Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A trawl net crammed with quagga mussels is hauled aboard after researchers dragged the bottom of Lake Michigan for just a few minutes. The net contains thousands of mussels, a load weighing roughly 300 pounds. Click the photo for a slide show about the threat posed by quagga and zebra mussel in the Great Lakes. (Photo courtesy of Michigan Sea Grant.)

Tiny invaders lead transformation of Great Lakes ecology
The Great Lakes are in the midst of a remarkable ecological transformation, driven largely by the blitzkrieg advance of two invasive species: the quagga mussel and zebra mussel. An article in Michigan Today chronicles a research cruise probing the link between mussels and the decline of diporeia, a tiny creature that for millennia has been one of the pillars of the Great Lakes food web.

Law School opens Detroit Center for Family Advocacy
The Law School has opened the new Detroit Center for Family Advocacy in an effort to ease pressure on the foster care system in Wayne County, shorten the stays of children in foster care and, in some cases, keep children out of foster care entirely. The center is a three-year pilot program.

University top contributor to Teach for America in 2009
U-M contributed more graduating seniors to Teach for America’s 2009 corps than any other school with 10,000 or more undergraduates. The 2009 corps consists of 4,100 recent graduates, including 80 from U-M’s graduating class, who will begin teaching in public schools in the fall.

PODCAST: Reflecting on 40 years since Apollo 11
Monday marked the 40th anniversary of men landing on the moon. U-M professor and former astronaut Tony England says the historic achievement of Apollo 11 has, in varying ways, made the universe both larger and smaller to those of us back on Earth.

The Michigan Difference

Lessons from the Holocaust
A collection of oral histories from Holocaust survivors, housed at UM-Dearborn, is being used by people from around the world in a variety of ways. For instance, ninth-graders in the state of Washington used the archive as a foundation for a series of storybooks for children.