Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

An audience at the Law School Lawyers Club Lounge recently was treated to a musical interlude by a string quartet consisting of, from left, law students Ben Bodnar, violin; Nathan Simington, violin; Richard Kim, viola; and Ted Parson, Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professor of Law and professor of natural resources and environment, on the cello. The Law School has posted a video of the quartet’s performance.

BREAKING NEWS: U-M to begin accepting donated embryos for stem cell research
University researchers have received approval to begin accepting donated embryos that will be used to derive the university’s first human embryonic stem cell lines. The cell lines will be used to study the causes and progression of inherited diseases, to test potential treatments, and to seek cures.

Flu vaccine more widely available through UHS
University Health Service has received fresh supplies of both the H1N1 vaccine and seasonal flu vaccine and will open up its flu clinics this week to more U-M students, faculty, staff and others affiliated with university. UHS expects to have more than 4,200 doses of the H1N1 vaccine available before the semester break.

U-M to be featured on PBS’ “NewsHour”
President Mary Sue Coleman and Thomas Zurbuchen, director of U-M’s Center for Entrepreneurship, are among those featured tonight on PBS’ “NewsHour” in a segment that looks at the university’s role in the changing economy. The segment is the second of a five-part “Patchwork Nation” series, which looks at how the recession is affecting various types of communities around the United States.

PODCAST: White House summit on job creation
Susan Collins, the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, discusses issues that were raised Thursday at a White House jobs summit that she attended.

The Michigan Difference

Musically macabre
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1987, Andrew Lippa been a versatile contributor to the musical theater: composer, lyricist, librettist, musical director, musical arranger, conductor, producer, vocalist, and even middle school vice principal. His latest project takes on a ghoulish — and cartoonish — tone. He’s writing the music and lyrics for the new Broadway-bound musical “The Addams Family.”