Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, November 4, 2011

Students in a Residential College sculpture course parade around Central Campus wearing paper mache skulls they made as part of an exploration of cultural practices related to the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The skulls, created using both traditional and original design elements, were made for the course taught by Jason Wright, lecturer I in the American Culture Program. (Photo by Jason Wright)

Leaders celebrate opening of new children's and women's hospitals
Children joined community and U-M leaders to celebrate the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital on Thursday with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. President Mary Sue Coleman, U-M Health System CEO Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, regents with strong ties to the hospital, C.S. Mott Foundation Executive Director Bill White and former Wolverine football coach Lloyd Carr were among those celebrating the hospitals' opening, scheduled for Dec. 4.

U-M shoots for fourth straight Blood Battle victory over OSU
Although U-M and Ohio State don’t square off on the gridiron until Nov. 26, the two schools already are competing for victory in another arena. The 30th annual Blood Battle began Thursday, pitting Wolverines against Buckeyes to see which school can collect more blood donations by Nov. 18.

End of Daylight Saving Time a good reminder to check password security
It's time to fall back. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, when we set our clocks back one hour and gain an extra hour of sleep. Meanwhile, Information and Technology Services reminds everyone in the university community that this is a good time to check their Kerberos passwords for security.

The Michigan Difference

Energy efficiency through social networks
School of Information Professor Thomas Finholt and adjunct lecturer Erik Hofer are studying how social networks can be used to help individuals reduce their energy footprint. Among their areas of focus are the Internet, telephone systems and transportation networks, all of which are in turn tied to power and fuel-supply networks, such as electricity grids.