Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, January 17, 2013

For four years, Jason De León, assistant professor of anthropology, has directed an exhaustive collection and archeological documentation of clothes, personal belongings and odd bits of refuse left by undocumented migrants traveling along the U.S.-Mexico border. This video offers insight into the Undocumented Migration Project. Read more about De León's project and a related exhibit, "State of Exception," which opens Jan. 24 at the Institute of Humanities.

Forty U-M students named Dow Sustainability Fellows
Forty master's and professional degree students from eight schools and colleges at U-M are beginning the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program, marking the first cohort of fellows in the $10 million program launched last spring. The fellows are receiving $800,000 to support their studies for one year and are part of a collaborative community of sustainability scholars.

Students reduce energy consumption in Kill-A-Watt competition
University residence halls and apartments competed last semester in a monthlong challenge to reduce their energy usage by at least 10 percent. When the results were tallied, the students had achieved 107,222 kilowatt hours in energy savings.

Five U-M courses available with iTunes U app
Open.Michigan and Michigan Creative have worked together to publish five openly licensed U-M courses on iTunes U. The courses, which are also freely available on, can be viewed on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch mobile devices using the iTunes U app.

The Michigan Difference

Character built at U-M
Harish Sheth traveled 8,000 miles from India to learn about his homeland. The 1968 College of Engineering graduate and native of Mumbai said that in Ann Arbor he met "people from areas of India that I had never been to and knew nothing about." He returned to India and started a manufacturing company in a poor area of the country, and also established a foundation focusing on basic health and education. “My character was built at U-M,” Sheth said. “That’s the most basic thing I got from Michigan Engineering – it has been more important in my life than my degree."