Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, March 11, 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 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. 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.

Transforming Learning for a Third Century funds its first projects
The Third Century Initiative has awarded $825,000 to two dozen projects designed to enhance action-based, experiential learning for students. Transforming Learning for a Third Century is one of four programs encompassing the $50 million Third Century Initiative, and it will provide grants of up to $50,000 each to 24 proposals, ranging from new applications of existing best practices to high-risk/high-reward experimental innovations.

Coleman, journalist Michele Norris launching Race Card Project at U-M
President Mary Sue Coleman will formally launch the Race Card Project at U-M on Tuesday. Working with project creator, author and award-winning journalist Michele Norris, Coleman and her executive officers will submit their own six-word descriptions on race. Norris also will meet with students, faculty, and staff for the U-M kickoff, the project's first partnership with an American university.

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 have 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.

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.

Obama administration backs public access to federally funded research
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has directed federal agencies that fund research to develop plans to make freely available the published results of that research within one year of publication, a development that could bolster the burgeoning campus interest in open access, and ultimately create more publishing options for faculty and researchers.

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.

College of Engineering expanding partnerships to India
College of Engineering Dean David Munson took a weeklong trip to India last week to explore educational opportunities for U-M students there. During the trip Munson's group visited two large companies that run primary and secondary schools that may serve as sites for a May trip sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers.

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

Assisting female veterans
A desire to help women and children from the time she was a teenager led Carrie Miller to establish Our Home Transitional, a non-profit organization designed to provide transitional housing to female veterans in need of support. Miller, a senior at UM-Flint, is in the process of buying a 10-bedroom house on Flint’s near north side to house her organization.