Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Jim Cogswell, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of art, and Melanie Manos, lecturer I in art, show part of the eight-story vinyl window mural that Cogswell created for the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. Manos curated the hospitals' $1.6 million museum-quality art collection, of which Cogswell's mural is a part. Click here to read more about how the mural came to be and to view slideshows of its creation. (Photo courtesy of the School of Art & Design)

U-M honors sustainable transportation entrepreneurship with new 'Mobi' Prize
U-M, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, has launched a prize competition for entrepreneurial ventures in sustainable transportation. The Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation "Mobi" Prize recognizes business startups that demonstrate innovative and replicable solutions to transportation challenges.

Volunteers sought for Voices of the Staff network groups
Voices of the Staff is seeking volunteers to join six network groups to continue the dialogue between administration and staff. VOICES provides a formal means for staff members to share their ideas with university executives on campus community issues, and serves as a sounding board for leadership about issues affecting staff.

Downtown Development Authority seeks university input through survey
The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority is seeking input from the university community to help shape a vision for four blocks in downtown Ann Arbor. The survey is the first outreach effort for the Connecting William Street initiative, a planning process dedicated to crafting strategies to transform five city-owned parking areas into uses that will better serve the community.

The Michigan Difference

Saving face, saving lives
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a former winner of the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which is administered through the U-M Knight-Wallace Fellows program, won an Academy Award on Feb. 26 for her short documentary “Saving Face.” The film chronicles the disfiguring acid attacks that occur against women in Pakistan. She received the 2004 Livingston Award for her documentary “Reinventing the Taliban,” which was broadcast on the Discovery Channel.