Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jami Mathewson, an education program associate at the Wikimedia Foundation, leads a recent information session on how U-M faculty can use Wikipedia as a platform for students to publish and edit articles based on course assignments. The session and a corresponding workshop were sponsored by Open.Michigan and the U-M Library. Read more about the sessions at the Open.Michigan blog. (Photo courtesy of Open.Michigan)

O'Donnell named Health Management Research Center director
Renowned health promotion leader Michael O'Donnell has been named director of the School of Kinesiology's Health Management Research Center, effective Oct. 15. O'Donnell is a widely respected champion for the integration of health promotion into society.

U-M produces first digital documentation of 1918 influenza crisis
The Center for the History of Medicine, in partnership with the U-M Library's MPublishing, has released "The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918: A Digital Encyclopedia," an engaging documentation of 50 diverse communities in the United States during fall 1918 and winter 1919, a period when the effects of influenza caused an estimated 675,000 deaths.

University celebrates national Food Day with series of October events
Campus units and departments, along with students, are hosting various events throughout October to promote sustainable, locally grown foods, healthy diets and awareness of local hunger. The events celebrate Food Day, a nationwide campaign to promote safe, healthy, sustainable foods and best-practice food polices.

Applicants sought for President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Applications are being accepted through Nov. 1 for the second year of the U-M President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The program as created in collaboration with the University of California to attract applicants whose research, teaching and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

Taubman College symposium looks at sustainability and social justice
Economic inequity and poverty are a daily reality for billions of people worldwide. Climate change and other impending crises threaten ecosystems and population centers across the planet. The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning will explore these conflicting crises Friday during a one-day symposium titled "Sustainability & Social Justice: Conflicting Urgencies."

The Michigan Difference

U-M's ties to Poland
The Polish language was dying out in Jeff Lemanski’s family and that was bothering the U-M student. His grandmother and great aunt were the last ones fluent in their ancestral tongue. So during his freshman year, Lemanski decided to take a Polish class to fulfill his foreign language requirement. The language quickly became an obsession for the Ypsilanti native who hopes to go into accounting. He found himself spending two and a half hours a day studying Polish. U-M has more Poland-related programs than any other educational institution in North America.