Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, December 11, 2009

From left, Michigan Lt. Gov. John Cherry; U-M President Mary Sue Coleman; Michael Hansen, president of the Michigan Community College Association; and Mark Murray, president of Meijer Inc., participated in the panel discussion Thursday on the past, present and future of higher education and economic growth in Michigan. (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

Coleman, panelists gauge impact of Cherry Commission strategies
In the five years since the Cherry Commission urged new strategies to boost higher education, state universities have created vital collaborations and entrepreneurial activity has surged at U-M and in Michigan, along with efforts to boost research and business collaborations, President Mary Sue Coleman said during a panel discussion Thursday. But with the state in financial crisis, “we have an obligation to follow through with those recommendations. We will have to re-commit ourselves to the goals outlined by the commission; our future depends on it.”

Applications sought for faculty-focused STEP program
A limited number of teams across U-M will be selected to participate in the fourth annual Strategies Toward Excellent Practices in Departments workshop. STEP offers information about organizational dynamics and change, and support for teams of faculty to make positive changes in the work environment within their academic units.

Center for International and Comparative Studies issues call for two fellowships
The Center for International and Comparative Studies has issued a call for applications for two faculty fellowships in the 2010-11 academic year: the Human Rights Fellowship and the International Security and Development Fellowship. Each is a one-year appointment that provides salary and/or research funding in the amount of $16,000.

Spices halt growth of breast stem cells, U-M study finds
Compounds derived from the spices turmeric and pepper could help prevent breast cancer by limiting the growth of stem cells, the small number of cells that fuel a tumor’s growth, researchers at the Comprehensive Cancer Center have found.

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.”