Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, December 10, 2010

President Mary Sue Coleman helped recognize retiring U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers, R-Grand Rapids, this week in Washington, D.C., for his 17 years of support for basic science research and education while in Congress. At the annual dinner for the Council on Competitiveness, Coleman said Ehlers was a true champion for science, technology, engineering and math education, and noted that he will come to Ann Arbor next year as a Towsley Policymaker in Residence at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)

NEWS UPDATE: Golf course parking lots closed for hockey game
Due to wet conditions and forecast precipitation, the Athletics Department has announced parking closures for Saturday's Big Chill at the Big House outdoor ice hockey game between U-M and Michigan State at Michigan Stadium.

Tessler, Kollman to lead international efforts in revised roles
As the university continues to advance global engagement opportunities for its students and faculty, Provost Phil Hanlon and LSA Dean Terrence McDonald have announced that Mark Tessler will take on the full-time role of vice provost for international affairs, and Kenneth Kollman will direct the International Institute.

U-M alum Dworkin nominated to National Council on the Arts
President Barack Obama has nominated U-M alumnus Aaron Dworkin, who founded the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization to increase the number of minority students pursuing classical music careers, to the National Council on the Arts.

Deadline for staff diversity award extended to Jan. 14
Nominations for the third annual U-M Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award are being accepted through Jan. 14. Recipients receive written recognition and money to use for professional development activities.

The Michigan Difference

Sounding the alarm
As concerns about the possible invasion of Asian carp in the Great Lakes continue to grow, Law School alumnus Noah Hall is doing his part to keep people informed about the legal issues surrounding the threat with his blog, Great Lakes Law. Hall has called for aggressive legal action to combat the crisis, but says time may not allow for effective options in time to keep the harmful species from establishing a foothold in Lake Michigan.