Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, March 6, 2009

Governor Jennifer Granholm, right, joins Connie Hedegaard, Denmark’s minister for climate and energy, in signing a memorandum of understanding to demonstrate commitment to pursue high-level dialogue, fact-finding missions and sharing of information and technology to aid a transition to a new energy economy. (Photo courtesy Stephen Dool, DKC Public Relations and Integrated Marketing)

Green jobs, electric vehicles focus of summit
A summit on green jobs March 5 at the Michigan League drew faculty members, and business and government leaders including Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who said the goal is to boost employment in Michigan. She also cited access to energy-related technology at U-M.

U rolls out new food service proposal process
To better coordinate the placement of food service operations on campus, the University is rolling out a new proposal process, guidelines, tools and a review committee to evaluate proposals for future operations for academic and administrative units supported by the General Fund and those within the Division of Student Affairs.

Experts offer tips to make it easier to 'spring forward'
It may only be a single hour of lost time, but “springing forward” for Daylight Saving Time can pack a punch for some people. Many experience sleepiness, mood changes and sleep disturbances as they attempt to adjust to the time change. But experts say people can minimize the effects of the lost hour of sleep.

GUEST OPINION: Secretary of Arts cabinet post needed, deans say
Cultural leaders are calling for a Secretary of Arts cabinet position to promote a more prominent place for the arts in national life, and foster the arts’ connection to economic and cultural development. High-level federal leadership could leverage models, like U-M’s Arts of Earth initiative, occurring throughout American higher education.

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.