Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, November 19, 2010

Brad Cotten, an undergraduate engineering student and member of the Radio Aurora Explorer (RAX) team, works on the integration of the RAX satellite, which is set to launch at 8:24 p.m. today. View a live streaming video of the launch site in Kodiak, Alaska, as RAX prepares to become the first stand-alone spacecraft built by U-M students to go into orbit and perform a science mission. Click here to read more about the RAX mission. (Photo by Tanner Beck)

U-M regents extend Coleman’s contract through July 2014
Mary Sue Coleman will serve as president of U-M for an additional two years beyond her current appointment, extending her contract through July 2014. The Board of Regents unanimously approved the extension at its meeting Thursday. The two-year extension is effective July 31, 2012, when her second five-year contract was set to expire. Coleman was appointed to her first five-year term in 2002.

Three to receive honorary degrees at Winter Commencement
A Nobel laureate who helped pioneer a new theory about the psychology of judgment and decision making, an astronomer whose work has led to greater understanding about the formation of galaxies, and one of the world’s leading investment managers are to receive honorary degrees at the U-M Winter Commencement 2010.
In other action Thursday, the Board of Regents approved two construction projects, the purchase of three properties, and fireworks during "The Big Chill at the Big House."

University named Sustainable Public Institution of the Year
U-M has been named the first ever recipient of the Sustainable Public Institution of the Year award by the Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum in recognition of the university’s overall sustainability efforts on the Ann Arbor campus.

U-M attracting international students, more are studying abroad
U-M attracted 6,095 international students to the state in 2009-10, the sixth-highest total of any U.S. university, according to an Institute of International Education report that also found U-M and its University Research Corridor partner, Michigan State University, in the top 10 for both international enrollment as well as study-abroad programs.

The Michigan Difference

Crossing cultures
In the summer of 2010, a group of 14 undergraduates and four graduate students led by Joe Trumpey, associate professor of art and natural resources, visited Madagascar for a course called EcoExplorers. During the trip, Stephanie Starch worked with Chris Parker to design a human-powered treadle water pump for the small village of Ranobe.