Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

After years of trying to reconcile differences over how Native Americans are portrayed in a series of dioramas, the Exhibit Museum of Natural History has decided to remove the displays in January. This video looks at the background of the dioramas and the issues that have led to museum officials' decision to take them off display after nearly 50 years.

BREAKING NEWS: Fans can’t take bags into Michigan Stadium at Saturday's game
Football fans attending Saturday’s game between U-M and Indiana University will not be allowed to take bags of any size into Michigan Stadium. While no specific threats have been received, Department of Public Safety officials said Wednesday the measures were seen as “the prudent thing to do” after consulting with federal officials and athletics personnel.

New online magazine aims to elevate discussion of the arts
U-M has created Montage, an innovative online magazine that seeks to provoke a new way of appreciating the power and relevance of the arts. Updated frequently, Montage features cultural news, faculty profiles, think pieces, student stories and opportunities to comment on them.

Dearborn campus launches yearlong 50th anniversary tonight
UM-Dearborn will kick off the commemoration of its milestone golden anniversary this evening with a special event titled the “50th Anniversary Celebration” at the Henry Ford Estate on the university’s campus. The event is designed to honor the 50 years of academic excellence the university has provided to the metropolitan Detroit community.

UMHS to lead $10.25M study of syndrome linked to kidney failure
U-M Health System researchers will lead a $10.25 million effort to study rare kidney diseases that lead to kidney failure and the need for dialysis. The five-year project supports research of nephrotic syndrome, which describes a group of diseases that, although rare, contributes to nearly 12 percent of the cases of kidney failure, and an annual cost of more than $3 billion.

Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman to speak at Hill Auditorium
The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will host lectures by two nationally known policy experts in the coming weeks. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman will speak at 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at Hill Auditorium. Then, on Oct. 7, former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska, will speak at 4 p.m. at the Michigan Union Ballroom.

The Michigan Difference

Making financial aid easier
With college education becoming harder to afford, the Obama administration wants to make it easier for families to seek federal financial aid. Research conducted by Susan Dynarski, an associate professor of public policy and of education, has played a key role in the administration’s ideas for simplifying the process.