Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

President Mary Sue Coleman receives the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from Meredith M. McQuaid, president of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Coleman also joined a panel with the presidents of Simon Award-winning schools to discuss their programs and student experiences, as well as the overall importance of international achievements. Read more about U-M's Simon Award. (Photo by Cindy Bank, Washington Office)

Awareness campaign seeks to cut energy use, avoid lab costs
To reduce energy consumption and costs in all university laboratories, the Office of Campus Sustainability has launched a campuswide awareness campaign, "Shut the Sash," which reminds lab users to close the transparent barrier on chemical fume hoods when not in use. The effort is an extension of the Sustainable Labs program at OCS and has the potential to avoid $2 million in energy costs for the university.

University's 27th MLK Symposium to honor 'I Have a Dream' speech
U-M's 27th annual MLK Symposium, one of the top national observances of the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., will include Southern Poverty Law Center co-founder and chief trial counsel Morris Dees, King speechwriter Clarence B. Jones, and activist Angela Davis, known internationally for her work to combat oppression.

Switch to township water will benefit Matthaei Botanical Gardens
For the first time since it was built in the early 1960s, Matthaei Botanical Gardens will connect to Ann Arbor Township water, providing a number of immediate environmental, economic, customer-service and palate-pleasing benefits. The project also includes new water fountains with bottle-filling stations, upgraded bathroom fixtures and three new fire hydrants.

The Michigan Difference

Tumor discovery illustrates value of screenings
For four years, William Ruber has received dental care at the School of Dentistry. In November 2011 his "student dentist," Jody Atzmon, detected something unusual on the left side of Ruber’s neck. A subsequent exam showed it was growing rapidly. The growth was found to be a Warthin's tumor of Ruber's salivary gland. While it turned out to be benign, Ruber nonetheless praised Atzmon for her vigilance. Atzmon said the episode illustrates the value of regular oral cancer screenings.