Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

“Idea,” a new North Campus student group, has produced this video to highlight aspects of North Campus as well as to promote its “Explorth” event coming up Friday at the North Campus Diag. “Idea” is dedicated to integrating arts, engineering and other disciplines.

Ronald Zernicke appointed dean of kinesiology
Ronald Zernicke, director of the U-M Bone and Joint Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation Center, has been appointed the new dean of the School of Kinesiology. President Mary Sue Coleman and Provost Teresa Sullivan made the announcement Monday, pending Board of Regent approval. The appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2010.

Coleman on panel at National Energy Summit
President Mary Sue Coleman will join some of the leading thinkers focused on our nation’s energy future this week at The National Energy Summit & International Dialogue in Washington, D.C. Coleman will be on a panel titled “Jumpstarting Energy Infrastructure and Manufacturing Investments.” The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute will cover the summit with periodic updates and live blog reports from Coleman’s panel appearance.

First stem cell trial for ALS treatment wins FDA approval
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the green light for a clinical trial of a new stem cell treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. U-M neurologist Dr. Eva Feldman will be the overall principal investigator for the first human clinical trial of a stem cell treatment for the fatal neurodegenerative disease.

Provost meets with SACUA to discuss travel, hosting policy changes
Provost Teresa Sullivan told the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs on Monday that changes to U-M’s travel and hosting expense policy are not likely to cause financial difficulties for people traveling on university business. Among the changes is a switch to per diem reimbursement for meals and incidental costs.

The Michigan Difference

Making financial aid easier
With college education becoming harder to afford, the Obama administration wants to make it easier for families to seek federal financial aid. Research conducted by Susan Dynarski, an associate professor of public policy and of education, has played a key role in the administration’s ideas for simplifying the process.