Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, June 24, 2013

More and more countries are practicing Internet censorship, and with increasingly sophisticated tools. To combat that, a team led by J. Alex Halderman, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is developing software that allows users to be rerouted around Internet blocks. He discusses that process in this video.

Supreme Court's ruling in Texas affirmative action case will not directly affect U-M
In a much-anticipated decision regarding affirmative action in higher education, the U.S. Supreme Court today returned to a lower court a case involving the University of Texas at Austin's admissions policy. With its 7-1 ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the court reconfirmed Grutter v. Bollinger, a 2003 decision involving the U-M Law School that held the pursuit of educational benefits through diversity is a compelling interest that can be achieved by the narrowly tailored consideration of race.

First U-M photographer George R. Swain hired 100 years ago
Hired as U-M’s first official photographer 100 years ago in 1913, George R. Swain rode the dusty back roads of the Middle East, Europe and Africa to document the work of U-M research expeditions. Back in Ann Arbor, he captured events, took photos to document the campus and to support lectures, and charmed readers with his expedition travels.

U-M bioinformatics leader takes part in White House 'open science' event
Brian Athey, professor and chair of computational medicine and bioinformatics, exhibited information about an "open science" initiative at a White House event hosted by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. He was joined by Dr. Gilbert S. Omenn, director of the U-M Center for Computational Biomedicine and Informatics. "Open science" aims to accelerate development of new treatments and technologies, and is a priority for federal research sponsors.

In this week’s University Record
• Windshield Tours promote understanding of the roots of infant mortality
• Research: Obesity increases chance of preterm birth
• U-M researcher, colleagues predict possible record-setting Gulf 'dead zone'
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

A summer of Shakespeare
Acting is not just something Janet Haley teaches — it's also what she does. Haley, assistant professor of theatre at UM-Flint, will return for her eighth season with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival in Jackson this summer. Haley, an associate artist with MSF since 2011, will be playing Olivia in "Twelfth Night," Constance in "King John," and the Barmaid in Oliver Goldsmith's "She Stoops to Conquer."