1. Students spend spring break in service

    March 20, 2015

    In tropical Grenada, where bananas and mangoes grow and the sea meets gorgeous sands, all is not paradise. Bianca Lawrence, a second-year School of Public Health master’s student, said that upon arriving her group learned of a murder-suicide stemming from domestic violence. It had just happened near a local market. “Grenadians recognize that it is Read more

  2. Celebrating 20 years of aiding health disparities groups

    February 12, 2015

    Camels and horses run free on the plains of Umnugobi province, Mongolia. That’s where graduate student Elise Tolbert learned to tolerate the dust and air pollution, as she asked people to join her research study to assess arsenic and uranium exposure in their drinking water. “If they agreed, then we began to survey them and Read more

  3. Student researches chronic arsenic poisoning

    December 12, 2014

    Although faced with monsoon rains, lunging dogs, and getting lost on winding dirt roads on long days during which she might only see five people, School of Public Health Master’s student Kate Helmick just can’t say enough about her summer experience gathering toenail and saliva samples in Ronphibun, Thailand. “Even though I was doing the Read more

  4. U-M African Presidential Scholars brings early-career African faculty to U-M

    September 25, 2014

    When Mariam Boakye-Gyasi was 3 years old, she caught a severe case of malaria that caused her small body to convulse so violently that her parents were afraid she would break her teeth. She was lucky to survive because every minute, the illness kills a child in the world—mostly in Africa. Boakye-Gyasi wants to fight the Read more

  5. Call for massive open online courses

    September 24, 2014

    Leaders from the new Office of Digital Education and Innovation are calling on faculty to submit proposals to develop massive open online courses, known as MOOCs. Saying these courses enable “engaged, personalized and lifelong learning for the Michigan community and beyond,” leaders say the office is prepared to support interested faculty with expertise and funding Read more

  6. Students help Indian villages with water problems

    June 24, 2014

    More than 100,000 people die in India each year from waterborne diseases, but a group of University of Michigan students is hoping to make a difference. The students, who call themselves the BLUElab India team, traveled to India’s western state of Gujarat in early May to survey water needs to help them design filtration and Read more

  7. A lesson in sustainable nourishment

    May 29, 2014

    A group of students from University of Michigan will travel to Golden Temple in northern India to learn about sustainable nourishment and to bring lessons back to their own communities.

  8. Translation with a purpose

    April 11, 2014

    Three students working on a campus welcome brochure had to stop for a brief discussion about how to translate the organization’s name into Mandarin. The Spectrum Center’s literature says the group works to promote inclusion on campus, with particular emphasis on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. It was the name “Spectrum” that didn’t Read more

  9. Translate for a cause

    March 21, 2014

    What happens when you put a group of people proficient in more than one language into one space over an entire weekend? You get a lot of material translated for good causes, and participants having fun as they work to make messages more accessible. That’s what organizers of the campus’s second Translate-a-thon to be held Read more

  10. Top ecological conflicts identified & mapped

    March 19, 2014

    A list of the 40 most influential environmental justice conflicts in American history—compiled by students at the University of Michigan—has been added to a new “Global Atlas of Environmental Justice,” an interactive online map detailing about 1,000 environmental conflicts worldwide. The atlas is a product of the European Union-funded EJOLT project (Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities Read more