Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lester Monts, senior vice provost for academic affairs, guest conducts a band rehearsal at Lansing Everett High School as part of a Wolverine Express outreach trip. Monts, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Music, spoke with students Feb. 2 about his work as a musician and ethnomusicologist, and encouraged them to aspire to education beyond high school. He was one of 25 U-M faculty, staff and students participating in the trip to promote pathways and access to higher education. (Photo by Frankie Price, Lansing Everett High School)

Symposium, panel on Feb. 16 will celebrate Rackham centennial
Nearly 200 Rackham students will gather Feb. 16 to mark 100 years of the Graduate School by taking part in The Rackham Centennial Symposium: Michigan Graduate Students In The World. At the symposium, students will mark the milestone by sharing work that addresses problems and challenges — and advances fields of knowledge — in science and engineering, the social sciences, and the humanities.

MICHR seeks faculty nominees for mentor award
The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research is taking nominations for its first Distinguished Clinical & Translational Research Mentor Award. The MICHR Mentor Council wishes to recognize faculty members who mentor across disciplinary boundaries and who help junior scientists from any department advance their careers. The nomination deadline is Feb. 15.

PODCAST: The lost art of radio sound effects
Michael Byers, associate professor of English and director of LSA’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, is trying to revive the neglected genre of radio drama with a class on the subject, including sound effects. In an article for LSA Today, he describes a wind machine he built in his driveway.

U-M's allotment of Cowboys Classic tickets sold out
Due to an extremely high level of demand, the U-M Athletic Ticket Office announced Tuesday that the university's allotment of tickets to the Cowboys Classic against Alabama is sold out.

The Michigan Difference

Bringing family medicine to Japan
Helping to revamp family medicine in Japan has been the pet project of Michael Fetters for nearly 20 years. The U-M associate professor of family medicine directs the Japanese Family Health Program and is working to create a residency-training program for Japanese doctors. His aim not only is to improve family medicine through better education but also to provide better medical care in rural areas.