Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

As Haiti continues to deal with the devastation caused by the Jan.12 earthquake, two experts discuss the Caribbean nation’s background and its future. Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, associate professor of American culture and romance languages and literatures, talks with Laurent Dubois, professor of French studies and history at Duke University, and Marvin Chochotte, a Haitian-American doctoral student in history at U-M.

Federal budget would boost funding for science, education
Even as President Obama announced plans to freeze most non-defense discretionary spending for the next three years, he proposed a fiscal year 2011 budget Monday that increases funding for scientific research agencies, economic development activities, and several education programs of interest to U-M and higher education.

Wolverines garner spots in ice dancing at Winter Olympics
Ice dancing pairs Meryl Davis and Charlie White, along with Evan Bates and Emily Samuelson, have their eyes on the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The four U-M students took off Winter Semester to focus on skating competitions. It appears to have paid off as they landed spots on the U.S. Olympic team.

National study provides snapshot of class entering U-M in 2009
The Ann Arbor campus’ participation in a national survey of students offers a baseline profile of incoming full-time undergraduates and opens a window to the trends that affect their learning experience. Among the findings are significantly more concern about respondents’ ability to pay for college, and an invigorated commitment to volunteerism.

CRIME ALERT: Armed robbery
500 block of Monroe Street (across from South Quad off-campus)

The Michigan Difference

Cool with the cold
Fascinated with Antarctica since the fourth grade, Stuart Klipper has made six voyages to the bottom of the world and has captured thousands of photos of the continent’s icy landscape. Author of a new book “The Antarctic: From The Circle To The Pole,” the 1962 alumnus has been called “the definitive photographer of Antarctica in the modern era.”