Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The U-M chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta received the Overall Outstanding Large Chapter Award at the recent national biennial convention of the honor society for college students preparing for careers in the health professions. The award is given to the chapter with the best record of sustained service activities, programmatic efforts, pre-professional counseling and peer mentoring over the last two years. It is the second time the chapter has won the award since it was formed in 1998. Click the photo for more information and a list of those pictured. (Photo courtesy of Alpha Epsilon Delta)

Lecture series to spur campus conversation about activism
In this presidential campaign year, public discourse is focused on the economy in a unique way, and new social movements have taken shape across the political spectrum. Questions of access and fairness remain central to these discussions. The university will offer several opportunities for the campus community to engage in conversations about these issues.
• The university's two top budget officers — Provost Phil Hanlon and Vice Provost Martha Pollack — will give a special presentation Friday and on March 22 about U-M's budget priorities and what goes into funding them.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens celebrates 50th anniversary in exhibit
The Matthaei Botanical Gardens is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a special exhibit running through April 8. The 350-acre site has grown from producing plant specimens for research into a public facility offering activities to back learning, understanding and enjoyment of the natural world, and good health.

DPS accreditation assessment team invites public comment
Faculty, staff, students and visitors at U-M are invited to comment later this month on the activities and policies of the Department of Public Safety as part of a national accreditation assessment. Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will be on campus to examine all aspects of DPS' policies, procedures, management, operations and support services.

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.