Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Photo: Students Caitlyn Sharrow, from left, Erin McCarty and Sandhya Sistla help build low-income housing with the Azteca Projecto in San Juan, Texas. Through SERVE's Alternative Spring Break program, presented through the Ginsberg Center in the Division of Student Affairs, 575 students traveled to several volunteer community service sites. (Photo by Annie Berry-Krumrey)

URC presidents testify before House subcommittee
Presidents from the University Research Corridor testified Tuesday to a state House subcommittee about the job-creating value of investing in research universities. In their testimony, the presidents outlined the economic value of a number of recent URC initiatives including U-M’s decision to buy Pfizer’s 174-acre research campus as MSU took over a Pfizer facility in Holland.

Students help to bring the Internet to rural Africa
Residents of rural Kenya now have e-mail accounts and Internet access thanks in part to the work of engineering students who enabled satellite-based service at three locations there. Many residents there say they use the Web for research on medical issues or farming. Some are even on Facebook.

Innovative course exploring creative process heads to France
The University’s breakthrough course “Creative Process” is heading across the Atlantic to the Abbey of Pontlevoy, France, from May 18-June 12. Students will be immersed in a personal and group journey where they will visualize imaginative concepts, create original sound and movement works, define innovative spatial constructs, and invent computerized mechanics.

The Michigan Difference

Disabled and whole
Similar to the way scholars study race and minority groups, scholars like Tobin Siebers of LSA are looking at what it means to be disabled, for both the individual and society. These scholars are not looking to cure disability, but are finding that they can use lessons from their disciplines to both better understand disability and enhance their own fields of study.