Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, December 18, 2009

Daniel Herwitz, director of the Institute for the Humanities, discusses his new book that suggests contemporary philosophers may find enduring truths in a popular culture seemingly obsessed by consumer trends and celebrity icons.

U-M scientists named to American Association for the Advancement of Science
Eleven U-M faculty members are among 532 newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fellows are elected by peer AAAS members and chosen because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Nanotech treatment that started at U-M gets boost with licensing agreement
GlaxoSmithKline and Ann Arbor-based NanoBio Corp. have announced an exclusive over-the-counter licensing agreement for NanoBio’s unique nanoemulsion technology treatment for cold sores. Dr. James R. Baker Jr., director of the Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences, developed nanoemulsions at U-M and founded NanoBio to further develop and commercialize the technology.

Entrepreneurship thrives in business school and beyond
No longer confined to the business school, entrepreneurship is becoming a core value across U-M, professors told the Board of Regents on Thursday. This new mindset is expected to help the university leverage its knowledge and talents to help turn the state’s economy.

New policy to provide greater structure, support for Ph.D. students
Rackham Graduate School Dean Janet Weiss updated the Board of Regents on Thursday about a continuous enrollment policy that is designed to help Ph.D. students make steady progress toward their degrees. Under the policy, Ph.D. students would register each fall and winter semester from the beginning of their program until they graduate, with exceptions for students on approved leaves of absence.
Click here for a roundup of other action taken by the regents at Thursday’s meeting.

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 recent town hall meeting.

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.