Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Arthur Verhoogt, associate professor of papyrology and Greek studies, examines a text written on papyrus. (Photo by Frank Provenzano)

A high-tech look at records from ancient civilizations
Scholars and students at the Papyrological Institute are meeting at U-M throughout July studying ancient text recorded on papyrus. The group is examining images made using a high-tech process called multi-spectral imaging. It gives researchers a window into past civilizations by allowing them to see text that previously had been illegible. U-M has more than 10,000 individual papyrus fragments, making the collection one of the largest of its type in the world.

New student loan benefits, other aid changes take effect
Student loan benefits that took affect Wednesday are designed to make higher education more affordable and to ease the debt burden of students who must borrow to pay for college. U.S. Rep. John Dingell met with students on campus Wednesday to discuss the changes.

2002 grad named White House Fellow
Annie Maxwell, a 2002 master’s of public policy graduate of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, has been named a White House Fellow. She is among 15 people named to the 2009-10 class of fellows in the highly competitive program that recommends remarkable achievement early in one’s career.

No Record Update on Friday
The Record Update will not publish Friday. Most university offices will be closed that day in recognition of the July 4 holiday. The Record Update will resume publication Monday.

The Michigan Difference

Persistent poverty
Moving from welfare to work doesn’t necessarily lift one out of poverty. Laura Lein, dean of the School of Social Work, as well as faculty members Sandra Danziger and Sherrie Kossoudji are among those who have conducted research into the problems of the working poor. Their work is profiled on Page 4 of the current edition of Ongoing, SSW’s magazine.