Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

This is the time of year when the sap is running and the smell of maple syrup is in the air. The UM-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center's annual Maple Syrup Science Program helps students and community members identify and tap maple trees, collect the sap and process it into syrup. Read more about the program.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear state affirmative action case
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it would again take up the issue of affirmative action in university admissions by agreeing to review a federal court's decision to overturn Michigan's voter-approved ban on the use of race in college admissions. The court said it would hear the case in the term that begins in October.

Staller, Holland elected to lead SACUA for 2013-14
The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs on Monday elected Karen Staller, associate professor of social work, to chair the university's faculty governance system for the coming year. Rex Holland, professor of cariology, restorative sciences and endodontics, was elected vice chair. Both one-year terms begin May 1.

Faculty member's documentary explores the American dream on trial
The beating death of a Mexican immigrant in a small Pennsylvania mining town provides the backdrop for "Shenandoah," a documentary by David Turnley, associate professor of art and design and the Residential College, premiering at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Michigan Theater. The film is part of LSA's "Understanding Race" theme semester.

The Michigan Difference

Stay in the shade
Karl Lopata was a recent graduate of U-M, living in California, when he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2005. He returned to Michigan and participated in a clinical trial at U-M. Now cancer-free and enrolled in the School of Nursing’s Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, Lopata says the experience inspired him to combine his love of running with a new motivation to raise awareness about melanoma. He created “Stay in the Shade,” a non-profit organization that conducts two trail runs each year and donates the money to various melanoma awareness, support and research organizations.