Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, October 12, 2009

Lydia Cacho, recipient of this year’s Wallenberg Medal, was interviewed for U-M’s Portal en Español about her work as a journalist exposing child prostitution and trafficking in luxury hotels of Cancun.

Administrative services benchmarking study under way
As part of an ongoing effort to improve the way it conducts business, the university has launched a benchmarking study at its Ann Arbor campus to examine a number of its administrative functions, including finance, human resources/payroll, procurement, information technology, student services, development, communications and sponsored research administration.

Burn Center celebrates 50 years of innovation, dedication and research
The U-M Burn Center, which has been a leader in the treatment and prevention of burns for the past five decades, celebrated its golden anniversary last week at an event that looked back on the center’s first 50 years and ahead to the next half century.

New digital access options for U-M Press titles
U-M Press is joining with HathiTrust Digital Library to open electronic content for free online access. U-M Press plans to have 1,000 or more titles available for full viewing by the end of this year. Utilizing the latest technology, readers and researchers will find multiple ways to find what they are seeking.

The Michigan Difference

From U-M to Oprah
Uwem Akpan began writing his book, “Say You’re One of Them,” while studying for his master of fine arts degree in creative writing at U-M. The collection of short stories about African children struggling under extreme circumstances was chosen as the current selection for Oprah’s Book Club. Akpan is a Jesuit priest and a former fellow at the Institute for the Humanities.