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April 26, 2015

Snake charmer

This image of a Moroccan snake charmer clowning around with a tourist was captured near the castle of Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, 120 miles southeast of Marrakech. Taken by Birgit Rieck, assistant director of the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellows program, it's part of a gallery of photos taken by students and staff around the globe and presented on the Global Michigan portal.

Medical marijuana and kids

While nearly two-thirds of people agree their state should allow medical marijuana for adults, half that number say it should be allowed for children, according to a new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Eighty percent of those responding go even further, saying adults shouldn’t be allowed to use medical marijuana in front of kids. In this video, Dr. Matthew M. Davis, director of the poll and professor of pediatrics and internal medicine, discusses the results.

Thank you Mr. Taubman

In his final public appearance at U-M, alumnus and major donor A. Alfred Taubman spoke at the April 15 groundbreaking for the A. Alfred Taubman Wing of the Art & Architecture building at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Taubman — whose generosity also extended to the U-M Health System, U-M Museum of Art, and LSA — died two days later.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"It can be hard for us to connect to the ancient Egyptians, but each of the objects in the exhibit, from the gravestones to the papyrus, has a person or people behind it."

Terry Wilfong, professor of Egyptology, on his Kelsey Museum of Archaeology exhibit "Death Dogs: The Jackal Gods of Ancient Egypt."

Old School

A Different Diag

Artist Adeline B. Mead created this northeast view of the University of Michigan, circa 1854. It shows U-M's location on a flat farm field, the second, less scenic of two options that regents chose from when locating the university.

Michigan in the News

"Reconciliation of Armenians, Kurds and Turks — who are fated to live next to each other — will require both an acceptance of their shared history and mutual suffering and a hard look backward in order to move forward," said Ronald Suny, professor of history and political science.

The New York Times

Brian Jacob, professor of education, economics and public policy, was quoted in a story about the accuracy of the National Institutes of Health peer-review scoring system in predicting how impactful proposed research will ultimately become.

The Scientist

David Moran, clinical professor of law and co-founder of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, said state legislation requiring payment to people wrongfully imprisoned will succeed because many states have already passed such laws.

Detroit Free Press