Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Members of the Solar Car Team charge Quantum in Wisconsin during a recent practice day. (Photo by Diane Thach, Solar Car Team)

BREAKING NEWS: UMHS responds to health care law ruling
The U-M Health System has issued a statement regarding today's U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold most of the health care reform law. Dr. Ora Pescovitz, executive vice president of medical affairs and CEO of UMHS, also issued an initial response, and the UMHS Twitter feed is sharing experts' thoughts on the ruling.

Solar Car Team gets home field advantage in upcoming American race
The U-M Solar Car Team will defend its title next month in the American Solar Challenge, an eight-states-in-eight-days race that includes an overnight stop in Ann Arbor on July 16. The student team is vying for its seventh first-place finish and fourth straight championship in the North American contest that starts July 14.

Westbrooks named associate university librarian for research
The U-M Library has announced that Elaine Westbrooks will serve as the university's first associate university librarian for research, starting Aug. 13. She will oversee the library's subject specialists, and lead the library's effort to fully integrate library collections and services into the research mission of the university.

U-M hires Bakich to be baseball head coach
Erik Bakich has been hired as the 19th head coach in Wolverines baseball history. Bakich comes to Ann Arbor after spending the past three seasons as the baseball coach at the University of Maryland.

All U-M varsity teams meet NCAA standard in 2010-11 APR report
The NCAA's 2010-11 Academic Progress Rate data shows all 27 U-M varsity athletic teams' multi-year scores were above the threshold required by the NCAA, including four with perfect scores: men's basketball, women's basketball, men's tennis and women's tennis.

The Michigan Difference

Sharing lessons across the aisle
Anne Kaiser, Jim Townsend and Jon Gauthier come from different points on the political spectrum and practice politics in different states, but they share something in common — all are serving in or seeking elective office and each one relies on the lessons they learned at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Says Gauthier: "Ultimately, what the Ford School of Public Policy creates are leaders, whether they are policy analysts making recommendations or they are elected officials."