Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, January 8, 2010

Former women’s track coach Kenneth “Red” Simmons, right, receives a photo signed by those who helped him mark his100th birthday Thursday. Presenting the photo is Rod Grambeau, professor emeritus of kinesiology. Colleagues from the School of Kinesiology, where Simmons is an assistant professor emeritus, joined former students, friends and family to honor Simmons, considered the founding father of women’s track at U-M. (Photo by Peter Smith Photography)

Nominations sought for 2nd year of Teaching Innovation Prizes
Five U-M faculty members who develop the most original approaches to teaching each will win a $5,000 U-M Teaching Innovation Prize. This is the second year of Provost Teresa Sullivan’s prize to honor and encourage creativity in the classroom. Nominations are due by 4 p.m. Jan. 28.

Reframing the color line
A controversy last year over first lady Michelle Obama’s official White House portrait serves as a contemporary example of how race figures into American visual culture. In an article for Montage, U-M’s online arts portal, Martha Jones, associate professor of history and Afroamerican and African studies, discusses the portrait and other components of a William L. Clements Library exhibit that traces “race and the visual culture of the Atlantic world.”

VIDEO: No Child Left Behind Act produces mixed results
Brian Jacob, the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, says the No Child Left Behind Act is “arguably the most far-reaching education policy in decades.” In this video, he discusses the results of a study that looks at whether the act has achieved what it set out to do.

The Michigan Difference

High-flying physician
Dr. Kathy Hughes' medical career is soaring … literally. After graduating last year with a Master of Public Health degree, Hughes is completing her residency in aerospace and occupational medicine in San Antonio, Texas. One of a handful of Air Force physicians who also are pilots, she wants to become a test-pilot physician. “Flying to me is freedom,” she says.