Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Gary Was, professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences, offers an overview of the nuclear emergency in Japan. He is featured in one of several videos on aspects of the crisis that are on a U-M website about the university response to the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Was, who also is Walter J. Weber Jr. Professor of Sustainable Energy, Environmental and Earth System Engineering and professor of materials science and engineering, will serve as an expert on CNN International for the next few days, and is to appear on CNN's U.S. broadcast at 3 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. today.

U-M affiliates in Japan moving to safer parts of the country
With continued uncertainty regarding the safety of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, university officials now are “strongly urging” students still in the Tokyo-Yokohama area to move farther south in Japan or return to the United States. John Godfrey, assistant dean for international studies in the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, sent the update to the seven U-M students in an e-mail message on Wednesday night.

Speaker voices urgency and optimism at annual Wege Lecture
Dr. Larry Brilliant, an epidemiologist, technology entrepreneur, philanthropist and medical doctor, addressed responses to such global threats as climate change, epidemics, water scarcity and nuclear proliferation Wednesday in the 10th Annual Wege Lecture on Sustainability.

REMINDER: MLibrary to host e-textbook symposium Friday
The U-M Library will host “The Future of E-textbooks: a Symposium on the Influence of E-textbooks on Academic Life” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at Palmer Commons.

University offers rewards in two incidents
U-M is offering rewards for information in two police investigations. Up to $500 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the sexual assault reported March 12 outside the South Forest Parking Structure. And up to $500 is being offered in connection with reports of pellets shot from passing vehicles earlier this year.

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.