April 21, 2021

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Coming Events

  • Apr 19

    Attend at Home — For the week of April 19

    BRIGHT STAR tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the 1920s and ’40s.

    Each week, U-M’s Arts & Culture website highlights selected virtual events or exhibitions around the university. This week includes: Technology and the Future of Art; The Literary Worlds of the Spanish Philippines; Musket’s “Bright Star”; the Boston Massacre, a family history.

  • Apr 22

    City of Champions

    An Exploration of Detroit as a Sports Town, moderated by Mark S. Rosentraub, 6-7:30 p.m.

More Events at Happening@Michigan

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Sally Sivrais
“I like birds. I’ve always had a birdfeeder and a birdhouse, and I’ve always liked picking up pretty little stones off of Lake Michigan. It makes a good combination.”

— Sally Sivrais, research administrator senior manager at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in the Medical School, who builds, paints and decorates birdhouses with stones she finds on beaches

Read more about Sally Sivrais

This Week in U-M History

Batches of the newly approved polio vaccine arrived in Washtenaw County on April 19, 1955. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of April 19-25.

Polio vaccines arrive

Batches of the newly approved polio vaccine arrived in Washtenaw County on April 19, 1955. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of April 19-25.

Read more about U-M in History

University COVID-19 briefing

U-M’s next video briefing on issues related to COVID-19 is scheduled for 1 p.m. April 23. The briefings take place every other week. Viewers must log in via the Zoom app using their U-M uniqname and password. The briefing also will be recorded and posted publicly later.

View the briefing live via Zoom

Michigan in the news

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    • Leah Litman

    “There’s actually considerable historical support that what this means is they get to serve for the term of their appointment, and that term of their appointment could be decided by Congress,” said Leah Litman, assistant professor of law, on a provision in the Constitution that states federal judges, including Supreme Court justices, hold their office “during good behavior” — a provision that does not explicitly use the words “life term.”

    USA Today
    • Photo of Laraine Washer

    “Being vaccinated does mean that you can begin to engage in limited low-risk activities without a mask … (but) given the high number of COVID-19 cases and community transmission in Michigan at this time, there is a good chance you may encounter someone who has COVID infection in public so you should limit interactions with large groups of people and wear your mask in public,” said Laraine Washer, associate professor of internal medicine. 

    The Detroit News
    • Headshot of Elizabeth Birr Moje

    Elizabeth Birr Moje, professor and dean of the School of Education, says Michigan’s “frighteningly high” retirement projections suggest many teachers have reached a breaking point: “If they aren’t in classrooms, they’re getting yelled at in the popular imagination; if they are in classrooms, they are basically doing twice the work as they were pre-pandemic, because there are very few teachers who are teaching completely in person.”

    Detroit Free Press