Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

When Seth McCubbin created a time-lapse video of Ann Arbor, he pictured a small audience of friends and acquaintances in Japan. The biomedical engineering graduate student research assistant produced the video before leaving on a "couch surfing" tour to show friends and his hosts the community he has called home for the last eight years. Before long it went viral on social media sites. It took McCubbin about six months to complete the video. Next he’ll work on a project for Ann Arbor's Top of the Park festival, using new methods to make the video even more dynamic.

International travel policy changes offer location flexibility, improved safety
Provost Phil Hanlon has announced a series of changes in the university’s international travel policy that will allow a broader range of possible locations for study-abroad programs. Hanlon has decided the university will undertake its own assessment of risk for university-sponsored academic programs in countries covered by a U.S. Department of State travel warning. In doing so, the university will move away from its current practice of automatically suspending all programs taking place in such countries.

LSI researcher Georgios Skiniotis named a Pew Scholar
Georgios Skiniotis, research assistant professor at the Life Sciences Institute and assistant professor of biological chemistry at the Medical School, has been named a 2011 Pew Scholar. He is one of 22 outstanding early to mid-career scientists from across the country selected by the Pew Charitable Trusts as the 2011 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences.

UM-Flint, SPH collaborate on new master's degree
Current and future public health professionals have a new opportunity to further their chosen careers with a Master of Public Health degree now offered by UM-Flint. The Flint campus' Department of Public Health and Health Services is collaborating with the School of Public Health in Ann Arbor by combining the Certificate in Foundations of Public Health program with additional UM-Flint coursework.

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.