Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, July 6, 2012

Third-year dental student Lauren Koch constructs a mouth guard during the School of Dentistry's annual mouth guard clinic that fits athletes with customized protective devices. Read more about the June 23 event, which provided guards for 55 people.

U-M researchers help find Higgs-like particle, win bet with Stephen Hawking
An international group of scientists including U-M researchers have found a particle that is likely the Higgs boson, the long-sought missing piece of physics' Standard Model, officials announced this week in Switzerland. More than a dozen U-M researchers and graduate students are currently involved in the search for Higgs, a heavy particle that is theorized to give certain elementary particles mass. Higgs is the linchpin of the Standard Model—the overarching physics theory that describes the laws of nature and the nature of matter.

Duderstadt Center closed through Sunday, July 8
Due to an extended electrical outage at the Duderstadt Center, the building will be closed through Sunday, July 8. A team from the university's Plant Operations and the Duderstadt Center staff are working to restore power to all building systems. At this time, it is expected that the building will reopen at 7 a.m. Monday, July 9.

International Institute receives $750K Mellon Foundation grant to help offset federal cuts
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to the U-M International Institute for language instruction and other initiatives. The three-year grant restores some funding that was lost when Congress sharply cut federal financial support, known as Title VI funding, to the U.S. Department of Education's foreign language and area studies programs.

Current and former Wolverines earn spots on 2012 Olympic teams
A variety of current and former U-M athletes will be competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. On Monday, men's swimmer Connor Jaeger earned a spot on the U.S. team, and swimming coaches Mike Bottom, Josh White and Mark Hill will be part of the Serbia, Bangladesh and Ireland teams, respectively. Men's gymnast Sam Mikulak earned a berth on the U.S. team Sunday, and teammate Syque Caesar will represent his native Bangladesh. Meanwhile, nearly 20 former Wolverines also will compete in London.

U-M, American Red Cross sign agreement for emergency sheltering
The university has signed an agreement with the American Red Cross that provides a broad framework for utilizing campus facilities in the event of a disaster. U-M will assist the Red Cross by expanding its ability to "shelter in place" in the event of a local, state or national disaster for residents of Washtenaw and Lenawee counties.

Weather Underground acquired by The Weather Channel
The Weather Underground, a popular online weather website that began as an undergraduate project at the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Studies in the late 1980s and later developed into a commercial site, has been acquired by The Weather Channel.

Rebekah Ashley wins non-union staff seat on DPS Oversight Committee
Rebekah Ashley, director of faculty affairs in the College of Engineering, has won the election to fill the seat of the non-union staff representative to the Department of Public Safety Oversight Committee. Ashley began a two-year term on Sunday.

Fire and fireworks tips for the 4th of July holiday
Just weeks into summer, the U-M Trauma Burn Center has already seen a number of burns from popular summer activities. Plus, Michigan's fireworks laws have changed to ease restrictions on such products as bottle rockets, roman candles and sky lanterns. The U-M Health system offers some tips to stay safe.

CRIME ALERT: Home Invasion/attempted sexual assault
The early morning of July 2, 1200 block of Oakland Ave., off-campus south of Central Campus.

The Michigan Difference

A White House Champion of Change
Martha Bergmark — honored in October 2011 by the White House's Champions of Change — has worked for decades to ensure that poor and marginalized people have access to justice. She went to law school in part because she thought her home state needed more skilled advocates. Then she returned home to establish a civil rights and poverty law practice, and found Southeast Mississippi Legal Services. Later she served as executive vice president and president of the Legal Services Corp., and as senior vice president for programs at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.