Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, February 8, 2013

A snowy deluge may slow down people — and squirrels — trying to get around U-M, but there's no denying that a frosty white blanket turns the campus into a magical place. This video from the Alumni Association reminds us of winter's beauty, brought out during a recent deposit of powder.

Governor proposes increasing higher-ed funding for second year
Higher education would get a funding increase for a second year in the state budget proposal unveiled Thursday by Gov. Rick Snyder. The governor's proposed budget recommended a 2 percent overall increase for state universities, with a 1.1 percent increase for the Ann Arbor campus, 1.1 percent for Dearborn and 4.9 percent for Flint.

Water Center announces grant program for Great Lakes projects
The U-M Water Center is soliciting applications for funding to support and enhance restoration efforts within the Great Lakes basin. A total of $3.7 million will be awarded, with two tiers of funding available. Letters of interest are due Feb. 22, and Water Center staff will address questions at an informational webinar Feb. 14.

School of Dentistry's craniofacial program receives accreditation
The American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation has awarded initial accreditation to the School of Dentistry’s Craniofacial and Special Care Orthodontics Fellowship Program. The U-M program is only the fourth in the nation to be established after the specialty was formally recognized by the ADA in 2009.

The Michigan Difference

Real world politics
As mayor of Goudomp, Senegal, Abdoulaye Sadio contends with issues that are familiar to many elected officials: education, health, housing, energy, water and sanitation. But Sadio, who received his master's and doctoral degrees from the School of Public Health, also deals with problems that few mayors in the developed world have to confront, including high unemployment during Senegal's dry season and a 30-year rebellion that has stifled socioeconomic development in the region. He tells his story in the fall issue of the SPH magazine, Findings.