Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, January 24, 2011

Operatic soprano Renée Fleming (second from right) receives the 2011 UMS Distinguished Artist Award from Ford Motor Co. Fund and Community Services President Jim Vella (left), President Mary Sue Coleman and University Musical Society President Kenneth Fischer (right). The award, part of the Ford Honors Program, recognizes distinguished artists while raising funds that help educate and engage community members in artistic expression through the UMS Education and Community Engagement Programs. The award was presented Jan. 16 at Hill Auditorium. (Photo by Steve Kuzma)

U-M goes smoke-free July 1; policy details finalized
President Mary Sue Coleman has approved the final report on implementing the new smoke-free policy that takes effect July 1. The steering committee for the Smoke-free University Initiative 's report includes 14 recommendations that define smoke-free boundaries, commit to treatment and support for those who want help quitting, and outline compliance expectations.

Provost considering a more flexible tenure probationary time frame
In a change designed to better meet the needs of today's tenure-track faculty, Phil Hanlon, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, is considering a change that would increase the maximum allowable tenure probationary period from eight to 10 years.

U-M charitable giving campaign raises record-breaking amount
The university has raised an estimated $1,202,710 for the annual United Way campaign — a 4 percent increase from last year's tally. This year's total is a campaign giving record and is more than $100,000 more than the goal set out last fall.

This week in the University Record
• Research: Have we changed our ways after the BP oil spill? Not really
• Spotlight: Gardening roots run deep for graduate program assistant
• Question of the Week: What's your favorite outdoor winter activity?
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Carbon forestry pioneer
Working as an adviser on climate and forestry with the German Agency for Technical Cooperation in Laos, U-M alumnus Gabe Eickhoff spends about half his time wearing nice clothes in the Laos Department of Forestry advising on regulations, and the other half out in forests measuring trees. Eickhoff is part of an emerging field that aims to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by reducing deforestation.