Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, October 10, 2011

Jason Grove (left) and David Vera cut trim for a house being renovated by Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley. The two were among the U-M Health System physician assistants who participated in the service project over the weekend as part of National Physician Assistant Week. Click the photo to read more about the project. (Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley)

Four to receive honorary degrees at Winter Commencement
One of the nation's foremost journalists, a world-renowned scientist who specializes in pharmaceutical chemistry, a former U-M provost and the current chancellor of Syracuse University, and a Harvard professor and author whose work focuses on community, diversity, religion and politics in modern society are to receive honorary degrees at the U-M Winter Commencement 2011.

Countdown: Solar car team ready to race in Australia
With a cutting-edge solar car, an advanced strategy and an intrepid 16-student race crew, U-M's national champion Solar Car Team is ready for the fast-approaching World Solar Challenge. The 1,800-mile international contest starts on the north shore of Australia in Darwin on Oct. 16.

U-M United Way campaign seeks to raise $1.3 million
Today marks the beginning of the 2011 U-M United Way Charitable Giving Campaign. This year's campaign co-chairs — Phil Hanlon, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and Douglas Strong, CEO of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers — have set a campaign goal of $1.3 million. The campaign runs through Nov. 18.

CRIME ALERT: Home invasions
West Quad, 541 Thompson; 3 a.m. Oct. 8

This week in the University Record
• CEW lecture: Activist focuses on black women's relationship to land, space
• Faculty Spotlight: AOSS professor faces storms head on
• Research: Advance directives impact quality of end-of-life care
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Preserving Detroit’s history
UM-Dearborn student Michael Holtzman is passionate about aiding in the revitalization of Detroit. He started to showcase positive aspects of the city by featuring photos of more than 120 historically significant buildings. He plans to expand the website to feature more than 600 buildings, and hopes that someday his efforts will improve the quality of life in Detroit.