Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 16, 2009

U-M’s Landscape Architecture program celebrated its 100th anniversary recently with alumni, current students and past and present faculty. The School of Natural Resources and Environment, which houses the program, hosted the event and commissioned a commemorative painting from William J. Johnson (center), an emeritus Landscape Architecture professor and former SNRE dean. Joining him at the Michigan Union for the painting’s unveiling were Provost Teresa Sullivan (left) and SNRE Dean Rosina Bierbaum. (Photo by Peter Smith Photography)

Jeff Daniels to speak at Winter Commencement
Actor, playwright, songwriter and Michigan native Jeff Daniels will receive an honorary degree and will deliver the address at Winter Commencement. The Board of Regents also approved honorary degrees for three other people Thursday.
The Regents also:
• Heard an update on the anticipated delivery of the H1N1 flu vaccine.
• Learned about an advisory committee on culturally unidentifiable human remains.
• Formally approved the university’s program to detect and mitigate risks associated with identity theft for covered accounts.
• Heard a report on the university’s annual investment return.

U-M, URC partners to co-host 2010 World Stem Cell Summit in Detroit
The 2010 World Stem Cell Summit will be in Detroit and will be co-hosted by U-M, Michigan State University and Wayne State University, Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced Thursday. It will attract more than 1,200 of the most influential stem cell stakeholders from more than 30 countries representing science, business, policy, law, ethics and advocacy.

DPS cancels crime alert from Oct. 13 robbery
The Department of Public Safety's Crime Alert for an unarmed robbery Oct. 13 at the Michigan League has been canceled. A suspect has been arrested. The investigation was aided by a student who read the crime alert and contacted university police about an encounter she had had earlier in the day with a man matching the suspect’s description, says Diane Brown, DPS public information officer.

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.