Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sean Morrison, director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology, says the National Institute of Health's revised guidelines for federally funded, embryonic stem cell research will dramatically accelerate progress in the field. Read the NIH guidelines, which were announced Monday, and Morrison’s statement about them.

Chronicle lists U-M as a great place to work
For the second year, U-M has made the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of the Great Colleges to Work For. In the second annual survey of best workplace practices and policies, U-M was recognized in nine of 26 areas within three major categories: Work Environment, Pay and Benefits, and Institutional Policies.

Economists say outlook better, but still bleak
In their annual mid-year economic forecast, two U-M economists expect Michigan’s job losses to slow significantly next year, but they say the outlook still is grim through 2010. George Fulton and Joan Crary say they expect the state’s unemployment rate to hit 15.8 percent next year.

Average fuel economy of new cars up since late 2007
Unemployment and high gasoline prices have helped boost the average fuel economy of newly purchased cars since late 2007 by prompting buyers to turn to smaller, less expensive vehicles that tend to get better gas mileage, a U-M study suggests.

The Michigan Difference

Spreading culture in Africa
Raymond Silverman, professor of art history and Afroamerican and African studies, has helped the people of Techiman, Ghana, create the Techiman Cultural Center. The center strengthens the ties among the diverse cultures of Techiman, and also serves as an attraction to draw tourists. Silverman’s work is profiled on Page 3 of the latest edition of History of Art departmental magazine.