Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Eight doctoral students received ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards April 30 at Rackham Assembly Hall. The honorees are: front row, from left, Matthew Schulmerich, Todd Bryan, Michelle Miller; middle row, from left, Lori Khatchadourian, Mark Kiel, Elizabeth Ben-Ishai; top, Kimberly Clum. Not pictured, Susan Sierra. Awardees received a $1,000 honorarium recognizing exceptional scholarly work and completion of their doctoral degree in 2008. The annual competition is co-sponsored by ProQuest and Rackham Graduate School. (Photo by Martin Vloet / U-M Photo Services)

Property Disposition is a
bargain hunter’s paradise

Bargain shoppers from all over campus and beyond are swarming to U-M Property Disposition as they work to keep a lid on expenses. The 15,000-square-foot warehouse is filled with bargains, from computers and office furniture to shelving and tools that no longer are needed by university units. Property Disposition’s goal: to recycle, sell or appropriately dispose of surplus goods.

Look back suggests hard times may affect students’ values
Will the current economic decline change how students view their collegiate experience? While no one knows for sure, surveys conducted by U-M sociologist Robert Angell during the Roaring '20s and the Depression-era '30s suggest students attending college during a depressed economy may become more serious and studious than their predecessors.

Researcher wants permission to circumvent software anti-piracy law
In an effort to determine whether anti-piracy software built into certain video games makes computers more vulnerable to hackers, computer scientist Alex Halderman wants permission to break the law. On Thursday, he will ask the federal government for official permission to circumvent the Digital Millennium Copyright Act so he and other researchers can study the question and help consumers take necessary steps to protect their computers.

The Michigan Difference

Thrombotic threat
When initial treatment failed to dissipate 15-year-old tennis champ Elizabeth Baiardi’s leg clot, a U-M-trained vascular surgeon at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital sent her to the Cardiovascular Center (CVC) for the coordinated, multi-specialty care that is its hallmark.