Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

UM-Flint Provost Gerard Voland (right) explains the plans for the newly completed Neff Center located in the Beecher Community School District’s middle-high school. Read more about the center, the purpose of which is to mutually enrich university and northern Flint communities through place-based education, research and student services. (Photo by Lindsay Stoddard, UM-Flint University Outreach)

BREAKING: Mark West, expert on Japanese law, named Law School dean
Mark D. West, currently the associate dean for academic affairs at the Law School and a highly regarded scholar whose research focuses on the Japanese legal system, will be the 17th dean of the Law School beginning Sept. 1, pending approval by the Board of Regents.

CTools introduces new features, look and feel
CTools welcomed 2013 with a makeover. The campus online service was upgraded to version 2.9 and introduced a new look and feel for the CTools home page Dec. 29. The redesign incorporates new communication elements with more CTools-specific information for new and current site users. Below the surface, the new version also provides several new features, enhanced navigation and improvements to stability, security and accessibility.

MICHR seeks faculty nominees for mentor award
The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research is taking nominations for its Distinguished Clinical & Translational Research Mentor Award. The MICHR Mentor Council wishes to recognize faculty members who demonstrate consistent, high quality research and career mentoring in areas of clinical and translational and health research. The nomination deadline is Jan. 16.

Solar vehicles and American culture
The U-M Solar Car Team is designing its next vehicle, which it hopes to drive to victory in the 2013 World Solar Challenge later this year in Australia. The team expects to debut its new car this spring. In the meantime, it has posted a blog entry that explores the history of solar vehicles and how they intersect with America's car culture.

The Michigan Difference

The ultimate gift
Dr. Shawn Hervey-Jumper first met Laurence Carolin when the 15-year-old was exhibiting symptoms that eventually would be diagnosed as a highly malignant brain tumor. Over time, he came to know Laurence quite well. In the fall issue of Colleagues in Care — Pediatrics, Hervey-Jumper shares his insights on how the young man, who chose to donate his brain for study after his death in 2010, touched his doctor's heart. He also talks about Laurence's gift in this video.