U-Michigan launches strategic vision, pledges to be ‘the defining public university’

aerial view of U-M campus

After a year of gathering input from the campus community, the U-M administration has released its strategic vision for the next 10 years. Vision 2034 — detailed in an initial 43-page report — calls upon the University to leverage its interdisciplinarity and excellence at scale to educate learners, advance society, and make groundbreaking discoveries.

  1. Hanlon selected as U-M provost

    Philip Hanlon, the Donald J. Lewis Professor of Mathematics and vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs at the University of Michigan, has been selected as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs by U-M President Mary Sue Coleman. He succeeds Provost Teresa Sullivan, who is stepping down to become the president of the University of Virginia.

  2. Family support helps African-American boys with depression

    A study from U-M’s School of Social Work finds that while African American boys find help with depression from family members, they may feel apprehensive or distrustful of seeking additional help from a mental health professional.

  3. Childhood obesity may contribute to later onset of puberty for boys

    Increasing rates of obese and overweight children in the United States may be contributing to a later onset of puberty in boys, a U-M study suggests. The late puberty of overweight boys contrasts with findings that for girls, being heavier may bring on puberty earlier.

  4. Low carbohydrate meals after exercise may benefit diabetics

    New U-M research shows that meals eaten after each exercise session have an important impact on controlling blood sugar. The study suggests that eating meals with a relatively low carbohydrate content after exercise (but not low in calories) improved the control of blood sugar into the next day.

    Plus: Childhood obesity may lead to early onset of puberty in boys

  5. Echolocating bats and whales share molecular mechanism

    Over the course of evolution, bats and whales acquired echolocation abilities independently, for use in very different environments, so you’d expect the means by which each accomplishes the feat to differ. But a new U-M study suggests that at the microscopic level, the molecular structures for both species are very similar. It’s a striking discovery that overturns conventional thinking in evolution.

  6. Lullabye, in a test tube

    Gently rocking embryos while they grow during in vitro fertilization (IVF) improves pregnancy rates in mice by 22 percent, new University of Michigan research shows. The procedure could one day lead to significantly higher IVF success rates in humans.

The Art Show

Founded in 1990 with a single theatre workshop, the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) is a program of U-M’s Residential College. Courses serve as gateways for undergraduate participation in prison arts workshops and provide academic training in issues surrounding incarceration and practical skills in the arts. The program’s Annual Exhibition of Artists in Michigan Prisons (“the art show”) is one of the largest exhibits of artwork by incarcerated artists in the world. The annual exhibition, free to the public, is presented with support from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council. It runs through April 2 at the Duderstadt Gallery. (Click on the images to enlarge. Images are courtesy of PCAP.) Learn more about PCAP.

  • “Bubblegum.” Artist: Jill Day

    PCAP exhibits bring the artwork of incarcerated artists into the public realm in order to humanize people in prison, break stereotypes, and create dialogue about mass incarceration. (View complete image.)

    Girl in bangs blows giant pink bubble until only her eyes are visible. Chartreuse background.
  • Two Fine Gentlemen. Artist: Mark Sanchez

    The 2024 exhibition features 750 works of art by 490 artists in two and three dimensions, including portraits, tattoo imagery, landscapes, fantasy, and wildlife, as well as images about incarceration and entirely new visions.

    Two dogs dressed like merry old gentlemen wearing top hats, monocles, etc.
  • Luxury Groove Bar. Artist: ꓘBurns

    “Every time I see art from this year’s exhibition, I see something new and inspiring,” says Nora Krinitsky, the Prison Creative Arts Project Project director. “Some artists use materials in ways I’ve never seen before and others are making art under some of the most difficult circumstances I can imagine.”

    Dancers enjoy funky honky tonk.
  • Days Gone. Artist: Aaron Rose

    This year’s exhibition stands out due to the increased participation of students throughout the art selection process. PCAP offered a new curation mini-course that required students to immerse themselves in the most critical aspect of the annual exhibition process: engaging with the artists directly and making informed selections of artworks for display at the annual exhibit.

    Barren landscape with a single tree
  • When Hope and Promise Fades. Artist: Christopher Levitt

    PCAP’s curatorial team staff and many students who participated in the art selection process this past fall dedicated two full days to a thematic analysis of the 750 art pieces they chose for the exhibition. (See original image.)

    Despondent man in profile hangs head
  • Be Strong. Be Safe. Be Well. Artist: Albert Krakosky III

    “Through engaging in reflective art-making and writing, the students explored and encountered both their own humanity and that of the artists,” says Emily Chase, PCAP arts programming coordinator.

    Inmate's view of dorm living.
  • Dreaming of a Way Out/Wishful Thinking. Artist: Radus

    “I marveled at the use of humor and fun that we saw across facilities this year overall,” said programming coordinator Chase. “Satire can be a way of getting through rough, hopeless, or painfully absurd moments. But it can also communicate complex ideas or states of being in a way that is both accessible and clever.” This year, organizers are emphasizing storytelling and artists’ voices in the gallery in an audio tour.

    Pastel watercolor of alien abduction as unicorn watches
  • King’s Gambit. Artist: Marte’nez Sr.

    The free exhibition runs through April 2 at the Duderstadt Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., on U-M’s North Campus in Ann Arbor. Gallery hours are Noon-6 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

    Older gentleman behind bars plays chess with child. Reddish brown