Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

U-M researchers have developed a new simulation program called Virtual Reality CAVE that will help save lives by training doctors and first responders to on-site disaster victims. The program is profiled on an episode of Out of the Blue, available on YouTube’s U-M Channel.

Provost Sullivan: A public university is more than just publicly funded
The fundamental basis of what it means to be a public university extends well beyond a school’s funding source to include its overall mission as well as how it is governed, Provost Teresa Sullivan told faculty representatives Monday. And while much discussion has centered on dwindling state support for public colleges and universities, Sullivan told the Senate Assembly the focus should be on what public institutions are doing to help states.

A range of perspectives on the Michigan dream
In an attempt to find out how the past decade of wrenching economic change is affecting Michigan residents, the School of Public Health magazine Findings reached out to more than a dozen SPH alumni, faculty and community partners to gather their views on the state of the state, and what to expect next.

UM-Flint jazz concert to incorporate Twitter into upcoming concert
The UM-Flint Jazz Ensemble is adding a Twittering twist to its Dec. 9 concert. The concert will encourage the use of social media during the program. Audience members are encouraged to bring a laptop computer or handheld Web device so they may “tweet” their questions, comments or dialogue about the music during the concert. Other members of the audience will be able to follow along on Twitter and on a screen near the stage.

The Michigan Difference

While her harmonica gently weeps
Twenty-five years ago Vera Meyer became transfixed by the haunting sounds of the glass harmonica. The former U-M student and daughter of a U-M professor has played the complex instrument among classically trained masters before audiences worldwide, and now focuses on small shows near her home outside Boston.