Full disclosure: I got my PhD at Michigan
I first heard about this issue about a week ago mainly because of my alumni connection to the University of Michigan. Turns out the issue is happening at UT Austin also. The Chronicle has the story here.
The macro picture is that public universities are looking for every last cent in efficiencies as they struggle to find a sustainable business model for the future. The big picture is described pretty accurately with regards to Berkeley here, hat tip to Tyler Cowen.
The list is here. We congratulate Huda Akil, wife of Krasnow Advisory Board member, Stan Watson–they are both at Ann Arbor. Huda is also a former President of the Society for Neuroscience and with her husband Stan, the co-director of Michigan’s Molecular and Behavior Neuroscience Institute.
From the Chronicle of Higher Education on the University of Michigan’s plan to build faculty strength in interdisciplinary areas:
The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor plans to spend $30-million over the next five years on hiring 100 new tenure-track faculty members to lead interdisciplinary research and teaching in areas such as energy and environmental sustainability.
Kudos to President Coleman–that’s really vision and it’ll make a difference I believe. This from a state with an economy that is anemic at best.
As many loyal readers know, I received my PhD from Michigan. Less known is that my wife went to Ohio State. This Sunday’s NY Times has possibly the perfect piece ever about families split down the middle between these two football giants: read and enjoy.