Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Theodore Goodson III (left), Richard Barry Bernstein Collegiate Professor of Chemistry and professor of macromolecular science and engineering, listens as Provost Phil Hanlon presents him with a Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award. Goodson was one of 21 faculty members recognized Tuesday for their teaching, scholarship, service and creative activities. View a complete list of the honored faculty and their awards, or read about them in this week's University Record. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

Ten staff members, five teams given diversity leadership awards
Recipients of the fourth annual Distinguished Diversity Leaders Awards were honored Tuesday at a breakfast ceremony in Palmer Commons. "Diversity is a thread woven into the tapestry of the university," said the event's master of ceremonies, Anthony Walesby, associate vice provost and senior director of the Office of Institutional Equity. "The staff members we honor as Distinguished Diversity Leaders strive to make our university community a place of inclusion. Their efforts strengthen the university for all, and for that we are grateful."

Exploring links between sustainable transportation and livable communities
Two research teams funded by the Graham Sustainability Institute will spend the next 15 months investigating how different transportation policies, technologies and consumer travel choices can affect the sustainability and livability of communities.

Report of Iranian hackers taking over U-M computers called pure fiction
An online news report that U-M computers had been hijacked by Iranians in an attempt to hack into the U.S. banking system is just the latest proof of a 21st-century adage: You can't believe everything you read on the Internet. What actually was detected was the Internet security research of J. Alex Halderman, a U-M assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

Top performing areas for MHealthy Rewards announced
More than 20,000 faculty and staff members participated in the MHealthy Rewards 2012 program, and 46 percent completed both the annual health questionnaire and a wellness screening. More than 45 schools, colleges and administrative areas achieved 50 percent or more completion.

Bicycle registration service designed to deter thefts
The Department of Public Safety is offering a free, online bicycle registration service on the Ann Arbor campus. The program is designed to help deter bicycle thefts and aid in the return of found bicycles to owners.

The Michigan Difference

U-M's ties to Poland
The Polish language was dying out in Jeff Lemanski’s family and that was bothering the U-M student. His grandmother and great aunt were the last ones fluent in their ancestral tongue. So during his freshman year, Lemanski decided to take a Polish class to fulfill his foreign language requirement. The language quickly became an obsession for the Ypsilanti native who hopes to go into accounting. He found himself spending two and a half hours a day studying Polish. U-M has more Poland-related programs than any other educational institution in North America.