Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

These four deans from Michigan education schools were among those at U-M on Monday to consider actions that schools, community agencies, colleges, and universities can take to promote access to higher education among the state’s low-income and underserved youth. The discussions were part of the 2011 statewide conference on Pre-College and Youth Outreach at the Michigan League. Leading a panel titled "Forging Common Sense Spaces for K-12/College Partnerships" are, from left: Edward Silver of UM-Dearborn, Carolyn Shields of Wayne State University, Jann Joseph of Eastern Michigan University and Deborah Loewenberg Ball of U-M. Participants from the College Board, Harvard University, Morehouse College, New York University, and California State University, Sacramento led a panel on "The Educational Experience of Young Men of Color." (Photo by Sala Takona, Center for Educational Outreach)

BREAKING NEWS: Coleman says Penn State events point to need for integrity, honesty and action
President Mary Sue Coleman sent a letter to the U-M community today, reminding all faculty, staff and students about the importance of acting immediately, and with integrity and honesty, in suspected cases of abuse or other crimes. Her letter comes as a response to recent events at Penn State University.

Nobel Peace laureate says world leaders should freeze Yemeni president's assets
Yemeni rights activist Tawakkul Karman, the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, addressed a packed Rackham Auditorium on Monday and urged world powers to freeze the assets of her nation's president, President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and charge him with crimes against humanity in a global court.

Study ranks U-M No. 8 for size of international student body
U-M ranks No. 8 nationally for the size of its international student body in 2010-11, according to the Open Doors survey by the Institute of International Education. The study shows U-M had 5,595 foreign students and that foreign enrollments grew 5 percent nationwide to a record 723,277. The strong showing highlights an important part of the university's global mission.

Huge campus push for blood, organ, marrow donors set for Wednesday
"Be A Hero at the Big House," the biggest donor drive ever on the U-M campus, is scheduled for Wednesday at Michigan Stadium. Participants can sign the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, get screened for the Be The Match bone marrow registry and donate blood. Those attending can help U-M win the annual fall challenges between U-M and Ohio State: the Wolverine-Buckeye Challenge and the Blood Battle.

UMHS listed among Detroit Free Press' 'Top Workplaces' again
For the third consecutive year, employees at the U-M Health System have ranked the organization among the best companies to work for in Michigan. UMHS was among 100 workplaces on the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Workplaces 2011."

Suspect arrested in East Quad assault, other incidents
A 24-year-old Canton man was arraigned Monday in connection with an Oct. 30 sexual assault at East Quad. He also has been charged in several other incidents on campus.

The Michigan Difference

A quest for environmental justice
After learning low-income children suffered disproportionately from lead poisoning, Jerome Nriagu, professor of environmental health sciences, made it his mission to fight for environmental justice. He has worked to curb the effects of oil pollution in the Niger Delta, address health disparities in South Africa, and improve groundwater in rural villages in west Bengal. Closer to home, Nriagu is studying the impact of the River Rouge auto plant on the health of Arab-Americans in and around Dearborn.