Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Undergraduates participating in the College of Pharmacy’s summer 2011 Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program scale a 40-foot tower as part of the recent Challenge Program at Radrick Farms. The event on July 14 was designed to inspire student interns to pursue leadership positions in their science careers. The National Science Foundation-funded REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF. This year, REU students are working with faculty to explore the structure and function of proteins. (Photo by Gregory Fox)

Guard against heat-related illness at Art Fair this week
With temperatures forecast to climb into the upper 90s during this week’s Ann Arbor Art Fair, doctors at the U-M Health System urge the public to take precautions to prevent heat-related illness.
• The Art Fair brings bring a tradition of U-M representation among artists and service providers.

List of orphan works candidates goes live on HathiTrust
The U-M Library has announced that the list of identified orphan works candidates now is live on the HathiTrust Digital Library website. This follows the library's June announcement that it will allow U-M affiliated users to access digital versions of confirmed orphan works — works for which the copyright holders cannot be identified or contacted — when those works also reside in its print collection.

U-M ranked among nation's best hospitals for 17th straight year
The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers have been ranked among the country’s best hospitals, placing 14th overall and No. 1 in the Detroit metropolitan area by U.S. News & World Report magazine. This is the 17th year in a row that U-M has been named to the honor roll of "America's Best Hospitals."

Meet Don Scavia, the man behind the sustainability research
U-M's sustainability website features an interview with Don Scavia, special counsel to the president for sustainability; director of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, and professor of natural resources and environment and civil and environmental engineering. This is the first of an occasional series offering a glimpse into the lives of the campus' sustainability leaders.

Damaged marker of state's first Jewish cemetery will be replaced
U-M officials are ensuring that a damaged historic marker identifying the site of the state's first Jewish cemetery will be replaced at its location near the Rackham Building on Central Campus, at the corner of East Huron and Fletcher streets.

UPDATED CRIME ALERT: Composite of sexual assault suspect released
The Department of Public Safety has updated a Crime Alert to include a composite rendering of the man suspected in a July 18 sexual assault that occurred in an alley along the 700 block of South State Street. Meanwhile investigations are continuing into two other recent incidents:
Aggravated assault — East University Avenue near Hill Street, July 17
Sexual assaults — 900 block of Greenwood Avenue, July 16; and Division Street near Community High School, July 15

Research universities are the heart of U.S. innovation, Forrest tells roundtable
Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest told a media roundtable in Washington, D.C. on July 13 that he believes the nation's research universities — including U-M — are the heart of American innovation.

UM-Flint names dean of School of Health Professions and Studies
Dr. David Gordon has been named the new dean of the School of Health Professions and Studies at UM-Flint effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. Currently, Gordon is a professor of pathology and associate dean for diversity and career development at the Medical School.

Message outlines things to know about NCAA rules compliance
The Compliance Services Office has emailed U-M alumni, athletic boosters and season ticket holders about their roles and responsibilities with regard to NCAA rules governing contact with prospects and student-athletes. It contains a list titled "The Top 10 Things Fans & Friends of Michigan Athletics Should Know."

The Michigan Difference

A thinner blue line
David Thacher, associate professor of public policy and urban planning, has researched the growing gulf in public safety between the country's haves and have-nots. He found that wealthy, white police jurisdictions tend to have far more officers per crime than poor, predominantly black areas. An article in the current edition of State & Hill, the magazine of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, explores the reasons for this inequity and its effects.