigan Space Grant Consortium in Washington, D.C., last week. Lemmer has received funding through the Michigan Space Grant, a national NASA education program administered for the state of Michigan by U-M. It involves 12 Michigan colleges and universities that conduct outreach to K-12 students to encourage their early interest in science, engineering and math (STEM). The program also provides funding for enrichment opportunities for college students and helps young faculty start their careers in STEM. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)

University begins implementing Google Apps for Education
The university today took the first step in its yearlong move to Google Apps for Education, a cloud-based computing platform that will give users across all three U-M campuses access to more than 40 collaborative tools and services. Everyone on the Ann Arbor campus now has a Google account that allows access to Google apps with a uniqname and UMICH Kerberos password.
New faculty, staff, students and sponsored affiliates on the Ann Arbor campus automatically will receive their email access through Google Apps beginning today.

Nominees sought for department and individual Ergonomics Awards
MHealthy now is accepting nominations for its sixth annual Ergonomics Awards, given to university units and employees that have implemented ergonomic solutions in the workplace. Nominations for the Department Level Ergo Awards can be submitted through March 31, while Ergo Hero Individual Award nominations are accepted year-round.

Coaches in the classroom: Applying sports leadership to business
From the football field and basketball court to the corporate boardroom and executive suite, a new executive education program will teach business leadership through lessons learned in U-M sports. The program for senior business leaders, offered by Michigan Ross Executive Education and the Athletics Department, will combine U-M's rich traditions of leadership excellence in academics and athletics, and features coaches who will share the thinking behind their winning strategies.

SPH students creating science blogs in social media course
It's not enough for new public health professionals to know the science that drives the field. To make a difference, they need to talk to the public and policy makers in clear, jargon-free language. That notion is behind the inaugural graduate course Communicating Science through Social Media, in which students are required to write 10 blog posts for the website Mind the Science Gap.

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.

REMINDER: Depression on College Campuses Conference March 7-8
The 10th annual Depression on College Campuses Conference will be March 7-8, and will focus on how college students can draw upon their own strengths, resilience and sense of social connectedness to help them maintain mental health and wellness.

CRIME ALERT: Home invasions
March 2, 2200 block and 2500 block of Stone Road, Northwood V.

This week in the University Record
• Motorola Lecture: Kamel to discuss revolution, women's liberation
• Faculty Spotlight: Environmental concerns help guide a career path
• Research: When continents collide — A new twist to a 50 million-year-old tale
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

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.