Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 23, 2010

Shawn Nelson, information technology manager for the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, helps plant a tree to recognize campus units that have achieved the highest level of green computing efforts. The Climate Savers Computing Initiative conducted the tree-planting ceremony on the Diag near North University and State streets on Thursday, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Holding the banner are Lynnette Foley, left, and Roxy Block of Climate Savers. (Photo by Katie Talik, Ford School)

Campus IT staff works to remedy antivirus software problem
U-M’s information technology staff spent much of Wednesday and Thursday working to identify and then fix a problem with antivirus software that struck computers across the university. The medical campus saw about a third of its computers affected.

Student Move-Out yields tons of items for recycling and reuse
As the semester winds down and students prepare to leave campus, the Move-Out component of U-M’s waste recycling program is kicking into gear. University Housing began the program for resident students in 1989, and it has grown into an effort that handles many tons of leftover items, refuse and non-perishable food, promoting reuse as well as recycling.

URC participants outline growing relationships between universities, business
Michigan’s University Research Corridor presidents are so committed to working together to transform the state’s economy that they are improving external relationships at all levels and changing their cultures, the URC’s executive director told a state House panel this week.

SECURITY BULLETIN: Bottle bomb alert
The Department of Public Safety says there have been several reports of bottle bombs appearing in residential areas in Washtenaw County.

The Michigan Difference

Linking health and society
Over the course of his career, George Kaplan has delved into the issue of how social inequalities affect human health, demonstrating time and again that things like where one lives and works matter. The Thomas Francis Collegiate Professor Emeritus of Public Health now lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where he continues to research what he describes as “the links between ‘social divides’ and ‘health divides.’”