Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, November 15, 2012

While studying in Italy, art and design undergraduate Paris London Glickman collected interviews from other Americans studying abroad and created caricatures to present a satirical view of the way Americans see themselves in the context of another culture. The video is one of several that have been part of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design's annual International Exhibition of pieces influenced or inspired by student international or intercultural experiences. View other videos from the exhibit.

BREAKING NEWS: U-M economists say U.S. job recovery is halfway there
During the next two years the U.S. economy will regain the rest of the nearly 9 million jobs lost in the Great Recession, U-M economists say. Employment fell by 8.8 million jobs during the 2008-09 downturn, but the economy has recovered 4.5 million jobs in the last three years. By the end of 2014, another 4.3 million jobs will be added as the economy grows at a moderate pace, they say.

Math faculty member DeBacker is Michigan Professor of the Year
He wears a math department T-shirt every teaching day. He tells a joke 20 minutes into every lecture. He's as known for his tireless mentorship as he is for his tough homework. Now Stephen DeBacker has been named the 2012 Michigan Professor of the Year.

Grant to help attract diverse students in math, science, engineering
The number and diversity of U-M students graduating with degrees in science, engineering and mathematics will increase significantly through a cross-campus effort funded by a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The five-year grant will establish the M-STEM Academies at the university.

U-M offers charging stations for electric vehicles
Campus commuters now can plug in their electric vehicles at one of six new charging spaces on the Ann Arbor campus. The charging stations are available — at no cost — to faculty, staff and students with a valid parking permit. Campus visitors and those without a valid parking permit can pay to use the space through a central pay machine.

The Michigan Difference

Tumor discovery illustrates value of screenings
For four years, William Ruber has received dental care at the School of Dentistry. In November 2011 his "student dentist," Jody Atzmon, detected something unusual on the left side of Ruber’s neck. A subsequent exam showed it was growing rapidly. The growth was found to be a Warthin's tumor of Ruber's salivary gland. While it turned out to be benign, Ruber nonetheless praised Atzmon for her vigilance. Atzmon said the episode illustrates the value of regular oral cancer screenings.