Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Twenty-five chief financial officers from universities in China’s Liaoning Province are visiting U-M for the Executive Education Program in Higher Education Finance Management, designed by the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the School of Education. The program familiarizes participants with the diverse policies and practices that affect the financing of higher education in the United States, and with the management of U-M resources in particular. The delegation is shown here with education dean Deborah Ball (front row, center) and associate professor Janet Lawrence (front row, third from left).

ISR unveils sober economic news at Washington, D.C., event
A pair of U-M economic studies show consumer spending will lag rather than lead the recovery from the current recession, and while older Americans appear to be weathering the economic crisis relatively well, many expect they’ll have to work longer than they planned a year ago. The findings were presented Wednesday at a Washington, D.C., breakfast event marking the 60th anniversary of the Institute for Social Research.

Conference to assess the state of information technology in the auto industry
Despite the turmoil in the global auto industry during the past year, efforts to transform information technology at manufacturers and suppliers have continued unabated. A daylong campus conference next week will assess the current state of IT within the auto industry, gauge where it is heading in the near future, and identify challenges and opportunities facing IT and auto companies.

SNRE dean co-authors World Development Report on climate change
Rosina Bierbaum, dean of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, has co-authored the World Development Report 2010, which outlines what the issue of climate change means for developing countries. The report was released Tuesday by the World Bank.

The Michigan Difference

Tapping creativity in prisons
The Prison Creative Arts Project collaborates with incarcerated adults, incarcerated youth, urban youth and the formerly incarcerated to strengthen our community through creative expression. Based in the Department of English Language and Literature and the School of Art and Design, project participants facilitate arts workshops in prisons or juvenile facilities, as well as Detroit high schools.