Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sara McClelland, assistant professor of psychology and women’s studies, teaches a class on Sex, Sexuality & Public Policy. She participated in the LSA Teaching Academy in fall 2012. “The Teaching Academy provides invaluable tools for those of us developing new courses,” she said. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

LSA Teaching Academy fosters success among new faculty
New faculty members who participate in a program to enhance teaching report greater confidence in their abilities in the classroom and more involvement in professional development activities. Student evaluations of those faculty members also reflect better learning. The LSA Teaching Academy represents one investment the college makes to help new faculty thrive. Based on the results of a recent study by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, this investment is paying off handsomely, leaders say.

Collaborative effort to present rare performance of epic work
The School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the University Musical Society will collaborate to present a rare concert performance of Darius Milhaud’s epic "Oresteia of Aeschylus" — or "Oresteian Trilogy" — on April 4 at Hill Auditorium. The piece, performed in its entirety just a few times, will utilize more than 450 performers from SMTD and the UMS Choral Union.

VIDEO: U-M professor discusses highest poverty rate in 15 years
The Great Recession leaves behind 4.7 million long-term unemployed people, the largest number since records were first kept in 1948, according to U-M research. In the latest edition of Policy Points from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Kristin Seefeldt, assistant professor of social work, discusses the country's highest poverty rate in 15 years.

This week in The University Record
• U-M astronomer finds remains of young supernova
• Javanese Gamelan music and dance celebrated
• U-M in history: The first women
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on newspaper racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Stay in the shade
Karl Lopata was a recent graduate of U-M, living in California, when he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2005. He returned to Michigan and participated in a clinical trial at U-M. Now cancer-free, Lopata says the experience inspired him to combine his love of running with a new motivation to raise awareness about melanoma. He created “Stay in the Shade,” a non-profit organization that conducts two trail runs each year and donates the money to various melanoma awareness, support and research organizations.