Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Christopher Link (left) and Katherine Heflick (second from right) are among a group of U-M students in the Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates Program working with more than 90 students at Detroit’s Paul Robeson Academy and Glazer Elementary School as part of Focus:Hope's Hope Village Initiative. Link and Heflick are working with Robeson Academy students Phillip Rush (right) and Maduwuba Ugochukwu to make giant puppets that will be part of a parade Wednesday. The U-M students lived at Robeson Academy while making art with the students for the last 10 days. (Photo by Mark Tucker)

Professor, former dean inducted into American Academy of Policy and Social Science
Sheldon Danziger, H. J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy, and director of the National Poverty Center, was inducted recently as a fellow of the American Academy of Policy and Social Science. Also inducted as a 2010 fellow was Rebecca Blank, former dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and currently undersecretary of economic affairs for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

New culture dish could advance human embryonic stem cell research
A new synthetic Petri dish coating could overcome a major challenge to the advancement of human embryonic stem cell research, U-M researchers say. Two associate professors and their co-workers built a synthetic stem cell growth matrix that doesn’t contaminate the stem cells with foreign substances that could interfere with their normal function.

U-M delegation visits University of Ghana
A delegation from U-M recently visited the University of Ghana to learn first hand about U-M’s work in Ghana and also to identify new partnership opportunities.

The Michigan Difference

The water boy
Adrienne Gilbert’s participation in the Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates Program led her to join the Peace Corps and serve in the Dominican Republic. In the current issue of the GIEU magazine, Beyond Borders, she writes about her friendship with the water boy in the community where she served, and her effort to help get him a birth certificate. Her story begins on Page 3.