Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In this video university officials discuss the broader importance of an upcoming trip to China by the University Symphony Band. Click here to read more about how the three-week tour in May represents the latest chapter in U-M's global education legacy.

$20 million gift to jumpstart renovation at Lawyers Club complex
One of the largest gifts ever made to the Law School will help revitalize living spaces within the 86-year-old student-housing portion of U-M's iconic Law Quadrangle. Pending Board of Regents approval, the $20 million gift from Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charles Munger will pay for the majority of a renovation project inside the Lawyers Club housing complex.

U-M remains strong in graduate school rankings
The university continues to fare well in the U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the nation's best graduate schools. Among the programs ranked each year, education and law increased their rankings while engineering maintained a top-10 ranking, and business and medicine maintained top-20 rankings in the magazine's 2011 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools" released March 15.

University launches new Compliance Resource Center website
A new Compliance Resource Center website now provides faculty and staff with a comprehensive overview of the university's legislative and regulatory compliance obligations. It offers practical information about many compliance topics and identifies contacts to answer questions from university employees about compliance.

U-M awarded $4.9M to help reduce obesity in preschool children
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded U-M $4.9 million to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity among Head Start preschoolers in Michigan. Last week, the U-M Health System received a $232,000 grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation to expand Project Healthy Schools, which also is designed to reduce childhood obesity.

Deadline extended for MHealthy Rewards health questionnaire
Based on faculty and staff feedback, MHealthy has announced it will extend the deadline to complete the MHealthy Rewards 2011 health questionnaire to March 25.

JAPAN EARTHQUAKE: The university's response
Get the latest information about U-M's response to the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

The Michigan Difference

Fighting infectious diseases in China
Although many countries in the Pan Asian Pacific region have made enormous strides towards eliminating measles, China continues to struggle with control of the disease. Thanks to a five-year $3.62 million grant from the National Institutes of Health International Collaborations in Infectious Disease Research, Associate Professor Matthew Boulton and a team of SPH researchers will partner with colleagues in China to characterize the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases in China and to improve control efforts. The grant places special focus on measles.