News Briefs
Part of East Medical Center Drive closed

A portion of East Medical Center Drive, the main ring road around the Medical Campus, will remain closed in both directions through the morning of Aug. 22. The closure affects a short stretch of roadway near the new Children's and Women's Hospital construction project, as work is underway to take down one of two construction cranes. All entrances to U-M medical facilities and parking structures remain open. Detour signs and public safety officials direct drivers to major destinations on the medical campus. Buses operated by U-M and the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority will have been re-routed during the closure period. A closure area map and more information are available at

Video addresses NCRC plans

Planners from across the university are working to create a strategy for using the 30-building North Campus Research Complex, formerly the Pfizer property, at Huron Parkway and Plymouth Road. A brief video detailing the efforts of planners from numerous U-M departments, schools and colleges is available at The Web site also offers facts and figures about the complex, a chance for faculty and staff to share ideas, and links to sign up for regular updates.

Cultural organizations hoping for share of matching funds

Four U-M cultural organizations are among 70 groups that will participate in an Aug. 18 online fundraising challenge. Beginning at 10 a.m. that day minimum donations of $25 to the U-M Museum of Art, Exhibit Museum of Natural History, University Musical Society and the Henry Ford Estate-Fair Lane at UM-Dearborn will generate a 50-percent match from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. The matches will continue until a $1 million matching fund is exhausted. For more information go to

Postdoctoral fellowship in Jewish Languages offered

The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies has set a Nov. 10 application deadline for a 2010-11 postdoctoral fellowship in Jewish Languages. Practices of reading and writing in several languages, inhabiting interlinguistic communities, and translating into and out of various idioms and vernaculars have infused Jewish cultures with multilingualism in every historical period. Jewish Languages interrogates this history and reputation in order to reconsider myths, fantasies and anxieties of linguistic multiplicity. Go to or e-mail for more information.

Michigan Radio Wins Clarion Award

Michigan Radio, the U-M public radio service, has won a national Clarion Award from The Association for Women in Communications for the documentary "Foreclosing on the American Dream." The documentary, which originally aired in July 2008, won in the category of Best One Time Documentary. Narrated by Christina Shockley, it took an in-depth look at the causes and effects surrounding Michigan's high foreclosure rate. The documentary is available at The award will be presented at the 2009 AWC National Conference Oct. 17 in Seattle, Wash.

Scholarship benefits Dearborn police

Dearborn Police officers will have the opportunity to further their education at reduced cost thanks to a new UM-Dearborn scholarship program. The partnership between the university and the Dearborn Police Department seeks to expand community ties, facilitate academic access and promote higher education opportunities for department employees. Officers who wish to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees at UM-Dearborn will be eligible for a scholarship that will provide a credit for 20 percent of their tuition costs and fees each semester, as long as program admission and eligibility criteria are met.