Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Thurnau professors to have expanded roles
The five faculty members recently honored as recipients of Arthur F. Thurnau professorships will have expanded roles that will increase their influence and tap their expertise in new ways. This year's recipients, Charles Bright, at left with Senior Vice Provost Lester Monts, August Evrard, Andrei Markovits, James Walsh and Margaret Wooldridge, were honored during a ceremony March 2 in the Michigan League Ballroom.

Student survey to evaluate campus climate
The online Respectful Campus Climate Survey to assess campus climate for undergraduate and graduate students will launch this week. "An accurate assessment of campus climate is critical to understanding how welcoming and open the University is for all students and how well they are doing," says E. Royster Harper, vice president for student affairs.

Pescovitz recommended as executive vice president for medical affairs
President Mary Sue Coleman has named nationally recognized pediatric endocrinologist and researcher Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz as executive vice president for medical affairs and CEO of the U-M Health System, pending the approval of the Board of Regents at its March 19 meeting.

Airline leaders to address economic, environmental issues
Airline industry leaders will take part in panel discussions on "Leadership Issues and the Airline Industry," with a special focus on economic and environmental issues, during a March 13 forum. "The airline industry has been an arena filled with both challenges and opportunities for its leaders," says Richard Price, director of the Organizational Studies Program.

The Michigan Difference

Disabled and whole
Similar to the way scholars study race and minority groups, scholars like Tobin Siebers of LSA are looking at what it means to be disabled, for both the individual and society. These scholars are not looking to cure disability, but are finding that they can use lessons from their disciplines to both better understand disability and enhance their own fields of study.