Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Carole McNamara, senior curator at U-M Museum of Art talks about the exhibition, “The Lens of Impressionism: Photography and Painting Along the Normandy Coast, 1850–1874.” The exhibit is on display through Jan. 3. More information can be found at the UMMA Web site.

U-M scientists move forward with plans for stem cell projects
Today is the first anniversary of the vote approving Proposal 2, the state constitutional amendment that eased restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research in Michigan. The amendment permits Michigan scientists to derive new human embryonic stem cell lines. While no such projects have begun at U-M, researchers here have taken several significant steps this year to prepare for them.

University to stop printing some financial statements
U-M will cease central printing and distribution of financial Statements of Activity in favor of online reporting. More than 1,000 staff voluntarily stopped printing their units’ statements in this effort to make U-M a greener campus. The final printed SOAs will be delivered for the month ending Dec. 31. More information about alternatives to printed SOAs and answers to frequently asked questions are available online.

Annual “Blood Battle” pits U-M against OSU in donation rivalry
As the annual gridiron rivalry between U-M and Ohio State approaches, another competition is heating up as well: the 28th annual "Blood Battle." Starting Thursday and running through Nov. 20, donors from each school will attempt to outdo the other in giving the “gift of life.” People wishing to make a donation appointment may go to and enter the sponsor code "goblue." 

The Michigan Difference

Aiding IRS access
Edwin Staples has been a Peace Corps volunteer, an intern at the Ann Arbor Water Treatment plant and an archivist at the National Library of Medicine. Now, the School of Information master’s degree graduate is the Internal Revenue Service’s first archivist. In that role, he is overseeing the transfer of IRS manuals and regulations to digital format.