Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Deep in the research wing of the Ruthven Museums Building, Joseph El Adli (right), a paleontology graduate student, reveals secrets hidden within a mastodon skull. El Adli is speaking to museum visitors who came out Sunday for Behind the Scenes Day, during which the museums of Anthropology, Natural History, Paleontology, and Zoology welcomed visitors into collections areas, research laboratories, exhibit preparation areas, and other spaces not usually open to the public. (Photo by Dale Austin)

Martha Pollack selected to be U-M provost
Martha E. Pollack, who has served since 2010 as the vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs, today was selected by President Mary Sue Coleman as U-M provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Pollack's two-year appointment will be effective May 6, pending approval by the Board of Regents on Feb. 21. She succeeds Phil Hanlon, who is stepping down to become president of Dartmouth College.

Student-run hackathon brings top university computer science talent to Michigan
An anticipated 500 student hackers from across the United States and Canada will converge on Ann Arbor this weekend for MHacks, a 36-hour student-run competition in which participants will build Web and mobile applications, engage in technical sessions, and vie for more than $10,000 in prizes.

Donors sought for Face-Off Blood Challenge with MSU
With national blood supply reserves at their lowest levels of the last 15 years, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to donate pints to save lives in the Face-Off Blood Challenge with Michigan State University, which runs through Feb. 15. Find a list of Ann Arbor area blood drives by entering the sponsor code "goblue" at the Red Cross website.

CRIME ALERT: Drug-altered drinks
600 block of South State Street, 10:30-11:30 p.m., Jan. 25.

The Michigan Difference

Wallenberg at Michigan
Before Raoul Wallenberg achieved global acclaim as a World War II humanitarian, he was a U-M student learning life in a new country, an aspiring architect absorbing the beauty of America’s cities, and a young man confronting the trials of college: discovery, anxiety, accomplishment and love. He graduated in 1935 as the top student in his architecture class. (Note: For the next few months, The Michigan Difference will regularly highlight stories from the new U-M Heritage Project website.)