Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Chalina Hillson (left), a financial specialist in UM-Dearborn's College of Arts, Sciences and Letters, and Paige Heaven, a student in the college, pack items for distribution to the Gleaners Community Food Bank and the Dearborn Animal Shelter. The annual CASL Food Drive — a friendly competition between CASL departments and programs — collected 1,125 items for donation to service organizations. (Photo by Robin Wagner, UM-Dearborn)

Design professor Shaun Jackson dies after plane crash in Florida
Shaun Jackson, a professor of art and design who has received international acclaim for his work, died Tuesday from injuries sustained in a Florida plane crash. Jackson, 63, of Ann Arbor, was a passenger in a single-engine airplane that crashed Saturday near Sarasota, Fla.

Dissertation Writing Institute boosts doctorate completion
The Sweetland Center for Writing's Dissertation Writing Institute, now in its 10th year, is helping to boost doctoral program completion rates of graduate students. Compared with national rates of 50-60 percent, institute students complete at a rate of 88 percent.

$500,000 gift from Weather Underground aids entrepreneurial experience
U-M spinoff Weather Underground has given $500,000 to the Center for Entrepreneurship to endow support for its annual Bay Area entrepreneurial experience. Every spring, U-M student entrepreneurs travel west for a two-day exploration of the Silicon Valley and San Francisco startup scenes.

Memorial service for Jason Daida set for Friday
A memorial service will take place Friday for 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, who died Jan. 9.

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."