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October 9, 2015



Academic freedom lectures cover incivility, personal experience

Two scholars shared their insights on topics related to academic freedom during the 25th annual Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom. Joan Wallach Scott addressed the effects of incivility, and Natalie Zemon Davis spoke about how her scholarship was affected during the Red Scare.

Open Enrollment books for 2016 benefits now available online

Open Enrollment books outlining benefits for faculty, staff, graduate students, retirees and others eligible for U-M benefits are now available online. The Human Resources website provides access to a wide range of information about benefits choices for 2016. Open Enrollment runs Oct. 26-Nov. 6.

U-M to co-sponsor second Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium

U-M will be one of the sponsoring universities when the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative holds its annual Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium on Oct. 23 in Detroit. U-M will join Michigan State University and Wayne State University and others to inspire and ignite for-profit business solutions to urban challenges.

Battling obesity

As budget and time restraints have cut recess, lunch periods and physical education from U.S. middle and grade schools, children are getting less exercise. In this video, Rebecca Hasson, assistant professor of kinesiology, explains how a collaborative research project called Active Classroom seeks to engineer physical activity back into the school day. Read more about the project.

Cyber Security Awareness Month focuses on data protection

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and the university is offering various tips and events to help the campus community learn more about protecting data. Events include sessions on preventing information theft while traveling abroad, and the daylong Security at University of Michigan IT.


National Medal of Arts winner George Shirley, professor emeritus of music, was interviewed about his life, classical music and the importance of music education in schools.

Michigan Radio

Pamela Ballinger, associate professor of history, says more than 11 million Germans were expelled from other European countries after World War II — far more than the number of migrants in Europe's current crisis.

The Economic Times

Bariatric surgery patients have a higher risk of self-harm, and Dr. Amir Ghaferi, assistant professor of surgery, examines whether therapy visits should be mandatory for patients after weight-loss surgery.




Saving water

Inspired by his education at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, 1997 graduate Rob Steiner is tackling the drought in California head-on by teaching people the value of water and finding ways to use this precious natural resource more efficiently.


The CRLT Players use performance to spark dialogue among faculty, graduate students and academic administrators.

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