Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, September 19, 2011

Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs and CEO of the U-M Health System, is one of the "Wolverines for Life" highlighted in this video designed to spur participation in the Blood Battle and Wolverine-Buckeye Challenge. Click here to read more about the need for organ and blood donations, and the two annual contests with Ohio State to see which school can register more donors, as well as the Nov. 16 "Be a Hero at the Big House" event. Meanwhile, U-M libraries are joining those at other universities around the state today through Wednesday in the Michigan Libraries for Life organ donor registration drive.

EarthFest 2011 to turn Diag into platform for sustainability
The U-M community will party for the planet Sept. 27 when the Diag becomes a platform for sustainability with information, activities and entertainment at EarthFest 2011.
• President Mary Sue Coleman will deliver an address on sustainability prior to EarthFest.

MERC issues decision on GSRA unionization petition
The Michigan Employment Relations Commission issued its written ruling Sept. 14 dismissing a union representation petition filed by the Graduate Employees' Organization in April that had sought to conduct an election to determine if GEO would represent graduate student research assistants as their collective bargaining agent.

Law School to help develop India's infrastructure
A five-year, trillion-dollar effort by India’s government to improve its infrastructure will get a boost from a joint financial law and policy research center established last year by Michigan Law and one of India’s premier law schools.

New Active U Autumn encourages physical activity in the fall
Beginning today, MHealthy is launching a new six-week version of its popular Active U challenge to encourage physical activity and healthier eating habits during the fall months. All university faculty, staff, students and retirees can sign up through Oct. 11.

CRIME ALERT: Home invasions
1100, 1400 and 1500 blocks of McIntyre Drive (Northwood IV).

This week in the University Record
• 'Science of Ethics' philosophy project receives $1.2 million in funding
• Spotlight: Big House is home to longtime guide
• Research: Smartphone battery life could dramatically improve with new invention
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Stoves for Malawi
Brian Smyser, the first Peace Corps Master’s International student in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, works with a non-governmental organization and an ecosystem service company to help promote safer, more efficient stoves in Malawi villages. The effort enhances the quality of life and aids small business development in the villages.