Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, January 21, 2013

University leaders talk about how U-M faculty members are using new ways to engage students in effective learning.

New series shows present and future of teaching and learning
Stories of life-changing classroom experiences, inspiring faculty members, and students itching to roll up their sleeves and work on societal problems are the focus of a new series at U-M. Michigan's World Class celebrates teaching and learning by telling stories of how the university's schools and colleges, and the faculty in them, are challenging today's students in new ways.

Regents focus on future of higher education in strategic session
Members of the Board of Regents said they came away from a two-day strategic session with a deeper understanding of the challenges facing higher education today. Regents and top university officials met Thursday and Friday in Los Angeles with several national leaders in higher education.

Latest round of MCubed funding awarded to 117 projects
The MCubed interdisciplinary research-funding initiative has awarded another 117 seed grants. Key themes across the newly funded cubes are transportation, social media, cancer therapy, big data, and the human-machine interface. This brings the total funded projects to 167. Browse them all on the MCubed website.

U-M researchers help author new report on Midwest climate change
Three U-M researchers were lead convening authors of chapters in a recently released draft report assessing the effect of climate change on the Midwest. The report concludes climate change will lead to more frequent and intense heat waves, degrade air and water quality, threaten public health, and exacerbate risks to the Great Lakes.

Crosswalk safety campaign to begin Tuesday
The city of Ann Arbor on Tuesday will begin a pedestrian crosswalk and safety enforcement campaign at 14 locations, some of which are near the U-M campus. The campaign will run through Saturday, and police officers will keep a watchful eye for drivers not stopping for pedestrians crossing the street at crosswalks.

CRIME ALERT CANCELED: Sexual assault at West Quad
A suspect was arrested Friday evening and released Saturday pending further investigation.

VIDEO: New center led by U-M will develop computers of 2025
Due to technical difficulties, a video in Friday's Record Update may have been unavailable to some viewers. We are including it again for those who may not have been able to access it.

This week in the University Record
• Two-week international program showcases academic, organized dentistry
• This month in history: Robben Fleming arrives as U-M president
• Improving road safety: Lessons from Europe
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on newspaper racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

SET to Make a Difference
On a 2011 trip to Togo with the Canadian nonprofit Sleeping Children Around the World, U-M alumnus Don Barclay visited 10 remote villages to deliver bed kits. Along the way, he became aware of the poor condition of rural schools. Barclay, his brother Bob, and two other volunteers conceived and launched an education-focused nonprofit — Support.Education.Togo. — with $40,000 of their own money.