Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Law School's Community and Economic Development Clinic provides legal, research, technical, and policy assistance to organizations and groups engaged in a variety of efforts in Southeast Michigan. This video shows how the clinic offers support to non-profits as well as helps law students gain necessary skills.

BREAKING NEWS: Dow and U-M launch program to develop sustainability leaders
Dow Chemical Co. and U-M will bring together 300 students from all areas of study to help solve some of the world's most pressing sustainability challenges in a new and unprecedented fellowship program announced today. Dow will provide a gift of $10 million over six years to support the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at U-M. This real-world, multidisciplinary program will leverage U-M's nearly $1.25 billion research portfolio to engage in and help solve some of the world's most pressing sustainability challenges, while driving innovation in Michigan and around the globe.

Six to receive honorary degrees at spring commencement ceremonies
CNN chief medical correspondent and U-M alumnus Dr. Sanjay Gupta will deliver the spring commencement address at U-M in Ann Arbor. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon who has broadcast live from some of the world’s most devastating natural and man-made disasters, also will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters at the 10 a.m. April 28 ceremony in Michigan Stadium. Five others also are recommended for honorary degrees, to be considered by the Board of Regents at its meeting Thursday.

U-M plays role in effort to support manufacturing innovation, encourage insourcing
President Barack Obama’s plan announced Friday to highlight the successful trend of insourcing – companies from around the world bringing jobs back and making new investments here in the United States – calls for a $1 billion investment to create a new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. The announcement reflects work from the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, on which U-M has been front and center, President Mary Sue Coleman said in a statement following Obama’s announcement.

Fukushima lesson: Prepare for unanticipated nuclear accidents
A year after the crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, scientists and engineers remain largely in the dark when it comes to fundamental knowledge about how nuclear fuels behave under extreme conditions, according to a U-M nuclear waste expert and his colleagues.

Five facts U-M's chief IT security officer wants you to know about M+Google
Google implemented a new privacy policy March 1 that affects all users, including the faculty, staff and students on the U-M Ann Arbor campus who have had access since March 5 to more than 40 tools and services in Google Apps for Education, a cloud-based computing platform.

Flu season is here – still time to be vaccinated
This week, the U-M Health System’s Infection Control and Epidemiology Department declared that influenza has become widespread in the area. University health officials say there still is time to be vaccinated against the flu. This year’s seasonal flu vaccine provides protection against three different strains of influenza virus, including the 2009 H1N1 virus.

Effort seeks to craft new process for handling student sexual misconduct allegations
The university has launched a process to develop an appropriate approach for responding to allegations of sexual misconduct among students. The initial phase of the work, now getting under way, will include a wide range of individual and group interviews to gather input from all parts of the university community.

This week in the University Record
• Six vie for three SACUA seats
• Deborah Dash Moore to receive National Jewish Book Award
• Research: Heart-powered pacemaker could eliminate battery-replacement surgery
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Engineering student turned actor
As a sophomore engineering student at U-M Mark Metcalf had no clue he would one day play an iconic role in the 1978 movie "Animal House" and go on to a successful stage, movie and TV acting career. A chance audition for a U-M production of "Henry VI" not only changed Metcalf’s major in college, but gave him the opportunity to help promote local artists, work with young filmmakers and inspire generations of audiences with his memorable roles.