Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Michigan China Quiz Bowl contestant checks out his Peking Opera-style face painting. The competition, recently hosted by the International Institute Center for Chinese Studies, was aimed at students from area middle and high schools, and tested participants’ knowledge in Chinese language and culture. (Photo courtesy of the International Institute)

U-M will again allow university-sponsored travel to Mexico
The university today ended its suspension of university-sponsored travel to Mexico that was put in place April 28 during the height of the outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1) in Mexico.

Researcher explains how to prevent flu
Allison Aiello of the School of Public Health led a landmark study in the U-M dorms that evaluated the effectiveness of hand-washing and masks in preventing the spread of flu. In this Q-and-A, plus video, Aiello explains how best to prepare for swine flu — or any flu outbreak.

Podcast: Positive coping mechanisms help ease depression
Stress from job loss, lack of health insurance or added pressure at work can lead to depression and cause serious health problems, say researchers at the Depression Center. Confiding in a close friend, finding mental health care support or volunteering for an organization may help, they add.

Center for Educational Outreach awarded grant for service-learning program
The Center for Educational Outreach has been awarded a “Service for Access” grant from the Michigan Campus Compact to pilot the newly created U-M College Corps program that will promote academic enrichment and college awareness at Inkster High School.

The Michigan Difference

Helping children in neighborhoods
School of Social Work faculty, represented by associate professor Andy Grogan-Kaylor and professor Larry Gant, are part of an emerging scholarly movement that seeks to understand how neighborhood variables affect children. They encourage researchers and practitioners to use geographic information systems technology to visualize neighborhood attributes and to shape interventions. (Ongoing: Summer/Fall 2008)