Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, July 17, 2009

Andrew Richner, chair of the Board of Regents, (center) congratulates Dr. Robert Kelch after reading a resolution honoring Kelch at Thursday's regents meeting. President Mary Sue Coleman is looking on. Kelch was honored for his service as executive vice president for medical affairs, a post from which he retired this year. Richner called Kelch, who served as EVPMA since 2003, “a transformational leader,” who oversaw unprecedented capital growth in the health system, including purchase of the former Pfizer property. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

University eyeing possible role in commuter rail proposal
U-M may tie in to a proposed regional commuter rail system as one of the long-term options for easing the on-campus parking demand. The rail option and other parking-related matters were part of a presentation at Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting.

Henry Russel awardees, lecturer named for 2010
Two LSA assistant professors — Cindy Lustig and Patricia Wittkopp — were named winners of the 2010 Henry Russel Award, and psychology professor Richard Nisbett was named the Henry Russel Lecturer for 2010. The award, announced Thursday at the Board of Regents meeting, is one of the highest honors the university bestows upon junior faculty.
Other action taken at Thursday’s regents meeting included:
• Naming the indoor football practice facility in honor of Al Glick, a longtime supporter of the football program and the university at large.
• Approving a schematic design for the renovation of Couzens Hall.

ISR joins $50 million study of military suicide and mental health
The Institute for Social Research is one of four research institutions selected to carry out a $50 million study of suicide and mental health among military personnel. It is the largest such study to date.

Study finds possible obesity link in H1N1 flu cases
A study led by doctors from the U-M Health System documents severe lung problems among patients infected with the influenza A H1N1 (swine flu) virus, and suggests that obesity may be emerging as a new risk factor in the pandemic.

The Michigan Difference

Legal enlightenment
The Cook Legal Research Building at the Law School is a brighter place these days, thanks largely to the efforts of former U-M student and noted investment manager Charles T. Munger. Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., donated $3 million toward lighting upgrades in Cook and Hutchins Hall. The story of the law library’s transformation is told in LD+A, a magazine for lighting engineers.