Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Criminals are sending emails that look like they are from U-M, but actually are trying to trick you into revealing your password and other private information. This puts you and U-M at risk. Don't be fooled. Watch this four-minute video to learn more, or read a summary of how to protect yourself from these "phishing" scams. The U-M Police Department also has issued a Crime Alert regarding these incidents.

Long-term disability plan part of Open Enrollment for 2014 benefits
Faculty and staff who want to enroll in the Expanded Long-Term Disability plan or increase their coverage level can do so during this year's Open Enrollment — Oct. 28-Nov. 8 —  without having to provide a health statement of insurability.

Video collection part of a new look at how to evaluate teachers
One of the most extensive collections of videos showing teachers at work in the classroom will be available this fall at U-M to help researchers learn more about how to evaluate good teaching and how to develop excellent teachers. The videos are a crucial piece of the Measures of Effective Teaching project, a multiyear study to determine how to identify and advance strong teaching.

New interactive map aids regional climate change adaptation planning
A jointly developed interactive map launched this month by the Graham Sustainability Institute and Headwaters Economics gives Great Lakes policymakers and decision-makers easy access to targeted data to help them plan for, and adapt to, the regional impacts of climate change.

UM-Dearborn adds major in African and African-American studies
UM-Dearborn will begin offering a major in African and African-American studies this fall. Students gathered more than 400 signatures in support of the program, which was proposed by Gloria House, professor of humanities and African and African-American studies.

Water Center research scientists lead innovative course on Lake Michigan
A new Field Methods in Great Lakes Oceanography course co-taught by three U-M Water Center research scientists is fulfilling a fundamental goal of the center to actively engage students in learning about the Great Lakes.

The Michigan Difference

Life-changing bridge
Members of the Bridges to Prosperity team at U-M built a suspended pedestrian bridge in the village of Palca in central Bolivia. The bridge will serve approximately 250 families, helping children arrive safely to school and giving the community better access to their farm fields, markets and medical care.