Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sandra Graham-Bermann (right), professor of psychology, women's studies and psychiatry, visits with Jennifer Collins, a survivor of a family that suffered domestic violence, during a Capitol Hill briefing in Washington, D.C., on the effects of such violence on children in America. As part of a panel discussion, Graham-Bermann discussed her research and said exposure to domestic violence in the home places children at greater risk for developing problems that can impede their own personal development. She urged more aggressive interventions to help children in such homes. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)

Center for Chinese Studies celebrates 50 years at U-M
The Center for Chinese Studies is celebrating its 50th anniversary at U-M — a school that has long played a key role in U.S. relations with China. Many of America's top China scholars have been trained at the center, which also has been home to professors who helped shape U.S. policy with the rising Asian nation.

Young clean-tech entrepreneurs part of national competition
Michigan students who compete in the annual Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge now will be part of a national effort encouraging young entrepreneurs to develop greener energy solutions. The universities partnering in the challenge are among several Midwestern institutions that have won a share of $2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. The funding will help foster a network of clean-tech competitions for students across the nation.

Nominations sought for ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards
Nominations for the annual ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards competition are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 15, at the Rackham Graduate School. The awards, which include a $1,000 honorarium, recognize exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students during the last phase of their graduate education.

The Michigan Difference

Preserving Detroit’s history
UM-Dearborn student Michael Holtzman is passionate about aiding in the revitalization of Detroit. He started to showcase positive aspects of the city by featuring photos of more than 120 historically significant buildings. He plans to expand the website to feature more than 600 buildings, and hopes that someday his efforts will improve the quality of life in Detroit.