Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Each year, the U-M Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles course culminates in a field trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where the students spend several days searching for salamanders and other amphibians. The highlight is the hunt for giant hellbender salamanders, which live under flat rocks in cold, fast-moving streams. Hellbenders, which can grow up to 2 feet in length, are the largest aquatic salamanders in North America. Watch a short video about this year’s trip, which took place last month and included 10 students.

Advisory committee named for Law School dean search
Provost Phil Hanlon has named a search advisory committee for the next dean of the Law School. Ellen D. Katz, professor of law, will chair the committee that has been charged with conducting a broad search and presenting a slate of recommended candidates by winter semester 2013. In an email to faculty and staff at the school, Hanlon wrote that current Dean Evan Caminker will step down Aug. 31, 2013, after almost 10 years of service.

Taiwanese president praises new fellowship fund at U-M
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou praised alumna Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur for contributing $1 million to create a new fund that will support annual fellowships for doctoral students in any program in the Rackham Graduate School. Ma met with Upshur in Taiwan's Presidential Office in the capital city of Taipei last week.

Last three days for MHealthy Rewards, walk-ins welcome
With three days left before MHealthy Rewards ends Thursday, only three wellness screening locations remain. Employees who complete MHealthy Rewards 2012 (both the health questionnaire and a wellness screening) will earn a $100 before-tax reward and be entered in the Rewards grand prize drawings. The university hopes to reach 50 percent or more participation in the health questionnaire and wellness screening by month's end.

CRIME ALERT: Unarmed robbery
May 26, 600 block of East University Avenue, south of South University Avenue.

The Michigan Difference

International man of history
His start at U-M helped alumnus Chris McLaurin achieve as much as he has done so far. An article in LSA Today describes how, shortly after graduating magna cum laude in 2009, McLaurin served a year as a Fulbright Scholar, helping underprivileged children with the transition into college life. This inspired him to create his own mentoring program matching such students with local university mentors.