Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

President Mary Sue Coleman welcomes the campus community to a new year that will take U-M in engaging and interesting directions. This video highlights several activities and projects in 2012 that include sustainable energy in Brazil, a student business at TechArb and an English class taught using American Sign Language.

Graham Institute seeks applicants for Undergraduate Sustainability Scholars
The Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Sustainability Scholars. Each year, this competitive program accepts up to 30 sophomores for a series of interdisciplinary courses on sustainability. Scholars earn a sustainability certificate and receive special access and funding for field-based experience.

OVER BREAK: Snyder says universities exempt from domestic partner benefit ban
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation that prevents some public employers from offering medical benefits to the domestic partners of public employees, but not before saying that university employees are exempt.
Other items posted to the Record Update website during the email edition's holiday hiatus include:
• Congress finalized FY 2012 funding for research and education. A summary from the U-M Washington Office looks at funding for federal programs of interest to U-M and the higher education community.
• The Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies has joined forces with Michigan State University's Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation to create the Michigan Entrepreneurship Education Leaders Forum.

Medicine That Speaks: Putting patients above politics
In a new website, Medicine That Speaks, Dr. Ora Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs, discusses how practitioners are in the best position to improve the American health care system. The new site is designed to serve as a forum for ideas and conversations about health care.

OT field goal gives Wolverines a Sugar Bowl victory
A 37-yard field goal in overtime gave the Wolverines their first Sugar Bowl victory Tuesday night, a 23-20 win over Virginia Tech. See details of the game along with photos and videos of U-M's triumph in New Orleans.

The Michigan Difference

For the good of South Sudan
As an emigrant of Sudan, law professor Laura Beny felt strongly about the issues facing the newly declared country of South Sudan. Since 2006 she has made yearly trips to conduct research and work on projects relating to advising the South Sudan government, as well as aiding local entrepreneurs in developing better marketing and distribution strategies in order to create more job opportunities.