Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, June 10, 2011

Maria Thomas (left) rehearses with Graham Atkin (center) and Chris Harrison in a scene from "The Winter's Tale," this year's Shakespeare in the Arb production. The series, which presents live Shakespeare plays in the Nichols Arboretum, opened its 11th season Thursday and runs through June 26. Click here for more information. (Photo by Gail McCormick)

Embryonic stem cell funding ban could derail related work, researchers conclude
Banning federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research would have "disastrous consequences" on the study of a promising and increasingly popular new stem cell type that is not derived from human embryos, a U-M researcher and his colleagues say. Scientists hope to use both cell types to treat disease, and possibly to grow new tissues.

UMHS researchers advocate national strategy for cancer vaccines
As new vaccines that treat cancer are being developed, how they will be combined with existing treatments is not clear. Researchers at the U-M Health System recommend a national strategy be developed for bringing therapeutic cancer vaccines to patient care, so that cancers with less effective treatment options are priority targets.

VIDEO: A brain-training exercise to increase working memory
John Jonides, Daniel J. Weintraub Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, discusses a mental exercise called n-back training, a technique that can improve a person's ability to reason and solve new problems, which is a crucial element of general intelligence.

The Michigan Difference

Sensing opportunity in climate change
Alumna Nuyi Tao used to be a financial specialist at a commercial bank in her native China. Now she's a senior carbon finance specialist at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., using the expertise and lessons learned at the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise to build a business case for sustainable development, particularly as it relates to energy and climate change.