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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Native American basketmaker Kelly Church works with Veronica Smith to create baskets using traditional practices and black ash wood at Camp KinoMaage. (Photo by Stephen Best, School of Education)

Native American middle schoolers explore science and culture at Biological Station
Twenty rising eighth-grade students from the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians spent last week at Camp KinoMaage, hosted by the U-M Biological Station. The students collaborated with U-M faculty, students and expert staff, and elders of the Sault Tribe to examine natural phenomena, consider the ways in which ancient and modern knowledge converge, and acquire conversational experience in the Ojibwe language.

Law School's new Summer Starters settling in
They've fought in the fields of Iraq, toiled in far-off lands in the Peace Corps, and sung in the Beijing Olympics. They're engineers and journalists and Fulbright Scholars, and now they're also this year's Michigan Law Summer Starters.

UMHS researchers find potential new way to fight sepsis
Scientists at the U-M Health System may have found a potential target for reversing the deadly blood infection sepsis. They looked at microRNA, a type of RNA that does not code for a protein itself but that can regulate the expression of other genes and proteins. They found that by attacking the right microRNA they could influence a key trigger of inflammatory diseases such as sepsis.

The Michigan Difference

Linguist at large
The Vepsians of northern Russia number just more than 8,000, but only 6,000 of them speak the native language. Of the remaining speakers, most are more than 50 years old. As part of her honors thesis, LSA senior Bryn Hauk worked to document and preserve this endangered language.