Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

These students helping to prepare meals at Cass Community Social Services in Detroit were among 423 from U-M who spent their spring break volunteering at 35 sites around the country as part of the Ginsberg Center's Alternative Spring Break program. Click here to learn more about the program and to read comments from those who participated. (Photo courtesy of the Ginsberg Center)

Golden Apple recipient speaks on myth of patriarchal dominance
Back in Shakespeare's time men were the unqualified rulers of the roost. Except when they weren't. It's this sort of dichotomy that Don Herzog, the Edson R. Sutherland Professor of Law, addressed in a lecture after receiving the 21st Annual Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Upcoming TEDx event to encourage 'crazy ideas'
Organizers of the upcoming TEDxUofM conference hope the event turns out to be the intellectual equivalent of a U-M football game, in terms of community involvement. Webcast live and streamed on three screens across campus, conference planners hope to get more than 100,000 people to tune in or attend the ideas convention on April 8.

Coleman to participate in panel discussion on job growth prospects
President Mary Sue Coleman will join the presidents of the other University Research Corridor institutions and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. for a panel discussion on Monday to map out emerging business and job growth prospects.

Mobile Apps Challenge seeking entries from U-M developers
Faculty, staff, or students who develop a mobile-device application can enter it in the Spring 2011 Mobile Apps Challenge. The challenge is an opportunity to win prizes, showcase talents and gain recognition in the U-M community. Submissions are due by April 4, and must include a video demonstrating the app's creativity, usability, and utility.

REMINDER: Faculty to discuss water research opportunities
U-M faculty members involved in water research are invited to a Sustainable Waters Initiative Research Opportunities Meeting on Friday to learn about, and discuss, research needs and funding opportunities related to water.

JAPAN EARTHQUAKE: The university's response
Get the latest information about U-M's response to the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

The Michigan Difference

Fighting infectious diseases in China
Although many countries in the Pan Asian Pacific region have made enormous strides towards eliminating measles, China continues to struggle with control of the disease. Thanks to a five-year $3.62 million grant from the National Institutes of Health International Collaborations in Infectious Disease Research, Associate Professor Matthew Boulton and a team of SPH researchers will partner with colleagues in China to characterize the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases in China and to improve control efforts. The grant places special focus on measles.