Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

An updated whale evolution exhibit scheduled to open in April at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History features a complete, 50-foot-long skeleton of the extinct whale Basilosaurus isis, which lived 37 million years ago. This video explores how the fossil was discovered and the process involved in getting it ready for exhibit and research. Click here to read more about the tale of this whale.

University upgrades CTools to version 2.7.1
CTools version 2.7.1 was released to the U-M community on Dec. 28. A significant upgrade, the new version includes new features in existing tools, improvements in ease-of-use and navigation, and bug fixes.

Pescovitz named a Newsmaker of the Year
Crain's Detroit Business has recognized Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, CEO of the U-M Health System and executive vice president for medical affairs, as a 2010 Newsmaker of the Year. The newspaper honored Pescovitz for expanding UMHS' statewide footprint since arriving in 2009, and for boosting commercialization of campus research.

Michigan Stadium recognized with 2010 Best of the Best Award
Newly renovated Michigan Stadium was awarded with a Best of the Best Award by McGraw-Hill Construction, a national competition that recognizes design and construction excellence. Michigan Stadium was named the top construction project in the sports/recreation category.

Cancer Center gets $10.7M grant to study colon, pancreas cancers
The Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a five-year, $10.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study colorectal and pancreatic cancer. Researchers from nine different departments in the Medical School and School of Public Health will collaborate on the grant.

The Michigan Difference

Reversing fortunes
U-M students who have come from the foster care system face a unique set of challenges, both in terms of funding their education as well as lacking the family and community support that most undergraduates enjoy. U-M alumnus Paul Blavin and his wife, Amy, want to help provide that guidance and sense of community through the Blavin Scholars Program. They have pledged to match $500,000 in contributions to fund the program.