Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Shannon Davis, a research investigator in the Department of Human Genetics at the Medical School, helps high school students view samples of mouse pituitary glands during a biology class at Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids. Davis recently joined other U-M faculty in visiting the high school as participants in Wolverine Express, a program sponsored by the Center for Educational Outreach to promote pathways and access to college. (Photo by Marie Ting, Center for Educational Outreach)

CRLT to celebrate 50th anniversary with gallery and visiting colleagues
President Mary Sue Coleman will issue a call to elevate and expand on experiences in undergraduate education Friday as the university celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. Coleman also will host a panel on “Enriching Undergraduate Learning at Research Universities,” and the celebration will feature a Gallery of Teaching Innovations. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Michigan Union Ballroom.

Psychology researcher Susan Gelman elected to National Academy of Sciences
Susan Gelman, the Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of Psychology, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences for her excellence in original scientific research. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States.

New mentors-in-residence give U-M startups a critical edge
Two serial health care and software entrepreneurs are lending their expertise to university inventors and startups as the newest mentors-in-residence at U-M Tech Transfer. Alumnus Bill Brinkerhoff and former naval aviator Ken Spenser will work alongside licensing and Venture Center staff to assess new discoveries and accelerate new university startups.

The Michigan Difference

Design for social change
A partnership between the School of Art & Design and a community school in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit could become the blueprint for more collaboration. This partnership created projects such as a mobile pizza oven and solar-powered bicycle lights through the conversations, field trips and interactions of Detroit and U-M A&D students.