Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M


  1. Old buildings, new tricks gallery

    Where others see vacant and abandoned buildings, Detroit-based architect/U-M professor Christian Unverzagt sees promise and potential. As design director of M1/DTW, a multidisciplinary firm fusing design and cultural production, Unverzagt is carving a niche in the area of adaptive reuse – that is, recasting and transforming existing spaces. These days, clientele is trending increasingly toward local entrepreneurs – those seeking a creative space in Detroit to launch a new venture or expand an existing business. It’s a mindset Unverzagt readily embraces.
  2. Campus art of the 1890s gallery

    In the pages of Wrinkle, we get glimpses of student life in the 1890s—at least as it appeared to the cocky male editors of that short-lived Michigan humor magazine.
  3. Climb every mountain

    What can a trek up the world's tallest peaks reveal about leading an organization? Just ask leadership expert and mountaineer Scott DeRue, management professor at the Ross School of Business. DeRue began climbing in 2007 and has summited Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest, among others. In September he will direct the Ross School's executive education course Advanced Leadership in Action: Kilimanjaro. The seven-day trek will take participants from the depths of the African rain forest to the heights of this majestic peak. After summiting Everest in 2013, DeRue linked lessons learned on the mountain to teambuilding and leadership at work. He shares those thoughts in the captions below.
  4. Rhapsody in maize and blue gallery

    It would be no surprise to find scholars at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance whistling “Nice Work If You Can Get It” these days. One of the many sparkling songs written by George and Ira Gershwin, it is emblematic of the clever lyrics and catchy tunes penned by the legendary songwriting brothers whose body of work is now undergoing the most extensive scholarly review in history by SMTD students and faculty. Nice work indeed! Enjoy these classic images of George and Ira Gershwin.
  5. Out of the Lab, Under the Sea

    Professor David Sherman explores biochemical pathways of marine microorganisms with the goal of finding new drug candidates to treat infectious diseases and cancers. To collect the samples he needs for his work, he often trades his lab coat for a wet suit and travels to exotic locations rich in biodiversity resources. Sherman is a faculty member in the Life Sciences Institute (LSI). He also is the Hans W. Vahlteich Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Pharmacy. (Text by Laura Williams.)