Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

From left, Sukhi Dosanjh, Carol Kim and Alfonso Salazar participate in a panel discussion marking the 30th anniversary of the Summer Program in Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) at U-M. All three graduated from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy after participating in PPIA at other institutions. Dosanjh works for the U.S. Agency for International Development; Kim is communications manager for the private health insurance company Health Net Inc.; and Salazar consults with public sector clients for Deloitte Services. Working through several public policy schools across the country, PPIA seeks to prepare young adults from under-represented groups for advanced degrees and, ultimately, careers in public policy. (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

University issues response to recent assaults
University leaders sent a message to faculty, staff and students Wednesday regarding a series of assaults near campus, and offered safety measures that should be taken.

CRIME ALERT: Sexual assault
Off campus, 720 S. State St. in rear parking lot near Monroe Street; 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
In an interview, Interim U-M Police Chief Joe Piersante discusses campus safety following several serious assaults on campus.

U-M researchers create reprogrammed stem cells for disease studies
Researchers at U-M's Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies have reprogramming adult skin cells so they behave like embryonic stem cells. They will use these cells — known as induced pluripotent stem cells — side by side with human embryonic stem cells to study the origin and progression of various diseases and to search for new treatments.

University again makes Chronicle's list of Great Colleges to Work For
For the fourth consecutive year, U-M is featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of Great Colleges to Work For. U-M was recognized in the areas of compensation and benefits, job satisfaction and support, and tenure clarity and process.

Football Fan Day set for Aug. 14 at Michigan Stadium
The U-M football program will hold its annual Fan Day on Aug. 14 at Michigan Stadium. The autograph session and opportunity to meet the 2011 Wolverines team will run from approximately 2-3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

PODCAST: Why did Borders fail?
Ann Arbor-based Borders' decision to liquidate its assets and close its remaining bookstores has industry observers speculating about the long-term impact on authors, consumers, and competitors. In this podcast, Aradhna Krishna, Dwight F. Benton Professor of Marketing, retraces the company’s steps leading to its ultimate downfall.

U-M faculty, students participate in Traverse City Film Festival
For the second consecutive year, U-M has formed an educational partnership with the Traverse City Film Festival, which opens Tuesday. Two short films by U-M students will debut at the festival, and faculty will serve as jurors for short and feature films, and documentaries.

New entrepreneurship master's degree leverages know-how from Ross, CoE
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved a proposal by the College of Engineering and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business to offer a joint program that specializes in training students to turn ideas into inventions and inventions into successful businesses.

East Quad residence hall approved for renovation
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved the comprehensive renovation of East Quadrangle, a heritage residence hall and longtime home to the Residential College.
In other action, regents approved projects at North Hall and UM-Flint, and purchasing property adjacent to the Institute for Social Research.

This week in the University Record
• Question of the Week: Can you imagine your life without computers?
• Spotlight: Ophthalmic technician by day, children's book illustrator by night
• Research: Real-time data collected on football player who broke neck
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Up, up and away … to YouTube
Students in a UM-Dearborn environmental studies course used the popular video-sharing website YouTube to display the results of their course-long projects that included launching a balloon — with a camera — up to 90,000 feet. The teams posted the edited videos — including one that dramatically illustrates the balloon's journey — earlier this spring after filming their progress each step of the way. The idea was to develop remote sensing systems that could capture imagery of Earth’s surface and data from the troposphere.