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February 10, 2016



University monitoring Zika virus as spring break approaches

As spring break approaches, the University of Michigan is monitoring events related to the Zika virus in the Caribbean, Central America and South America. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant to avoid visiting places where the virus is circulating.

ITS offers tips for avoiding online tax-related fraud

Tax season is a prime time for criminals who may try to file fraudulent tax returns in an attempt to steal tax refunds, or attempt identity theft through emails claiming false problems with a return or tax documents. Information and Technology Services has compiled some tips to help people protect themselves.

Insecure teens use social media to harass, threaten dating partners

An online stalking behavior known as electronic intrusion is common in high school dating relationships, according to a new study by U-M researchers. Teens may create a "cycle of anxiety" in which social media platforms can be both a trigger for relationship anxiety and a tool for partner surveillance to alleviate anxiety.

Transforming the clinical trial enterprise

Clinical trials research is an essential responsibility of U-M's academic medical center, which recently made significant investments to transform the clinical trial infrastructure. In this video, Steven L. Kunkel, senior associate dean for research at the Medical School, describes the collaborative system being implemented to better support clinical trials and researchers.


"Voters know that Public Act 436 (Michigan's emergency manager law) is an affront to democracy, but it’s also become a tool for perpetuating and deepening racial inequalities," said Shawna Lee, associate professor of social work.

The Detroit News

"Mobile cell phone users have reported experiencing ringing and/or vibrations associated with incoming calls and messages, only to find that no call or message had actually registered," said Daniel Kruger, research assistant professor at the School of Public Health.

The Telegraph (U.K.)

"Students want a diverse environment in which to learn. We know students learn better — in the long run — in an environment that's diverse. Recruiters want a diverse workforce. All constituents want a diverse campus and they want diversity to be addressed in the curriculum," said Alison Davis-Blake, dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Times Higher Education



A culture of college

As executive director of the Baldwin College Access Center and Promise Zone, School of Education alumna Ayana N. Richardson works to enact the Baldwin Promise, a scholarship program that pays up to $5,000 for any student from the west Michigan town's public schools to attend college.


Can political candidates or ballot initiative opponents or proponents be invited to speak to a class, participate in a conference, or otherwise present their views on campus?

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