Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, October 5, 2009

As part of the yearlong celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Institute for Social Research (ISR), Provost Teresa Sullivan, third from right, joined ISR Director James Jackson, right, for a ceremony Friday to mark the burial of a vacuum-sealed, stainless steel time capsule containing examples of the institute's scientific work and day-to-day work life. The capsule will be opened at the ISR's 100th anniversary in 2049. Also at the ceremony were, from left, George Alter, acting director of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research; Bill Axinn, director of the Survey Research Center; Jeffrey Morenoff, associate director of the Population Studies Center; Anna Schork, ISR associate director; Mark Tessler, vice provost for international affairs and a research professor for the Center for Political Studies, and Rowell Huesmann, director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

BREAKING NEWS: Coleman outlines opportunities and challenges for the year
President Mary Sue Coleman described what she called the university’s “achievements and challenges” in her State of the University message, during which she announced an increased emphasis on sustainability and highlighted U-M’s role in the state’s economy, the promise of expanded research and the pressing need for increased efficiencies in campus activities and operations.

Prize-winning economist offers insights on current economic crisis
Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, New York Times columnist and Princeton University professor, offered a range of observations on the ongoing world economic crisis — some hopeful, some grim — to a packed Hill Auditorium on Friday. While a globalized economy played a role in the crisis, he said, the idea that globalization seems to be surviving this crisis could be a positive sign, as it has not survived previous economic crises.
Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, who speaks Wednesday at the Michigan Union, says the country needs leadership like that of the late President Gerald Ford.

Celebrate Invention reception to honor U-M researchers
A team of U-M students and faculty are working on components for tiny electronic sensors that eventually may monitor everything from the weather to the temperature of milk cartons. David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will present their latest work Oct. 13 at the annual Celebrate Invention reception, along with several other U-M inventors.

Annual faculty award winners highlighted in today's University Record
Twenty-six faculty members will be recognized for their teaching, scholarship, service and creative activities during the annual faculty awards Wednesday at Rackham Assembly Hall. A complete listing of award recipients, with accompanying biographies, appears in today's issue of The University Record, available on newsstands around campus.

The Michigan Difference

Engineering a better world
More than two-thirds of Cambodian children don’t complete a primary education. For nearly two years, Andrea Messmer worked to change that. The College of Engineering alumna was general manager at the Schools for Children of Cambodia, the latest in a series of jobs from which she derived satisfaction by helping others around the world.