Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Carina Sanborn checks out a colorful blossom during the Peony Peaking Party at the Nichols Arboretum. The event featured dozens of beds of peonies arranged by season and color. The Arboretum also has the largest collection of Chinese peonies in North America and quite possibly the largest outside of China. (Photo by Scott Galvin/U-M Photo Services)

Assanis to direct energy institute
Dennis Assanis, a researcher known internationally for his vision of cleaner, more efficient generation of transportation energy, has been named director of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute. He will start July 1, replacing Gary Was, who has led the institute since it began in September 2006.

University food operations score in national competition
The new Hill Dining Center and the University Unions’ U-go’s Express convenience store have been recognized for excellence by the National Association of College and University Food Services. The food operations are managed by the Division of Student Affairs.

School of Dentistry to offer free mouth guard clinic
Amateur athletes ages 5 and older planning to participate in football, ice hockey, basketball, soccer or other sports are invited to participate in the School of Dentistry’s mouth guard program. The free clinic is planned for July 11.

The Michigan Difference

Helping NOLA recover
This spring, more than three years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Jake Weixler jumped at the chance to organize a group of about 30 fellow Law School students who spent spring break helping the still-struggling city recover. At right, Jessica Greenia, Mei Li Zhen and Meredith Monroe work at the public defenders' office on various legal research projects for clients.