Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, September 16, 2013

Marc Gershwin, nephew of George and Ira Gershwin, speaks during Sunday's announcement of the U-M George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition. Looking on are, from left, University Musical Society President Ken Fischer, Associate Professor of Musicology Mark Clague, President Mary Sue Coleman, and School of Music, Theatre & Dance Dean Christopher Kendall. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

U-M to become epicenter of research on work of George and Ira Gershwin
The School of Music, Theatre & Dance has entered a new partnership with the estates of George and Ira Gershwin to provide U-M music scholars access to all of the Gershwins' papers, compositional drafts and original scores to create the first-ever critical edition of the brothers' works, which will, in turn, catalyze a campus effort known as the Gershwin Initiative.

Third Century Initiative funds new round of learning projects
Anne Mondro, associate professor in the Stamps School of Art & Design, has spent a decade at U-M learning how creativity impacts health care, with particular emphasis on aging and memory loss. As one of the latest faculty teams to receive funding from the Third Century Initiative, Mondro and her university and community colleagues will expand the experience to include undergraduate and graduate students from across campus.

SECURITY BULLETIN: Solicitation scam alert
Two university academic units have been contacted by people reporting a fundraising scam. The people were approached in different southeast Michigan communities by individuals requesting donations for U-M class trips.

The Michigan Difference

Math in Africa
A two-week summer school that was part of a mathematics conference in the African nation of Cameroon last spring helped share knowledge across the region. Co-sponsored by U-M and made possible largely through the efforts of Nkem Khumbah, lecturer of mathematics with the Comprehensive Studies Program, the biennial Buea International Conference on the Mathematical Sciences brought global experts to Africa, where they discussed their research with peers across the continent.