NGO leadership workshop
The Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia and William Davidson Institute have partnered with the Pontis Foundation to offer a leadership workshop to leaders of non-governmental organizations in countries experiencing democratic transitions. In this video, Amy Gillett, vice president of education for the WDI, and Ronald Weiser, a U-M regent and patron of the Weiser Center, discuss the partnership's role.
Distinguished Dissertation Awards
The 2016 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award recipients were honored Tuesday. Awardees receive a $1,000 honorarium recognizing exceptional scholarly work and completion of their doctoral degrees in 2016. The annual competition is co-sponsored by ProQuest and Rackham Graduate School. Awardees, from left, are: Emily Waples, Elizabeth Mann, Austin McCoy, Nielson Baxter, Sara Rimer, Yoonseob Kim, Naveen Narisetty and Cassie Miura. Not pictured: Azadeh Ansari, Emily Maclary. (Photo by Elizabeth Kassab)
Stand up for science
The March for Science is behind us but organizers stress that raising public awareness about the importance of science and research must continue. U-M is keeping the dialogue going by offering an online teach-out on the topic. "Stand Up for Science: Practical Approaches to Discussing Science That Matters" will be offered the weekend of May 5. In this video, Brian Zikmund-Fisher, associate professor of health behavior and health education, and Elyse Aurbach, co-founder and co-director of a science communication program called RELATE, explain the importance of science and research.
Digital Islamic studies
U-M has taken the lead in coordinating with several other universities in the Big Ten Academic Alliance to establish the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum. The initiative allows students to take courses about Islam not offered at their own institutions. In this video, Pauline Jones, director of the International Institute, elaborates on the goal of the curriculum.
As U-M celebrates its bicentennial year, the exhibition Persistent Pasts reflects on the university's campus as a repository of memory. Now running at the Taubman College Gallery in the Art and Architecture Building, the exhibition asks how past traditions, tensions and technologies have left material or cultural traces on campus space today. View a photo gallery from the exhibit. (Photo by Bryan Ranallo)