Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Teresa Stanek Rea (left), deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, speaks with U-M Tech Transfer Executive Director Ken Nisbet and Director of Licensing Robin Rasor during a visit to discuss patent issues and to learn about U-M's technology transfer operation. Rea, a U-M alumna, discussed issues relating to implementation of the new patent reform law, as well as the opening of the USPTO's first-ever satellite office in Detroit this summer. She also toured the Venture Accelerator at the North Campus Research Complex and met with U-M law students. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)

Author Soetoro-Ng, Obama's half-sister, to speak on multicultural education
Multicultural education is complex and should not be limited to teachings in the classroom, says scholar and author Maya Soetoro-Ng, President Barack Obama's half-sister who will deliver a lecture at U-M on Thursday.

New International Travel Policy provides critical guidance and resources
When the university's new International Travel Policy went into effect on March 8, several of its component parts already had proven their value many times over. It details university policy on the Travel Registry, travel abroad health insurance, emergency evacuation insurance, travel warnings or travel restrictions, and international travel involving student groups.

Economists predict continued U.S. recovery, five million new jobs
America's economy will continue its recovery this year and next as it adds nearly five million jobs and unemployment falls below 8 percent, say economists with the U-M Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics. The RSQE's annual spring forecast predicts employment will rise at a moderate pace, consumer spending will increase, the housing market will pick up, vehicle sales will improve and inflation will remain in check in 2012 and 2013.

The Michigan Difference

Relieving hunger in West Africa
The Dogon people of West Mali are facing starvation because of a drought. Beverly Strassman, professor of anthropology, has been studying this group for years and, seeing their plight, stepped in to help. With the aid of colleagues Strassman hopes to provide about 30 trucks of food to 12 villages in the affected region. Knowing conventional relief efforts don’t reach this remote area, Strassman has been raising money to provide relief herself.