Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 6, 2011

From left, Erica Leung, Jiatu Liu and Loritta Chan talk with Phil Hanlon, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, during the Student International Affairs Forum at Palmer Commons. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the event Tuesday was designed to gather feedback, both from international students and from American students who have studied abroad, to make future international experiences as fruitful as possible. Read more about the forum Monday in The University Record. (Photo by Eric Bronson, U-M Photo Services)

U-M will invest in new ideas for a changing world
U-M will launch the Third Century Initiative to develop innovative ideas about global challenges and opportunities, and to advance the greater good, President Mary Sue Coleman announced Wednesday in her annual fall address. The initiative will use $50 million in existing funds during the next five years to develop innovative, multidisciplinary teaching and scholarship approaches to such topics as climate change, poverty and malnutrition, energy storage, affordable health care and social justice challenges.
• In a rare move for a university, U-M will for the first time directly invest in its own startup businesses.

University adding new online file storage system
U-M is participating in a new initiative that soon will provide a way for students, faculty, and staff to store and share files online. The service will be provided as part of a two-year agreement between Internet2 — a consortium of leading U.S. research and educational organizations — and the online file-sharing and storage service Box.net.

Conference offers advice for future faculty
More than 300 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars found strategies and resources for life beyond graduate school Wednesday at the ninth annual “Preparing Future Faculty Conference." The intensive half-day gathering was designed to help those entering the job market successfully transition to faculty life at different types of institutions.

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Promoting social justice globally
Tina Tam, who received a dual master's degree from the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise this year, has worked to promote global social justice by helping provide rural communities with access to renewable energy. She spent the summer of 2010 in China helping to provide households with access to clean and safe energy, and looks forward to working international social enterprises to help the world’s rural communities.