Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, November 19, 2012

The School of Public Health recently welcomed 18 Millennium Promise Program Scholars, hailing from Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. They are funded under a National Institutes of Health research training grant. Ten of the scholars are doctoral students enrolled in one of several participating South African universities, and eight are more senior scientists. The scholars will be participating in a number of customized courses tailored to their needs and interests, and also auditing some of the regular fall-term courses. (Photo by Nkosana Jafta)

Longest serving staff member turns a page
Involved since 1949 as a bookbinder and conservator at the university, Jim Craven also is considered the longest serving U-M staff member ever, with more than 63 years on the job. His retirement will be marked with a Nov. 30 symposium at the Gerald Ford Library, followed by a reception at the Bentley Historical Library.

Balakrishnan named dean of UM-Dearborn College of Business
Nagraj Balakrishnan has been named dean of the UM-Dearborn College of Business. Balakrishnan currently serves as senior associate dean at Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science. He will begin at UM-Dearborn Feb. 1, 2013.

State's economy will keep growing moderately, U-M economists say
Following three years of steady job gains, Michigan's economy will continue its path of moderate growth for the next two years, say U-M economists. In their annual forecast of the Michigan economy, George Fulton, director of Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, and colleagues Joan Crary and Donald Grimes say the state will add 111,000 jobs during 2013 and 2014 — on the heels of 165,000 job gains since the end of 2009.

This week in the University Record
• Move over guys: Female drivers overtaking males
• A better brain implant: Slim electrodes cozies up to single neurons
• Staff Spotlight: Athletic trainer gives back to athletes at Paralympic Games
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Three weeks in Ghana
This past August, Charlie Michaels, coordinator for Detroit Connections at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, led 10 undergraduate students on a three-week international experience in Ghana, West Africa. While there, they worked on projects in which they engaged with local children and artists, and worked toward solving an environmental problem by making charcoal out of corn cobs.