Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 18, 2013

Sophie, a character created by South African artist Mary Sibande, is featured in various art forms across campus. The black maid, dressed in elaborate costumes, is designed to ignite thought-provoking discussion about gender, class and race in post-colonial South Africa. View a slideshow of Sophie sculptures, and read more about her and her creator. (Photo courtesy of Gallery MOMO)

New ways to assist a potential ‘lost generation’ of young scientists
With federal research cutbacks and sequestration casting a shadow on the plans for today’s researchers-in-training, the Medical School has created new programs to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows understand the many career paths that biomedical graduates can go down, and the marketable skills  a Ph.D. will give them.

U-M Library workshops celebrate Open Access Week
The U-M Library is celebrating the sixth annual Open Access Week Oct. 21-27 with a lineup of workshops and events highlighting university projects, research and policies that allow the public to access and reuse the results of scholarly research.

UM-Dearborn establishes Ford Collaboratory with $250,000 gift
UM-Dearborn has opened the Ford Collaboratory — developed with a $250,000 gift from the Ford Motor Co. Fund — to provide an innovative site for students, faculty and community partners to meet and work together on long-term projects and partnerships.

The Michigan Difference

Malaria's lessons
In May 2012, Varsha Mathrani traveled to Uganda intending to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer. Within a week of arriving in the small town where she was to spend the next two years, she contracted malaria, forcing her to resign from the Peace Corps and return to the United States to recover. But while the disease took a physical toll on her body, Mathrani says it also taught her much. "I now know the feeling and can identify with others who face — and have faced — this disease," Mathrani writes in the current edition of the School of Public Health magazine, Findings.