Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Astronomers and amateur stargazers will have a rare chance — weather permitting — to witness the "transit of Venus" from 5:30-9 p.m. today as the planet passes between Earth and the sun. The event will be visible from campus through special solar telescopes at events organized in part by the Department of Astronomy. In this video, Susan Lepri, associate research scientist in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, discusses the significance of the "transit," which won't occur again until 2117. Learn more about the event and how to watch it on campus.

U-M Law School building receives LEED Gold certification
The university has been awarded LEED Gold certification for the Law School South Hall academic building. The distinction recognizes the widespread sustainability initiatives that were designed, engineered and constructed into the building.

Advisory committee named for VP and general counsel search
President Mary Sue Coleman has appointed a search advisory committee for the next vice president and general counsel. Sally Churchill, vice president and secretary of the university, will chair the committee, which, with the assistance of the legal recruiting firm of Major, Lindsey & Africa, will conduct a national search. The committee will present recommended candidates to the president as soon as possible.

$1.2M renovation enhances services at Orthotics and Prosthetics Center
Coinciding with its 100th anniversary this year, the U-M Orthotics and Prosthetics Center has undergone $1.2 million in renovations. The center has seen a 32 percent increase in outpatient visits over the last five years. The public is invited to an open house June 19 that will include tours, giveaways and food, from 4-6:30 p.m.

The Michigan Difference

Building on a solid foundation
Tom Perko, an alumnus of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, doesn’t flee devastation. He faces it head-on, helping Haiti rebuild after the 2010 earthquake that killed some 225,000 people. An article in the current edition of the alumni magazine Dividend explains how Perko, as executive director of the nonprofit Extollo International, is helping to train construction workers in Haiti and perform reconstruction work there.