Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The key to successful interactive exchanges in large classes is to ensure teachers and students learn together, says Deborah Loewenberg Ball, School of Education dean and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Education. Teachers can achieve this in a variety of ways, including through increased eye contact, giving students ample time to come up with answers and posing questions that profit from different perspectives, Ball says in a video.

Solar Car Team gears up for new challenge
The Solar Car Team on June 5 will reveal Infinium, a 10th-generation solar vehicle that will race against more than 50 other teams in the Global Green Challenge, formerly the World Solar Challenge. The six-day, 1,800-mile race across Australia starts Oct. 25.

Performances, lectures to mark Department of Dance’s centennial
The Department of Dance will mark its 100th anniversary June 10-14 with performances, lectures, video screenings and a special exhibit at the Bentley Historical Library. It also will include a site-specific dance performed by alumni and current students that will trace the history of dance across campus.

University in China joins list of UM-Flint international partners
A regional campus of one of China’s premier universities will work with UM-Flint to develop programs that will send faculty and students to both countries. Representatives of Ningbo Institute of Technology recently signed an agreement that will facilitate future cooperation between the schools.

The Michigan Difference

In the zone
Since Don Scavia’s first Hypoxia Forecasts for the Gulf of Mexico and the Chesapeake Bay were released a few years ago, his name has become nearly synonymous in the national media with death – dead zones, to be exact. Scavia, at far right, is researching why these zones, which have little or no oxygen, exist. The former director of Michigan Sea Grant and now director of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute has expanded his predictions to cover another iconic dead zone: Lake Erie.