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January 18, 2017

Leadership Crisis Challenge

Students playing the role of angry citizens "protest" a fictional water-contamination crisis as part of the 2017 Leadership Crisis Challenge, a 24-hour simulation in which U-M students tackle an ever-changing crisis situation. Read more about the graduate student challenge, which took place last week and was organized by the Sanger Leadership Center at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. The undergraduate challenge will be March 23-24. (Photo by Lon Horwedel) 

MLK keynote discussion

Journalist Amy Goodman (left) interviews actress, writer and producer Issa Rae during Monday's keynote event kicking off the 31st Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium at Hill Auditorium. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

Reflections on MLK

As the university prepares to celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Day today with a variety of events that are part of the MLK Symposium, Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Rob Sellers inaugurates a video blog in which he discusses the impact of the activities at U-M and chats about his own connection to the late civil rights leader.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"I enjoy work that involves a lot of process. My job at UMMA and my studio work both appeal to that aspect of my personality. I can spend a lot of time being meticulous, detail oriented, and focused on one thing."

Kate Holoka, collections and exhibitions technician at the U-M Museum of Art, who has created a home studio with a printing press of her own.

Old School

MLK keynote

In 1989, California State Assembly Speaker Willie Brown Jr. gave the opening address at Hill Auditorium as part of U-M's celebrations honoring civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Michigan in the News

David Mayer, professor of management and organizations, says that while it's natural for people to want to reward those who demonstrate loyalty, reciprocity from President-elect Trump is problematic for the free market, creating incentive for executives to craft their messaging around pleasing the country’s leader.

The Washington Post

Comments by Susan Dynarski, professor of education, public policy and economics, were featured in an article about New York's plan to offer free public college education and concerns that the students who need the most help might be among the least likely to receive it.

The Atlantic

Research by Mark Ilgen, associate professor of psychiatry, and Lewei Allison Lin, addiction psychiatry fellow, found that fewer military veterans received prescriptions for opioids after a nationwide program to reduce doses of potentially dangerous drugs and drug combinations at Veterans Administration hospitals.


"Universities can work to ensure that expert faculty members translate their policy-relevant ideas into the types of media that members of Congress read. This means going beyond the ivory tower and academic journals and instead training and inspiring scholars to publish action-oriented op-eds in popular Hill publications," co-wrote Sridhar Kota, professor of mechanical engineering.


Research by Ken Langa, professor of health management and policy, and internal medicine, shows that dementia among Americans over the age of 65 is on the decline — and higher levels of education and better treatment of diseases that lead to dementia could have a lot to do with it.

Michigan Radio

Karandeep Singh, assistant professor of learning health sciences, says that wearable sensors might help doctors do a better job of detecting the onset of disease and monitoring its progression.