Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 17, 2013

This collage is a sampling of images from UM-Flint's 24-hour photo project Wednesday in which members of the campus community captured moments from around campus, Flint and the world, and shared them using the hashtag #umflint24 on social media. View the day in pictures. (Photo courtesy of UM-Flint)

School of Information dean and wife pledge $2.5M gift to U-M
School of Information Dean Jeffrey MacKie-Mason and his wife, Janet Netz, have committed to a gift of $2.5 million to the school. The gift is among the largest made by a dean at the University of Michigan to his or her school or college. The bequest is intended to establish the Jeffrey MacKie-Mason Professor of Information, a tenured faculty position within the school.

University's United Way campaign now underway
The 2013 U-M United Way Charitable Giving Campaign that kicked off this week by reaching out to U-M staff via e-mail and campus mail is off to a great start, organizers say. The campaign co-chairs, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Martha E. Pollack and U-M Hospitals and Health Centers CEO Douglas L. Strong, have set a campaign goal of $1.55 million this year.

Symposium elevates scientific creativity in medical research, technology
Medical scientists from two of Israel’s premier universities will join U-M colleagues Friday-Monday in Ann Arbor for what has become the university’s largest-ever joint medical science symposium with Israel. The event is the annual gathering of the U-M/Israel Partnership for Research, an initiative that pairs Medical School and life sciences faculty and researchers with peers in Israel to conduct joint scientific investigations.

The Michigan Difference

Malaria's lessons
In May 2012, Varsha Mathrani traveled to Uganda intending to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer. Within a week of arriving in the small town where she was to spend the next two years, she contracted malaria, forcing her to resign from the Peace Corps and return to the United States to recover. But while the disease took a physical toll on her body, Mathrani says it also taught her much. "I now know the feeling and can identify with others who face — and have faced — this disease," Mathrani writes in the current edition of the School of Public Health magazine, Findings.