Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

School of Education Dean Deborah Ball (second from left), testified before the House Committee on Education and Labor on Tuesday. She was joined by Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (left); Pamela Salazar, assistant professor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (second from right); and Marcus Winters, senior fellow at The Manhattan Institute. (Photo by Cindy Bank, Washington Office)

U.S. needs better teaching practice standards, Ball tells House panel
School of Education Dean Deborah Ball on Tuesday told the House Committee on Education and Labor that the lack of a coherent system for supplying quality teachers to every classroom and to every student in the nation is “unethical” and needs to change “deliberately and without delay.”

Ford, U-M reveal students’ in-car connectivity vision
Students at U-M have defined their vision for the future of in-car connectivity — a future that includes applications combining social networks, GPS location awareness, and real-time vehicle data in ways that help drivers get where they want to go efficiently. The experimental apps were developed in a 12-week course, Cloud Computing in the Commute.

Student-run Will Work For Food initiative goes national
Inspired by former President Bill Clinton’s 2007 U-M commencement address, student Steven Weinberg founded Will Work For Food, which attempts to bridge the gap between local community service and international relief work. In April, he met Clinton and got a chance to tell him about the program.

The Michigan Difference

Road Scholars on tour
U-M’s Road Scholars launch their four-day 2010 tour this week. The 31 members of the annual tour will travel throughout Michigan to develop among faculty an awareness of the state’s diverse features and the communities that a majority of U-M students call home. Follow the group’s progress on its website and Facebook page.