Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, January 14, 2013

Officials from U-M, the U.S. Department of Energy and China met last week in Washington to review ongoing joint energy research between the two nations. From left are Huei Peng, professor of mechanical engineering and U.S. director of the U.S. China Clean Energy Research Center — Clean Vehicle Consortium; Secretary of Energy Steven Chu; and Haoran Hu, chief scientist for Eaton Corp., a partner on the U-M-led consortium. Read more about the U.S.-China energy project. (Photo by Carrie Morton)

MLK Symposium honors 50th anniversary of 'I Have a Dream' speech
The theme "50 Years Later: (R)Evolution of the Dream" will guide the 27th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium this month, led by keynote speaker Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The symposium theme celebrates the 50th anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Division of Public Safety and Security announces department names
With the creation of the Division of Public Safety and Security, the department names within the division have been revised effective immediately, Interim Executive Director Joe Piersante has announced.

AOSS researcher and lecturer Jason Daida dies
Jason Daida, an associate research scientist and lecturer in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences and the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, died Jan. 9 after battling with cancer. He was 53.

U-M mourns benefactor and sustainability champion Frederick Erb
Frederick A. Erb, who with his wife Barbara co-founded the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, died Thursday at age 89. Erb was a 1947 alumnus of U-M.

CRIME ALERT: Sexual assault
West Quad residence hall, 12:45-1:30 a.m. Jan. 13

This week in the University Record
• President’s Staff Innovation Award promotes better workplace
• U-M in History: Martin Luther King Jr. speaks with U-M students in 1962
• Staff Spotlight: Videographer explores LSA through films
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on newspaper racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Character built at U-M
Harish Sheth traveled 8,000 miles from India to learn about his homeland. The 1968 College of Engineering graduate and native of Mumbai said that in Ann Arbor he met "people from areas of India that I had never been to and knew nothing about." He returned to India and started a manufacturing company in a poor area of the country, and also established a foundation focusing on basic health and education. “My character was built at U-M,” Sheth said. “That’s the most basic thing I got from Michigan Engineering – it has been more important in my life than my degree."