Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, September 27, 2012

President Mary Sue Coleman speaks with Alvaro Prata, secretary of Brazil's Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, while sharing lunch during a visit to Brazil this week. Coleman is leading a U-M delegation to the South American country to strengthen research and academic collaboration with several leading universities and foundations. Read more about what the delegation is doing in Brazil at the blog MGoBrazil. (Photo by Eva Menezes)

Hill Auditorium marks a century of stellar performances
For the past 100 years, Hill Auditorium has hosted memorable performances, speakers and student events. An article in the arts portal Montage takes a look back at Hill's history and the wide range of professional and student performers who have graced its stage.

Search committee named for university librarian
Provost Phil Hanlon has named a search committee for the next university librarian. Gus Evrard, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, professor of physics, professor of astronomy and associate chair of the Department of Physics, LSA, will chair the committee, which is charged with recommending candidates to replace Paul Courant, who is leaving his post as university librarian and dean of libraries Aug. 31, 2013.

NextProf workshop recruits minorities to consider academia
A recent NextProf workshop brought 53 doctoral students and recent doctoral graduates and 20 presenters from around the U.S. together at U-M to help diversify engineering academia. It was the first in a series of workshops designed to encourage women and underrepresented minorities to pursue careers as professors and help them succeed.

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A summer helping displaced Iraqis
Betsy Fisher has spent summers in the Middle East before, so she had some idea what to expect when she decided to spend this one in Iraq, helping displaced Iraqis — especially LGBT Iraqis — find safe, permanent homes. She worked with the Iraqi Assistance Project as the Law School's 2012 Perry Watkins Fellow. The fellowship is named after a Vietnam-era draftee who successfully challenged the U.S. Army policy of excluding gay service members.