Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The U-M a cappella group Dicks and Janes helped raise nearly $9,000 for Detroit Public TV on Saturday as the singers competed in 'A Cappella-thon' against Michigan State University's Capital Green. Supporters called, texted, or voted online to pledge money for their favorite team. While MSU raised a few hundred dollars more than the U-M group, members said they enjoyed the event and the opportunity to perform on television. Click the photo for members pictured.

Study reveals lack of genetic diversity in widely used embryonic stem cell lines
The most widely used human embryonic stem cell lines lack genetic diversity, a finding that raises social justice questions that must be addressed to ensure that all sectors of society benefit from stem cell advances, according to a U-M research team. In the first published study of its kind, the U-M team analyzed 47 embryonic stem cell lines, including most of the lines commonly used by stem cell researchers.

PODCAST: A look at the benefits and issues involved with Michigan’s smoking ban
School of Public Health Dean Kenneth Warner discusses the new smoking ban recently passed by the Michigan Senate and House — its history, challenges and benefits, as well as some of the ways SPH was involved in developing it.

Ann Arbor campus holiday season closings, special hours
A variety of campus facilities and services will be following seasonal closings or special hours during the holiday break. Those units that have submitted special hours or procedures can be found in the current edition of The University Record.

Business opportunities, investment options abound in Africa, experts tell students
African nations soon could surpass India and China to form the next hub for low-cost labor, resources, and production, experts told the first Africa Business Seminar at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. They say the opportunity to make money— and make a difference — on the continent is huge right now.

WORTH REPEATING: Finances sound, but leaders seek help with more belt tightening
Although U-M is relatively well positioned to withstand the effects of recession, university leaders are encouraging everyone on campus to look for additional ways to operate more efficiently, and to participate in programs and initiatives designed to reduce overall costs. That was a key message from two top university budget officers at a town hall meeting Monday.

The Michigan Difference

Key player on the 'green' team
The Obama administration’s ambitious environmental agenda is keeping congressional staff member Mary Frances Repko busy these days. Repko, who received her master’s degree from the School of Natural Resources and Environment, is House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s senior policy adviser for energy and environmental issues, and one of 10 energy staff members that the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call says will “play a crucial role in the country’s future energy legislation.” Her story is on Page 18 of the fall edition of SNRE’s magazine, Stewards.