Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, March 23, 2012

Lester Monts (left), senior vice provost for academic affairs, and Jean-Pierre Ezin, commissioner of the African Union, shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding between U-M and the African Union, an organization representing the 55 nations of Africa. The MOU, signed Thursday, is the latest development in a series of exchanges and discussions between the two parties over the past two years. Much of the activity has been related to the development and launch of the Pan African University, a consortium of five centers of graduate training heavily oriented toward the sciences. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

Gas leak

The Department of Public Safety has issued an all clear message for the gas leak incident. The FXB Building will remain closed until 5 p.m. today (March 23) while repairs are completed. Also, all classes and activities in the FXB building have been suspended until approximately 5 p.m.

Leaders outline university financing in meeting with students
The university's top two budget officers met with students Thursday to explain where university funding comes from, how it is spent and how a shifting financial picture — particularly in the area of state appropriations — affects them and the tuition they pay.

Sustainable water-quality projects in Ghana and Peru receive U-M funding
The Graham Sustainability Institute and the Center for Global Health are co-sponsoring two research projects addressing water-quality impacts on public health, one in Ghana and the other in Peru. Each of the projects, which are called integrated assessments, will receive $350,000 over the next three years.

Research Views: What's in a name? A lot at UMEI
In the latest edition of his blog, "Research Views," Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest discusses the name change that resulted in the U-M Energy Institute, and how UMEI will become a resource for research, education and understanding in such areas as carbon-neutral electricity sources, energy storage, transportation and fuels, as well as energy-related policy and economics.

SECURITY BULLETIN: Suspicious animal
North Campus, Hubbard Road between Green Road and Stone Drive; described as a possible cougar.

The Michigan Difference

Relieving hunger in West Africa
The Dogon people of West Mali are facing starvation because of a drought. Beverly Strassman, professor of anthropology, has been studying this group for years and, seeing their plight, stepped in to help. With the aid of colleagues Strassman hopes to provide about 30 trucks of food to 12 villages in the affected region. Knowing conventional relief efforts don’t reach this remote area, Strassman has been raising money to provide relief herself.