Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

PHOTO: The interior courtyard of Stockwell Hall adjacent to its lounge has been capped with a glass peak and opened up to reveal new community spaces below. The residence hall, currently under comprehensive renovations, will reopen in Fall 2009. (Click the photo at left to see more images)

Homeless teens in Michigan
Homeless shelters in Michigan counted nearly 1,000 teens who were alone and on the streets in 2007. But some experts think the number is much higher. Michigan Radio's Kyle Norris explores the plight of homeless teens in Michigan in a four-part series.

NYT reporter to examine politics of weight loss
Biology determines the limits to how fat or thin individuals can be, even if they eat healthy and exercise regularly — and decades of scientific studies prove this, says New York Times reporter Gina Kolata. At a March 5 lecture she will discuss how society’s obsession with weight loss is less about health than about money, politics and cultural ideals.

Staff nominations sought for Business Intelligence Awards
Advisors on Information Management Strategy and Michigan Administrative Information Services are accepting nominations until Feb. 27 for the third annual Business Intelligence Data-into-Action Awards. University staff members are eligible for cash prizes of up to $12,000 for developing ways to work smarter.

The Michigan Difference

Literacies in the 21st Century
Students today might be texting on cell phones, receiving and sending photos and videos, reading blogs, listening to podcasts, googling, consulting Wikipedia, visiting social networking sites, and checking movie times or the weather. But contrary to some notions, adolescents in the twenty-first century do read and write.