Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dr. Hari Conjeevaram, associate professor of internal medicine, examines a child during his recent medical mission to aid victims of the Haiti earthquake. Click here to read more about Conjeevaram’s experience and observations. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Hari Conjeevaram)

NEWS UPDATE: U-M students in Chile safe, president urges support of earthquake victims
The University of Michigan has confirmed that 12 students studying in Chile were unharmed by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the coastal nation early Saturday morning. President Mary Sue Coleman expressed gratitude at learning of their safety, and encouraged the campus community to support the South American nation’s rebuilding process.

UPDATE: City of Ann Arbor, U-M issue community ‘A2Fiber’ call to action
Leaders of the effort to convince Google to pick Ann Arbor for one of its ultrahigh-speed broadband networks have issued a "call to action" to get the community involved in the project. The city of Ann Arbor and U-M are teaming up to meet Google's March 26 deadline to complete a Request for Information as part of the Internet search company's Fiber for Communities effort.

U-M to work with Royal Shakespeare Company on new plays
The Royal Shakespeare Company and U-M will work together to develop three new plays, including a reconstruction of a “lost” play credited to William Shakespeare and his contemporary, John Fletcher. The company’s March 20-31 visit will be its fourth to the U-M campus, and its first that focuses exclusively on the play-development process.

New UMHS building expands eye care, unites diabetes studies
The Brehm Tower at the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center Complex, an innovative new facility that expands the U-M Health System’s capacity for eye care, research and education, will open to patients Monday. The $132 million facility also unites diabetes researchers as they work to accelerate the search for a cure and prevention of diabetes.

ISR receives $14.8 million for expansion
The Institute for Social Research has received a $14.8 million construction award from the National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institutes of Health. Pending Board of Regents approval, the construction project is expected to add 50,000 square feet to the Thompson Street building of ISR.
• ISR shares in $10 million award to study 2010 and 2012 elections.

Universities’ economic development role critical to Michigan, U.S., Molnar tells panel
Lawrence Molnar, director of U-M’s Economic Development Administration University Center, told a congressional panel Thursday that universities play a key role in helping their regions deal with the economic downturn, and that EDA university programs at the U.S. Department of Commerce should be expanded to meet the growing need.

Record Update to suspend regular publication during break
This will be the last regular edition of the Record Update until March 8. Major developments that occur over the break may be posted to the Update Web site, but e-mail versions will not be sent. Similarly, the University Record will not publish March 1, but will resume weekly publication March 8.

The Michigan Difference

Sharing educational opportunity
Growing up in Mexico, Antonio Flores expected to become a farmer, just like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather. But he loved learning, and when the opportunity came to further his education, Flores took it. Ultimately, he received his doctorate from the School of Education. Since 1996, Flores has been president of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, which represents more than 450 institutions that are committed to Latino/a higher education success.