Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

President Mary Sue Coleman (right) meets with U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and former U-M provost and current University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan. Their discussion Tuesday included such topics as immigration, Pell grants, college costs and research funding issues. It followed two days of meetings by presidents and chancellors belonging to the Association of American Universities, for which Coleman chairs the executive committee. Cantor has a son attending UVA and a daughter attending U-M. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)

U-M among first to offer courses through groundbreaking online approach
In the coming months at least seven U-M professors will offer free online courses on such diverse topics as finance, electronic voting, computer vision, and fantasy and science fiction using a new Web-based platform called Coursera. The company announced today that U-M is one of four world-class universities that will make Web-based courses available at no cost.

Five faculty members named AAAS fellows
Five U-M faculty members have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious society that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in scholarly and professional fields. The new fellows from U-M are Elisabeth Gerber, Vincent Hutchings, Shinobu Kitayama, John O'Shea and Henry Wellman.

REMINDER: Work/Life Champion Award for Supervisors nomination deadline
Friday is the final day to nominate someone for the Work/Life Champion Award for Supervisors, which recognizes faculty and staff supervisors who promote work/life balance through consistent recognition of and responsiveness to their employees' professional and personal lives, incorporating important job demands along with customer and team needs.

The Michigan Difference

Improving genetic testing for cancer
Xudong Fan, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and a team of colleagues have developed a better way to detect the genetic mutations that may lead to cancer. Their liquid laser will help to make these slight mutations more obvious and thus easier to detect. The team is pursuing partners to help bring this new technology to market.