Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Record Update Editor Jillian Bogater, right, presents the top prize to RU Connected contest winner Bonnie Andrews, School of Dentistry. The top three prizes were a smart phone, a membership to U-M Recreational Sports and a gift certificate for Glass House Café in Palmer Commons. The Record Update’s contest was designed to encourage the community to sign up for the new, online daily source of campus news. Currently 4,076 people subscribe to an e-mail version of the Record Update. (Photo by Jared Wadley)

Forrest named new board chair of Ann Arbor SPARK
Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest was named Thursday as the new board chairman of Ann Arbor SPARK, the region’s economic development authority. Forrest has been a driving force behind the university’s recent efforts to strengthen ties with business and industry. “Forging new partnerships with business and industry will allow the University of Michigan to thrive during troubled times while helping to diversify and revive the state’s economy,” Forrest said in a recent interview.

Coleman to stress innovation, building partnerships at Mackinac conference
President Mary Sue Coleman will focus on innovation and building relationships with state business and government leaders as she and colleagues converge on this week’s Mackinac Policy Conference. Coleman is a featured speaker at the conference, appearing on a Thursday panel called “Encourage Growth through Innovation.”

ISR celebrates 60 years of social science
Panel discussions on aging and the future of social/behavioral science are planned as part of the Institute for Social Research’s upcoming 60th anniversary celebration. The event, planned for June 19 at Rackham Auditorium, honors ISR’s role as a leader in social science surveys and research.

The Michigan Difference

In the zone
Since Don Scavia’s first Hypoxia Forecasts for the Gulf of Mexico and the Chesapeake Bay were released a few years ago, his name has become nearly synonymous in the national media with death – dead zones, to be exact. Scavia, at far right, is researching why these zones, which have little or no oxygen, exist. The former director of Michigan Sea Grant and now director of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute has expanded his predictions to cover another iconic dead zone: Lake Erie.