Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Kevin Liu (left) plays a ruan and Yueyang Zhong plays an erhu during a performance of traditional Chinese instruments at an open house for the Confucius Institute at U-M. The event Monday included demonstrations of various Chinese art forms including calligraphy, paper-cutting and opera. The institute adds a substantial arts component to President Mary Sue Coleman’s China Initiative, and moves forward the university’s overall global programs and initiatives. (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

Wege lecturer optimistic about climate change legislation
The passage of health care reform “should free up the capabilities to forge climate change legislation,” President Barack Obama’s assistant for science and technology told a U-M audience on Monday. John Holdren, who also serves as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, presented the Ninth Annual Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability to a crowd of about 1,000 at Rackham Auditorium.

Senate Assembly elects three to fill seats on SACUA
Faculty members from the College of Engineering and the Medical School were elected to three-year terms on the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs on Monday. The Senate Assembly chose Rachel Goldman, Kimberlee Jane Kearfott and Kate Barald to serve on the nine-member executive arm of the university’s faculty governance system.

Four days left in video contest to help woo Google project
It’s not too late to help lure Google to Ann Arbor for its Fiber for Communities ultrahigh-speed broadband demonstration project. With a few colleagues, a video camera and a touch of creativity, people can make a YouTube video promoting Ann Arbor for the Google project. It’s a chance to win prizes ranging from an Apple iPad or a digital camera to a variety of gift certificates from local merchants.

Teach-In seeks to inspire action on environmental issues
A Teach-In to explore critical environmental issues affecting the planet will be from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday at the Michigan League Ballroom. Part of the university’s 40th anniversary celebration of Earth Day, the Teach-In features four panel discussions designed to inspire action and give voice to U-M’s new sustainability initiative.

The Michigan Difference

Former Los Angeles gang members trying to lose the markings of their previous lifestyle have an ally in plastic surgeon and U-M alumnus Dr. Frank Ryan. For the last 15 years, Ryan has been removing visible gang-related tattoos without charge for youth who want to lose their markings so they can stand a better chance of landing a job, and with it a second chance. “These youth have already done the hardest thing by leaving the gang,” Ryan says.