Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Roy Roberts Preclinical Simulation Laboratory is where first- and second-year dental students practice the fundamentals of clinical dentistry. Click the photo to take a visual tour, which appeared in Michigan Today, as students learn in a simulated environment with phantom patients. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

New renewable energy course at UM-Flint to involve community
Students from UM-Flint recently visited giant wind turbines operated by Consumers Energy near Bad Axe. The trip offered insights into one of the topics to be covered in a fall class on renewable energy options being offered by the Mechanical Engineering Program. It also will explore the effects of different types of renewable energy on the economies of Flint and nearby communities.

PODCAST: Individualized computerized coaching for science classes
Timothy McKay, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, talks about the Michigan Tailoring System, an electronic system for providing individualized coaching to thousands of students in large introductory physics courses. His plans for the program won McKay a $249,000 Next Generation Learning Challenge Grant.

REMINDER: Neubacher Award nominating deadline is today
Today is the deadline to nominate someone for the James T. Neubacher Award recognizing significant contributions to improve awareness, access, acceptance and full participation in society for persons with disabilities.

The Michigan Difference

One pebble at a time
When U-M graduate student Joseph Perosky went to Ghana for the first time in 2008, he wanted to help reverse the high numbers of women who die from complications of pregnancy or childbirth. Since then, he's returned to the country repeatedly, working toward that goal. He’s become wiser, more patient and more determined to change a situation made formidable because it has developed over a long period of time. Perosky compares his work to "building a mountain one pebble at a time.”