Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Frederick Wherry, associate professor of sociology, has delved into the relationship among culture, people, community and the spending patterns that shape and define an economy. In this video, he discusses the vital link between the arts and economic development, citing as an example a long-suffering Philadelphia neighborhood infamously known as “The Badlands,” where the arts have served as a catalyst for revival.

University marks 30th anniversary of Armenian studies on campus
The Armenian Studies Program will host a weekend of public events to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History and the founding of the Armenian Studies Program at U-M.

Two U-M health care initiatives recommended to federal HHS
Two initiatives developed at U-M have been recommended to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in an Institute of Medicine report about the future of U.S. health care. The report includes recommendations for Choosing Healthplans All Together, a simulation exercise that engages the public in setting health care priorities, and Value-Based Insurance Design, which focuses on removing barriers for effective health care services.

History professor to address challenges facing nation's faculties
Ellen Schrecker, a history professor at Yeshiva University, will speak on “The Lost Soul of Higher Education: Corporatization, the Assault on Academic Freedom, and the End of the American University” when she delivers the 2011 Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom on Thursday.

Light rail, bus rapid transit could work in Ann Arbor, report says
The Phase I report of the Ann Arbor Connector Feasibility study concluded that Ann Arbor could support light rail or bus rapid transit to complement the existing bus transit system. The report was presented to the City Council on Monday night by URS Corp., the national consulting firm hired to conduct the study.

The Michigan Difference

Preserving Detroit’s history
UM-Dearborn student Michael Holtzman is passionate about aiding in the revitalization of Detroit. He started BareBonesDetroit.com to showcase positive aspects of the city by featuring photos of more than 120 historically significant buildings. He plans to expand the website to feature more than 600 buildings, and hopes that someday his efforts will improve the quality of life in Detroit.