Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Lecturer Margot Finn (right) and LSA student Victor Landry observe a student’s presentation during Finn’s User’s Guide to the Liberal Arts class. The class is part of the Sophomore Initiative, which helps students have a positive, open-minded and expansive sophomore year that encourages exploration and discovery, and reduces anxiety about selecting a major or career direction. Read more about the Sophomore Initiative.

U-M, lecturers’ union reach tentative agreement on new contract
The university and the Lecturers’ Employee Organization (AFT-Michigan Local 6244, AFL-CIO) Tuesday reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The five-year agreement provides a compensation package for the more than1,500 non-tenure-track instructors on all three campuses. The agreement also covers other provisions of lecturers’ employment.

U-M stays a top university in world ranking
U-M maintains its ranking as the 12th top university in the world according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation rankings released today. U-M is one of only three public institutions in the U.S. in the top 20 – the others are University of California, Berkeley (5) and U-C, Los Angeles (8).

Medical School and U-M Tech Transfer launch $7.5M fund for innovators
A new $7.5 million fund will help U-M medical discoveries make the leap from the laboratory to the market, accelerating their potential to help patients. The new effort will help the Medical School and Office of Technology Transfer identify, nurture and “fast forward” medical research projects with a high potential of commercial success.

What does sequestration mean for U-M?
Unless a last-minute deal is struck in Washington, D.C., a set of automatic federal budget cuts known as “sequestration” will begin to go into effect today. Although it may take more than a month to fully understand the impact on U-M, the university has prepared a summary of what is known now.

Generics are a part of why U-M's drug plan outperforms most others
Total drug costs for the university's Prescription Drug Plan grew by 3.5 percent from 2011 to 2012, which is less than U.S. averages, according to the 2012 Prescription Drug Plan Annual Report. Increased use of generic medications has been among the most important long-term contributors to holding down costs, plan officials say.

MHealthy accepting Ergonomics Awards nominations
MHealthy is now accepting nominations for its seventh annual Ergonomics Awards, given to university units and employees that have implemented ergonomic solutions in the workplace. Nominations for Department Level Ergo Awards can be submitted through March 3, and Individual Ergo Hero Award nominations are accepted year-round.

Taubman Health Sciences Library moving print collection
The Taubman Health Sciences Library will start moving its print collection to an off-campus storage facility starting Monday. The project, expected to be complete by the end of May, is the next step in a plan to renovate the THL building.

Law School unveils tool to help students assess debt and career options
The Law School on Thursday unveiled the first-of-its-kind Debt Wizard — a calculator that provides a simple method for students to explore different ways to service their prospective law school debt. The calculator provides insight into how students can afford potential careers by showing their options depending on several factors.

Record Update to suspend regular publication during break
This will be the last regular edition of the Record Update until March 11. Major developments that occur over the break may be posted to the Record Update website, but e-mail versions will not be sent.

The Michigan Difference

The 1913 Lectern
A century ago, graduating seniors in LSA presented a gift to the university: a carved oak lectern to be used in the new Hill Auditorium. Like the great hall, the lectern was the design of the architect Albert Kahn. For 100 years, 1913 lectern has symbolized U-M’s role as a democratic forum — a place where society’s challenges are debated and struggled over. (For the next few months, Michigan Difference will regularly highlight stories from the U-M Heritage Project website.)