Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A regional transit system has a huge potential to benefit the southeastern Michigan economy, says Elisabeth Gerber, the Jack L. Walker Jr. Professor of Public Policy and vice chair of the Regional Transit Authority. In this video from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy's "Policy Points" series, Gerber discusses what could be involved with making such a system work.

Legislature approves higher-education budget
A higher-education budget, approved by both houses of the state Legislature, would provide the Ann Arbor campus 1.8 percent more funding in the coming fiscal year. UM-Dearborn's appropriation would increase by 1.2 percent and UM-Flint's would increase 2 percent.

Bryan Rogers, former dean of Art & Design, dies at age 72
Bryan Rogers, professor and former dean of what is now the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, died Tuesday at home, after a lengthy illness. He was 72. Rogers was appointed dean of what was then the School of Art & Design in 2000, and served in that position for 12 years.

REMINDER: Deadline for Neubacher Award nominations is Saturday
Nominations are due Saturday for the James T. Neubacher Award recognizing a faculty or staff member, student, alumna or alumnus who has made significant contributions to improve awareness, access, acceptance and full participation in society for persons with disabilities.

The Michigan Difference

Seeds of discontent
When the state’s farmers called for an agriculture college in the 1850s, the nascent U-M cried foul and insisted it should be based in Ann Arbor. The ensuing political and academic battle about how and where to teach agricultural education fueled a spirited rivalry that continues today with Michigan State University.
Throughout the spring, Michigan Difference is highlighting stories from the U-M Heritage Project website.