Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Retired astronaut and U-M alumnus Al Worden signs a chalkboard mural that is part of the new North Quad’s Media Gateway. Worden was on campus recently to present U-M senior David Montague with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and took time to sign the mural, part of which celebrates an astronaut’s spacewalk and U-M’s contributions to space exploration. The mural is designed so future dignitaries who visit U-M can leave their signatures as well. (Photo by Paul Jaronski, Photo Services)

National Research Council releases Ph.D assessment
The National Research Council on Tuesday released a long-awaited assessment of Ph.D. programs in the United States. The methodology used by the NRC has changed dramatically since the last survey in 1995.

Comment period set for recommendations regarding American Indian human remains
The Advisory Committee on Culturally Unidentifiable Human Remains has submitted its final report to Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest, who has established a comment period on the panel’s recommendations. The recommendations suggest how U-M might handle requests to transfer human remains and associated funerary objects not culturally affiliated with a specific Native American tribe.

Campus community's input sought on collaborative tools from Google, Microsoft
The U-M community is being urged to help the university decide between Google and Microsoft for new campuswide online collaborative tools. Representatives from both vendors will be on campus during the next two weeks to demonstrate the alternatives and enhancements they can offer to U-M’s currently available collaborative tools.

Next town hall meeting on sustainability set for Oct. 14
Faculty, students and staff are invited to attend the third Campus Sustainability Town Hall meeting Oct. 14 in the Rackham Fourth Floor Amphitheatre. The event is an opportunity for the campus community to learn about what happened over the summer and how the Campus Sustainability Integrated Assessment is progressing into the fall.

UPDATED CRIME ALERT: Unarmed robbery
Suspect in South Quad incident reported back on campus.

The Michigan Difference

Competing for the ArtPrize
The second annual ArtPrize competition currently is under way in Grand Rapids. U-M alumni and faculty have entered works in the innovative and experimental competition, in which the public votes and determines the top award of $250,000.