Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, June 25, 2010

U-M student Tori Raymond displays her national pride while watching the recent World Cup soccer match between the United States and England on a big screen in Durban, South Africa. Also cheering the U.S. team was fellow U-M student Josh Leskar (in black, to the right of Raymond). They are among four sport management majors from the School of Kinesiology studying in South Africa as part of an external (non-U-M), for-credit program called Globalization, Sports and Development: The 2010 World Cup. (Photo by Hussein Malla, Associated Press, used with permission)

President Coleman visiting China to strengthen ties with universities
President Mary Sue Coleman is heading for China today on a weeklong trip to strengthen and celebrate new and longstanding partnerships in research and education in broad areas that include science, engineering, business, public health and the arts. Coleman will visit Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong to meet with university and government leaders, alumni, current and future students and parents.
Follow the trip’s progress on a blog by Jefferson Porter, associate vice president for development.

Watch tornado season unfold in real time
Recent storms that have swept across southern Michigan are a reminder that tornado season is upon us. Researchers at the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences have created a website that tracks where twisters have touched down in the last 48 hours. also lets visitors search historically by ZIP code.

Students building a school in Brazil as part of GIEU project
More than a dozen U-M students are in Brazil’s Pantanal region building a school. They are blogging about the project, which is part of the Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates. The GIEU funds global educational projects that expand learning beyond traditional classroom boundaries.

The Michigan Difference

Personalized medicine
Seeking to understand why people react differently to a particular medication or dosage, scientists now are focusing on pharmacogenomics, the study of how a person's genome affects response to a specific drug. Vicki Ellingrod, associate professor of pharmacy and psychiatry, heads up the Clinical Pharmacogenomics Laboratory where she has studied the risk factors of metabolic syndrome, a major side effect for people taking schizophrenia drugs.