Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, March 8, 2013

President Mary Sue Coleman presents a token of appreciation to Moti Herskowitz, vice president and dean for research and development at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, after the signing of a memorandum of understanding Thursday between U-M and BGU establishing a research partnership to collaborate on developing renewable technologies. Looking on are BGU President Rivka Carmi (right) and Yuval Golan, director of the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at BGU. Read more about the new partnership. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

Alumna Helen Zell donates $50 million to Creative Writing Program
Chicago philanthropist Helen Zell has donated $50 million to LSA — the largest gift in the college's history, the university announced Thursday. The gift, made through the Zell Family Foundation, will permanently fund the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, one of the top writing programs in the country.

More tech startups in Michigan is goal of new entrepreneurship effort
A new entrepreneurial training program for inventors in Michigan aims to fast-track technologies to market and boost the economic impact of research conducted in the state. The Michigan I-Corps program, to be administered by the Center for Entrepreneurship, will launch this spring and help researchers from across the state identify and assess potential applications and business opportunities for their technologies.

U-M remains 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).

University, lecturers’ union reach tentative agreement on new contract
The university and the Lecturers’ Employee Organization on Tuesday reached a a new tentative collective bargaining agreement. The five-year agreement provides a compensation package for the more than1,500 non-tenure-track instructors on all three campuses. It also covers other provisions of lecturers’ employment.

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.

CRIME ALERT: Home invasion
1700 block of Murfin (Northwood Community Apartments), between 8 p.m. March 1 and 8 p.m. March 6.

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.)