Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

With the transfer of the former Pfizer property to U-M ownership complete, the university is putting its mark on what will be known as the North Campus Research Complex. On Monday workers from Huron Sign Co. of Ypsilanti installed a sign identifying the complex at the corner of Plymouth Road and Huron River Parkway. (Photo by James Iseler)

University, lecturers settle grievance, salary increase
The university and lecturers on the Ann Arbor campus have settled two related salary issues that give about 800 lecturers an additional 1.5 percent increase in the 2008-09 academic year and 2 percent more in 2009-10. A settlement was reached today on the increase for 2009-10, about two weeks after the two sides settled a grievance that lecturers had filed over their 2008-09 raise.

UMTRI: Broad, sweeping changes needed for U.S. auto industry
A new report by the U-M Transportation Research Institute concludes that broad, deep, fast change is necessary for the U.S. auto industry to succeed. The report finds that the existing culture within the domestic auto companies underestimates the value of fuel economy as a strategy for profitability. It also suggests the corporate turnaround will require a change in management teams.

Center to initiate survey of priorities and goals among local government officials
The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy will use a $162,800 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to survey local government leaders in every Michigan county, city, township and village for their perspectives on policy issues. The survey is the first of its kind nationwide.

Construction death at hospital site under investigation
The U-M Department of Public Safety is investigating an accident at the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital construction site, where a worker died after being struck by a heavy load of roofing material that fell from a crane Monday morning. The victim was identified as Gary Winisky Jr., 48, of Garden City.

The Michigan Difference

A scientist to watch
Liangcai Gu, a 2008 doctoral graduate in the College of Pharmacy, exemplifies the eagerness to learn and determination to make a difference that are hallmarks of U-M’s pharmacy program. “It’s been a privilege having had him in my lab,” says David Sherman, Hans W. Vahlteich Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and director of the Center for Chemical Genomics. “He is definitely a scientist to watch.”