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May 27, 2015

Partnership expands

Alison Davis-Blake, dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, is interviewed by Chinese media about an expanded partnership among U-M, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the UM-SJTU Joint Institute. (Photo courtesy of the Ross School)

Behavior and health

The latest C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health finds that many parents wouldn’t discuss with doctors the behavioral or emotional issues that could be signs of potential health problems in their children. In this video, Sarah J. Clark, associate director of the poll and associate research scientist in the Department of Pediatrics, discusses how behavioral and emotional health are tied to a child’s physical health.

Insight into a legend

Sifting through eight boxes of recently received material on Orson Welles, archivists at the U-M Special Collections Library made a stunning discovery: a raw draft of the legendary filmmaker's incomplete, unpublished personal memoir, tentatively titled "Confessions of a One-Man Band." In this video, Philip Hallman, curator of the Screen Arts Mavericks and Makers collection, discusses the material, the memoir and their significance. 

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"Every few years when the debate cycle is in full gear, debate suddenly becomes important to the nation."

Aaron Kall, director of U-M's Debate Program and Michigan Debate Institutes.

Old School

Fighting pernicious anemia

In the 1920s, pernicious anemia was mysterious and deadly. After the disease killed Thomas Henry Simpson in 1923, his wife offered $400,000 to create an institute at U-M devoted to its study and a cure.

Michigan in the News

"Banks have traditionally not located themselves in neighborhoods that they perceive either to be unsafe, or where there's no customer base. If that's the way (low-income Americans) are getting cash, that can be a real chore and a challenge," said Kristin Seefeldt, assistant professsor of public policy and social work.

The Baltimore Sun

Melissa Duhaime, assistant research scientist in ecology and evolutionary biology, and colleagues collected and identified more than 5,000 ocean viruses, which scientists believe alter the chemistry of the world's oceans and may influence the planet's climate.

Quanta Magazine

John Laitner, professor of economics and research professor at the Institute for Social Research, was quoted in a column about the biggest problems facing those saving for or living in retirement, and how to solve those problems.

USA Today

Despite concerns, medical marijuana users don't appear to increase their risk for drug or alcohol abuse if they also take prescription painkillers, said Brian Perron, associate professor of social work.


"Modi has used social media successfully to shape his public image as a tech savvy leader, aligning himself with the aspirations of a younger generation in India," said Joyojeet Pal, assistant professor of information, referring to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's immense popularity on Twitter.

The Economic Times (India)

Comments by Michael Barr, professor of law, are featured throughout a column on the debate of a controversial fast-track trade bill that many believe could ultimately undo U.S. laws such as the Dodd-Frank banking regulations.