Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, June 15, 2012

Dan Atkins, associate vice president for research cyberinfrastructure, takes pictures of the new Modular Data Center on an iPad during a tour. The university on Thursday marked the opening of the new eco-friendly data center, which promotes sustainable computing through an innovative design that uses outdoor air to cool equipment 75 percent of the year. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

U.S. should strengthen support of research universities, report says
A broad panel of leaders from the private sector and academia, including U-M President Emeritus James Duderstadt, has concluded that while American research universities are essential for U.S. prosperity and security, they risk serious decline unless the federal government, states and industry work to ensure adequate, stable funding in the next decade. The National Research Council report issued Thursday also says universities must meet "bold goals" to contain costs, enhance productivity and improve educational pathways to careers both within and beyond academia.

Law professor supports Employment Non-Discrimination Act before Senate panel
Samuel Bagenstos, professor of law, was one of several experts who provided testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions earlier this week in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. If passed, ENDA would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Four U-M teams receive NCAA Academic Public Recognition Award
The varsity men's basketball, women's basketball, men's tennis and women's tennis teams have received the NCAA's 2010-11 Division I Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Award. The award recognizes athletic teams that are among the top 10 percent of their respective sports in the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate report.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival gets under way this evening
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival, a three-week-long event that conducts many of its activities on the U-M campus, kicks off tonight with an opening celebration featuring Hanna Winkler in The Grove, followed by Rio & The Rockabilly Revival and the Third Coast Kings at the Ingalls Mall stage.

The Michigan Difference

A voice for the voiceless
Dr. Monique Reeves — who was born in Liberia, emigrated to Detroit when she was 5, and eventually graduated from U-M — is keenly aware that under different circumstances her life might not have turned out so well. That is why Reeves returns to Liberia periodically to work in local clinics and hospitals, works twice monthly as a clinician in a small emergency clinic in Clarkston, and why she serves as medical director of the FernCare Free Clinic serving Michigan’s uninsured population. Read her story in the latest edition of the School of Public Health magazine Findings.