Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Laura Lein, dean of the School of Social Work, speaks with Alex Sheff, legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, about her testimony before the Senate Finance Committee. Lein was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to testify at the committee's hearing titled "Combating Poverty: Understanding New Challenges for Families." (Photo by Cynthia Bank, Washington Office)

U-M ecologist leads team calling for preservation of biological diversity
Twenty years after the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 17 prominent ecologists are calling for renewed international efforts to curb the loss of biological diversity, which is compromising nature's ability to provide goods and services essential for human well-being. The team is led by Bradley Cardinale, associate professor of natural resources and environment, and ecology and evolutionary biology.

Kellogg Eye Center to host cross-country cyclists in fight against Graves' disease
A team of cyclists is making Ann Arbor one of its stops on a cross-country trip to raise awareness of Graves’ disease. They will be at a free patient-awareness picnic that will follow a patient-education workshop Saturday at the Kellogg Eye Center.

Wilkin appointed associate university librarian for publishing
The U-M Library has announced that John P. Wilkin will serve as the new associate university librarian for publishing. The announcement follows closely on the news that Maria Bonn, former AUL for publishing, will not be returning from a medical leave as she continues her recovery after an accident last year.

REMINDER: Friday is last day to submit DDLA nominees
The nomination deadline for the Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award is Friday. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and University Human Resources, the award recognizes individual staff members and teams that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in supporting diversity at the university.

The Michigan Difference

Building on a solid foundation
Tom Perko, an alumnus of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, doesn’t flee devastation. He faces it head-on, helping Haiti rebuild after the 2010 earthquake that killed some 225,000 people. An article in the current edition of the alumni magazine Dividend explains how Perko, as executive director of the nonprofit Extollo International, is helping to train construction workers in Haiti and perform reconstruction work there.