Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sophomore Dilara Uskup, left, and junior Felix Lopez join others in the campus community — including President Mary Sue Coleman — to remember victims of the Haiti earthquake. The candlelight vigil Wednesday on the Diag was sponsored by the M-HEART coalition, U-M Haiti Relief, and the Division of Student Affairs. Click here for more images. (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

U-M officials say it's not the time for students to travel to Haiti
While some students may want to spend their winter break helping victims of the Haiti earthquake, U-M officials and others say it’s too soon for student volunteers to travel to the island nation. Instead, in an e-mail to students Provost Teresa Sullivan and Vice President for Student Affairs E. Royster Harper will urge them to volunteer with area aid groups, and to contribute to organizations already in place.

University moves into Top 20 on Kiplinger’s ‘best value’ ranking
U-M has moved up on the Kiplinger list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges 2009-10, advancing to 19th as a value to in-state students and 24th for out-of-state students. The university ranked 26th and 28th, respectively, in the two categories in the 2008-09 ranking.

Arbor Day Foundation names U-M a Tree Campus USA institution
U-M’s dedication to environmental stewardship on its campus has resulted in it being named a 2009 Tree Campus USA institution by the Arbor Day Foundation. The group cites the university’s formation of a Campus Tree Advisory Committee, dedicated expenditures toward a Campus Tree Care Plan and student involvement in an Arbor Day observance and service-learning program last year.

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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.