Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, March 26, 2012

U-M offers a wide selection of less commonly taught languages, ranging from from Polish and Urdu to Filipino, Punjabi and Swahili. This video explores why students pursue studies in some of these languages and the unique learning experiences the courses provide.

BREAKING NEWS: John Payton, lead counsel for U-M affirmative action cases, dies at 65
Celebrated civil rights litigator John Payton has died at age 65. He was the lead counsel throughout the university’s landmark case Gratz v. Bollinger, the LSA undergraduate admissions case, argued in 2003 before the Supreme Court of the United States. He also led defense of the companion case Grutter v. Bollinger, involving the Law School, through successful arguments to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

U-M’s first startup investment goes to next-generation computer memory firm
A U-M startup marketing next-generation computer memory that could write 1,000 times faster than Flash is the recipient of the university’s first investment in one of its own spinout companies. This financial investment into Crossbar Inc. kicks off the Michigan Investment in New Technology Startups program, designed to help propel technologies into the marketplace and deliver strong returns on the university’s endowment.

VIDEO: NextGen Michigan and IT Rationalization advance U-M’s mission
NextGen Michigan and IT Rationalization are two ideas designed to move U-M information technology into the future. But what do these terms mean to the university and its community members? Laura Patterson, associate vice president and chief information officer, talks about NextGen Michigan in this second installment in a series of videos on the future of information technology at U-M.

This week in the University Record
• Rackham Centennial continues with talk by author Jonathan Cole
• Winter named director of account services for MM&D
• Spotlight: Lab technician is a pilot, amateur radio operator
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Helping deliver babies in Ecuador
When Brooke Bidwell arrived for her internship at a maternity clinic in Ecuador she had no clue she would be helping deliver babies, sitting in on Caesarean sections and even witnessing a pediatric brain surgery. In an article for the International Institute's II Journal, the international studies major says the experience motivated her to want to help provide better services, technology and resources to struggling clinics and to bring awareness through work in nonprofit global health organizations.