Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Doctoral students who have received the 2012 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award are: (front row) Laura Sherman, Rebecca Sears and Joseph Braymer, (middle row) Jinjin Ma, Dae-Hyun Kim and John Prensner, (back row) Alwyn Lim, Sven Nyholm and Yizao Wang. Not pictured: Ellen Block. At the May 1 event, awardees received a $1,000 honorarium recognizing exceptional scholarly work and completion of their doctoral degrees in 2012. The annual competition is co-sponsored by ProQuest and Rackham Graduate School. (Photo by Michael Parow)

Provost's seminar focuses on 'flipping' classes for more effective teaching
Participants at the Provost's Seminar on Teaching on Monday learned about the benefits of "flipping" classes, a technique designed to invigorate the learning process by structuring classes so they use less time for lectures and allow for more classroom discussions and collaborations.

Law School clinics help fill the justice gap
More than 240 U-M law students provide pro bono legal services through as many as 17 clinics, but their work is about more than legal education. Just as important is narrowing the justice gap for poor people in southeast Michigan who otherwise wouldn't have a voice in the justice system.

Center for Systems Biology to focus on “big picture” biomedical research
A new multidisciplinary center within the Medical School is applying systems biology approaches to advance personalized health care — including disease prevention, early detection and more effective therapies.

The Michigan Difference

'A creation of my own'
Henry Philip Tappan believed deeply in creating a place where professors spread existing knowledge by teaching and, by deep study and research, also made new knowledge. He envisioned a new observatory for the fledgling Ann Arbor campus that would signal Michigan’s serious intentions. One man, however, was determined to bring down Tappan and his creation.
Throughout the spring, Michigan Difference is highlighting stories from the U-M Heritage Project website.