Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Melanie Sadur and Shaun Varga, both seniors concentrating in organizational studies, add donations destined for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen of Detroit. Looking on are Brother Jerry Smith (in brown robe), executive director of the soup kitchen, and Stevie Washington, one of its employees and a former client. Students in Stephen Garcia's "Inside Organizations" class raised $26,416.78 for the soup kitchen, giving them a chance to use what they learned about the psychology of individuals and teams in organizations. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

Two faculty members named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
U-M professors Sharon Glotzer and Scott Page have been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious society that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in scholarly and professional fields.

University leaders stress importance of academic freedom
Three of the university’s top academic leaders have signed a joint statement affirming U-M's commitment to academic freedom. The message sent to faculty Tuesday underscores “the university’s strongest possible commitment” to academic freedom after U-M received a Freedom of Information request for email messages that may contain certain keywords associated with the political battle in Wisconsin over labor unions.

Japan earthquake medical mission takes physician home
The March 11 Japan earthquake moved Dr. Keiko Asao, an endocrinology fellow at the U-M Health System, to return home to join the humanitarian effort to help earthquake victims. Asao describes her four-day medical mission, and the severe conditions under which people have been living and receiving treatment.

UPDATED CRIME ALERT: Reward offered
Reward offered in April 10 aggravated assault on Monroe Street.

The Michigan Difference

Smiles all around
Each year children between the ages of 5 and 12 receive free oral health care from the School of Dentistry's Give Kids a Smile program. But the program also puts a smile on the faces of the dental students, faculty and other volunteers who participate in the event. They praise the opportunity to give back and interact with the children they meet. Says second-year dental student Edward Lee, "Having the opportunity to help patients this young reminds me why I chose dentistry as my profession in the first place.”