A woman died at Michigan Medicine Wednesday 61 days after unknowingly receiving a lung transplant in the fall from an organ donor infected with the coronavirus. The Michigan resident was the first confirmed case of someone contracting the virus from an organ donor.
In an effort to improve discourse and ensure meetings are accessible to the public, the Ann Arbor City Council introduced a new resolution on Feb. 1 to amend Council Rules to have Council meetings end earlier, garnering both support and wariness from councilmembers.
After threats of a snowstorm halted his travel plans Thursday, President Joe Biden visited the Pfizer production facility in Portage, Mich. to tour the manufacturing site of the COVID-19 vaccine and meet with workers who created and prepared the vaccine for distribution.
Peter Chen, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan, has been put on administrative leave for pending criminal charges of sexual misconduct, according to a Thursday email from Alec Gallimore, dean of the College of Engineering, to CSE students. At an arraignment on Thursday, Chen was charged with criminal sexual conduct of the first degree with a victim under the age of 13 by the Ann Arbor 15th District Court. The offense is reported to have occured on April 1, 2017, and a probable cause conference hearing is scheduled for Feb. 4.
Stephen Forrest and Jennifer Haverkamp, co-chairs of the President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, discussed the University of Michigan’s efforts to combat climate change and carbon neutrality in a Zoom webinar on Thursday. Adam Fisher, a University public relations employee focusing on sustainability, hosted the event, which was intended for U-M community members who were unfamiliar with the PCCN’s draft recommendations.
The $900 billion federal COVID-19 relief package — which includes provisions for individual payments, unemployment benefits, education funding and vaccine distribution — was signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 27 after weeks of negotiations with Congress.
Business junior Rachel Holmes submitted her last final and closed all of the tabs open on her computer on Dec. 15. Instead of exerting a sigh of relief as she walked out of a lecture hall, she marked the end of the semester from her bedroom.
Former Michigan Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a long-time renewable energy development advocate, has been recruited to serve as secretary of energy under President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. Biden announced Granholm as his choice Tuesday evening.
If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the second woman to hold the position. Hazel O’Leary, appointed to the position by former president Bill Clinton, was the first.