President Coleman visiting China to strengthen ties with universities
President Mary Sue Coleman is heading for China today on a weeklong trip to strengthen and celebrate new and longstanding partnerships in research and education in broad areas that include science, engineering, business, public health and the arts. Coleman will visit Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong to meet with university and government leaders, alumni, current and future students and parents.
• Follow the trip’s progress on a blog by Jefferson Porter, associate vice president for development.
Watch tornado season unfold in real time
Recent storms that have swept across southern Michigan are a reminder that tornado season is upon us. Researchers at the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences have created a website that tracks where twisters have touched down in the last 48 hours. Tornadopaths.org also lets visitors search historically by ZIP code.
Students building a school in Brazil as part of GIEU project
More than a dozen U-M students are in Brazil’s Pantanal region building a school. They are blogging about the project, which is part of the Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates. The GIEU funds global educational projects that expand learning beyond traditional classroom boundaries.
The Michigan Difference
Seeking to understand why people react differently to a particular medication or dosage, scientists now are focusing on pharmacogenomics, the study of how a person's genome affects response to a specific drug. Vicki Ellingrod, associate professor of pharmacy and psychiatry, heads up the Clinical Pharmacogenomics Laboratory where she has studied the risk factors of metabolic syndrome, a major side effect for people taking schizophrenia drugs.