Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, August 26, 2011

Annet Oguttu of the University of South Africa, a participant in the African Presidential Scholars Program at U-M, speaks about meeting her mentor. This week a new group of African scholars arrived on campus to participate in the program. In this video, African scholars from South Africa, Ghana and Liberia share why UMAPS at U-M was a memorable experience for their research, growth and development.

Police offer update on investigation into campus-area assaults
Police continue to investigate a series of sexual assaults near the U-M campus that occurred in July, plus an incident Aug. 18 in which a woman was grabbed, but broke free. Today (Aug. 26) university officials sent out a letter to faculty, staff and students that offered an update on the investigation from three local police officials.

U-M hosts a new group of visiting African scholars in UMAPS program
A new group of African scholars began arriving at U-M Thursday to participate in the African Presidential Scholars Program. Since the program began in 2009, 38 academics have participated. The most recent group of 14 scholars includes faculty with research interests that range from early childhood education and renewable energy to medicinal plants and small aircraft design.

Crosswalk ordinance impacts campus community
A new pedestrian ordinance — effective last year though enforcement will begin this fall — requires motorists to fully stop for people in or approaching marked crosswalks in locations with no traffic control signals or with traffic control signals that are not in operation. Mid-block crosswalks, such as in front of the LSA Building or from North Campus across Plymouth Road, are most impacted by this revised ordinance.

U-M Skilled Trades Union ratifies four-year agreement
Members of the U-M Skilled Trades Union voted on Aug. 24 to ratify a new contract with the university. The union’s previous contract expired on July 31.

Free smoking cessation programs, support available to U-M community
With the campus going smoke-free this summer, the university continues to offer quit assistance to its community. U-M faculty, staff, dependents, retirees and patients who would like help with quitting can contact MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service to sign up for a free seven-week tobacco treatment group in September. Participants will learn about preparing to quit, how quitting affects the body, setting a quit date and relapse prevention.

The Michigan Difference

Keeping babies safer
There are approximately 1,300-1,600 reported cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome each year in the U.S. One out of four babies with the syndrome die. Dr. Faisal Mawri, a pediatrician at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, has developed a community-based initiative to combat this health challenge. He created the Keep Infants Safe and Secure program, which works with three Flint high schools to educate students about the effects and dangers of SBS.