Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, September 24, 2010

A large crowd gathers in Ingalls Mall to watch a live telecast of ESPN's "SportsNation." The show on Wednesday was part of the sports network's Big Ten tour. (Photo by Paul Jaronski, Photo Services)

U-M to co-lead $4.2M federal Great Lakes climate change effort
U-M and Michigan State University will jointly lead a new project to help Great Lakes-region residents anticipate and adapt to climate change. The Great Lakes Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center will be funded by a five-year, $4.2 million federal grant. Initially, it will focus on the watersheds of lakes Erie and Huron and three critical topics: agriculture, watershed management, and natural resources-based recreation and tourism.

Flint, Dearborn campuses report fall enrollment increases
Fall enrollment has increased at U-M’s campuses in Flint and Dearborn. UM-Flint saw its fall enrollment go up for the fourth year in a row, exceeding its strategic goal of 8,000 students. At UM-Dearborn, enrollment this fall is at its highest point since 2003.

Graham Institute, Center for Global Health to fund sustainability pilot studies
Sustainability is a global challenge that increasingly calls for strategies that integrate economic, environmental and health concerns. To address this challenge, the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute and the Center for Global Health are collaborating to fund up to five pilot studies in this crucial area.

The Michigan Difference

Bridging cultures with books
After six months teaching English and running a drama club on a Fulbright Fellowship in Kasakhstan, Mary Jo Kietzman Gifford, an associate professor at UM-Flint, hit upon an idea to continue the literature lessons for the Kazakh girls she had been teaching. She is working with UM-Flint graduate students to create on online book club that gives her former students a chance to continue developing their language skills and a community of people with whom to exchange ideas.