Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 10, 2009

“Hello, this is Mary Sue Coleman, the president of the University of Michigan.” It’s a phone call that high school seniors always will remember, and one that leaves their parents truly impressed. Coleman spent an hour-and-a-half Tuesday night personally reaching out to more than a dozen top high school seniors, many from underrepresented populations. The goal is to assemble a class — typically ranging between 5,300 to 5,600 students — that is academically, regionally, economically and ethnically diverse. Read the full story in Monday’s University Record on newsstands across campus or online at (Photo by Scott Galvin/U-M Photo Services)

Davy named UMD provost, vice chancellor for academic affairs
Kate Davy, currently dean of arts and sciences at Bentley University near Boston, has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UM-Dearborn. Pending approval by the Board of Regents, Davy’s five-year appointment will begin July 1.

Two faculty receive Guggenheim fellowships
A poet and an artist have been awarded 2009 Guggenheim Fellowships, a prestigious national honor recognizing distinguished achievement in various fields. Laura Kasischke will use her fellowship to work on a collection of poems, while Heidi Kumao will complete a series of video sculptures.

New guidelines will help U-M manage research space
Deans and other administrators have a new tool to help them manage research space on the Ann Arbor campus: research space guidelines. The guidelines were implemented as part of the U-M Space Utilization Initiative.

The Michigan Difference

Faces Behind Researchers:
Stepping out with baby

Dean Beverly Ulrich’s Developmental Neuromotor Control Laboratory is not a place Rebecca Flynn planned to be when she was pregnant with her second son, Charlie. Shortly after Charlie was born with spina bifida, Flynn was contacted about participating in a study to look at the infant’s control, coordination and the quality of stepping movements.