Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Kristine Ajrouch, a researcher at U-M’s Institute for Social Research and Eastern Michigan University, is studying social relationships in her grandparents' homeland of Lebanon. In this video podcast, she speaks about what it’s like for people growing old in Lebanon.

U-M to begin accepting donated embryos for stem cell research
U-M has received approval to begin accepting donated embryos that will be used to derive the university’s first human embryonic stem cell lines, allowing researchers to study the causes and progression of inherited diseases, test potential treatments, and seek cures. Dr. Eva Feldman, director of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, made the announcement Tuesday before the Detroit Economic Club, during which she also talked about the potential for stem cell research to stimulate the state’s economy.

Town hall discussion to focus on general fund budget
Provost Teresa Sullivan and Vice Provost Phil Hanlon are reminding staff members about a town hall meeting from 9-11 a.m. Monday in Rackham Auditorium to discuss the U-M general fund budget situation. The town hall will focus on the current financial situation, challenges ahead and steps being taken to meet those challenges.

Movie that started at U-M accepted at Sundance Film Festival
“Bilal’s Stand,” a feature film written and directed by U-M alumnus Sultan Sharrief and which grew out of his work while a student here, has been accepted to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT category.

The Michigan Difference

Musically macabre
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1987, Andrew Lippa been a versatile contributor to the musical theater: composer, lyricist, librettist, musical director, musical arranger, conductor, producer, vocalist, and even middle school vice principal. His latest project takes on a ghoulish — and cartoonish — tone. He’s writing the music and lyrics for the new Broadway-bound musical “The Addams Family.”