Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A recent open house hosted by Planet Blue at Revelli Hall was conducted with the backdrop of a Michigan Marching Band rehearsal. The Planet Blue event focused on energy conservation, recycling, green computing, alternative transportation and other sustainability-related resources available at U-M. Planet Blue will be participating this week in the 14th Annual Energy Fest today through Thursday. (Photo by Martin Vloet, Photo Services)

U-M exceeds $1 billion in annual research spending for first time
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Research spending at U-M in 2008-09 exceeded $1 billion for the first time, which highlights the university’s role as an economic benefit to the entire state. In the midst of the most severe recession since the Great Depression, research spending at the university was 9.4 percent more than the previous fiscal year, totaling $1.02 billion. The federal government provided 64.4 percent of the funds, and federal research spending at U-M was 7.1 percent more than it was in 2007-08.

Revised travel and business hosting policy effective Oct. 15
A revised Travel and Business Hosting Expense Policy will go into effect Oct. 15 for university faculty and staff. A key change to the policy involves how the costs for meals and incidental expenses are reimbursed to employees traveling on university business. In addition, the university will begin using an automated travel and expense system in 2010.

Exhibit features Native American dioramas in transition
The U-M Exhibit Museum of Natural History has a set of 14 dioramas depicting Native American cultures. Both native and non-native visitors have spoken out eloquently against them. After years of trying to reconcile these differences through changes to the exhibits and new educational programs, the museum has decided to remove them from display in January 2010. An interpretive exhibit overlay and a series of programs will explain reasons for the coming change.

The Michigan Difference

Tapping creativity in prisons
The Prison Creative Arts Project collaborates with incarcerated adults, incarcerated youth, urban youth and the formerly incarcerated to strengthen our community through creative expression. Based in the Department of English Language and Literature and the School of Art and Design, project participants facilitate arts workshops in prisons or juvenile facilities, as well as Detroit high schools.