Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, August 3, 2009

Established on an abandoned ranch in 1929, Camp Davis has provided a close-knit learning community in a breathtaking outdoor setting for generations of students.

Field station in Rocky Mountains celebrates 80 years with U-M
Camp Davis, a previously abandoned Wyoming ranch, has grown from a summer surveying camp to a teaching and research facility offering courses in subjects that range from geology to the humanities. The field station marks its 80th anniversary this year with the grand opening of new cabins, the first major construction since the camp was built.

Human Resources launches new Web site to promote personal development
A new Human Resources Development Web site offers a variety of options to promote employee success. It contains up-to-date learning opportunities, information on “Courses by Demand” and even a mini-poll to gather feedback from the campus community.

Choice of college major can affect religious faith, study shows
College students who major in the social sciences and humanities are likely to become less religious, education majors are likely to become more religious, and students majoring in biology and physical sciences remain about as religious as they were when they started college. Those are among the findings of a U-M study released last week.

Big Ten Network highlighting U-M throughout the week
The Big Ten Network will feature a variety of U-M campus programming this week, featuring numerous episodes of “Out of the Blue: The Michigan Difference,” as well as “The Branch Rickey Story.” Click here for a complete listing of Big Ten Network programming for the coming week.

The Michigan Difference

A new way to build
A construction system that could help revive urban areas is being developed by Harry Giles, a professor in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and a team of collaborators. MidMod is an adaptable, durable and energy efficient construction system ideally suited for mixed-use, urban neighborhoods. A prototype structure is expected to be placed on display this fall.