Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Myron Campbell (right), LSA associate dean for natural sciences and professor of physics, greets Shuheng Zhou, assistant professor in statistics, during the second annual LSA Teaching Academy at the Michigan League. All new assistant professors in the college took part in the Aug. 24-25 academy, which was designed to introduce new faculty to senior colleagues, and provide resources and support. The academy is a collaboration between the LSA Dean's Office and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

Wikipedia revision project teaches teamwork, chemistry, communication
Halogen bonding, hyperconjugation, electroactive polymers — such subjects are typical fare in graduate-level chemistry courses. But how many classes challenge students to explain the concepts to the whole world? That's essentially the assignment in Anne McNeil's courses at U-M, where teams of students are given the task of revising a Wikipedia entry on an esoteric subject, making it understandable not only to fellow scientists but also to general readers. 

Traffic, parking plans unveiled for Student Move-In
The U-M class of 2014 soon will arrive in Ann Arbor, and University Housing has prepared its annual Student Move-In program, including plans to manage traffic and parking. The schedule begins on Aug. 31, with limited move-in for some residents, and concludes Sept. 3.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center welcomes new director
Holly Rider-Milkovich has returned to U-M to serve as the director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center. Rider-Milkovich, who formerly taught in the Department of English Language and Literature, brings significant experience in both higher education and sexual assault survivor nonprofit work. 

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Sustaining Kenya
The Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute is reaching out to promote sustainable conservation in the Laikipia region of Kenya, one of the most economically challenged and biologically diverse areas of the world. Undergraduate and graduate students are part of the Integrative Experiential Learning and Research project at the 48,000-acre Mpala Wildlife Conservancy and Research Center in Kenya.