Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, June 3, 2011

Clancy Blair, professor of applied psychology at New York University, talks with Pamela Davis-Kean, associate professor of psychology, associate research professor at the Center for Human Growth and Development and director of the first U-M Social Science Initiative conference, which runs through today at the Institute for Social Research. It is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The two-day event brings together a multidisciplinary group of social scientists and neuroscientists from around the country to expand knowledge of how socioeconomic status may influence the development of the brain and how the expression of particular genes may be involved in this process. (Photo by Eva Menezes, Institute for Social Research)

URC report: Information tech sector shows potential for Michigan
The University Research Corridor has released a new report that shows how the information and communication technology industry is a worthy educational investment, offers higher-paying jobs and has potential for more business growth in Michigan.
• The URC will launch a program designed to retain international talent in the region.

Stem cell researcher wins state honor
Dr. Eva Feldman, Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology and director of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, has been named a “Michiganian of the Year” by The Detroit News. She was honored for her role in the first clinical trial using stem cells in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients, and for her research on many potential therapies for ALS and other neurologic diseases.

ITS Service Center streamlines process for support contacts
The ITS Service Center now has a single email address and phone number for the campus community to use when seeking answers to questions for Information and Technology Services.

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.”