Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Participants in a flash mob to promote disability awareness dance on the Central Campus Diag. Nearly 200 people turned out for the event at noon Tuesday as part of Disability Awareness Week. It was hosted by the Allies for Disability Awareness Community Organizing Team and was designed to connect students and staff with disabilities and their allies. (Photo by Lon Horwedel, U-M Photo Services)

Mazumder honored with Distinguished University Innovator Award
Jyotirmoy Mazumder, the Robert H. Lurie Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, has been selected to receive the Distinguished University Innovator Award for 2012. The award honors faculty who have made important and lasting contributions to society by developing novel ideas and insights through their research and then translating them into practice.

Ann Arbor campus certified as a Tree Campus USA
Continued forestry efforts by staff and students have earned the U-M Ann Arbor campus recognition as a Tree Campus USA institution by the Arbor Day Foundation for the fourth consecutive year. U-M is one of 115 colleges and universities out of more than 2,000 nationwide to achieve Tree Campus USA status in 2011.

Attorney General Eric Holder named Senior Day speaker at Law School
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will deliver the Law School's Senior Day address May 6. Holder, the 82nd attorney general and the first African American to hold that office, will address the school's graduating class at Hill Auditorium.

U-M Health and Retirement Study adds genetic data to NIH database
The U-M Health and Retirement Study, a 20-year nationwide survey of the health, economic and social status of older Americans conducted by the Institute for Social Research, has added genetic information from 12,500 consenting participants to the online genetics database of the National Institutes of Health. "This step marks an important milestone in the expansion of traditional social science research to include biometric and biological data, including genetic material," says ISR Director James Jackson.

The Michigan Difference

Helping deliver babies in Ecuador
When Brooke Bidwell arrived for her internship at a maternity clinic in Ecuador she had no clue she would be helping deliver babies, sitting in on Caesarean sections and even witnessing a pediatric brain surgery. In an article for the International Institute's II Journal, the international studies major says the experience motivated her to want to help provide better services, technology and resources to struggling clinics and to bring awareness through work in nonprofit global health organizations.