Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Karen Downing, learning communities liaison and foundations and grants librarian at the Hatcher Graduate Library, reads from “To Kill a Mockingbird” as part of MLibrary’s Read-Out celebrating Banned Books Week. The event Wednesday on the Hatcher Library steps featured people reading from their favorite banned books. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, Photo Services)

University takes additional steps to support MSA president
President Mary Sue Coleman has issued a statement in support of Michigan Student Assembly President Chris Armstrong, who has been targeted because of his sexual orientation.
• Read U-M's statement of support from earlier today.

New $46 million lab complex to advance nanotech research
A next-generation nanomechanical engineering lab complex at U-M will enable researchers to study the forces at work at the smallest scales and to advance nanotechnologies in energy, manufacturing, health care and biotechnology. The Center of Excellence in Nano Mechanical Science and Engineering is a $46 million facility made possible in part by a $9.5 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Nominees sought for distinguished innovator, staff excellence awards
University leaders are seeking nominees for awards honoring excellence among faculty innovators and staff. The Office of the Vice President for Research is accepting nominations for the 2011 Distinguished University Innovator Award, and the Office of the Provost is seeking nominees for the Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence.

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.