Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

U-M public policy major Meredith Horowski learns about picking coffee beans, Rwanda’s biggest export, during a weeklong trip to the country with the anti-poverty advocacy organization ONE. Horowski’s concern for the poor helped earn her a spot on the recent journey, during which she observed both stark poverty and inspiring efforts to rebound from years of genocide and war. Click here to read a story about her trip. (Photo courtesy of Meredith Horowski)

UM-Dearborn sees record number of applications for fall
More than 4,000 prospective freshmen have applied to UM-Dearborn for the fall semester. Campus officials say that is a record number. In addition, applications from potential transfer students also are at an all-time high.

MRacing competing in Formula Student Germany
The MRacing Formula SAE team is one of five American teams competing in the 2010 Formula Student Germany competition, which runs through Sunday in Hockenheim, Germany. At last year's Formula Student Germany, U-M placed fifth overall, the best showing of the American teams who competed.

Medical School hires nearly 200 new faculty members since May
The Medical School has hired 184 new physicians and medical researchers since May, boosting its faculty to 2,254 — its highest point ever. The school has grown by 100-150 physicians and scientists in each of the last five years.

U-M’s Robert T. Kennedy receives neuroscience technology award
Robert T. Kennedy, the Hobart H. Willard Professor of Chemistry and a professor of pharmacology, is one of four scientists selected to receive the 2010 Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award from the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience.

New insights into how stem cells determine what tissue to become
Within 24 hours of culturing adult human stem cells on a new type of matrix, U-M researchers were able to make predictions about how the cells would differentiate, or what type of tissue they would become. Their results are published in Sunday's edition of Nature Methods.

Construction starts on second cyber classroom at UM-Flint
Included in the long list of construction projects underway at UM-Flint this summer is a second Cyber Classroom for the Computer Science and Information Systems program. The new system will use video equipment and a series of microphones to record classroom interactions, which will then be made available online for students. 

Michigan College Advising Corps share mission in Washington
Advisers and staff from the Michigan College Advising Corps (MCAC) visited Washington, D.C., this week for a three-day conference, which brought together nearly 200 advisers from 15 partner institutions across the country. MCAC is a new program at U-M that places recent graduates in high schools throughout Michigan to serve as college advisers.

Other photos from the Record Update
Click the headline to view another photo that appeared this week in the Update, a U-M student performing at the White House.

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