Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, July 26, 2013

Michael Gordon works with students in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business course called Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid to advance the work of a non-profit or for-profit business that seeks to address a societal problem. Read more about the course.

Statement from President Coleman addresses death of medical student
President Mary Sue Coleman has issued a statement regarding the death this week of Paul DeWolf, a student at the Medical School. DeWolf, 25, was found dead Wednesday morning in his apartment at the Phi Rho Sigma medical fraternity in the 200 block of North Ingalls Street. The Ann Arbor Police Department is investigating the case as a homicide. Read the full statement from President Coleman, a statement from the Medical School, and the U-M Police Department's Crime Alert.

Residents, officials discuss U-M request to close South Main Street
A university request to temporarily close South Main Street between Pauline and Stadium boulevards before and during the seven home football games of the 2013 season could go before the Ann Arbor City Council on Aug. 5. A community meeting Wednesday drew nearly 40 people, many of whom voiced their opposition.

CRIME ALERT: Armed robbery
July 26, West Hall arch

U-M again rated one of the nation's top university workplaces
For the sixth straight year, U-M has been rated as one of the nation's top university workplaces in the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual listing of "Great Colleges to Work For." The university was listed in 11 of 12 categories, and was named as a 2013 Honor Roll school for being highly rated in multiple categories.

Regents appoint advisory committee to assist with search for next president
The Board of Regents Thursday appointed an advisory committee to assist with the search for the next president of the university. The Presidential Search Advisory Committee, which consists of seven faculty members, will work in conjunction with the Board of Regents and the search firm of Russell Reynolds Associates.

Nine faculty members named Distinguished University Professors
Nine faculty members have received one of the university's top honors as Distinguished University Professors. The appointments were approved by the Board of Regents on Thursday and will be effective Sept. 1. Recently appointed DUP recipients give an inaugural lecture that highlights their work at U-M.

Coleman recognizes interns as part of U-M's partnership with Detroit
President Mary Sue Coleman recognized U-M interns working in Detroit during a reception Tuesday. She highlighted their work on various initiatives in the city, stressing that "we all have a stake in Detroit’s turnaround and we can all play a role, including the young talent from our universities who can clearly see promise ahead."

Regents approve clearer, simpler guidelines for in-state tuition
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved changes in the guidelines for how students can qualify for in-state tuition, specifying three avenues for doing so: through residence in the state; through attendance in Michigan schools for middle school and high school; through service in the U.S. military or Public Health Service.

Michielssen named AVP for research, advanced research computing
Eric Michielssen, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been appointed associate vice president for research, advanced research computing, effective Aug. 1. He will work with the campus research community to ensure that U-M's advanced research computing infrastructure meet the needs of university researchers in a wide range of disciplines.

Ross School names Thornhill executive director of Zell Lurie Institute
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business will appoint Stewart Thornhill executive director of the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Eugene Applebaum Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, pending approval of the Board of Regents. He will start his new role Sept. 1.

West Coast media executive to lead Center for Entrepreneurship
Tom Frank, a California startup executive who says the Michigan entrepreneurial ecosystem is at a breakthrough point, began Monday as the new executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering.

Trauma Burn Center earns national praise for care, research, training and prevention
The U-M Trauma Burn Center has again earned national verification for its burn programs, after an in-depth review by a panel of experts who called the center “outstanding” and “excellent,” and its prevention programs “world-class.”

University seeking to lease building for Shared Services Center
The university will move forward to negotiate a lease on a building to house its new Shared Services Center, following approval Thursday by the Board of Regents.
• Regents also approved a schematic design for the West Quad renovation.
In other action, they approved work at the G.G. Brown building and field hockey center, and approved a liquor license application for the NHL Winter Classic.

Michigan agrees to extend Beilein's contract through 2018-19
A contract extension will keep John Beilein as the men's basketball coach through the 2018-19 season. Beilein led the Wolverines to the national championship game this spring and to four NCAA Tournament appearances in the past five years.

Clayton named head coach of men's track and field
Jerry Clayton has been hired as the men's track and field coach. A Big Ten alum and Midwest native, Clayton takes over the Wolverine program after spending the past 15 seasons at Auburn University.

The Michigan Difference

Glacier chaser
Sarah Aciego doesn't anticipate that her upcoming trip to Greenland will be as dangerous as her fieldwork in Antarctica, where finding shelter within seconds during a sudden storm meant the difference between life and death. But the assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences knows this trip could be just as important as her Antarctic fieldwork — if not more. Her new method of studying glacial meltwater will yield data that hasn't been accessible to scientists before, and will help paint a more detailed picture of climate change.