• Detroiters buck odds of dying of heart disease by walking

    Statistics show Detroit residents are 1.65 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than other Americans. But a group of 603 Detroiters challenged those odds by joining an organized walking program to improve their cardiovascular health. It worked. According to a U-M study just released, participants improved their heart health, many of them substantially. Read more

  • Jon Lockard, DAAS lecturer and co-founder, dies at 83

    Jon Onye Lockard, 83, lecturer and a founding faculty member of the Department of Afromerican and African Studies, died March 25 in Ann Arbor. Lockard, a native Detroiter, also was a professor emeritus at Washtenaw Community College, where he taught life drawing and portraiture for more than 40 years. View the full story

  • Grant helps U-M dental students treat underserved women

    University of Michigan dental students will provide free dental care for underserved women in Wayne County with the help of a $5,000 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation. The foundation granted the funds through its Brighter Futures Community Grant program. The project’s main affiliation is with Dearborn-based Vista Maria, a nonprofit that helps abused girls Read more

  • U-M selects Sphinx Organization’s founder as dean of SMTD

    Aaron Dworkin, an accomplished violinist recognized internationally for his leadership and advocacy of diversity in the performing arts, will serve as dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Read the full story

  • Gregerman, Goldman win Hollenshead Award for equity efforts

    The 2015 recipients of the Center for the Education of Women’s Carol Hollenshead Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change are Sandra Gregerman, director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, and Edward Goldman, adjunct associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Read the full story

  • Diversity is “major focus”

    President Mark Schlissel launched a campuswide conversation on diversity last month, calling for innovative and ambitious measures to address “the hardest problem and biggest challenge that we’re going to confront together.” Read the full story

  • Religion and support for birth control health coverage can mix

    New research debunks the assumption that a woman’s religion predicts her views on policies affecting reproductive health care such as insurance coverage for birth control. Read the full story

  • Students compete to find innovative solutions to public health challenges

    Efforts to get healthier food choices for Detroit residents have proven somewhat successful in recent years with the opening of grocery stores and small markets, but one major obstacle still stands in the way of families getting access to fresh, nutritious food. “We listened to a lot of people and kept hearing that transportation is Read more

  • ‘Elite’ degrees give African Americans little advantage in job market

    Does having a college degree from a highly selective school make a difference in getting a well-paid job? Not if you’re African American, says a U-M researcher. A popular belief in U.S. society is that education is the great equalizer to overcoming social disadvantages and obtaining a good job. In his study, S. Michael Gaddis Read more

  • Architecture senior wins Wallenberg Fellowship to study refugee camps

    Architecture student Bjørnar Haveland will be awarded the 2015 Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship that will support his yearlong study of two of the world’s oldest refugee camps, and help him develop ways to improve the quality of life in the settlements. Established three years ago, the $25,000 fellowship is awarded each spring to an exceptional graduating Read more