Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

This sculpture, Peregrine Section, was created by Richard Hunt and was made to relate directly to its companion piece, Historical Circle. Both pieces are on North Campus in a courtyard on the north side of the Bentley Historical Library, and are gifts of Hobart Taylor Jr. in memory of his father, Hobart Taylor Sr. The Record Update periodically highlights pieces of public art at U-M. Click here to browse an online collection of public artworks.

Student nominated for national environmental leader award
Matthew Friedrichs, a civil engineering major and the co-founder of a leading campus environmental program, has been nominated for the SmartPower America's Next Eco-Star award. But to win, he needs the help of the campus community. The winning candidate will receive a SmartPower fellowship and the chance to represent the U.S. at the Sustainability Futures Academy in Salzburg, Austria, this year.

Faculty governance group calls for civil discourse in debate over GSRA issue
The U-M Senate Assembly went on record Monday supporting an environment in which all students, staff and faculty members can feel comfortable expressing their opinions in the current debate over whether graduate student research assistants should be allowed to form a union.

REMINDER: Active U registration closes today; sign up by 5 p.m.
Today is the last day to register for Active U, MHealthy's 12-week physical activity challenge. The program is open to all university faculty, staff, graduate students, and retirees, as well as spouses and Other Qualified Adults. Register online by 5 p.m. at

UM-Flint names new director of public safety
Raymond Hall, a former captain with the Lansing Police Department who has more than 26 years of law enforcement experience, has accepted the position of director of public safety for UM-Flint.

South Quad, 8:45 a.m. and 4:47 p.m., Feb. 13

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.