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Friday, March 18, 2011

Detroit City Council member Saunteel Jenkins displays a resolution in which the council expressed its unanimous support and appreciation for U-M's Semester in Detroit program. Jenkins presented the resolution Thursday at the Board of Regents meeting in Detroit. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

University suspends study abroad programs in Japan after U.S. issues travel warning
U-M study abroad programs in Japan were suspended Thursday after the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for the island nation. Suspension of the programs means the 10 undergraduates registered for those programs will be returning to the U.S. Many of those students already have left Japan.

Regents hear presentations about projects in Detroit
At a special meeting in Detroit to highlight U-M's ties to the state's largest city, the Board of Regents heard about experiences from the Semester in Detroit program, which allows U-M undergraduates to spend a semester living in, learning from and exploring the city.
Other items at Thursday's meeting:
• Long-time Detroit partnership strives to improve health of residents
• U-M business students helping to revitalize the city
• Honorary degrees, Snyder as commencement speaker approved
• Renovations approved for University Hospital

Medical School students make an important match
It was match point for U-M medical students Thursday as they learned at the annual Match Day celebration where they will do their residency training. Residencies are required for medical students to finish their training before they become physicians. This year, 174 U-M students participated in the match.

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.