Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Eric Rabkin, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of English language and literature, was the keynote speaker at an event promoting "The Big Read," which is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The event took place Saturday at Schoolcraft College and was organized by the Wayne-Metropolitan Community Action Agency in conjunction with the U-M Center for Educational Outreach. Rabkin is an honorary chairperson for the 2010 Big Read program, which celebrates Ray Bradbury's “Fahrenheit 451.” The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. (Photo by Marie Ting, Center for Educational Outreach)

Regents meeting, Web site put focus on U-M ties to West Michigan
U-M will highlight its ties to West Michigan when the Board of Regents has its monthly meeting in Grand Rapids on April 15. The regents’ agenda includes a number of West Michigan-focused items. The university has created a Web site that showcases ties between U-M and the west side of the state.

Medical School researchers earn record in NIH funding
Medical School physicians and scientists earned more than $366 million in National Institutes of Health research funding in the federal fiscal year 2009. The record-setting achievement cements the Medical School’s position among the top 10 medical schools in the nation in terms of NIH grants awarded.

Education provisions part of federal budget reconciliation bill
While most attention was focused on health care reform, a number of educational provisions also were enacted into law when President Barack Obama signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 bill last week. Among other things, the law affects federal student loans and Pell Grant funding.

The Michigan Difference

Three generations of aero engineers
Over the course of three generations, the Criel family has witnessed much of the history of the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Harry Criel, his son Todd and grandson Ben all graduated with Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees through the department. They discussed their memorable experiences and professors on page 2 of the latest edition of AeroNews, the department newsletter.