Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, September 25, 2009

Karen Claiborne of the UM-Dearborn School of Education (center) dances with Charles Pelham-Ashley, student ambassador (left), and Mike Brennan, student ambassador, during the school’s 50th anniversary kickoff celebration Wednesday. Click here for more photos from the evening’s festivities. (Photo by Rachel Lindley, UM-Dearborn)

U-M team leads effort to map health, future of the Great Lakes
A U-M research team is creating a comprehensive analysis and mapping of threats to the Great Lakes that will guide decision-making in the United States and Canada for years to come. The project will produce the first regional synthesis of human impacts on the Great Lakes, thereby helping conservation groups and regional planners prioritize their activities.

OVPR among units seeking nominees for awards
Nominees are being sought for awards given by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Academic Women’s Caucus (AWC). The awards and links for information on how to submit nominations are:
• The Distinguished University Innovator Award, given by the OVPR and includes a $5,000 honorarium. Nomination information
• The Sarah Goddard Power Award, given by the AWC, recognizes the status of women within the university. Nomination information
• The Rhetaugh G. Dumas Progress in Diversifying Award, given by the AWC, recognizes institutional initiative in demonstrating notable progress by academic units in achieving ethnic/racial and gender diversity in faculty. Nomination inform

H1N1 flu: Are parents underestimating risk to kids?
Although a new vaccine against H1N1 flu has been tested, is expected to be available in October and is strongly recommended for kids, a majority of parents in a new U-M survey indicate they won’t get their children vaccinated against the disease. The indication that parents are more concerned about seasonal flu than the H1N1 virus “may not match actual risks,” the poll’s director says.

The Michigan Difference

Making financial aid easier
With college education becoming harder to afford, the Obama administration wants to make it easier for families to seek federal financial aid. Research conducted by Susan Dynarski, an associate professor of public policy and of education, has played a key role in the administration’s ideas for simplifying the process.