Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A group of students in the School of Information has created Talking Points, which uses standard cell phones to access the Internet so visually-impaired people can get information about where they are going and the businesses they're passing. The program was profiled on a segment of Out of the Blue, available on YouTube’s U-M Channel.

VP for government relations discusses the status of the Michigan Promise Scholarship
State lawmakers cut funding for the Michigan Promise Scholarship program as part of a budget agreement late last month, affecting more than 6,000 U-M students at Ann Arbor. At that time, Cynthia Wilbanks, vice president for government relations, said officials were “disappointed that students who expected this support this year are left vulnerable.” Now she expands on those comments in a Q&A about the scholarship program.

ScienceWorksForUS to promote stimulus-funded research activities
U-M and other leading public and private research universities on Tuesday launched ScienceWorksForUS, an initiative to highlight scientific research and related activities made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The centerpiece of the initiative is a Web site that highlights Recovery Act-sponsored research in all 50 states.

Submit holiday closing hours to the Record
The University Record is compiling a list of holiday closing and reduced service reminders to be printed in the Dec. 14 issue. Click on the headline to send an e-mail message with closing or reduced-service information. Please type “Holiday hours” in the Subject field. Units that wish to be included in the publication must submit information by 5 p.m. Dec. 1. The printed edition of the Record does not publish Nov. 30. Remaining editions of The University Record this year are Dec. 7 and 14. The Record Update will be published through Dec. 23, and will resume publication Jan. 5

The Michigan Difference

Grad school application coaches
Navigating the graduate-school application process can be daunting, particularly for underrepresented minorities and economically disadvantaged students. Three recent U-M grads have created the nonprofit group Excelerate to guide students through the process and help them best position themselves for admission to professional schools.