Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, June 4, 2010

Sculptor William Dennisuk (in cap) works with Zack Jacobsen-Weaver (left), Sean Blackwell (second from left) and John Leyland to install his sculpture in the Huron River near Nichols Arboretum. The installation Thursday was the third of three phases in Dennisuk’s Vessel Project. Other pieces have been installed in the Lurie reflecting pool outside the College of Engineering on North Campus, and in Gallup Park. All three sculptures will be on display through October. Dennisuk is the 2009-10 Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence at the School of Art & Design. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

U-M honored as Employer of the Year for innovative internships
The university has been named nonprofit Employer of the Year by Crain’s Detroit Business and the Detroit Regional Chamber’s program. The award, presented for the first time this year, recognizes U-M’s innovative Development Summer Internship Program.

Faculty members’ work cited by President Obama
President Obama has instructed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation to consider the findings of a report, which includes work by three U-M faculty members, in the departments’ processes for improving fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards for commercial trucks and buses.

UM-Flint wins green energy award from Consumers Energy
Consumers Energy has selected UM-Flint as the 2009 Green Generation Customer Participant of the Year. The school is among the top five largest participants in the utility’s Green Generation program, with a renewable energy commitment that represents more than 3 percent of UM-Flint’s total annual energy consumption.

The Michigan Difference

Anthropologist to the drug underworld
From 2000-03, while working on his dissertation in anthropology, LSA alumnus Luke Bergmann immersed himself in the world of Detroit’s young drug dealers. The result was his book “Getting Ghost,” a chronicle of two street-level dealers. “It was very harrowing to become a member of that community and to see the incredible carnage. It changed my own racial and political identity,” Bergmann says.