In connection with our agreement with GEO, I want to state my support for an unarmed, non-police emergency response program that is available to members of the University community.
Our next steps will be informed by established and emerging national best practices, including those in higher education, municipalities, and a similar program that the city of Ann Arbor is putting into place.
Thank you in advance to everyone who will be involved in this very important work.
The University for Michigan
My highest priorities
Our research and scholarship continues to be nationally recognized. I was delighted to see that the University of Michigan was recently chosen by the National Science Foundation to lead a $30M center – the Center for Complex Particle Systems – which will be focused on bringing nature’s efficiency and flexibility to advanced materials and additive manufacturing.
Our output in high-quality published research placed us fourth in the nation in the Nature Index 2023 rankings – behind only Harvard, Stanford, and MIT.
U-M also ranked 10th in the world in the NTU Rankings, which evaluate research universities’ achievements in scientific research, and ranked fourth in the social sciences field.
Basic research, with innovation and economic impact, remains one of my highest priorities as President. I was grateful for the opportunity to join in our Celebrate Invention events, and honor our community of U-M innovators and the Innovation Partnerships team as they closed a record-breaking year.
I’d simply like to highlight that the scale of our inventions, the reach of our innovations, and the sum of our overall impact is just phenomenal … and we are just getting started. There is much more that we can, and will, do together and many more successes to come.
Santa J. Ono, PhD
(Culled from remarks prepared for delivery to the U-M Board of Regents on Sept. 21, 2023. Lead image: Sharon Glotzer and Nicholas Kotov drawing particle arrangements on the blackboard in Glotzer’s office. Credit: Brenda Ahearn, Michigan Engineering.)
About the Author
SANTA J. ONO is the University of Michigan's 15th president. He has served as president and vice chancellor of the University of British Columbia since 2016. Before that, he was provost and then president of the University of Cincinnati. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biological science at the University of Chicago and a doctorate in experimental medicine from McGill University in Montreal. Ono has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, and University College London. While at the University of Cincinnati, he also served as a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. (Image credit: Paul Joseph, UBC Brand & Marketing.)