Media coverage of the University of Michigan — May 2015


U-M expands partnership with China, launches new Ross School master’s program
(The Ann Arbor News, May 28. 2015)
More University of Michigan students come from China than from any other country in the world outside of the United States. In fact, with nearly 2,500 Chinese students at the start of the 2014-15 academic year, it’s the most well-represented region outside of Michigan, with more students than California (2,428), more students than New York (2,170), and more students than Illinois (1,978). Understanding how valuable the relationship is between the country and the University, the school recently announced that it is expanding that international partnership and launching a new program for engineering students in China who want to earn a Master of Management degree at the Ross School of Business. More

Archivists find fragments of an unfinished Orson Welles autobiography
(The New York Times, may 20, 2015)
Yet another unfinished work by Orson Welles, that master of the incomplete, is about to surface. Archivists at the University of Michigan said this week that they have discovered extensive fragments of, and notes for, a Welles autobiography in a trove of papers newly purchased from Oja Kodar. Ms. Kodar, a Croatian actress, was Welles’ companion in the years before he died in 1985. With the working title “Confessions of a One-Man Band,” an unfinished memoir appears to have been in the works since the 1970s, and matches up with additional fragments already in the University’s extensive Welles archive, officials said. More

Deaf doctor makes patients feel heard
(CNN, May 20, 2015)
Dr. Philip Zazove defied the odds to become one of the first deaf physicians certified in the United States. After his diagnosis at age 4, Zazove’s parents were told he would be lucky to be a janitor. His parents, both physicians, placed him in a public school where he excelled. More

Combination Of medical marijuana, opioids does not increase substance abuse risk, study finds
(Forbes, May 20, 2015)
A new study in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, a peer-review scientific journal focusing on substance-related issues, found that using medical marijuana along with prescribed opioids does not increase the likelihood of a patient abusing alcohol or other drugs. Researchers examined the data from 273 patients already receiving medical marijuana at a clinic in Michigan. More

U-M grads making a big splash on stage
(The Detroit News, May 19, 2015)
Some call it the “Michigan mafia” — Broadway slang for the prevalence of University of Michigan musical-theater graduates on the New York stage. “Michigan kids do really well in New York,” says New York casting director Rachel Hoffman, who herself graduated from the program in 1999. “I may be a little biased, but the training is the best and the graduates have a reputation even among non-Michigan people for being reliable, well-prepared, and good to be in a room with.” More

Dingell papers go to University of Michigan
(Detroit Free Press, May 6, 2015)
Think of your biggest move ever and how many boxes it took: What, 20? Thirty? More? How about 550? The University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library had a celebration this afternoon welcoming the voluminous papers and other materials compiled by former U.S. Rep. John Dingell during a record-setting 59 years in Congress, a collection that would fill more than 550 ten-inch-by-12-inch-by-15-inch bankers boxes. Filled with correspondence to presidents, scrapbooks, bill texts, photographs, and more, there are more items in the collection than Bentley Director Terrence McDonald cares to guess, comfortably putting the number in the hundreds of thousands and saying it could take years to catalog. More

U-M faculty members get $6.4M in grants to fund six learning transformation projects
(Crain’s Detroit Business, May 3, 2015)
Several faculty members at the University of Michigan are getting the chance to develop six projects they hope will transform learning for students, and they’re getting sizable grants to do so. The Third Century Initiative—established by the U-M president and provost to encourage faculty to develop innovative ideas for enriching student learning—awarded the projects nearly $6.4 million to fund ideas ts that seemed to be viable and “forward-thinking.” More

Taubman leaves a continuing legacy of giving
(Ann Arbor News, April 10, 2015)
There’s no question Al Taubman’s philanthropic legacy will live on. And some of the details on just how that will happen are starting to emerge. Educational and health care buildings and art museum galleries and wings across the campuses of several institutions, including the University of Michigan, College for Creative Studies, Lawrence Technological University, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, bear his name. Other legacies include an impact on medical research and literacy. More


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