Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 27, 2011

These "books" once were stepping stones for carriages at the residence of Regent Junius Beal. They now sit on the front lawn of the Clements Library. The Record Update periodically will highlight pieces of public art at U-M. Click the photo for more information about the piece, and click here to browse an online collection of public artworks.

U-M finalizes agreement to bring Google collaborative tools to campus
U-M and Google will work together in the coming year to bring a wide array of Web-based tools to the university community that will enhance collaboration across campus and beyond. The NextGen Michigan Collaboration Project includes Google email, calendar, Docs, Sites and other tools. The move to Google will be phased in throughout 2012.

University to improve in-building cell phone reception
Verizon cell phone users at this year’s U-M home football games have been able to call, text, post or tweet thanks to a new antenna system deployed at Michigan Stadium. The system is capable of expanding to handle additional cellular carriers such as AT&T, which currently is being tested.

CHANGE OF VENUE: Perry-Fonda Q-and-A moves to larger location
The Q-and-A this Friday with record producer and U-M alumnus Richard Perry and his partner, actress and author Jane Fonda, has been moved to Rackham Auditorium.

Deane Baker, who served as regent for 24 years, dies at age 86
Former U-M Regent Deane Baker died Oct. 19 in California at the age of 86. Baker devoted his political life to strengthening public education, and spent 24 years as a regent at U-M.

The Michigan Difference

Students without borders
Every year in remote Guatemalan villages people die of treatable illnesses because of the distance between them and basic medical care. That’s why engineering students in Michigan’s Health Engineering for All Lives (M-HEAL) program are working to develop a sophisticated digital stethoscope that will transmit vital signs of patients in remote villages to specialists in Guatemala City. This video follows the students on an information-gathering trip to Guatemala earlier this year.