Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 15, 2009

University Library Conservator Tom Hogarth inspects an historic atlas to be displayed in the library’s new Audubon Room. (Photo by Paul Barrow, University Library)

University Library’s historic treasures protected in new exhibit
The University Library is preparing to unveil its new Audubon Room, a new exhibit space designed to safeguard display items’ integrity while maximizing visual appeal. It is named for a showcase exhibit, John Audubon’s “The Birds of America,” which was the first book to be purchased by the university's Board of Regents.

Rodriguez clarifies GPA comments
In an effort to clarify statements made earlier about football team grade-point-average figures, Coach Rich Rodriguez and the university provided further details.

Three faculty members ranked among nation's top thinkers
C.K. Prahalad of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business tops the list published by Thinkers 50, a listing of top business thinkers that also includes Ross professor David Ulrich. Meanwhile, Jerome Lynch of the College of Engineering is among the Brilliant 10 named in the latest edition Popular Science.

U-M reviewing NTSB findings regarding survival flight crash
The university is reviewing findings from the National Transportation Safety Board, which were discussed at an NTSB hearing Wednesday, regarding the June 4, 2007, U-M Survival Flight plane crash that resulted in the death of four members of the U-M Transplant team and both pilots. The NTSB investigation suggests that a combination of pilot error, equipment failure and inadequate Federal Aviation Administration oversight may have led to the fatal crash, which occurred just after takeoff from Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. A full report is expected in coming weeks.

Ross atop two national rankings of business schools
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business has been rated No. 1 in two national rankings. Leadership Excellence magazine named it the top school for leadership development, and The Princeton Review ranked it first for career prospects. The business schools at UM-Flint School of Management and UM-Dearborn College of Business also made The Princeton Review's Best 301 Business Schools list.

The Michigan Difference

From U-M to Oprah
Uwem Akpan began writing his book, “Say You’re One of Them,” while studying for his master of fine arts degree in creative writing at U-M. The collection of short stories about African children struggling under extreme circumstances was chosen as the current selection for Oprah’s Book Club. Akpan is a Jesuit priest and a former fellow at the Institute for the Humanities.