Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

MHealthy has launched its new Rewards program offering qualifying, benefits-eligible faculty and staff an opportunity to learn about their health and earn $100 (before taxes) by completing a health questionnaire and two health and well-being activities. This step-by-step video, introduced by President Mary Sue Coleman, explains how employees can participate.

Philip Hanlon selected as U-M provost
Philip Hanlon, Donald J. Lewis Professor of Mathematics and vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs, has been selected as U-M provost and executive vice president for academic affairs by President Mary Sue Coleman.

Senate Assembly approves Statement on Academic Freedom
The Senate Assembly, on behalf of the Faculty Senate, has adopted a Statement of Academic Freedom that defines how it believes the concept should apply to U-M faculty. While the statement approved Monday affords no specific, direct legal protection, it outlines the faculty’s position regarding an issue that has not always been understood clearly, faculty leaders say.

HAITI RESPONSE: Candlelight vigil for earthquake victims
A candlelight vigil to remember the victims and survivors of the Haiti earthquake will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the Diag. The program will include speakers, music and information on how individuals, student groups, departments and other members of the community can assist with relief.

The Michigan Difference

Passing of a pioneering geneticist
Marshall Nirenberg, a Nobel Prize-winning U-M alumnus who deciphered the genetic code in 1961, has died at age 82. In 1968 Nirenberg became the first federal employee to win a Nobel in physiology or medicine. In announcing his death, the Medical School’s Department of Biological Chemistry included a link to Nirenberg’s obituary in The Washington Post.