Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The 50th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival runs today through Sunday and features various work by U-M faculty, students and graduates. This video is a trailer for the festival.

SNRE dean Miranda discusses ways to address risks to children's health
The research tool of spatial-data analysis is key to discovering and addressing environmental risks to children's health, Marie Lynn Miranda said Monday in giving the 11th Annual Wege Lecture on Sustainability. Miranda, the new dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment, said such tools allow scientists and policy makers to see obscure but possibly meaningful connections between a child's environment and his or her health.

John Payton, lead counsel for U-M affirmative action cases, dies at 65
Celebrated civil rights litigator John Payton has died at age 65. He was the lead counsel throughout the university’s landmark case Gratz v. Bollinger, the LSA undergraduate admissions case, argued in 2003 before the Supreme Court of the United States. He also led defense of the companion case Grutter v. Bollinger, involving the Law School, through successful arguments to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Accreditation assessment team takes public comment on DPS policies
The Department of Public Safety's reaccreditation review continues this week with on-site interviews by two members of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies who took public comments Monday. While two speakers maintained DPS should be more independent of university administration, a member of the campus' DPS Oversight Committee said the department is "very professional."
• Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the next Department of Public Safety crime meeting on Thursday.

The Michigan Difference

Helping deliver babies in Ecuador
When Brooke Bidwell arrived for her internship at a maternity clinic in Ecuador she had no clue she would be helping deliver babies, sitting in on Caesarean sections and even witnessing a pediatric brain surgery. In an article for the International Institute's II Journal, the international studies major says the experience motivated her to want to help provide better services, technology and resources to struggling clinics and to bring awareness through work in nonprofit global health organizations.