Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, March 26, 2010

Participants at Thursday’s Teach-In were able to get a close-up look at this 70-pound Asian carp, which was on display in the hallway outside a panel discussion on Great Lakes and water resources. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

Teach-In puts focus on complex environmental problems
Environmental problems facing the planet today are as urgent as those that existed 40 years ago, when the first Earth Day took place. But today’s challenges are much more complex, and solving them will require unprecedented levels of global cooperation. That was the message at Thursday’s Teach-In celebrating U-M’s role in founding the modern environmental movement.

U-M initiates process for returning American Indian human remains
The university has begun outlining a process for the transfer of Native American human remains to Indian tribes. Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest said the most recent activities are in response to a U.S. Department of the Interior rule clarifying how museums and other agencies – including U-M – should handle Native American human remains under their control but for which no culturally affiliated Indian tribe has been identified.

President Coleman, faculty and students inducted into Phi Kappa Phi
The U-M chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society, recently inducted President Mary Sue Coleman as its 2010 honorary member. The group also inducted Provost-Designate Philip Hanlon; David Munson, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering; and John Chamberlin, professor of public policy and political science, as faculty members, along with 275 new student members.

Michigan Radio to share in grant to create Local Journalism Center
U-M’s public radio operation will share in a $972,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help launch a regional effort to improve local journalism. Michigan Radio will partner with stations in Chicago and Cleveland to create multimedia content on the region’s changing economy.

WORTH REPEATING: Public is invited to free RSC events
Several free, public events associated with the Royal Shakespeare Company's creative residency at U-M are scheduled for this weekend and next week.

WORTH REPEATING: Google Fest a rally in the Diag for A2 Fiber campaign
Google Fest for Google Fiber kicks off with a three-minute “flash mob” on the Diag at 11:57 a.m. today. Click here for other ways to show support for the A2 Fiber campaign to win Google’s Fiber for Communities ultrahigh-speed broadband demonstration project.

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.