Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, November 19, 2009

As the world marks the 20th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Wall, Piotr Michalowski, a professor of near eastern studies who grew up behind the Iron Curtain, recalls his visits to the wall, and shares some of the many pictures he took of the historic barrier.

Coppola wins Carnegie/CASE U.S. Professor of the Year
Brian Coppola, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry, has been selected as a 2009 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

United Way campaign experiences record-breaking numbers
In as little as four weeks, the United Way campaign has raised nearly $750,000 from university employees and retirees. Compared to this time last year the campaign has seen an increase of 40 percent in total amount pledged. This year the fund drive implemented the United Way ePledge system, through which it experienced an increase in pledges received.

Ford School using new video library to educate, build reputation
A new video library at the Ford School of Public Policy will serve as the starting point for an ever-expanding archive of speeches and lectures. Ford School officials say the library will more easily share the videos with a broader audience, and help expand the school’s reputation in the public policy community.

The Michigan Difference

Grad school application coaches
Navigating the graduate-school application process can be daunting, particularly for underrepresented minorities and economically disadvantaged students. Three recent U-M grads have created the nonprofit group Excelerate to guide students through the process and help them best position themselves for admission to professional schools.