Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, February 11, 2013

Thad Polk, professor of psychology and electrical engineering and computer science, teaches Psychology 121, The Human Mind and Brain. One of the topics studied is "phantom limbs." In this video, Polk demonstrates the phenomenon, showing how the brain can concoct experiences that our senses are not delivering. Read more about Polk's class, which is profiled as part of the new Michigan's World Class series on teaching at U-M.

DUP lecture to explore origins of alphabet
New discoveries of the earliest inscriptions written in the Greek alphabet, which help reveal how the Greeks developed the English alphabet, are the focus of Richard Janko's inaugural lecture as the Gerald F. Else Distinguished University Professor of Classical Studies in LSA.

Venture capital event issues call for presenting companies
The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium has announced the call for presenting companies for the 32nd annual Midwest equity event May 21-22. The symposium is the premier Midwest networking event for venture capital leaders to connect with emerging growth companies — including numerous U-M spinoffs — that are actively searching for partners and funding.

This week in the University Record
• Mary Ingalls probably did not go blind from scarlet fever, U-M study says
• Trouble ahead: Fewer have retirement funds, more raid them
• School of Education faculty member receives Fulbright Specialists Award
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on newspaper racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

'Our brilliant Miss Sheldon'
Through letters and journals, Mary Sheldon chronicled the highs and lows of being one of the first women students at U-M. She helped form the first club for women students, resolved to become a scientist, and celebrated her new life of deep thinking and exploration, — all in an era when coeducation was deemed a “dangerous experiment.” (For the next few months, Michigan Difference will regularly highlight stories from the new U-M Heritage Project website.)