Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

As part of the Understanding Race Theme Semester, Lester Monts, senior vice provost for academic affairs, describes his personal experience growing up in racially segregated America. Monts will explore topics related to race Friday with Yolanda T. Moses, professor of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, and co-author of "Race: Are we so different?" Read more about the event and a related national exhibition that opens Saturday.

U-M moves up on Peace Corps' annual top colleges rankings
For the 13th year in a row, U-M has earned a spot on the Peace Corps' annual list of the top volunteer-producing large universities across the country. With 93 graduates currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, the university moves to No. 4, up a spot from last year, and remains a solid source of alumni committed to making a difference at home and abroad.

Women of Color Task Force Conference set for March 8
Registration is now open for 2013 Women of Color Task Force Conference. The March 8 event will feature 30 workshop sessions on a variety of topics. The keynote speaker is Donna Brazile, political strategist and Georgetown University professor. This year, for the first time, people may register separately to attend the keynote presentation for free without attending the conference.

LSI researcher Yamashita receives Keck award for stem cell project
Life Sciences Institute researcher Yukiko Yamashita has received a $500,000 award from the W.M. Keck Foundation for a project that explores how stem cells can distinguish between two seemingly identical copies of chromosomes during asymmetric cell division.

The Michigan Difference

Real world politics
As mayor of Goudomp, Senegal, Abdoulaye Sadio contends with issues that are familiar to many elected officials: education, health, housing, energy, water and sanitation. But Sadio, who received his master's and doctoral degrees from the School of Public Health, also deals with problems that few mayors in the developed world have to confront, including high unemployment during Senegal's dry season and a 30-year rebellion that has stifled socioeconomic development in the region. He tells his story in the fall issue of the SPH magazine, Findings.