Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, February 13, 2012

Over the next eight months, about five million specimens from the Museum of Zoology's "wet" collection — animals preserved in alcohol inside various containers — will be moved from the Ruthven Museums Building on Central Campus to a new off-campus storage facility. The new facility has been designed and built to safely store and protect the collection. The budget for the project, which includes building the new storage facility, moving the collection and other selected renovations, is $20 million.

Laser innovator elected to National Academy of Engineering
The developer of an “Art to Part” 3-D metal printing process that lets manufacturers make parts straight from drawings has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Jyoti Mazumder, the Robert H. Lurie Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a professor in materials science and engineering, is one of 66 new members and 10 foreign associates, the NAE announced Friday.

Expert historian to discuss slavery in Henry Russel Lecture
Rebecca Scott, the Charles Gibson Distinguished University Professor of History in LSA, professor of law, and an expert on the intersection of law and history in the study of slavery and emancipation, will deliver the Henry Russel Lecture. Her talk, “Under Color of Law: Contemporary Slavery and the Uses of History,” will take place at 4 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Rackham Amphitheatre.
• The Henry Russel Lecture was named after a successful attorney and alumnus, who is considered a formative figure in Michigan history.

Plans for Fuller Road Station put on hold
The university and city of Ann Arbor jointly have decided to set aside plans for the Fuller Road Station and parking facilities as presently designed. Fuller Road Station and parking facilities were scheduled to be built near the corner of Fuller Road and East Medical Center Drive, adjacent to the main medical campus.

Faculty nominations sought for DPS Oversight Committee
Nominees are being sought to represent Faculty Senate and non-Senate positions on the Department of Public Safety Oversight Committee. The DPS Oversight Committee considers grievances against any police officer or DPS. Its findings and recommendations are reported to the executive vice president and chief financial officer.

This week in the University Record
• Research: Fruit fly turn-on — A sexy, youthful smell may make up for advancing age
• Faculty Spotlight: Law professor helps students reunite a family
• Old School: U-M in History — Michigan Road Scholars begins traveling seminar in 1999

The Michigan Difference

Predicting cholera
In an effort to aid the nearly 14 million residents of Dhaka, Bangladesh, U-M faculty from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are helping to predict cholera outbreaks. A computer model designed by Professor Mercedes Pascual and Associate Professor Aaron King, along with other colleagues, serves as an early warning system for outbreaks up to 11 months in advance, and will aid public health officials in treatment preparedness, vaccination and other disease-prevention strategies.